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International Conference of the Artpool Art Research Center

February 20–21, 2020 Museum of Fine Arts, Schickedanz Hall, Budapest

Agustina Andreoletti | Zdenka Badovinac | David Crowley | Katalin Cseh-Varga | Mela Dávila Freire | Lina Džuverović | Meghan Forbes | Daniel Grúň | Sarah Haylett | John Held | Roddy HunterJudit Bodor | Jasna JakšićTihana Puc | Klara Kemp-Welch | Kaja Kraner | Emese Kürti | Karolina Majewska-Güde | Lívia Páldi | Henar Rivière | Sven Spieker | Kristine Stiles | Katalin Timár | Tomasz Załuski | Elisabeth Zimmermann

Sven Spieker [Biography]
Self-Documentation as Artistic Practice in Eastern Europe


My talk will consider the problem of self-documentation as an artistic practice in the 1960s–1980s, with emphasis on Eastern Europe. I will be interested in the (counter-)institutionalizing implications of self-documenting, as well as its performance-related extensions in the work of KwieKulik, Tomislav Gotovac, and others. Crucially, I want to consider to what extent our understanding of self-documentation is underwritten by an understanding of “documents” that is specific to Eastern Europe and its socio-political context, or not. More broadly speaking, and with a view to the ongoing discussions around global art history, I will make an effort to locate my topic within the discussion concerning the “documentary turn” in art and curatorship.