Art Research Center
Online Book Launch
What Will Be Already Exists: Temporalities of Cold War Archives in East-Central Europe and Beyond

Time: February 11, 2022 17:00-18:30

Venue: online, Facebook event

Registration: link

In February 2020, we organized an international conference entitled Artpool40 - Active Archives and Art Networks. The study volume related to the conference, edited by Emese Kürti and Zsuzsa László, is published by Transcript, one of Europe’s leading independent scientific publishers. 

On the 11th of Februrary 2022, we organize a book-launch in collaboration with Lina Džuverović from BIRMAC, Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture at Birkbeck, London, on the occasion of the publication of the edited volume What Will Be Already Exists: Temporalities of Cold War Archives in East-Central Europe and Beyond at Transcript Verlag. Invited respondents, art scholar, critic and curator Ieva Astahovska (Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia) and art historian and curator, Christian Nae (George Enescu National University of Arts, Iași, Romania) will offer their responses to the publication, which will be followed by a panel discussion with the editors and a number of contributors moderated by Sophie Hope (BIRMAC).

  • The open-access electronic version of the book can be accessed here.

Emese Kürti – László Zsuzsa (eds.): What Will Be Already Exists. Temporalities of Cold War Archives in East-Central Europe and Beyond

How do artist archives survive and stay authentic in radically changed contexts? The volume addresses the challenge of continuity, sustainability, and institutionalization of archives established by Eastern European artists. At its center stands the 40th anniversary of the Artpool Art Research Center founded in 1979 in Budapest as an underground institution based on György Galántai's »Active Archive« concept. Ten internationally renowned scholars propose contemporary interpretations of this concept and frame artist archives not as mere sources of art history but as models of self-historicization. The contributions give knowledgeable insights into the transition of Cold War art networks and institutional landscapes.

Our new book edited by Emese Kürti and Zsuzsa László with texts by Zdenka Badovinac, Judit Bodor-Roddy Hunter, David Crowley, Lina Džuverović, Daniel Grúň, Emese Kürti, Karolina Majewska-Güde, Kristine Stiles, Sven Spieker and Tomasz Załuski will soon be published by Transcript Verlag.

On the cover: György Galántai and Júlia Klaniczay performing The Life of the Statue Vivante in the storage room of the Savaria Museum, Szombathely, 1981 (photo by József Rosta)