Thinking about Editing Artists Writings - lecture by Kristine Stiles

art always has its consequences

Within the framework of the project „Art always has its consequences”
Thinking about Editing Artists' Writings
a public presentation by Kristine Stiles

Dr. Kristine Stiles, a Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, will speak about her experience selecting, editing, and writing about artists' writings for the now classic book Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art, which she co-edited with Peter Selz, Professor Emeritus of the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Stiles will also talk about how, as the sole editor of the newly revised expanded second edition of this book, she has augmented the original selections and rewritten the entries, adding over 100 artists globally. Finally, Dr. Stiles will discuss her book, Correspondence Course: An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and Her Circle, forthcoming from Duke University Press, a book in which she edited, annotated, and wrote a monograph-length introduction to forty years of letters to and from the renowned performance artist Carolee Schneemann.

The project "Art Always Has Its Consequences" is a long-term collaborative platform of WHW from Croatia, tranzit. hu from Hungary, Museum Sztuki Łódź from Poland and from Serbia, supported by the EU’s Culture 2007 Program. Through a series of exhibitions, publications, seminars and research, the project aims to address the need to build a new art history that challenges the hegemonic paradigm in which art from Central and Eastern Europe is reduced either to a delayed reaction to Western developments, or an instrumentalised ideological production. In a critical and creative way the project reopens the issues of modernist legacies and histories of the countries involved in the project, as well as questions of auto-histories, self-positioning, the reinterpretation of art history, collective trauma and amnesia, focusing on four areas of study that are still on the margins of official art narratives: the history of exhibitions, artists’ writings, archival practices and conceptual design and typography. While seeking to avoid and deconstruct false and mythical geographical determinations, the project aims to create new research methods and communication forms amongst artists and cultural practitioners from different regions of Europe, excluded for many years from the official discourse of international art history and disconnected from each other. The program will actively build upon the heritage of modernist and conceptual art and theory in Croatia, Hungary, Poland, and Serbia, thus creating new vital links between these practices and contemporary developments.

“Art Always Has Its Consequences” is supported by the EU’s Culture 2007 Program.

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