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Syndicate: MSE-events

?kuc Gallery, phone/fax.: +386 1 251 65 40

MSE-events ? Mackova Street No. 1
Galerija ?kuc Ljubljana

23. 6. 2000 MSE-events -  Budapest		

11.00 ? 14.45 Insiders		
Barnabás Bencsik - In the Trap of Networking		
Dóra Hegyi: Project Room ? Focus on the Region		
Zsolt Petrányi ? The Decentralisation of Art as Illusion		
József Készman ? Art Market and Art Praxis 		
János Szoboszlai ? A Policy Analysis: Art Praxis in Hungary within the
Institutional Frame of Contemporary Art 		
Michal Kolecek ? Reviewing the Czech Art Scene		
Discussion ? Moderated by János Szoboszlai		

14.45 ? 16.00 MSE?check point: Art Bureau of the MSE-partners, offering
information on artists, institutions, projects		
MSE-events ? Sarajevo		

16.00 ? 20.00 Delicious Taste of Bosnian Pie		
Who's That Singing Over There? By Dunja Blazevic, Izeta Graðevic & Jasmila
Yvana Enzler ? Pro Helvetia ? Sarajevo office		
In Between ? By the Artists: Maja Bajevic, Danica Dakiæ, ?ejla Kameric,
Damir Nik?ic, Rachel Rossner, Neboj?a ?eric-?oba		
Discussion ? Moderated by Lejla Hodzic		

24. 6. 2000 MSE-events ? Zagreb		

10.00 ? 14.00 Meeting Point ? Conference
Tihomir Milovac ? The Role of Contemporary Art Museum		
Branko Franceschi ? Problems of Sponsorships in Croatia		
Vesna Dedovic-Mitrovic ? Project of the Karantena Independent Culture Centre	
Jerica Ziherl ? Rigo Gallery ? Presentation of Activities		
Toni Horvatic ? Split Art Scene ? Activating the Space of Communication		
Discussion ? Moderarted by Ana Deviæ & Nata?a Iliæ 		

14.00 ? 15.30 MSE?check point: Art Bureau of the MSE-partners		
MSE-events ? Graz		

15.30 ? 19.00 Time to Interfere		
Hermi Grabner ? Art Productions /Globalisations		
Herwig Höller ? Arts, Culture & Politics		
Oliver Ressler ? Art as a Political Position		
Emil Kri?tof ? Experimental Field Carinthia! Cultural Activities Under a
Right Wing Government		
Intervention - 1st Carinthian Rash Action Store		
Discussion ? Moderated by Anton Lederer & Margarethe Makovec		
22.00 ? 3.00 MSE-party ? music by Vojko DJ at Metelkova, "Hangar"		
25. 6. 2000 MSE-events ? Bologna		
13.00 ? 16.00 Comunicazioni di Servizio 		
Mario Gorni & Zefirina Castoldi ? Presentation of Care/of 		
Sergio Risaliti ? Persentation of Palazzo delle Papesse		
Ambra Stazzone ? The State of Contemporary Art in Catania		
Discussion (Gino Gianuzzi)		
16.00 ? 17.30 MSE?check point: Art Bureau of the MSE-partners		
17.30 ? 20.30 MSE-á la card: talks, presentations, "conclusions"?.		

MSE-events, Maèkova Street No. 1
?kuc Gallery Ljubljana

Budapest MSE-events 

One-by-one presentation by the invited Hungarian experts: an analysis of
certain issues concerning the art praxis and the institutional frame in
Hungary, edited by János Szoboszlai.

Barnabás Bencsik, Tráfo Gallery, Budapest

In the Trap of Networking
>From the mid-90s, networking has become the key word for curators and
contemporary art executives in Europe. After the decades of political
segregation and the domination of national cultural policy and
representation in the international art scene, the need for the creation of
horizontal structures on every level of the global playground has become
inevitable. How do these new structures relate to the actual cultural
hierarchy and the geopolitical heritage? Who are the included and who the

Dóra Hegyi, Project Room, Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art,

The Project Room Activity ? Focus on the Region
The Project Room of the Ludwig Museum Budapest operates since 1999 with the
aim of creating a space within the museum, where experimental and
spontaneous projects could be realised. Artists from Hungary and abroad are
invited to produce works especially for or show works adapted to the space.
We endeavour to deal with our geographical situation, which means the work
with artists form the "neighbourhood", but the programme aims to be as
international as possible, of course. 

Zsolt Petrányi, Mûcsarnok (Kunsthalle), Budapest

The Decentralisation of Art as a Great Illusion 
New trends in the world culture deal with the actual state of a post-modern
"cross culture", which means a kind of globalisation where the local
orientation in art also remains visible. On the one hand, western curators
have a rising interest in organising shows in peripheral environments, or
cities, and on the other there is also a trend to include foreign
(ethnical) art, or curators, in the western context. The reason for such
attitudes is rather clear: the eye of an "outsider" can have a different
angle, or vision, of art and its development. One should perceive this
platform as a chance, but our East-European everyday experience (including
economic positions) reveals contradictions in this respect. 

József Készman, Várfok 14 Gallery, Budapest

Art Market and Art Praxis
After 10 years? experience of the first Hungarian commercial art space, the
Várfok 14 Gallery, and concerning the current situation of art market in
Hungary, the question arises how a commercial gallery is supposed to
function: as a business enterprise, a cultural institute, or an altered
form of self-organisation. In the very front remains the mediation of the
Central European and especially Hungarian art scenes.

János Szoboszlai, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaúváros

A Policy Analysis: Art Praxis in Hungary within the Institutional Framework
of Contemporary Art (Inner Development versus EU-Integration?)
After 1989, visual arts in the post-communist countries inherited an
infrastructure that could only partly be utilised and that was extremely
inefficient in the mediation of contemporary art to society, the
international art world, the potential audience and the possible buyers. As
a result, contemporary visual arts in the Central European region remain a
marginalised and isolated sphere of culture to this very day. Nevertheless,
in many cases the current standard of art practice is on a par with
international trends. 

Michal Kolecek, Emil Filla Gallery, Usti nad Labem

Reviewing the Czech Art Scene
Remarks on the young contemporary art scene in Czech Republic, its
strategies and developments in the given society.

Sarajevo MSE-events

Presentations of contemporary art scnee in Bosnia and Herzegovina:
institutions and artists, edited by Lejla Hod?iæ.

"Who's That Singing over there?"
By Dunja Blazevic, director of the Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Arts,
Izeta Graðevic, director of the Obala Art Centre Sarajevo & Jasmila Zbanic,
director of the Deblokada.
Presentation of the activities of three independent non-profit,
non-governmental art organisations from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
working in specific post-war conditions, that is, dealing with the lack of
culture and arts system.

In a country going through the difficult process of economic and social
reconstruction and transition, these organisations have the principal task
and mission of keeping contemporary non-commercial art alive (by
independently producing artworks and providing logistic, material and
professional support) and of involving it competitively in the
international art scene. 

Yvana Enzler, director of the PRO HELVETIA Swiss Arts Council, the Sarajevo
The working aims and strategies of the PRO HELVETIA Swiss Art Council in
the context of the Sarajevo art scene. 

In Between
By the artists: Maja Bajeviæ, Danica Dakiæ, ?ejla Kameriæ, Damir Nik?iæ,
Rachel Rossner & Neboj?a ?eriæ ?oba.

Presentation of the recent works by six artists from Bosnia and
Herzegovina, participating at the MSE-exhibition "What Am I Doing Here?",
?kuc Gallery, Ljubljana, 17 August - 14 September 2000.

Zagreb MSE-events

The conference is conceived as an informal place for meetings and
presentations of the most prominent Croatian galleries and independent
curatorial initiatives, edited by Ana Deviæ & Nata?a Iliæ.

Tihomir Milovac, senior curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

The Role of Contemporary Art Museum
The construction of the Museum of Contemporary Art has been triggering
various public polemics for the last 30 years. Since 1999, the topic has
come into focus once again. In the recent debates and scandals, most of the
critical points of Croatian culture are intersecting: political adequacy
instead of professional competence ?  Is contemporary art marginal in the
cultural centres, as it is marginal on the so-called periphery? 

Branko Franceschi, artistic director, Miroslav Kraljeviæ Gallery, Zagreb

Problems of Sponsorships in Croatia 
The Miroslav Kraljeviæ Gallery, owned by the biggest Croatian oil-company
INA, is taken as an example for the general lack of interest in cultural
sponsorship. The cultural policy in Croatia is still functioning according
to the principles of socialist state, with the state as the biggest sponsor
of art production and presentation. Different models of financing the
culture have not developed yet, and the gap between state institutions and
non-defined support of business sphere remains to be filled.

Vesna Dedoviæ-Mitroviæ, co-ordinator, Art Workshop Lazareti, Dubrovnik

Project of the Independent Culture Centre - KARANTENA
The activity of the Art Workshop Lazareti is focused on the foundation of a
cultural centre (KARANTENA), which would provide work conditions for
various independent artistic, cultural and social initiatives. The current
"status of an island" and particular isolation of Dubrovnik requires a
serious analysis of the situation, and courageous moves in the search for
new communication ways.

Jerica Ziherl, artistic director, Rigo Gallery, Novigrad

Rigo Gallery - Presentation of Its Activities 
The Rigo Gallery, a non-profit gallery space, is an organisational unit of
the University of Novigrad-Citta Nova. Its main activities are based on the
co-operation between artists, theorists and curators, and the existing
institutional infrastructure. Since its establishment in 1995, the gallery
with its intensive international co-operation has become the main artistic
centre of the Istria region in Croatia.

Toni Horvatic, independent curator, Split

Split Art Scene - Activating the Space of Communication
Since the late 60s, various artistic urban interventions and actions by the
Split art scene have often activated the cityscape. Although this continues
to be one of main characteristics of the Split contemporary art scene, due
to the insufficient documentation and the lack of institutional support it
has not been recognised in official art histories, which is probably one of
the reasons why it became powerful urban legend with highly ornate ?oral

Graz MSE-events

The series of speeches is based on the developments of the past years (in
Austria). Society; Economy; Politics. The art perceives time to interfere.
Edited by Anton Lederer & Margarethe Makovec.

Hermi Ria Grabner, project management KARTELL GRAZ, Graz 

Art Productions / Globalisations
artistic and cultural potentials in the city, producers of art and culture,
and the political situation on the job market. The starting point for these
reflections is the economic situation in the city, the effects of financial
growth, globalisation phenomena, and the resulting decline of small
business people and their business spaces. 

Herwig Höller, art critic, Graz

Arts, Culture & Politics
Strategies of interference in Eastern and Western Europe. By comparing
specific examples from Russia, former Yugoslavia and Austria we will try to
trace specific inter-dependencies of arts and culture with politics, and
vice versa. How does art interfere in politics, and politics in art? How
did the methods change in time of the Internet? Is the "Internet
Generation" art (© Austria's chancellor Schûssel) used more and more as a
kind of the provider of contents in political confrontations?

Oliver Ressler, artist based in Vienna

Art as a Political Position
Since 1994, Oliver Ressler has been concerned with exhibitions and
site-specific projects on ecological subjects, such as the greenhouse
effect, genetic engineering, or sustainable development. By the end of
2000, "The Global 500" ? a travelling exhibit about economic globalisation
and trans-national corporations ? will be realised in six cities in five
states. In collaboration with Martin Krenn, Ressler has developed three
projects revolving around the topic of racism, including the "Institutional
Racism" (1997).

Emil Kri?tof, cultural producer & musician, Klagenfurt

Experimental Field Carinthia! Cultural Activities Under a Right Wing
Regarding the political development in Austria since the elections in
October 1999, the little southernmost Austrian country of Carinthia has
turned out to be ?avant-garde"! The right wing politician Jörg Haider,
leader of the freedom party (FPÃ?), who supported numerous campaigns against
Austrian artists (e.g., Elfriede Jelinek, Hermann Nitsch), is now in charge
for the cultural policy in the country. The situation for the Carinthian
artists and workers in culture is both frightening and challenging at the
same time.


 1st Carinthian Rash Action Store

The 1st Carinthian Rash Action Store opened last autumn in front of the
UNIKUM university cultural centre in Klagenfurt. In a temporarily rented
shop, forty artists designed seventy products/appliances for sale. The
basic intention of this project was to understand art as an instrument of
committing oneself on the level of social criticism in the light of the
altered cultural policy. 

Bologna MSE-events

Presentation of three different art spaces and organisational models from
three Italian regions. Edited by Gino Gianuzzi.

Mario Gorni & Zefirina Castoldi, managers of Care/of, Milano

Presentation of Care/of
Care/of is a non-profit cultural institution, founded in 1987 by Mario
Gorni, Zefirina Castoldi and a group of young artists, with the aim of
promoting and stimulating the development and research of contemporary art.
The establishment comprises an archive with portfolios of over 1,300
artists, a documentation centre with library and videoteque, an exhibition
space, a video and photographic laboratory, and a compendium of information
on scholarships, invitations, and the possibilities of young artists to
acquire financial means.

Sergio Risaliti, director of the Palazzo delle Papesse Centre for
Contemporary Art, Siena

Presentation of Plazzo delle Papesse
The centre is a bright exception in the "Italian reality". It was founded
only a few years ago, but it already succeeded to organise interesting
exhibitions with the emphasis on young Italian aertists, and to promote
them on the international level.

Ambra Stazzone, free-lance curator and professor at the Academy of Fine
Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti di Catania)

The State of Centemporary Art in Catania
Artists, critics, gallerists, dreams, comments? What is going on under the
Etna Vulcan:
- screening of the "Lava Flow" video film by Giovanna Brogna Sonnino;
- presentation of the Plazzo Fichera centre for contemporary art.

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