Az Intermédia Tanszéken Maja és Reuben Fowkes tart előadást

A Patterns Lectures keretében
nov. 17-én, csütörtökön 10 órától az Intermédia előadótermében

Maja és Reuben Fowkes
(Translocal, Budapest,
tart előadást


Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem Intermédia Tanszék
H-1063 Budapest, Kmety u. 27.

This presentation considers the trend for financial and political elites, who soar above the immediate effects of climate change while contributing to it disproportionately, to take up ecological causes, often transforming them through their interventions into platforms for fashion, entertainment and exclusivity. It poses the question as to what happens when states that are heavily implicated in the structures of the global carbon economy chose to embrace environmental art as a vehicle for self-promotion and what space remains for artists and curators to
articulate critical ecological visions.

Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes are art historians, curators and co-directors of the Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art in Budapest. They hold PhDs from University College London and Essex University respectively, and work on the art history of Eastern Europe since 1945, environmental art history, as well as contemporary art and ecological thought. Recent books include Maja Fowkes's The Green Bloc: Neo- Avant garde Art and Ecology under Socialism (CEU Press, 2015) and River Ecologies: Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities on the Danube (Translocal Institute, 2015). Reuben Fowkes is an editor of Third Text, and currently preparing a special issue on East European art of the 1960s and 70s. Recent and forthcoming publications include journal articles on the Danube and contemporary art in Geohumanities and on the (de)institutionalisation of the Hungarian neo-avant-garde in Tate Papers, as well as a chapter on alternative art of the 1980s in Eastern Europe for the Afterall Exhibition Histories series. Their curatorial projects include the Experimental Reading Room (2014 -6), the River School (2013-15) and the exhibition Walking without Footprints (2016). They recently launched the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Central European University, where they teach a course on Visual Cultures of the Anthropocene.