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Om Netværket

Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier er et nordisk forskningsnetværk støttet af Nordforsk 2004-2007. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgarde Studier vil styrke og koordinere mindre og spredte nationale forskningsmiljøer, bidrage til at fremme udveksling af viden om forskelle og ligheder mellem de nordiske lande og gøre nordisk avantgardeforskning internationalt synlig. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier afholder en årlig konference. Netværket danner også ramme for udarbejdelsen af De nordiske avantgarders kulturhistorie i 4 bind og et elektronisk arkiv for dokumenter fra de nordiske avantgarder. Det nordiske forskningsnetværk er en videreudvikling af det danske forskningsnetværk ”Avantgardernes genkomst og aktualitet” støttet af Det humanistiske Forskningsråd 2001-2004. Under forberedelse er et Europæisk Netværk for Avantgarde og Modernisme Studier, EAM, hvis første konference afholdes i Ghent, Belgien, maj 2008.

About the Network

The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies is supported by Nordforsk 2004-2007. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies aims to support and coordinate small and dispersed national centres of research, help promote the exchange of knowledge about differences and similarities among the avant-garde currents and research in the Nordic countries, and make Nordic avant-garde research visible in a European and international context. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies has a yearly conference. Within the Network an editorial group is preparing a four-volume Cultural History of the Nordic Avant-Gardes and an electronic archive of documents from the Nordic avant-gardes. The Nordic network is an extension of the Danish research network ”The Return and Actuality of the Avant-Gardes” supported by the Danish Research Council 2001-2004. A European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, EAM, is under preparation and will have its first conference in Ghent in May 2008.
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Electronic Poetry Center: Scandinavian Portal

THE EPC SCANDINAVIAN PORTAL is a project dedicated to enriching contacts and exchange between the innovative writing communities in Scandinavia (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland) and the English speaking countries, primarily the US.

The project will adopt a two-way approach where making Scandinavian poetry and other writing available in English (both as translations and work directly written in English) is not (only) seen as cultural export, but (also) as a way to engage foreign poets and writers (and readers) in what is happening at the local scene – to initiate dialogs, to facilitate influence given and taken, to allow for "cross-pollination" of forms, languages, methods of writing, and subject matters.

The Portal's central task is to facilitate and motivate new translations / English work from and by Scandinavian poets. The Portal will publish such work online, facilitate its publishing elsewhere, including in book form, and at the same time act as a gateway to other Scandinavian writing available in English online. While the emphasis is in the most innovative current writing, the Portal will strive to give as wide a picture as possible of various approaches, styles, forms, etc, used and adopted by Scandinavian poets, including historically.

The project / portal will also work in close cooperation with various Scandinavian organizations / literary events, such as the Audiatur festival in Norway, and the Helsinki Poetics Conferenceand the Kuopio Sound Poetry Seminar (in Finland), supporting these in inviting US and other English language poets and critics to participate. The EPC / Scandinavian Portal could also be actively involved in planning and organizing these and other events. It is our belief that the involvement and personal contacts thus made possible should and will eventually lead into more translations from US and other English language poetry into the Scandinavian languages as well. In this, as elsewhere, a close cooperation between the Portal and local online publications / resources, such as nypoesi.net (Norway), afsnit P (Denmark), and Tuli&Savu Net (Finland) is envisaged.

While strongly relying on the voluntary enthusiasm and motivation of the poets themselves, the project will also seek for financial support from various national and international organs, both in Scandinavia and elsewhere. The eventual financing will be primarily used for maintaining the portal, enabling larger translation projects, and to cover travelling and lodging costs in connection to various events, seminars, etc.

The EPC Scandinavian Portal project is committed to an idea of dialog / exchange, at the level of innovative poetry, between local and world languages – something we see as an essential precondition for a (new kind of) World Poetry to emerge. We start with the Scandinavian / English axis because of the de facto "lingua franca" role of the latter; eventually, this should be followed by initiatives vis-à-vis other widely spoken languages such as Portuguese, French, Spanish, German, and the various Asian languages.

This article from Nypoesi.

A report from New York October 19–24 2006

A report from my trip to New York October 19–24. I met associate professor Adam McKible, author of The Space and Place of Modernism. The Russian Revolution, Little Magazines, and New York 2002 (his reworked phd), and we had a nice chat about avant-garde and his recent work in afro-american studies. He informed me that he is editing a book on little magazines together with other scholars, which will be published next year. Neither his bok, nor this anthology are cheap, though, published for "rich" libraries it seems. He is still into little magazines, and has recently published a novel by the black author Edward Christopher Williams: When Washington Was in Vogue, which was published as a serial in a little magazine in the twenties, and then forgotten. This gives us a go coming to little magazines, as we all know a lot of forgotten stuff hides here!

Sergio Bessa, who was heading off to Yale like Claus Clüver, for a conference on the Brazilian Concrete poets a week after our meeting, informed me that he will publish a book on the concrete poets of Brazil next year, which we can look forward to. He is also working on an exhibition with Fahlströms printed works, which is intended to be exposed in Brazil next year. He will – hopefully – also publish a book on Öyvind Fahlström as well, but do have some problems with copyrights. We can only hope that this works out. He was very interested in our network, and was also very helpful coming to my own research on Fahlström, as well as information about the avant-garde in general.

The author and Ubu-Web responsible: Kenneth Goldsmith was equally nice to meet, and also very interested in our work. He will put out a link to our NUBU-web as soon as it is established. He will also put me in contact with the owner of a Canadian server, where we can put all our material if it does not work out on Iceland. Least, but not least important, he has recently put out over five hundred avant-garde films on UBU-web (500!!!), which is up and going again after the problems with getting a server the last years. He is using the Canadian server as well, but also other servers. Films are "published" by individuals, though, to save band with and server space, so he only have links at his homepage. So, don’t be square, go there!

I also viseted a lot of exhibitions, the ones at the galleries in Chelsea the most interesting (did not get to Meatpacking, though, which is the new hot place to go). MoMA has returned in a new shape, but was very very traditional. The Golgata of Modernism! They did not even have any of their Fahlström works exposed, miserere. Guggenheim had a nice exhibition on an iranian avant-garde architect: Zaha Hadid, and although I do not appreciate architectural plans and mappings, there were some models and documentation of realized buildings which was fantastic. They also had a small exhibition on Lucio Fontana, which was interesting to see. I finally visited the very nice Museum of Brooklyn, which had excellent shows of African and Asian art, but where the modern art was not a "must see" (they did not exhibit from their collection of Fahlström, as did not MoMA and Guggenheim).

Per Bäckström

"Avant-garde" på Verdensteatret Kino i Tromsø

- pressekonferanse på Verdensteatret Kafé tirsdag kl 13:00 -

På Verdensteatret Kino kan man i disse dager få innblikk i en av de viktigste periodene i filmhistorien, nemlig ”avant-garde”. Denne uka vises flere filmer innenfor sjangeren, blant annet en stumfilmkonsert med musikk av tromsøartisten Kolar Goi (Gaute Barlindhaug) til ”Mannen med Filmkameraet” av Dziga Vertov.

Parallelt med filmserien på Verdensteatret foregår en konferanse i regi av ”The Nordic Network for Avant-Garde Studies” på Universitetet i Tromsø. Her belyser forskere fra hele verden problemstillinger innenfor avant-garde på flere av kunstens områder.

Vi ønsker velkommen til pressekonferanse om temaet i Verdensteatret Kafé tirsdag kl 13:00.

Gaute Barlindhaug (AKA Kolar Goi)
Per Bäckstrøm (The Nordic Network for Avant-Garde Studies/UiTø)
Martha Otte (Verdensteatret Kino/TIFF) Nina Mathisen (Verdensteatret/TIFF)

Mvh/Best regards
Håvard Stangnes
Press coordinator
Tromsø International Film Festival
Mob: (+47) 95 28 07 58
E-mail: havard@tiff.no

The conference exhibition Signals being presented in relation to the Avant-Garde conference Centre–Periphery

Exhibition at Tromsø Gallery of Contemporary Art
November 22 - December 3, 2006.

Opening hours
Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00
Open until 19:00 during the Avant Garde Conference

Free entrance for participants at the Avant Garde Conference wearing name badge.

How to get to the Gallery
The gallery is located in Muségata 2, in the city centre of Tromsø, just south of the Mack Brewery, a five minutes walk from the main square. The exhibitions is located in the café on the ground floor. Lena Liepe can guide you to the Gallery, and also arrange transport from the hotel. I can also guide you when I am not occupied with coordinating.

More info athttp://www.ntnu.no/faros/signaler/tromso/ (Norwegian)


Bodil Børset
Institutt for nordistikk og litteraturvitenskap
Epost: Bodil.borset@hf.ntnu.no
Tel: +47 73598271


Exhibition at Tromsø Kunstforening November 22 - December 3, 2006.
Signals are known from most historical periods and cultures. From the first telegraphs via telephones, radio, and televisions to cell phones and the internet, the media have and an increasing influence on our daily lives and our dreams. These technologies have created new models, not only for how we communicate with each other, but also for how we understand ourselves and the world we live in. Signal technologies have fascinated and influenced both the avant-garde and the popular culture.
The exhibition Signals is a cooperation between Kunnskapsparken Faros and the research project Aesthetic Technologies 1700-2000. Bodil Børset and Yngve Sandhei Jacobsen, from Dept. of Scandinavian Studies and Comparative Literature, NTNU, Trondheim have coordinated the work.
The exhibition is presented in relation to the conference "Centre–Periphery.
Avant-Garde and the Other" in Tromsø, November 23–24, 2006. The primary aim of the conference is to investigate interaction between the Nordic avant-garde movements and the central avant-gardes in Europe.
Signals http://www.ntnu.no/faros/signaler/
Aesthetic Technologies 1700-2000 http://www.hf.ntnu.no/estetisk_teknologi/
NTNU Faros http://www.ntnu.no/faros/
Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies http://www.avantgardenet.eu/
Tromsø kunstforening http://www.tromsokunstforening.no/

Utstilling på Tromsø Kunstforening 22. november – 3. desember 2006.
Signaler er kjent fra de fleste perioder og kulturer. Fra de første telegrafene via telefoner, radio og fjernsyn til mobiltelefoner og internett har mediene påvirket hverdagsliv og drømmer i stadig sterkere grad. Disse teknologiene har skapt nye modeller, ikke bare for hvordan vi kommuniserer med hverandre, men også for hvordan vi forstår oss selv og vår egen omverden. Signalteknologiene har fascinert og påvirket både avantgarden og populærkulturen.
Signaler er et samarbeid mellom Kunnskapsparken Faros og forskningsprosjektet Estetiske teknologier 1700-2000. Faglig innholdsleverandører har vært Bodil Børset og Yngve Sandhei Jacobsen ved Institutt for nordistikk og litteraturvitenskap, NTNU, Trondheim.
Signalerutstillingen blir presentert i forbindelse med konferansen "Centre–Periphery.
Avant-Garde and the Other" som blir avholdt i Tromsø den 23. og 24. november. Det er Nordisk avantgardenettverk som arrangerer konferansen, som har til hensikt å undersøke forbindelsene mellom de nordiske avantgardemiljøene og de sentrale avantgardebevegelsene i Europa.
Signaler http://www.ntnu.no/faros/signaler/
Estetiske teknologier 1700-2000 http://www.hf.ntnu.no/estetisk_teknologi/
NTNU Faros http://www.ntnu.no/faros/
Nordisk nettverk for avantgardestudier http://www.avantgardenet.eu/
Tromsø kunstforening http://www.tromsokunstforening.no/

Visions and Challenges: International Contemporary Art Now!

I Danmark er kunstdebatten præget af en aktuel interesse for internationalisering og professionalisering af de etablerede institutioner for samtidskunst:

>> Hvordan skal institutionerne fremover forholde sig til deres egen rolle på en globaliseret kunstscene?
>> Hvordan forholder institutionerne sig til deres forskellige publikum og interessenter?
>> Hvordan indgår overvejelser om kommercielle og non-kommercielle strategier i institutioners økonomi og identitet?

Tid og sted:
Konferencen finder sted i koncertsalen på Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, torsdag den 30. november, kl. 10 - 15.

Gratis adgang ved forhåndstilmelding (inklusiv entré til Louisiana).

Tilmelding senest den 23. november til Kunststyrelsens Billedkunstcenter:
Merete Jankowski
Dir. telefon: 33 74 45 27

Christine Buhl Andersen
Dir. telefon: 33 74 45 37


Kunstrådets Internationale Billedkunstudvalg har på den baggrund taget initiativ til en international konference med det formål at inspirere diskussionen herhjemme.

Konferencen organiseres af Kunststyrelsens Billedkunstcenter.

Fire ledere af internationale institutioner for samtidskunst vil på konferencen give deres forskellige bud på, hvordan de på hver deres institution arbejder med de aktuelle udfordringer, som også trænger sig på hos mange af de danske institutioner for samtidskunst.

>> Konferencen afholdes på engelsk

Iwona Blazwick, direktør for Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Maria Lind, direktør for IASPIS, International Artist Studio Program, Stockholm
Kestutis Kuizinas, direktør for Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Nicolaus Schafhausen, director for Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam


College Park, Maryland, October 26, 2006 — The Electronic Literature Organization just released the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume One. The Collection, edited by N. Katherine Hayles, Nick Montfort, Scott Rettberg, and Stephanie Strickland, is an anthology of 60 eclectic works of electronic literature, published simultaneously on CD-ROM and on the web at collection.eliterature.org. Another compelling aspect of the project is that it is being published by the Electronic Literature Organization under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5), so readers are free to copy and share any of the works included, or for instance to install the collection on every computer in a school’s computer lab, without paying any licensing fees. The Collection will be free for individuals.

The 60 works included in the Electronic Literature Collection present a broad overview of the field of electronic literature, including selected works in new media forms such as hypertext fiction, kinetic poetry, generative and combinatory forms, network writing, codework, 3D, and narrative animations. Contributors include authors and artists from the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, and Australia. Each work is framed with brief editorial and author descriptions, and tagged with descriptive keywords. The CD-ROM of the Collection runs on both Macintosh and Windows platforms and is published in a case appropriate for library processing, marking, and distribution. Free copies of the CD-ROM can be requested from The Electronic Literature Organization.

The Collection will also be included with N. Katherine Hayles’ forthcoming book, Electronic Literature: Teaching, Interpreting, Playing (Notre Dame University Press, 2007).

The Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1999 to promote and facilitate the writing, publishing, and reading of electronic literature. Since its formation, the Electronic Literature Organization has worked to assist writers and publishers in bringing their literary works to a wider, global readership and to provide them with the infrastructure necessary to reach each other. The Electronic Literature Organization is a national organization based at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

Early Russian Cinema

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The Russian Cinematographic Press, 1907-1918

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by Louis Armand
ISBN 80-7308-138-5 (paperback). 250pp.
Publication date: October 2006


Price: Euro 12.00 (not including postage)

Why is there consciousness and not nothing?
What is the meaning of discourse?
What would it mean if machines could think?

It is a basic contention of the present volume that only on such a basis of generalised technology can we begin to approach the phenomenon of literacy in its broadest sense--as concerning any system of sign operations in which an event of transmission or transcription can be said to take place. This universalising of literacy bridges the entire field of discourse--from atomic and molecular structures to the transcriptive coding and decoding processes of DNA; from the evolving neural structures of the human brain to computing programmatics and artificial intelligence; from simple binary procedures to the most complex topologies. Consciousness, mind and cognition are in this way seen to be formal aspects of a signifying system, describing a LITERATE TECHNOLOGY.

This volume treats the work of Walter Ong, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Norbert Wiener, Jacques Lacan, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Nicholas Rescher, Roman Jakobson, Alan Turing, Claude Levi-Strauss, Thomas Sebeok, Juri Lotman, Sigmund Freud and Claude Shannon.

Louis Armand is director of the Intercultural Studies programme in the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University, Prague. His books include Solicitations: Essays on Criticism & Culture;
Techne: James Joyce, Hypertext & Technology; and Incendiary
Devices: Discourses of the Other.

For more titles: http://litteraria.ff.cuni.cz/books/armand.html