congress / events

10x10: See You There

Ivana Komanická

exhibition / installation

2011-09-08 - 2011-09-11 Four Domes Pavilion

informacje o biletach

photo: János Sugár, Wash Your Dirty Money With My Art,  Budapeszt 2008. Courtesy of the artist

In the context of the 10x10 project, Ivana Komanická, a philosopher and art theorist based in Košice, Slovakia has invited to her exhibition artists from Central European countries: Slovakia, Hungary, Germany and Austria.

Schedule of the exhibition

Friday, September 9 at 1.30-3 p.m., a workshop room in Feature Film Studio
Free International University Amorbach, Conference:
Anna Tretter, U We Claus and their guest Tammo Seppelt

Daily, Friday-Sunday, September 9-11 at 7 a.m., Japanese Garden
U We Claus, “The Fourfold Mandala Offering to the Bodhisattva Green Tara”

Daily, Friday-Sunday, , September 9-11 at 11-3 p.m., outdoor: the courtyard of Four Domes Pavillion
Michal Murin and Milan Adamčiak, working and meeting place

The FREE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Amorbach (2011). A collective working according to the interdisciplinary principles of Beuys `The Enlarged Concept of Art´ includes a conceptual and a multi-media artist Anna Tretter (1956, Germany) and an artist and a writer U We Claus (1958, Germany) who worked for and with Joseph Beuys on many projects like 7000 Eichen.

A collective from Vienna based on the shared values, practice, studies and history includes Eduard Freudmann (1978, Austria), Ivan Jurica (1972, Slovakia) and Ivana Marjanovič (1979, Serbia). Their work focuses on the relationship between art and politics, namely on power relations within social contexts, strategies of exclusion and the relationships within processes of production.

Since 2005 Michal Murin (1963, Slovakia) a conceptual and a sound artist and a performer has been engaged in an extensive project of a social sculpture about a musician, theorist and a visual artist Milan Adamčiak (1946, Slovakia). Apart from a social care and adaptation Murin´s work includes the production of films and exhibitions, gallery and auction strategies. With money he collected, he bought a “little house” for the artist in November last year.

“Wash your dirty money with my art” belongs to the series of the recent stenciled graffiti-like works in which a conceptual artist and a film-maker János Sugár (1958, Hungary) tests the limits of a freedom of speech in a public space. His interest in a graffiti goes back to early nineties, in Graffiti-saving (1993) he tried to make the authorities to approve the casting an old graffiti in bronze and thus save it from the anti-graffiti movement. Sugár has participated in many national and international exhibitions since the mid 1980-ies, in 1992 he exhibited at the documenta IX, Kassel or in 1996 Manifesta I, Rotterdam.

Ivana Komanická on the exhibition “See You There”:

“So see you there” comes as a reply after one sees the work “A Trip to Imperial Capital” within the context of cultural congress tourism. Here the collective from Vienna (Eduard Freudmann, Ivan Jurica and Ivana Marjanović) has critically analyzed the neo-colonial aspirations of a private capital in Central Europe after 1989. Foundations like Soros, transit or Erste have adopted and re-written the history and geography of Central Europe. The impact of a private capital has resulted not only in the way the art has been (re)presented but also in the changes of economic conditions and thus a life situation of an artist here whose everyday life is now confronted with low-budgets exhibitions, individualism through a competitive grant system, a limitless flexibility and above all with a voluntary work, vocabulary of which has been appropriated by a private business as the generation of new profits.

The exhibition will address the social inequalities and injustice (re)produced within a contemporary art system and the artists as a group that is highly susceptible to poverty, exclusion and violence. The human rights agenda has been used as a critical tool for the resistance to neoliberalism. Compassion and solidarity as the alternatives to the power of money govern Beuys project of Free International University, an organizational place of a research, work and communication that is meant not only to supplement the state educational system but also campaign for legal equality. A German artist U We Claus who worked with Beuys on the Kassel Documenta planting 7000 oaks will do his meditations “The Fourfold Mandala Offering to the Bodhisattva Green Tara” every morning during the Congress in the Japanese Garden, while his collaborator from FIU Amorbach (founded in 2011) Anna Tretter will show the archive of a forgotten Weimar Republic intellectual Erich Everth whose theoretical work on the Media were reflected in his open critique of Nazism as a journalist and will speak to his great-grand son.

The violation of human rights in the Central Europe is often ignored as the domestic law is devastated and as other areas of public life it, too, is marked by the increasing power of private subjects. The new forms of public-private law subjects have been established like that of executor that was given many responsibilities within civil court proceedings previously in the agenda of the courts. When a Slovak artist Milan Adamčiak lost his job and found in the financial difficulties he very quickly became dispossessed by the executor and lost his home. In a non-existent institutional framework for the artist in peril, a Slovak artist Michal Murin appropriates the gallerist position working for the artist/friend describing his project on altruism in the terms of arttruism.

Just a very recent trial of a Hungarian artist János Sugár, when he was condemned to 5 months in jail, with two years probation for his public work criticizing the financing of private art institutions with public subsidy (the pretext was a vandalism) proved that the artist is guaranteed a freedom and is protected by law unless he/she touches the capital. In Wroclaw the visitors will be able to see his “Wash your dirty money with my art” re-contextualized.

Artists: Janos Sugar, Michal Murin, Milan Adamčiak; Anna Tretter and U We Claus (Free International University Amorbach); Eduard Freudmann, Ivan Jurica, Ivana Marjanovic – an artistic collective from Vienna, whose work is based on the shared values, practice, studies and history.

Curated by Ivana Komanická

Photo credit: János Sugár, “Wash Your Dirty Money With My Art”. A stenciled statement on the VAM Design Centre that filed a lawsuit against the artist. Budapest , June 2008. Courtesy of the artist.