4/04/2011

The two-days Conference is finished but the work in the common platform just began! :)

Conference “R'E Art: Art as  Media” was the first and one of the main events of the project. It was held at the Center of visual culture of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.  The conference program  included daily program with video and slide presentations, public discussions and informal - like non-official opening, where all participants and public could communicate with artists, curators, journalists, students, social activists and  some famous participants of revolutionary  events in their countries from the art or media side.

For all of us it was very interesting and useful experience. 
We are preciate for all of our voluntees from all over Ukraine and all of our guests and friends that helped in proparational period as well as during the Conference.


Photo and video reports are coming soon!  

Thanks all for coming!!!

3/22/2011

Detailed timeline of the Conference in Kyiv

Dear participants and audience!
Here is schedule of R'Evolution Art Conference and follow-up events.
Let's R'E Art together!

2nd of April. Saturday.
10:45 – Press briefing
11:00 – 12:00 Ukrainian section:
Kateryna Radchenko, Kateryna Botanova. Introduction
Glib Vysheslavsky.  Analyze of connections between revolution and Art movements.
Olga Balashova. Ukrainian “Young” Art in the period of revolutionary transformations
12:00-12:30coffee break
12:30-14:00 Second section: Curatorial and Art practices of Revolutions
Simor Ágnes (Hungary) Art nature of Revolution: the force of changes and inspiration
Nune Popovic (Serbia) Falus revolution. Artistic guerrilla struggle of group MAGNET against totalitarian regime in Serbia in 1990's.
Milan Vracar (Serbia) Radical art practices in Serbia during 90s
Jovan Jaksic (Serbia) Presentation of video “ Jugglers of all countries, unite!”
14:00-15:30 –  lunch break
15:30 – 16:30 Third section: Culture of social transformations
Istvan Szakats (Romania) Social Guerrilla. Going far beyond the green guerrilla movement, social guerrilla is the newest form of harnessing the power of articulated public discourse. The presentation explores the potential and the limits of a global social guerrilla movement, based on John Boyd’s cell concept, an e-bay of social trust, and some cryptography.
Waldemar Fydrych, Agnieszka Couderq (Poland) The Orange Alternative or how to abolish totalitarian regimes by the peaceful means of absurd humor and art
16:30-17:00 – coffee break
17:00 – 17:30 – Panel discussion
Evening program
20:00 – Non-official opening: Ethno-folk party “Revolt” in «Сіновал (Loft)» pub (Saksahanskoho str., 40)

3rd of April. Sunday.
11:00 – 12:00 Belorussian section: Photography of revolt
Svetlana Poleschuk (Belarus) Between Pictorialism, Conceptualism and Politics: the Dilemmas of Photography in Belarus
Vadim Zamirovsky (Belarus) Presentation of photos from Revolutionary moments in Belarus
12:00-12:20coffee break
12:20 – 13:00  Second section: Transition period
Ana Riaboshenko (Georgia) Art and Social environment in recent Georgian history
Dušan Zahoranský (Czech Republic) "Post SOROS situation in liberated Czech and Slovak Republic"
(situation after walk - out of the main post-revolution foreign
cultural fundation).
13:00-13:40 – Final discussion.  End of the Conference part
Evening program
20:00Official final-sitting of the Conference. Presentation of “Beast of Freedom” documentary film (Poland 2010, 78 min. Producers: Pawel Potoroczyn, Edward Miszczak. Directors: Leszek Gnoinski, Wojciech Slota)
Place: IQ bar (Lva Tolstogo str., 25). Admission by invitations only.

Our speakers

Here we want to introduce you some of our speakers.
Every participant prepare some materials which should illustrate nature of Art in Revolutionary movements, or give the Art media evaluation.
So, here are:
Agnes Simor \ Tuzrakter Independent Cultural Centre  (Budapest, Hungary)

Born in Budapest, Hungary, in1979, and graduated at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest of Hungarian literature, aesthetics (dance aesthetics) and drama pedagogy.
Poet (Today I dance with spirits, 2007, Jaffa Publishing House), literary and dance critic and literary translator. Between 2001 and 2006 director of the University Theater KASZT, which gave several functions and theatre-dance performances in official and alternative theaters as well. Since 2005 artistic director of the Tűzraktér alternative cultural centre of Budapest. In her own performances the mixture of different kinds of art and the experimental character has a great importance. In 2005 she was honoured by the Ministry of Culture for her organizing activity in the Tűzraktér center.

Presents her view into “
Art nature of Revolution: the force of changes and inspiration”

“Major” Waldemar Fydrych, Agnieszka Couderq \ Pomarańczowa Alternatywa (Warsaw, Poland)


Artist, public activist, writer, founder of Orange Alternative movement in Poland. Started his own movement against communist’s dictate in 80th in Poland. In 1980 organized in Wroclaw “Movement for new culture” and after founded Orange Alternative mass movement.
The Orange Alternative (Pomarańczowa Alternatywa) - initially an underground anarchic movement, started in 1981 in Wrocław, a city located in south-west Poland, by Waldemar Fydrych, known as Major (self-appointed Commander of the Festung Breslau). Strongly influenced by dadaism and surrealism, it organized happenings, painted absurd graffiti dwarfs on city walls, which became its symbol and was one of most picturesque element of Polish opposition against communism and inspiration to similar movements in several East block countries. Orange Alternative has been viewed as part of the broader Solidarity movement. Academics Dennis Bos and Marjolein t'Hart have asserted it was the most effective of all Solidarity's factions in bringing about the movement's success.

Topic of presentation Waldemar Fydrych, and Agnieszka Couderq: The Orange Alternative or how to abolish totalitarian regimes by the peaceful means of absurd humor and art



Olga Balashova (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Studied at national academy of fine art & architecture
Olga presented Ukrainian “Young” Art in the period of revolutionary transformations






István Szakáts \ AltArt (Cluj, Romania)
 He is a media artist and film director and holds a BA in Fine Arts (2003) and a MA in Computer Sciences (1992). He teaches dramatization / animation at the Cinema, Media and Television Department of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj. István Szakáts has directed and edited of over 200 short films, TV productions, animations and media art projects. He is founding member and president of the AltArt Foundation.
Social Guerrilla presentation explores the potential and the limits of a global social guerrilla movement, based on John Boyd’s cell concept, an e-bay of social trust, and some cryptography.


Anna Riaboshenko \ TRAM (Tbilisi, Georgia)
Georgian Artist and curator.
Organized and participated in solo and group exhibition like: Georgian Contemporary Artists - Orange tiger city and Plastic dog story - wall paper, photo (Chatoe Avon, France), Prague Biennale, Young Georgian expanded paintings - Birth, Dog, Rats. ARTISTERIUM 2008 - Sweet-Kills - object, International Art Exhibition (Tbilisi .Georgia),  The World One Minutes Video - Video Snow , Today Art Museum, in the frame of the Olympic Games (Beijing, China). Has a huge curatorial experience:  In 2007 curator of International Art project One Stop, Tbilisi, Georgia, organized by TRAM Foundation, supported by OSI, ACNP (Arts and Culture Network Program). From 2003 till present is the President of TRAM foundation (Non government contemporary art institution).
She brings into Conference her presentation of Art and Social environment in recent Georgian history

Jovan Jaksic & MAGNET group  (Novi Sad, Serbia)
Jovan will present  video “ Jugglers of all countries, unite!” ( 5 min )
Animation at the tank from II World War which is a part of the collection of Museum of Vojvodina ( ex Museum of socialistic revolution ) . Performer-juggler  with 4 partisan bombs ( from the collection of museum ) with  soundtrack from famous partisan movie in background – The song “Padaj silo I nepravdo!” “Down with power and injustice!”. In the same building now is Museum of contemporary art of Vojvodina  that gives an interesting context  for work. Video is created  for  the Night of the museums in Serbia in 2010.




Svetlana Poleschuk (Minsk, Belarus)
Lecturer in European humanitarian University
Specializes on specific studies of photo art in Belorussia, the functionality of Photography in culture and problems of visual practices.
Her presentation focused in topic: Between Pictorialism, Conceptualism and Politics: the Dilemmas of Photography in Belarus


Vadim Zamirovsky  (Minsk, Belarus)
Photographer, reporter, social activist. Brings to Kyiv his slide-Presentation of photos from Revolutionary moments in Belarus


Kateryna Botanova (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Moderator of the Conference
art critic, art manager, contemporary culture researcher, translator. Director of the Foundation Center for Contemporary Art (Kyiv) and chief editor of the online journal on contemporary art KORYDOR.in.ua.


Organizers:  NGO Art travel (Odesa-Kyiv)



Kateryna  Radchenko
Chief executive of  NGO“Art travel”,  Art Director, curator, photographer.
Also worked as photo-reporter, has a number of solo photo-exhibitions. Worked as Art director “Exit” club (Odessa). during this period established in Odesa cultural space by the number of organized art-projects, concerts, art meetings and exhibitions.
In 2009 founded NGO "Art travel"

Participated in many international exhibitions and festivals. Among them are Art Pole (Ukraine), “Transform” festival in Warsaw. As a partner took part in “Mute nights” film Festival.  Curated Art project “Trolley” in Odesa in 2010. 

Ganna  Yakovenko
Art-project manager, media coordinator in Art travel .
Has an experience in art-management and PR-activities. Worked in the position of producer-assistant in Production company and in Pinchuk Art Center as  a guide (Exhibition of Damian Hirst in 2009)
in 2008 worked in Production agency “Proscurnya Production” in the position of Producer assistant, project-manager .
In 2009 became a cofounder of art formation “Art Travel” together with Kateryna Radchenko. In April 2010 realized common art-project “Art trolley” in Odesa as a project manager and media coordinator.  Social activist, Bike day media coordinator in 2007-2010



3/15/2011

Good news!

in the conduct of the Conference in Kyiv, there will be presented documentary film "Beats of Freedom" - Music against guns. See how music can change whole country...



Word of introduction

It isn't easy to write about anything related with Polish history. I don't want to pity or complain about that history or try to show you how people suffered 30 years ago. But the fact is that we've had some hard time during the 80's and 90's of last century.
I was a child during these years and I don't remember many political facts. But that's not the subject of that hub. I don't want to bother you about politics. I want to focus on something very tightly related to history and politics. That thing is Rock Music.
Yes. Rock music during these years in Poland is a phenomena at the world scale. It was a moral revolution. A revolution that helped people fight against soviet regime, against guns and gas. And it was successful.
All this can be seen in a movie called "Beats Of Freedom" that will be shown in 3rd of April in IQ bar and presented by Polish Institute in Kyiv


(Text link)

3/13/2011

Good news!

Our Identity already designed!
Here is main Project's logo:
And here is our Invitations


2/10/2011

Preliminary program of Conference and list of participants

Here we've got the that will take place in Kyiv in April 2-3


 Preliminary program:




Name of participant
Country,City 
Activities
Theme of presentation
Glib Vysheslavsky
Ukraine, Kyiv
Artist, art critic. The author of many solo exhibitions. Organizer and chief editor of a magazine for contemporary art and culture "Terra Incognita". The researcher of Modern Art Research  Institute. The participant of the Biennale di Venezia, 50th International Art Exhibition. A member of the expert council of Ukraine on the 51-st Biennale di Venezia.
Presentation of photoalbum “Square of Freedom” and art events that was during Orange Revolution in Ukraine.
Oles Doniy
Ukraine, Kyiv
Politician and public & cultural activist. Head of Art formation “Last barricade”, President of Politic values research Center

Dušan Zahoranský
Czech Republic, Prague

MeetFactory: gallery curator
"State runned galleries v.s. non profit artistic spaces in Czech and Slovak Republic"
"Post SOROS situation in liberated Czech and Slovak Republic"
(situation after walk - out of the main post-revolution foreign fundation)
Waldemar Fydrych
Poland, Warsaw
Artist, public activist, writer, founder of Orange Alternative movement in Poland
The Orange Alternative or how to abolish totalitarian regimes by the peaceful means of absurd humor and art

Agnieszka Couderq
Poland, Warsaw
The Orange Alternative Foundation
The Orange Alternative or how to abolish totalitarian regimes by the peaceful means of absurd humor and art

Svetlana Poleschuk
Belorussia, Minsk
Lecturer in European humanitarian University
Between Pictorialism, Conceptualism and Politics: the Dilemmas of Photography in Belarus

Andrei Khadanovich
Belorussia, Minsk
Philologist, writer, teacher
Literature-reader-audience. Belorussia’s context.
Anna Ryaboshenko
Georgia, Tbilisi
Artist, art curator,  art program coordinator (Open society Institute, Soros Foundation)
Georgia. Reaction of artists into political changes.
Milan Vracar
Serbia, Novi Sad
Art project manager, art curator
Radical art practices in Serbia during 90s
Nune Popovic
Serbia, Novi Sad
Artist
Falus revolution. Artistic guerrilla struggle of group MAGNET against totalitarian regime in Serbia in 1990's.

Jovan Jaksic
Serbia, Novi Sad
Artist, curator of Museum of Contemporary art.
Presentation of video “ Jugglers of all countries, unite!”
Istvan Szakats
Cluj, Romania
Fundația AltArt
Social Guerrilla

Going far beyond the green guerrilla movement,
social guerrilla is the newest form of harnessing the power of articulated public discourse. The presentation explores the potential and the limits of a global social guerrilla movement, based on John Boyd’s cell concept, an e-bay of social trust, and some cryptography.
Simor Ágnes
Hungary, Budapest
Tűzraktér cultural centre
Art nature of Revolution: the force of changes and inspiration
 

1/01/2011

About the project

Conference “Revolution Art”
Conception
In 1990-2000 a series of eastern European countries that have an experience of totalitarism in their history, made revolutional social transformation in the purpose of Civil society development. In all countries that have chosen the democratic path of development, those change accompanied by changes in social structure of power: a little bit where this process has passed almost unnoticed, but in some countries it was accompanied by massive protests and gained revolutionary features. Formed Czechoslovakia was first who showed revolution without blood in 1989. In the same year as a result of revolutionary events changed socio-political order in Poland, Romania and Hungary. Later the parade of sovereignty of the former Soviet republics led to the formation of new states. But neither in Ukraine nor in Georgia, nor in Russia and in Moldova was no principle rotation of power and newly old party functionaries led the country. In these countries, as well as in Romania and Serbia in the new government reluctantly resorted to the reforms, and in some cases even slightly inhibited preferred nomenclature transformed post-totalitarian-party system. Inefficiency of state administration and the desire for real, not declarative reforms led to an explosion in the 2000's by new wave of "velvet revolutions" in Georgia, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova. In some countries was a real change of state power and geopolitical orientations (example of Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova), some - like Belarus - revolution was defeated early began. However, the success of revolution not in all cases mean a real change in the socio-political system and commitment to radical social reforms. In particular, the Orange Revolution in Ukraine resulted in significant socio-political transformation and ultimately led to victory in the recent election of the forces against which was directed in 2004.
All the revolutions that were started at the end of the last millennium united in common: they were an attempt to overthrow a totalitarian or post totalitarian government, which held under the control of public life. The absence of independent media, dominance of propaganda, sociological fraud - all those factors helped a totalitarian government to stand firmly on his feet. Under these conditions, art took the functions of free media and aired socially important, revolutionary ideas, using specific artistic language. Art was in transition societies zone of freedom, which occurred, and were broadcast outside and discussed new ideas for transformation in society. It appeared in the art of public authorities, opinion leaders that were bold and unbiased critical evaluation of extant at the time powerCreative ideas are analyzed and transformed the social and political reforms were spread in the community and offered an alternative system of values. An esthetic potential of freedom, which is art itself, transformed potential in public and helped overthrow a totalitarian government.
The Conference
Two-day conference will gather in Kyiv artists, art critics, journalists, critics of the post-revolutionary countries: Sweden, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, Belarus to exchange experience on the functioning of art as an alternative media in post-totalitarian and transition. Experience art and public organizations and movements Krasnolyudkiv (Poland), PORA, REP (Ukraine), BIZON, young FRONT (Belarus), KMARA (Georgia) OTPOR (Serbia), which joined the overthrow of totalitarian or undemocratic regimes in their countries, will considered as a revolutionary experience and artistic activities that caused the fundamental socio-political changes in Central and Eastern Europe. Scientific and artistic reflection of the revolutionary events will determine the universal art methodology and tactics in the transition. With the conference speakers from Central Europe where the revolution led to the most significant changes will share their experiences with the Eastern European countries where the revolution or failed, or were left unfinished project. The conference will also be a platform to share experiences on the critical period of reflection totalitarianism: the experience of creation of museums and occupation of totalitarianism in Central Europe will be useful for post-Eastern states. The choice between revolution and evolution for many former Soviet countries remain highly relevant.
Why Ukraine?
Ukraine - the largest country in Europe, where have been most popular "velvet revolution", but the Ukrainian project of the revolution is still unfinished, pending or even objected at all. Ukraine is a country that suffered of totalitarianism more than other formed USSR-countries, and therefore retained most features that characterize the totalitarian regime. However, the reasons that triggered the Orange Revolution in Ukraine is still not resolved, because there still remains a revolutionary situation, and under pressure on the media Art again become an alternative media that provides critical view of governmental institutions. In the case of censorship existed in Ukraine, Art by itself with a specific code language becomes available source aesthetically-encoded, but socially important information, which offers alternative officially promoted the principles that have significant socio-change. Art as the most sensitive social institutions capable of responding to the slightest hints of curtailing democracy and oppose them. This peculiarity of art is incredibly important now, when in Ukraine under threat posed conquest of democracy and socio-political transformation of the last five years.