Childhood’s End: Slovak alternative scene in the 80’s

February 11, 2010 - 17:30 - 19:00
Nador u. 11
Toth Gyorgy Istvan Room
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Open to the Public
Michal Hvorecky
Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
Department of Gender Studies
Childhood’s End: Slovak alternative scene in the 80’s

Fiction writer, Michal Hvorecky will talk about creative life on the edge of the communist Czechoslovakia, shortly introducing ideas, attitudes, and personalities of music, literature, visual arts and architecture. What was so called "the restoration of order" in CSSR? How wide was the gap between the mainstream and the underground? Why were there only few dissidents in Slovakia comparing to hundreds in Czech Republic? With some clips and images.

The lecture is part of the "Approcahes to Counter-Cultural Movements in East-Central Europe" seminar.

The Counter-Culture seminar itself, combined with a guest lecture series, offers an introduction into the major trends in the theory of sub-culture and an overview of the main developments in East-Central Europe from the 1960s to the post-communist transition. It is focusing on the alternative musical scene in the sense of a Gesamtkunstwerk, i.e. analyzing its complex linkages to other art branches, alternative theatre, performance art, film, literature. The course intends to place these movements into their respective socio-cultural settings.