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Badischer Kunstverein

Badischer Kunstverein

Non-profit organization
Symposium_Why here is always somewhere else - 25./ 26. 10. 2008

25/ 26 October 2008
Why here is always somewhere else Symposium on conceptual art in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe International reception and local production

Location: Badischer Kunstverein, Waldstraße 3, Karlsruhe

The exhibition and symposium title Why here is always somewhere else was borrowed from the curatorial contribution of Vit Havránek and refers programmatically to the fact that radical upheavals or avant-garde movements in art can never be reduced to just one location or period, but actually override boundariesof space and time, demanding a commensurately alternative conception of historiography. At the same time, taking into consideration the local context and conditions is indispensable for a precise understanding of the options available for production and distribution of art.
With this in mind, the Badischer Kunstverein invited various curators, theorists and artists to present their own work with conceptual art and sketch the specific conditions in their countries.

The admission is free. No registration required.
The symposium is held in English.


11am - 1pm
Presentations and discussion: Exhibition practices and networks in the contemporary discourse on conceptual strategies in Central and Eastern Europe Alenka Gregoric( (Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana), Vit Havránek (tranzit, Prague), Antonia Majaca (Galerija Miroslav Kraljević, Zagreb), Prelom Kolektiv (Jelena Vesić/ Dušan Grlja, Belgrade)

2 pm - 5 pm
Discussion group: Knowledge transfer over space and time?
Conceptual art and institutional politics
Zdenka Badovinac (Moderna Galerija/Museum der Modernen Kunst, Ljubljana), Walter Seidl (Collection Kontakt, Vienna), Branka Stipančić (art critic and curator, Zagreb), Mladen Stilinović (artist, Zagreb)

7 pm
Lecture: Total Enlightenment. Moscow Conceptual Art 1960 - 1990
Boris Groys (University of Media Arts and Design, Karlsruhe)

11 am - 1 pm
Lecture: 'No way! Is the best way'. On utopian pragmatism in conceptual practices there and here Jan Verwoert (art critic, Berlin)

2 pm
Guided tour through the exhibition bit international. [Nove] tendencije.
Computers and visual research Zagreb 1961-1973
Margit Rosen (ZKM, Karlsruhe) Location: ZKM, Center for Art and Media Technology.
Lorenzstraße 19, 76135 Karlsruhe (meeting point at info desk)

The symposium is supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung.
A catalogue will be released on the exhibition and the symposium.

For further information about the participants please visit our homepage:

Prelom Kolektiv
The Case of Students' Cultural Center in the 1970s, 2006
Reader. Edition 200, video and audio documentation

Exhibition view "Why here is always somewhere else"
Badischer Kunstverein, 2008
Photography: Hallscheidt

Opening Times:

Tuesday to Friday
11 - 19 Uhr / 11 am - 7 pm

Saturday, Sunday and holidays
11 am - 5 pm
Closed on Mondays

Guided Tours:
Sundays: 02 and 30 November , 3 pm

Groups upon arrangement

Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit/ Vermittlung
Badischer Kunstverein
Waldstraße 3
76133 Karlsruhe
t + 49 (0)721 28226
f + 49 (0)721 297 73
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