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Monument to Transformation (Montehermoso)

Babi Badalov
Schizopoetry, 2007
Courtesy of the artist

Centro Cultural
Montehermoso Kulturunea
Fray Zacarias Martinez, 2
01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz (SPAIN)


February 12 – May 2, 2010

Vyacheslav Akhunov, Ayreen Anastas+René Gabri, Babi Badalov, Chto Delat, Cristina David, Patricia Esquivias, Pedro G. Romero/Archivo F.X., Nicoline van Harskamp, Sharon Hayes, Sanja Ivekovic, Peggy Meinfelder, Ivan Moudov, Ciprian Muresan, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, María Ruido, SASA[44]+MeeNa Park, Wisnu Suryapratama, Taller Popular de Serigrafía, Vangelis Vlahos, Haegue Yang

“Monument to Transformation” is a series of exhibitions, projections, publications, debates and lectures which have taken place over more than two years, in an interdisciplinary environment (art, humanities, economics and natural science theories).

The exhibition at Montehermoso is conceived as an imaginative and analytical space that – with a certain distance – enables the visitor to see and reflect upon the processes of change that started with the fall of the Iron Curtain (1989) in Eastern Europe, the student demonstrations in Indonesia in 1998 or the Revolution in South Korea (1987) and which have, to a certain extent, continued until today. The way this topic is approached is influenced by a feeling of affiliation to these changes, which are in a way co-formed by us and whose impact affects and influences us. It is therefore an attempt to look at “transformation” as a “lived out” and gradually receding process.

This way of thinking about transformation is conceived as structured in tension between various methods from the fields of the social sciences and artistic practice. The experience of transformation in “Eastern Europe” is an independent theoretical field. In the context of transformation studies, the so-called Eastern European region has its own specific elements, which originated in the geo-political division of the world, irrevocably decided at the Jalta Conference as a consequence of the Second World War. The power division of the world into East and West can no longer be mechanically adopted without reservation – it cannot be used when trying to understand the processes of cultural signifying, cultural production and representation in that region. If one automatically accepts such a division, one assumes that those geo-political power polarities are recognizable in the “cultural material” – which means that cultural production is not viewed a priori, as creation, as a polluting semiosis, but as a mere representative of the recognizability of the East-West power polarity.

Curated by Vít Havránek and Zbynek Baladrán.

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Free/Slow University of Warsaw: Readings for Artworkers, Vol. 1


theorists, activists and artists on the production and functioning of culture

This is the first volume of the Journal of the Free/Slow University of Warsaw and a recap of the first year of its activity. The internal diversity of the volume corresponds to the mode of operation of our para-institution, which experiments with various avenues of knowledge production and exchange.

The subject of the first edition of the Free/Slow University of Warsaw was “culture not for profit.” The initiative referred to the tradition of free education, with a focus on establishing an environment that would enable critical reflection not only on culture, but also on its social, political and economic background. The participants made an attempt at theoretical and practical research of the conditions of knowledge and culture production in late capitalism, an analysis of the life conditions of activists, artists and cultural operators, as well as at exerting an impact on cultural policy and participating in debates on the current and the future shape of our societies.

The publication is available in Polish in printed form and online in English >>.

WUW curator: Kuba Szreder
WUW organiser: Fundacja Bęc Zmiana
WUW partners: Fundacja Res Publica, Fundacja InSitu, Stowarzyszenie Komuna Otwock, Stowarzyszenie Artanimacje, Stowarzyszenie Duopolis

The WUW project is financed by subsidies from the capital city of Warsaw.

Readings For Art Workmen. Journal 1: Culture, Not Profit.
Edited by: Katarzyna Chmielewska, Kuba Szreder, Tomasz Żukowski
Authors: Jakob Jakobsen, Gerald Raunig, Marion von Osten, Peter Spillmann, Teresa Święćkowska, Martin Kaltwasser, Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt, Ewa Majewska, NetzNetz, Adrienne Goehler, Katarzyna Chmielewska, Michał Kozłowski, Tomasz Żukowski, Michał Herer
format: 15×22 cm

Fundacja Bęc Zmiana
warszawa, mokotowska 65
+48 22 827 64 62

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