[artinfo] UMELEC Magazine
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Since its inception Umelec International has remained the only
international art magazine in English about contemporary visual
culture in Central Europe and beyond. The magazine is published in
the Czech Republic and every issue comes out in a separate Czech and
English language version. Our contributors and readers extend from
the heart of Europe through the region and into the rest of the
world. In the future Umelec will use this as its starting point.
Domestic art happenings are coming into more and more contact with
what is happening elsewhere, and the sharpened awareness of these
happenings will surely come into confrontation with what is going on
outside our borders.
The focus of the magazine will expand into territories that world
magazines typically relegate to the periphery. New columns will be
more contentious, but at the same time they will bravely infiltrate
our environment: Umelec is to refute the lingering dominance of
apolitical approaches to art.
Umelec will follow trends, but expose their limitations and create
trends of its own. It will leave proper consideration of the
appearances of the world to others and with simple calm open itself
up to this era of chaos and adversity. This is the only way that the
myriad branches of the delta that is visual culture today can come
Umelec will come to you. That's why the magazine supported and
visited the Biennial in Tirana and didn't support the Biennial in
Prague. That's why in January we explored the art community in Kosovo
- look for the write-up in the latest issue. That's why Umelec spent
so much time in and around Germany, so as to put out an issue in 2004
about the German art reality from a different point of view. That's
why Umelec is strengthening its relationship with Slovakia and
Central Europe, to become a magazine of cosmopolitan activities in
all of their local forms, even if some of the branches of the delta
trickle off into nothing.
An issue of Umelec is dedicated to more focused regional or national
issues, and always tries to bring to life the current social-cultural
situation, including its more marginal aspects. We do not consider
culture as a decoration of the state body, but as one of the most
important inspiring values of life, even if it is radical or strange.
To us, art is not only the world of galleries and curators, but also
what is hidden in the ghetto, streets and other apparently abandoned
cultural corners. Contemporary art and culture can be a piercing
insight from the critical, magical mirror of the world and its
future. We are convinced that the contemporary artist is capable of
seeing, feeling and hearing things that are normally obscured. It is
also a fact that anyone can be an artist, anyone who is willing to
overcome every possible obstacle.
The same social processes that cause the stable person in a mature
society to lose his sense of reality, force the world of contemporary
art to try and discover it once again. The same social processes that
cause the moral and political elite to abandon culture, force
contemporary culture to politicize and moralize.
And as long as we are able to put it out, you can read about this and
more in Umelec International.
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contact: umelec at mail.divus.cz
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