Mira Keratová / Action art during “normalization” in former Czechoslovakia – participation and context of urban space

14/04/2010, DigiLab AVU v Praze (aula) U Akademie 4 Praha 7, 1.30pm

The period of “normalization” has been characterized by the gradual breakdown of the ideology and bureaucracy of the regime, by formalization of reformation slogans, and by art trying to change the individual through the power of intense experience. Within immaterial actions life itself was conceptualized as an art project and art as an everyday activity.
The actions of Ján Budaj and Temporary Society for the Intense Experience (TSIE) – Lunch I. and II. (Bratislava 1978-9) took place in the city center and in the parking lot of the housing development, where in front of an observing audience performers conversed and enjoyed eating their meals. Situations were constructed as a stratagem for catching the unwary audience’s attention and confronting people with their everyday reality. The audience became converted into participants through the process of intense experience of their own being..


Mira Keratová (1977) is curator and critic of contemporary art. Some of her latest curatorial projects are Fantasies of the Beginning, Bratislava – Petržalka, 2008-9; Working Memory, Tranzit, Bratislava 2009 (with L. Gavulová); The Romance of my Young Days, the Future of my Nostalgia, Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica 2010;

splash screen: The actions of Ján Budaj and Temporary Society for the Intense Experience (TSIE) – Lunch II. (Bratislava 1979)

Published : 30. 03. 2010
Author: Frantisek Zachoval
Category: Lecture, Seminar - PhD, Education


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