“If you were inside the 1960s and 1970s inofficial art scene, you had the feeling that it was everywhere.“ (Boris Groys)

Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective

The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. 


Exporting Socialism, Making Business?

After WW II, architecture was used and misused as an ideological signifier for competing systems and for new national identities. Diverse actors and networks took part in architectural exchange within the blocks and beyond the Iron Curtain. 



Through the increasing interest in and need for a comparative and coherent analysis of the neo-avant-garde´s event-based art in different regions of Central, East and Southeast Europe the research project Performing Arts in the Second Public Sphere was brought into being. Using the progressive tool of the World Wide Web our aim with this website is to ensure quick, straightforward and effective communication between international students, scholars, artists and researchers. Feel free to get in touch with the network – we would be glad to develop and discuss new ideas!