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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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