Ramona POENARU on Thu, 3 Feb 2005 13:02:00 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-ro] East Art Map

iata un foarte interesant proiect ale carui lacune nu
cer altceva decit umplerea

aviz criticilor, curatorilor, comisarilor si altor
impatimiti ai artei din Romania & aiurea (in East)

Ramona Poenaru


East Art Map
a project by IRWIN

History is not given. Please help to construct it.

 e-flux is pleased to present East Art Map online, a
project by IRWIN - an artist group based in Ljubljana,
Slovenia. To view East Art Map, please go to

 In the West, when someone even passably familiar with
art history comes across a work by Joseph Beuys or
Yves Klein, say, they immediately see it in relation
to an entire network of other artworks and artists,
among whom Beuys and Klein occupy important places.
The "map" of Western art, in other words, is largely
present in the minds of almost everyonein its basic
outlines at least.

 Not so in Eastern Europe, where the transparent
structure of an overarching art history simply does
not exist. In fact, no referential system is in place
that is accepted beyond the borders of a given country
and by which artifacts, events, and artists,
significant to the history of art, can be organized
and appreciated. Instead of such a transparent system,
which allows for comparisons on an international
scale, as in the West, what predominates in Eastern
Europe is art-historical narration organized into
local mythologies, or systems, adapted to the needs of
individual countries, plus the occasional double
system, which is full of legends and stories about art
and artists opposed to the "official art".
Documentation about the latter is slight and sporadic,
and comparisons to contemporary art and artists beyond
the frontiers of a country are very rare.

 Which is where East Art Map (EAM) comes in. EAM aims
to critically (re)construct the history of art in
Eastern Europe between 1945 and the present in an
effort to transgress against these closed systems of
interpretation and evaluation. By leading interested
individuals through the last fifty years of the visual
arts in the region, EAM hopes to serve as an
orientation toolan art-history GPS, as it wereto a
vast, but uncharted territory. 250
artists/events/projects considered of major importance
by 24 invited art critics, curators, and artists from
Central, Eastern and South-Eastern countries have been
preliminarily identified.

 This is, however, an initial selection only. Through
its new website,EAM invites the public to provide it
with data that might well change the topography of the
map it is formulating. In this way, EAM hopes to
accelerate the collection of data and democratize its
organization, to make it possible for anyone to
collaborate in the creation of a history that will
unfold before their eyes, and to establish a space and
create conditions that facilitate communication among
theoreticians, critics, and others from around Eastern

 EAM also invites anyone that wishes to, to propose
additions or modifications to any project or artwork
included on EAM. Submitted proposals will be evaluated
by a committee of six Eastern and Western European
experts every two to three months. To view EAM please
go to http://www.e-flux.com/projects.html

 History is not given. Please help to construct it.

 Since 1983, the IRWIN artist group has been working
with various media, from painting to public art, from
sculptural works and installations to publishing.
Following their "retro principle", the
five-member-group utilizes and combines different
motifs, symbols and signs from the fields of politics
and art, which results in the transformation of their
historical meaning and content, and in the
re-contextualisation and deconstruction of their
related ideologies.

 Project by
 IRWIN (Miran Mohar, Andrej Savski, Borut Voglenik)

 EAM website editor
 Inke Arns

 Short texts editor
 Livia Paldi

 Natasa Petresin

 This project is taking place in the framework of
Relations. Relations is a
 project initiated by Kulturstiftung des Bundes
(Federal Cultural
 Foundation, Germany).

 With the support of the Culture 2000 programme of the
European Union.

 Project supported by the Ministry of Culture of
Republic of Slovenia.


Ramona Poenaru - www.ramona-poenaru.org - +33ุ621199119


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