Vortragstext: Armin Medosch. Ich möchte der Direktorin des Belvedere, Frau Agnes Husslein-Arco und dem Kurator der Ausstellung, Harald Kreijci danken, dass sie mich eingeladen haben, hier zur Eröffnung des Rückblicks auf Kinetika einige Worte zu sagen. Mein Vortrag muss eher kurz gehalten werden, muss mich insofern auf thesenhafte Schwerpunkte beschränken. Nachzulesen wird es das alles in meinem Buch New Tendencies geben, das auf englisch bei MIT Press erscheinen wird. Vortrag gehalten im Kontext der Eröffnung http://www.21erhaus.at/rueckblick_kinetika_1967 Kinetika Eröffnung,
NON-ALIGNED: ART, SOLIDARITY, AND THE EMERGING “THIRD WORLD”
Time: 02/04/2016, 9:30 AM—12:00 PM
Location: Delaware Suite B, Lobby Level
Chairs: Adair Rounthwaite, University of Washington; Atreyee Gupta, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin
‘Contemporary Art of the South’: Rethinking the Contemporary Art of the Non-Aligned Countries exhibition of 1995.
Amanda K. Rath, Cornell University
Solidarities of the Seventies: Graphics in a Global Field
Klara Kemp-Welch, Courtauld Institute of Art
In this lecture, I contextualized New Tendencies with a discourse on Modernism, whereby NT were introduced as a Last Avantgarde. As a neo-avant-gare they reacted against a Modernism that had become prescriptive and captivated by the institutional system at the time already. NT deployed an entirely abstract language which is usually considered to be apolitical, but in their practice, abstract visual research was imbued with a strong politics of form which aimed at the emancipation and liberation of the viewer. Thus, their politics of form led straight towards participatory art.
In this talk I presented the beginning of new research based on the notion of the technological unconscious in relation to early computer art. The lecture draws on research conducted in the context of my PhD on the New Tendencies movement and network, and further research in related areas done since then. The presentation was part of the Saturday seminars held in the context of the exhibition "Histories of the Post-digital", curated by Ekmel Ertan and Darko Fritz.
It is my pleasure to announce that I will present my paper Non-Aligned Modernism - the international network and art movement New Tendencies (first phase, 1961-1965) at the Postwar conference in Munich in May. My paper was submitted in response to an open call and got selected. You find the press release of Haus der Kunst below.