The course Beyond the Rapture – contextualisation of new media art practices in Central and Eastern Europe will provide overview of different media art practices in Central and Eastern Europe to students of MA students at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava.
The idea of the course is to try to bridge „eschatological rapture“ of „the 1989“ in Eastern European art histories and to map examples and practices of continuation of artistic research and production that has base in pre-1989 art. Important part of courses is analysis of how different or similar are socio-political conditions in different countries observed. Introducing transdisciplinarity in the course will commence cultural, economical, social and political parameters in tackling the issue of crisis of industrialism and modernism and its impact on political crisis of Eastern Europe and how it differs from the West. Analysis shown that students in the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava mostly research and learn about Slovak art history (added with small portion od Czech art history + Visegrad countries) and Western art. There is significant gap of knowledge of media art histories of other regions of Eastern Europe (the same applied to almost all the other Art Academies in the East).
The course will focus on artistic practices that were critical about political and social context, and on art that experimented with and researched possibilities of new media. The project will focus itself on Central European and South-East European art (Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka, Darko Fritz, Kristian Lukić and Mária Rišková), adding insight into Baltic region (Rasa Smite) and Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (Olga Goriunova).