Revolution is not a Garden Party. 1989: Artists, activists, and social change


27/10/2019 - 27/10/2019

Revolution is not a Garden Party. 1989: Artists, activists, and social change :: © (c) Toy Box

What do we take today from this period? Can artists be designers of a new social order? Should they aspire for that? And how much of the legacy of artists and activists of the generation 1989 is alive three decades later?

A whole day gathering brings together artists, activists, scholars and leaders of different generations to discuss among themselves as well as with broad public. The discussion will be accompanied by performances, screenings, and a library of banned books. Organised within the project ‘Engagement through Culture before and after 1989’ with the support of the ‘Europe for Citizens Programme’ of the European Union.

►1989/2019 – Then and now
The notoriously activist artist David Černý and the political scientist Jiří Přibáň are looking back on 1989 and its significance for today in a discussion moderated by Pieter DeBuysser.

►Revolution is not a garden party
Maya and Reuben Fowkes, Klara Kemp-Welch and others exploring artistic initiatives and communities existing outside the institutional framework in Central and Eastern Europe prior and post 1989.

►Public space as a site for civic action
Pavel Karous and Kristina Norman both deal with the significance of art of the communist era in public space. They will engage with Svatopluk Mykita and Zuzana Bodnárová, the curators of the appraised Slovak gallery Banská St A Nica Contemporary, and other speakers.

►Heroes not for just one day
Artists and activists discussing their engagement in Europe today – Sonia Dermience, Tamara Moyzes, John Jordan from the French ZAD, and others.

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