Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, ARTMargins is launching an OPEN FORUM ON THE MARGINS.

The forum is dedicated to the status of the periphery in politics, art, and criticial discourse today.

With the ever-increasing political and cultural integration of Central Europe over the last two decades, the region's position of marginality - once a major selling point for Eastern Europe's fledgling art scenes - seems to have been reversed. Or has it? What, if anything, do we have to gain from epithets such as "marginality" and "periphery" at this point in time?

Where, if not in Eastern Europe, are the new peripheries? And how can a new poly-peripheric worlld be subject to description, and in what kind of critical language? How relevant is the vocabulary of (post-) postcolonialism and the subaltern to this new world order? And how relevant are they for Eastern Europe and its formerly privileged marginal position as the "limes" between East and West?

Can it be helpful to link Eastern Europe to other "margins", as is increasingly happening (witness the recent exhibition at the Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart which linked [Eastern] Europe with South America)? And can such couplings be helpful in questioning the newly ermergent bipolar world order?Finally, does today's emphatic proclamation of a new poly-centric world betray more affinities with the Cold War paradigm than we are willing to admit? And, if the answer is yes, how does that reality impact the production and distribution of art, in Eastern Europe and beyond?


 

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