The Other Transatlantic. Theorizing Kinetic & Op Art in Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America

Conference at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland – October 21-22, 2016


Friday October 21, 2016

16:00 -16:20 – Welcoming Remarks

Joanna Mytkowska, Director Museum of Modern Art Warsaw
Marta Dziewanska, Curator of Research Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw

16:20 – 17:00 – Introduction or An Invitation to Hypothesize

Abigail Winograd, Independent Curator and Curatorial Fellow Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
Dieter Roelstraete, Curator Documenta 14

17:00-19:30 – Keynote Addresses

17:00-18:00 – “Modern synchronies and anachronisms in Latin America”, Ariel Jiménez, Independent Curator, Caracas
18:00-19:00 – “Lumino-Kinetic Arrangement of the Space or the Art of L&M”, Andrzej Turowski, Profesor of Art History, University of Burgundy, Dijon
19:00-19:30 – Q&A

Saturday October 22, 2016

10:30-13:00 – The Political Context (chaired by Dieter Roelstraete)

10:30-11:10 – “Cuban Concrete Art and its Latin American Connection”, Osbel Suárez, Independent Curator, Madrid
11:10-11:50 – “Biennial of Spatial Forms in Elbląg (1965-1973) as a Social Experiment”, Anna Maria Leśniewska, IS PAN, Warsaw
11:50-12:30 – “DVIZHENIE [Movement] Group: Echoes of Avant-Garde. Controversial History of Kinetic Art in the Soviet Union”, Sasha Obukhova, Head of the Research Department of Garage, Moscow
12:30-13:00 – Q&A

13:00-14:00 – Lunch Break

14:00-16:30 – Technology and the Collective Imagination (chaired by Daniel Muzyczuk)

14:00-14:40 – “The Constructive Connection and Peripheral Modernity in former Yugoslavia and Latin America”, Armin Medosch, Artist, Writer, and Curator, Vienna
14:40-15:20 – “The Resurgence of Science Fiction in Latin America in the Space Race/Atomic Age”, Rachel Haywood Ferreira, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Culture at Iowa State University, US
15:20-16:00 – “The Sigma Experience”, Attila Tordai-S., Independent Curator and Writer, Cluj
16:00-16:30 – Q&A

16:30-17:00 – Coffee Break

17:00 -19:30 – Theoretical Frameworks and the Role of Diaspora (chaired by Abigail Winograd)

17:00-17:40 – “Kinetic Art and Latin America: Some international circuits and dialogues”, Daniel Garza Usabiaga, Curator and Researcher, Artistic Director of Zona Maco, the contemporary art fair in Mexico City
17:40-18:20 – “Op and Kinetic Art in Poland circa 1965: An Exercise in Belonging”, Magdalena Moskalewicz, Art Historian, Curator, School of the Art Intitute of Chicago, US
18:20-19:00 – “Nonobjects and Quasi-objects: Notes on a Research Agenda at the Edge of Modernity”, Monica Amor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, & Critical Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art, US
19:00-19:30 – Q&A

19:30-20:15 – Conclusions