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DEMO InterVIEWS 2.0

A project by Kinga Koncz, Šárka Krtková, Àgnes Sebestyén, Marta Skłodowska, Eszter Tóth, and Martina Zuzaňáková

Host organizations: Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, Literaturhaus München, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Westfälischer Kunstverein Münster, Düsseldorfer Kunstverein, and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

September 2010, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (Germany)

The theme of political art and their function in society is exciting for each participating country, for all of them as a whole, and in comparison to one another. The project idea was to bring artists from Poland, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary for interviews on the topic of "political art" and present them to the public on a collective website.

Eighteen artists concerned with social and political issues were interviewed. In addition, there was research as to what the relationship between art and politics is since the year 1989 and the new general conditions set that year. Who, from the point of view of today’s artists, adopts the values of the system that they criticize? If they could create a utopia, what would it look like?

The video interviews were published on the website www.demointerviews.com. Scholarly contributions as well as up-to-date information on the topic of political art were also provided. The website was presented in the fall of 2010 in Berlin with several of the involved artists in attendance.

All the interviews were translated from the original languages into German and English. In this way they were made accessible to wide audiences and viewers had a chance to compare the various contemporary perspectives on political art in Central European transition countries.

With support from: Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin, Robert Bosch Stiftung, ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds