[artinfo] n\osztalgia – culture of memory CALL
tijana.stepanovic at gmail.com
Fri Feb 2 13:08:39 CET 2007
n\osztalgia – culture of memory
Call for authors, artists, photographers, scholars
Deadline: March 12th, 2007
Anthropolis and PLOTKI are looking for authors, artists, photographers
and scholars with interest in exploring the theme of (n)ostalgia.
Today's collective memory of the socialist past often shifts between
the extremes of demonizing or idealizing that period. The international
project n\osztalgia focuses on the various aspects of this idealization
expressed by pure mystification from parts of the elder generation or –
a new phenomenon – by playful deconstruction of the highly charged
symbolism of the East from the younger generation. Aim of the project
is to investigate and to critically question the (n)ostalgia wave in
different CEE countries from a comparative perspective with a special
focus on Hungary and GDR.
Young artists, photographers, authors and scholars from Germany,
Hungary and other CEE countries are invited to contribute creatively to
an alternative discourse on the topic of 'collective memory' by
together analyzing the function of nostalgia, its representations, its
character and the contrast between official versus private and national
versus general post-socialist culture of memory. Special attention
shall also be given to aesthetic-artistic practices of interpreting the
The participants will gather for a workshop on the 28th of April – 1st
of May 2007 in Hungary, at the famous pioneer camp of Zánka at Lake
Balaton. At the seminar the theoretical basis of the theme 'culture of
memory' will be elaborated in co-operation with invited experts in the
field. Moreover, the participants will together discuss their project
ideas and present first work drafts.
The project results will be presented in several formats. Next to a
catalogue publication there will be an online virtual museum to show
the artistic and scientific pieces of work, completed by a collection
of every-day objects of the socialistic times from CEE countries. In
September 2007 all project outcomes will be presented at release events
in Budapest and Berlin.
There are various dimensions of nostalgia and countless topics
connected to it: cult-objects and devices, consumerism, popular culture
and media, every life traditions and habits, urban spaces and
landscapes, philosophy and ideas, and many more you are invited to add.
The project plans to explore how they continue to live further in our
minds, discourses, representations, grocery stores, flea markets, radio
studios, how they create fans and provoke enemies.
Everybody is invited to apply. We particularly encourage young artists,
authors and scholars who are affiliated with the topic or come from the
former Communist bloc countries. Applicants should be willing to be
part of an international team and produce work in their own fields on
post-socialist nostalgia. Since the working language is English, a
confident knowledge of English is required. Deadline for application is
March 12th, 2007.
For more information contact us: reka at nosztalgia.net or
steph at nosztalgia.net.
Please fill in the following application form, attach your CV + working
samples and send it to application at nosztalgia.net.
°Field of studies and/or occupation
°Motivation for your participation and main interests
°What do you connect with nostalgia?
°How did you hear about the project?
°Please send us some working samples:
as an author: published/unpublished texts
as an artist/ photographer: a small selection of
paintings/graphics/photos/comics etc. (preferably connected to
(max 10 files, web compatible, overall file size no bigger than 5 MB)
°Please send us an idea about your possible contribution
We are very much looking forward to your application!
Anthropolis and PLOTKI
ANTHROPOLIS is a non-governmental, public benefit association, an
institute for cultural and visual anthropological research and social
development. Our organisation intends to strengthen institutional
background of education and social and visual anthropological research.
The aim of Anthropolis is to ensure a worldwide reputation of applied
anthropology and promote participatory approach in management of recent
social problems. (www.anthropolis.hu )
PLOTKI is a project from around the bloc. PLOTKI brings together
writers, photographers and graphic artists >from Central and Eastern
Europe in order to create a magazine that investigates our cultural
PLOTKI was founded in 2000 by a group of students from Berlin, Warszawa
and Praha. In the meantime plotkisty from all over Central and Eastern
Europe have joined us. Our goal is to increase and intensify the
contact between former East and West, between neighboring countries and
Multiculturní Centrum Praha
n\osztalgia is funded by Bipolar German-Hungarian Cultural
Cooperations. Bipolar is an initiative of the Bundeskulturstiftung
(German Federal Cultural Foundation). n\osztalgia is further supported
by Nemzeti Kulturális Alap (Hungarian National Cultural Fund).
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