Kolloquium Regensburg

18.10.2013 (14:00 - 16:00)

NET Manifest
Image used with kind permission of the Virtual Museum of Avant-garde: www.avantgarde-museum.com

Vortrag im Regensburger Kolloquium der Graduiertenschule:

Prof. Dr. Piotr Piotrowski (Poznań)
The Global NETwork. Approaching Comparative Art History

The point of departure of this talk is inventing the “NET” by Jarosław Kozłowski at the beginning of the 1970s. – a global network of artists who wanted to exchange their thoughts. This was the first such an idea created in the Eastern Block, and one of the firsts in the entire world. Ultimately over the course of more than a dozen years a few hundred people from both Eastern and Western Europe, the US, Latin America, and Asia, participated in this initiative. This paper would not, however, aim to describe the project itself, but rather takes it as a point of departure for an analysis of the different contexts in which artworks circulate, in an effort to arrive at a theoretical approach to comparative art history. I understand this concept not necessarily on the way that the circulation of ideas caused them to be influenced by each other, but rather how different geo-historical circumstances lie behind their meaning in context, how they illuminate each other – something that was not always perceived by the public that visited NET exhibitions. We may thus be able to differentiate aspects of global culture as they were developed at the time, that are otherwise usually seen as homogeneous and west-centric, existing in a one-way relationship between the metropolis and its periphery.

Ort: Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung Regensburg, Landshuter Str. 4, Raum 017
Zeit: 18.10.2013, 14-16 Uhr

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