[artinfo] newsletter_02_1.Biennial of Quadrilateral

MMSU Rijeka mmsu-rijeka at ri.t-com.hr
Sat Nov 5 17:49:53 CET 2005

   The Biennial of the Quadrilateral is a follow up to the successful
   series of the Biennial of The Young Artists of Yugoslavia 1960 - 1991
   and Biennial of the Young Mediterranean Artists 1993 - 1997 organised
   by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia


   Based on a diplomatic initiative on behalf of the Quadrilateral, the
   Biennial presents artists from Croatia, Hungary, Italia and Slovenia
   as selected by a curator from each respective country after reaching
   consent on a biennial's theme. The Þrst edition will address a
   contemporary concept of Relativism. In the second month of the
   biennial philosophers and art magazine publishers from the region will
   gather to exchange observations and analyses in the areas of their
   expertise, all within a broad Þeld of relativism.

   Symposium on Relativism
   organized by Elvio Baccarini
   19 - 20 January 2006

   Lecture Hall of the University Library

   Relativism is, generally speaking, a position stating that there are
   no universal standards of evaluation, but only standards relating to
   individuals or communities. The symposium offers an analysis and
   discussion on diverse issues of relativism, comparing it with other
   relevant concepts. In a Þeld of relativism and knowledge, a relation
   between relativism and quest for truth will be discussed, based on
   abstract philosophical background, as well as on the examples from the
   history of science. In a Þeld of ethics, relativism will be
   discussed concerning a dilemma should there be, and whether there are,
   universal moral judgments, as well as regarding relations determining
   contemporary moral standards. In an aesthetics context, the discussion
   will center around the example of Daniel Edwards exposition of Ted
   Williams's head, which serves as a case for assessment of relativism
   of evaluative standards in philosophy of arts. Finally, a discussion
   on relativism and contextualism is going to demonstrate a possibility
   of position between dogmatic universalism and mere subjective

   The participants are: Marina Sbisa', University of Triest (Relativism
   and Contextualism); Peter Szegedi, Eötvös University, Budapest,
   (Scientist vs. Philosophers on the Relativism of Science); Vojko
   Strahovnik, University of Ljubljana (Relativism and Contextualism);
   Gianfranco Pellegrino, LUISS Rome (Distance and Morality); SnjeÏana
   Prijiç-SamarÏija, University of Rijeka (Truth-Possession in a
   Social World); Nikola Petkoviç, University of Rijeka (Relativism and
   Aesthetics); Elvio Baccarini, University of Rijeka (Relativism and


   Elvio Baccarini (1961, Rijeka) B.A. in Philosophy (University of
   Trieste, Italy), 1986 (degree thesis on the political philosophy of
   J.S. Mill), M.A in Philosophy (University of Zagreb, Croatia), 1992
   (thesis on moral epistemology), Ph.D. in Philosophy (University of
   Trieste, Italy), 1998 (thesis on moral ontology). Baccarini is a
   lecturer, an author of numerous books and scientiÞc articles and has
   participated at numerous group projects and conferences. In addition
   to a position of Assistant Professor of Ethics, Baccarini is a Dean of
   the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rijeka.

   Convention of the Art Magazine Publishers
   organised by Janka Vukmir
   19 - 20 January, 2006

   Lecture Hall of the University Library

   In an overall context of the BQ and this year's topic of RELATIVISM,
   publishers, editors, contributors and writers of contemporary art
   magazines will discuss their working experience in respected countries
   as well as the function of art magazines within their context.
   Interest will focus on ethical values and educational role of
   published articles, social signiÞcance of art, responsibility of art
   critics, writers and other protagonists of art magazine publishing and
   possible models of collaboration within the region.

   Participants are Giuliana Carbi, Trieste Contemporanea Magazine,
   Trieste and Marco Giacomelli, Exibart, Florence for Italy; Nikolett
   Eröss, Exindex web magazine, and Adele Eisenstein, Praesens,
   Budapest for Hungary; Nevenka ·ivavec, (Likovne besede) Likovni
   salon, Celje and Tadej Pogaãar, (M'ars) artist, Ljubljana for
   Slovenia; Sandra KriÏiç Roban, Îivot umjetnosti and Janka
   Vukmir, Radionica, Zagreb for Croatia.


   Janka Vukmir (Zagreb, 1963) lives and works in Zagreb as a widely
   active art historian at a Þeld of contemporary art and has curated,
   lectured, juried, written and published internationally. Working in
   non-proÞt sector during last 12 years, Vukmir was occupied with
   matters of organization, fundraising, capacity building and
   leadership, attending numerous concerned seminars among which is also
   the ECF program Kultura Nova. Since 2004 Vukmir is holding workshops
   within Educational Program in Culture on Strategic Planning and
   Cultural Development of the City of Zagreb. The program is currently
   in its second year and will continue on a national level. Janka Vukmir
   has been a director of the Institute for Contemporary Art since 1998,
   an editor in chief of art magazine Radionica/Workshop since 2002 and a
   president of the Croatian Independant Publishers 2003 - 2005.

                                   Participating Artists


                   curated by Igor Spanjol

   The IRWIN group was founded in Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 1983. Its
   members are Du”an Mandiã (1954), Miran Mohar (1958), Andrej Savski
   (1961), Roman Uranjek (1961) and Borut Vogelnik (1959). Along with a
   music group Laibach (*1980), a performance group GledaliӋe Sester
   Scipion Nasice (*1983), later known as Kozmokinetiãni Kabinet
   Noordung, and a design department Novi kolektivizem, IRVIN is one of
   the core groups within the artists' collective of Neue Slowenische
   Kunst (NSK), established in 1984 in the Slovenian republic of the
   Federal Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia. IRWIN is committed to a
   so-called 'retro-principle', which is "not a style or an art trend but
   a principle of thought, a way of behaving and acting"(IRWIN). At the
   beginning of the 1990s, the artistic collective NSK transformed from
   organisation to a "State" in Time, in a framework wherein IRWIN played
   the roles of protagonists as well as chronologists by analysing and
   recording the processes which had started in Europe after the fall of
   Socialism. IRWIN is also involved in creation of three collections of
   contemporary art and is currently working on a project East Art Map.

   Maja Licul (1970) lives and works in Ljubljana. She graduated painting
   from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana under mentorship of Metka
   Kra”evec in 1993. During the 1992-2000 period she was a member of
   the Provokart group producing newsletter Art in Your Home, An
   Aesthetic Event with Waclav Havel, Vote for me  - the Þrst
   democratic elections in Slovenia, etc. Since 2000, she has begun to
   focus on a Þeld of visual communications concerning broader public,
   with a special emphasis on graphic design.

   Marko Peljhan (1969) is a theatre director and a conceptual artist;
   his work focuses on performance, visual installations, video,
   telecommunications, electronic music, and interconnections between
   art, science, and technology. Since 1992 he has been working in a
   context of the Projekt Atol, coordinating work on long-term projects
   such as Makrolab, Trust-System, and Insular Technologies. He has
   received numerous international awards for his work, among them the
   Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica 2001 for a work Polar, which he
   produced together with a German conceptual artist Carsten Nicolai in
   Tokyo. He is one of the co-founders of a digital media lab Ljudmila in
   Ljubljana, and is currently a professor at the University of
   California in Santa Barbara, USA.

   Lujo Vodopivec (1952) lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He
   graduated in 1974 from the Sculpture Department at the Academy of Fine
   Arts in Ljubljana and completed postgraduate course in sculpture at
   the same academy, under mentorship of Drago Tr”ar (1974-1976). As a
   recipient of the Barnett Newman Foundation scholarship he continued
   his studies under William Tucker and Sidney Geist at the New York
   Studio School (1979-80). Since 1984 he has been teaching at the
   Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where he is an associate professor
   of sculpture ever since 1990.


   Igor Spanjol (1972) studied sociology of culture and art history at
   the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. From 1995 to 1999 he has been
   collaborating on different media art projects at the Soros Centre for
   Contemporary Arts in Ljubljana. Since 1999 he has been working as a
   curator at the Moderna galerija Ljubljana/Museum of Modern Art. He is
   lecturing on media art and publishing articles on contemporary art.
   His most important projects include documentation, archival and
   research project Videodokument - Video art in Slovenia 1969-1998
   (SCCA-Ljubljana) and exhibition trilogy Slovene Art 1975-2005 at the
   Moderna galerija (co-curated with Igor Zabel).


                   curated by János Sugár

   IPUT (International Parallel Union of Telecommunications)

   The IPUT is a Neo Socialist Realist, occasionally emerging, illegal
   entity, founded by its superintendent, Tamás St.Auby in 1968.
   St.Auby c-organized the Þrst Hungarian Happening in 1966, made
   readings, lectures, actions, Þlms, participated in expositions and
   organized Flux-concerts, etc. In 1972 started to deal with strike as a
   theme that led to the Subsistence Level Standard Project 1984 W in
   1974. He was sent to exile for political subversion in 1975.
   Established the Near-East-European Free University for West-European
   Joblesses (Astronomy-, R'n'R- and Strike Departments) in Geneva. Since
   his return to Hungary in 1991, he is a lecturer at the Intermedia
   Faculty of the Hungarian Fine Arts Academy. Opened the Neo Socialist.
   Realist. IPUT's Global Counter-Arthistory-FalsiÞers Front, which
   constructed the Portable Intelligence Increase Museum - Pop Art,
   Conceptual Art and Actionism in Hungary during the 60s (1956 - 1976)
   in 2003. IPUT organized the Þrst three, direct democratic,
   non-art-art referendum in Hungary between 2003 and 2005.

   Ádám Kokesch (1973, Budapest) graduated from the Hungarian Art
   University in 2003, in a class of Dóra Maurer. Since 1998 he's been
   a member of Studio of Young Artists Association (FKSE). Kokesch has
   exhibited at numerous solo exhibitions and participated at numerous
   group exhibitions in Hungary and abroad. He lives and works in

   Szilvia Reischl (1969, Budapest, Hungary) lives and works in Budapest.
   She graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Faculty of
   Intermedia in 1999 and completed postgraduate studies in 2000. Since
   1999 Reischl has exhibited at three solo exhibitions and several group
   exhibitions throughout Hungary and Austria. Her works are usually
   based on seem-to-be-strange-at-Þrst-sight ideas related to literal
   gaps, funny moments, everyday life as well as the end of life; using
   writings, diagrams, aesthetic and less aesthetic pictures, photographs
   or almost artless compositions.

   Omara (Mara Oláh, 1945) is a self-trained artist of Romany origin
   living in Hungary. Her artistic carrier started in 1988, at age 43.
   Omara's artworks are direct and uncompromised testimonies of the
   discrimination, prejudice and hatred against the Hungarian Romany
   minority, told through intimate and personal episodes of the artist's
   own life. The Hungarian art scene learned of Omara's at the Hidden
   Holocaust exhibition in Budapest Kunsthalle, 2004. She is acknowledged
   as one of the most powerful, gripping and authentic Romany advocates
   and is politically active in a Þeld of minority rights, women
   rights, culture and education.


   János Sugár (1958) studied at the Department of Sculpture of the
   Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. Parallel with his studies
   he was actively involved in the exhibitions and performances of
   Indigo, an interdisciplinary underground art group. His work includes
   installations, performances, as well as Þlm and video.

   Sugár has been participating at national and international
   exhibitions since the mid 80-ies. In 1992 he exhibited at the
   Documenta IX, Kassel, while in 1996 he participated at Manifesta I,
   Rotterdam. He completed an Artslink residency at the Cleveland
   Institute of Art in 1994, and in 1998/99 he had a seven-month
   fellowship at Experimental Intermedia in New York. In 1998 his Þlms
   were screened at the Anthology Film Archives in New York.


                   curated by Giuliana Carbi

   Brigitte Brand (1955, Rastatt, Germany) lives and works in Treviso.
   She graduated from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste of Stuttgart
   (Prof. K.R.H. Sonderborg) and moved to Italy in 1979 thanks to an
   annual scholarship for the class of Prof. Emilio Vedova at the Academy
   of Fine Arts in Venice. Since 1980 she has been exhibiting at numerous
   public and private galleries in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy and

   Emanuela Marassi (1937, Muggia, Italy) lives and works in Trieste. She
   was student of August Cernigoj, an Italian-Slovene representative of
   Constructivism. Since the beginning of her career, during the late
   1960ies, as one of the Þrst Italian feminist performance artists,
   she has investigated fallacy of conventional symbols, often using
   unusual materials like ribbons and tulle. Her most signiÞcant works
   are: "La donna è un S-Oggetto kitsch?", L'OfÞcina, Trieste (1978);
   "Aurora Musis Amica", Galleria Pellegrino, Bologna (1980); "Il
   Cavaliere", Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara (1981) and Rocca Paolina,
   Perugia (1992); "Art sweet art", for the exhibition "Fine Weather",
   Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (1999); "Sweet Suite",
   Studio Tommaseo, Trieste (2001).

   Maurizio Pellegrin (1956, Venice, Italy) lives and works between New
   York and Venice, where he earned a M.F.A. in Contemporary Art. He
   studied Literature and Philosophy at Ca' Foscari University and
   Painting and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts. In New York he
   studied Sociology at the New School and Eastern Philosophy at NY
   University where he teaches Drawing and Art Criticism Fine Art Studies
   master's degree. He teaches Sculpture and Phenomenology of Arts at
   Columbia University TC. Pellegrin has published thirty works. He held
   130 solo exhibitions, participated at almost 300 group exhibitions in
   the world's major museums and private galleries, and executed hundreds
   of site speciÞc works. His interests include installations, Þlm,
   photography, sculpture, painting and drawing.

   Alfredo Pirri (1957, Cosenza, Italy) lives and works in Rome. He
   graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. His one-man and group
   exhibitions in public spaces include participation at: Venice Biennale
   (1988 and 1993); Minimalia, PS1, New York (1999); Contemporary Art
   Biennial, L'Havane (2001); Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena (2000, 2001).
   For the gardens of Villa Medici in Roma, he realized "Via d'ombra"
   (2000). He is represented by galleries Tucci Russo (Torino and Torre
   Pellice), Studio Casoli (Milano), Ore D'aria and Planita (Rome), Lia
   Rumma (Napoli), Benet Costa (Barcellona), and Michel Rein (Paris). In
   2004 Skira (Milano) published "Dove sbatte la luce. Mostre e opere.
   2003-1986" a bilingual, English/Italian monograph on his work.


   Giuliana Carbi (1959, Trieste, Italy) is an art historian and a
   curator. She earned her Ph.D. (History of Art) in Rome, 1989. She's
   done studies in philosophy and art criticism. She was a professor of
   history of contemporary art at the University of Trieste (1993-95).
   Carbi is a  founder (1995) and a president in charge of the Trieste
   Contemporanea Committee (www.tscont.ts.it).


                   curated by Branko Franceschi

   Kristian KoÏul (1975, Munich) lives and works in Zagreb and New
   York. KoÏul entered Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1993 and
   transferred to the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf where he graduated in
   2002. KoÏul received his Þrst recognition as a video artist,
   however his late oeuvre consists of elaborate metaphorical objects.
   KoÏul has participated at the numerous exhibitions both in Croatia
   and abroad and is considered one of the most intriguing Croatian
   artists of his generation.

   Andreja Kulunãiç (1968. Subotica) lives and works in Zagreb. She
   graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts and Design in Belgrade in
   1992 and completed her postgraduate studies at the Hungarian Academy
   of Fine Arts in Budapest. Kulunãiç participated at the numerous
   international exhibition such as Liverpool Biennial (UK 2004), 8th
   Istanbul Biennial (Turkey, 2003), The American Effect at Whitney
   Museum, (New York, 2003), Translocations, an on-line exhibition by
   Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, 2003), Documenta 11 (Kassel, 2002),
   Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt/Main, 2002) and other numerous group and solo
   exhibitions in Croatia and abroad.

   Sandra Sterle (1965, Zadar) lives and works in Split. She graduated
   from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1989 and continued her
   studies at Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf 1995 - 1996. Sterle has
   exhibited internationally since 1995 and gained reputation as a
   multimedia artist by participating at numerous exhibitions: Capital &
   Gender (Skopje, 2001), To Tell a Story (Zagreb, 2001), Here Tomorrow
   (Zagreb, 2002), In den Schluchten des Balkan (Kassel, 2003). In 2001
   Sandra Sterle produced go_HOME, an internet and streaming project with
   Danica Dakiç. Her works are included in mayor retrospectives of
   Croatian video art such as Frame by Frame, Personal Cinema Program,
   Insert, as well as A short History of Dutch Video Art. Since 2002
   Sterle has been a senior lecturer at the New Media Department of the
   Art Academy in Split, Croatia.

   www.enigmaobjekta.com is a project conceived and executed by Gordan
   Karabogdan (1980, Mainz-Mombach) and Nikica Klobuãar (1977, Zagreb)
   in 2005. Gordan Karabogdan graduated from the Graphic Department of
   the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2004 and has been exhibiting
   since 1996, mostly in Croatia. Nikica Klobuãar graduated Philosophy
   and History of Art from the Human Studies Faculty at the Zagreb
   University. Klobuãar is a collaborator of the Drama Program of the
   Croatian National Radio, an author of the numerous articles in
   Croatia's prestigious cultural magazines, a poet and a writer, an
   author of the award wining Þlms "Enter" and "Can and Opener" at the
   West Herzegovina Fest. Karabogdan and Klobuãar live and work in


   Branko Franceschi , art historian, was born in Zadar in 1959. Croatia.
   Since 2004 he's been an executive director of the Museum of Modern and
   Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia (www.mmsu.hr). During his career
   Franceschi has curated numerous exhibitions, written numerous
   contributions to daily press, art reviews and periodicals, TV and
   radio broadcasts, etc.  He has also initiated, managed  and
   coordinated residencies and cultural exchanges between Croatia/USA and
   Croatia/Great Britain. Member of AICA (Board of AICA Croatia), ICOM,
   CIMAM, DPUH, Advisory Committee of ArtsLink.


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