Through our common interest in East-Central-European Neo-Avant-Garde’s event-based and intermedia art we came together and developed the idea of building a research network with other people interested in the same topic. Become acquainted with us through reading our short profiles.

Katalin Cseh-Varga

Ludwig-Maximilians-University - Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

Katalin Cseh-Varga holds a Master’s degree (2010) in Theatre, Film and Media Studies from the University of Vienna. She is working currently as a research assistant and PhD candidate at the Graduate School of East and Southeast European Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and as a lecturer at the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. 

Through her research on the doctoral project entitled Rebelling (Play)Spaces and Underground Networks. The „Second Public Sphere” of the Hungarian Avant-Garde she got acquainted with Adam Czirak. They proposed together the international and interdisciplinary research project Performing Arts in the Second Public Sphere (2013-2015) where Katalin works as a project co-ordinator. Besides her administrational duties Katalin presents and publishes extensively (amongst others) on the theory of public spheres in the former Eastern Bloc, creative practices of Hungarian samizdat respectively archiving and performative and medial spaces of the Hungarian experimental art scene in the period of the late 1960s to the early 1990s. View Katalin’s profile on: or LinkedIn


Adam Czirak

Freie University Berlin -  Department of Theatre Studies

Dr. Ádám Czirák graduated in German Studies from Eötvös-Loránd University, Budapest and in Theatre Studies and Comperative Literature Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. He wrote his dissertation on participative practices of looking in intersubjective based art and has a PhD in Theatre Studies. Currently he is assistant professor at the Department for Performance Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on aesthetics of contemporary theatre, visual culture, psychoanalysis, and performance art in the Eastern European Neoavantgarde. Publications: Partizipation der Blicke (Bielefeld, 2011) / Die Aufführung (ed. with E. Fischer-Lichte et al., München, 2011) / Theories of Contemporary Dance (Budapest, 2013) / Melancholy and Politics (ed. With Vassilis Noulas et al, Athens, 2013, in print)