The subversive body: performance art and happening

February 22, 2011 - 17:30 - 19:00
Nador u. 11
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Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
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The subversive body: performance art and happening

a lecture by 
Gábor Klaniczay 
(CEU Medieval Studies)

This seminar will discuss a field which has been among the principal links between counterculture and underground theatre in the 1970s and 1980s. Avantgarde artists have been using the form of performance (NOT in theatres!) and especially their own bodies as a medium of artistic, cultural and philosophical expression. East-Central Europe had some excellent representatives of this art. Following also inspirations from Polish avantgarde theatre (Jerzy Grotowski, Tadeusz Kantor), happening artists such as Gábor Altorjay, Tamás Szentjóby, body artists such as Marina Abramovic, Tibor Hajas, performance artists as Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Herman Nitsch or the Inconnu group have constituted an artistic oevre which had a significance both for theatre, avantgarde art and for underground culture in general. It might be worth while to consider even the broadest historical perspectives, Cynical philosophers and Christian ascetics from the Antiquity, medieval heretics or the "popular" body art of punk-rock dress, prison tattoo or body piercing.

The lecture is part of the course Countercultures in the'East Bloc' and former Yugoslavia, 1960-1990.