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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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New network-secretary

Martin Glaz Serup is resigning as secretary for the Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies; Anja Skoglund is the new secretary and webmaster. The contact address for the network is unchanged: avantgardenet@gmail.com.

Seminar on the Situationist movement in Scandinavia

Folkets Hus, Copenhagen, March 15 & 16, 2007 Though the radical art movement the Situationist International has gained still further attention during the last fifteen years, large areas of the movement's activities still remain in the shadows. Especially the actions and proposals of the Scandinavian sections remain little known. Both the art works and activities of J. V. Martin, who headed the Scandinavian section of the First Situationist International, and the diverse practices of the people involved in the Second Situationist International around Jørgen Nash, await a critical art historical reception. In contrast to the continental currents within the Situationist movement, there have been relatively few sustained efforts to analyse the Scandinavian currents within both the First and the Second Situationist International and to understand the significance of its activities in historical terms. Within the art historical reception, Guy Debord and the French section have been the exclusive objects of attention. This threatens to homogenize the very diverse and contradictory material that the Situationist movement produced. The privileging of the French section of the Situationist movement has tended to reduce the activities of the Scandinavian sections to a juvenile and silly version of the real Situationist organisation based in Paris. Because of this situation, art historians have been hesitant to approach the Scandinavian material. The aim of the conference is to contribute to the remedial of this by shedding some light on the diverse activities that Situationists in Scandinavia were engaged in during the 1960’s and by discussing problems in the historiography of the Situationist movement in general.

Participants: Jacqueline de Jong (NL), visual artist and former member of the SI. Karen Kurczynski (US), visiting assistant professor at Massachusetts College of Art and author of articles on Asger Jorn. Stewart Home (UK), activist, artist and author to The Assault on Culture: Utopia Currents from Lettrism to Class War. Peter Laugesen (DK), poet and former member of the SI. Hardy Strid (SE), visual artist and former member of the SI (present by statement). Lars Morell (DK), historian and author of Poesien breder sig. Jørgen Nash, Drakabygget og situationisterne. Involved with Drakkabygget in the 1980s. Tom McDonough (US), associate professor at Binghamton University and editor of Guy Debord and the Situationist Internationale, MIT Press Gordon Fazakerley (UK/DK), visual artist and founding member of Drakkabygget. Fabian Tompsett (UK), author, artist and activist and one of the members of the London Psychogeographical Association. Zwi, Negator (DE) from the team of authors biene baumeister zwi negator: situationistische revolutionstheorie. eine aneignung, stuttgart 2005. Carl Nørrested (DK), film historian and author of Eksperimentalfilm i Danmark The seminar is organised by: Mikkel Bolt (DK), assistant professor at Copenhagen University and author of Den Sidste Avantgarde: Situationistisk Internationale hinsides kunst og politik. Jakob Jakobsen (DK), visual artist living and working at the Copenhagen Free University. Hosts the Danish Situationist website. The seminar is organised in collaboration with The Copenhagen Free University, The Nordic Netvork of Avant Garde Studies, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts & The Funen Art Academy. Venue: The Peoples House, Nørrebro, Copenhagen. A social centre and squat since the 1970s hosting various groups of activists and artists from the leftist scene of Copenhagen. Info: http://destroysi.dk situationistseminar-foto situationistseminar-foto situationistseminar-foto

Time, Space and Identity in Literature and Philosophy

Workshop February 28, 2007 10.00 - 16.00 University of
Copenhagen, Room 24.2.07

- viewed through the examples of Gertrude Stein and Gilles Deleuze The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze has received widespread recognition in recent years due to his attempt to reflect the implications of a processual view of the world for our understanding of concepts such as subjectivity, politics and art. This radical processuality and instability has culturally been associated with the postmodern epoch after the second world war. In fact, Deleuzes thinking touches on more basic and general problems with a longer history in Western art and thinking. Through the work of Gertrude Stein, this seminar tries to explore some of these basic philosophical and aesthetic implications of deleuzean thinking.

Gertrude Stein is one of the great representatives of the continuity between high modernism and postmodernism. The affinities between Gertude Stein’s literary thinking and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze are obvious. Stein’s permutation texts in an exemplary way explore the relations of difference and repetition, the singular and the general, to which Deleuze gave special attention in his thinking. Both Stein and Deleuze were, in different ways, inspired by the philosophies of process emerging around the beginning of the twentieth century as represented in the thinking of Henri Bergson, William James and Alfred North Whitehead. The seminar will approach the analogies between Stein’s aesthetics and Deleuze’s thinking with regards to process, becoming and composition and especially the reconceptualizing of notions of time, space and identity that manifests itself in these lines of thought. The seminar will approach these issues through readings of Stein and Deleuze and try to place them in a broader philosophical and aesthetic context.


10.00 Tania Ørum: Welcome

10.30 Sarah Posman:

11.15 Solveig Daugaard: An art of the Singular - Stein's literary portraits in a Deleuzian perspective

12.00 Peter Borum: Stein via Deleuze

12. 45 Lunch

13.30 Nils Olsson: When the work takes place. Reading Stein from the future

14.15 Laura Schultz: Gertrude Stein's concept of composition: time, space process

15.00 Discussion

Best regards,

Tania Ørum and Laura Schultz

Situationistisk Film på Det Fri Universitet i København

"Just as the projection was about to begin, Guy-Ernest Debord was supposed
to step onto the stage and make a few introductory remarks. Had he done so,
he would simply have said: 'There is no film. Cinema is dead. No more films
are possible. If you wish, we can move on to a discussion." - Stemme 5,
Hurlements en faveur de Sade, Debord 1952

Efter ikke at have været vist offentligt siden 1980erne er Guy Debords film
nu blevet frigivet. Kom og se Hurlements en faveur de Sade (1952) på det Fri
Universitet mandag d. 5 februar kl. 20.00. Denne gang vil vi tage
diskussionen under filmen. Filmen vises med engelske undertekster.

Hurlements en faveur de Sade var Guy Debord's første film og den mest
kompromisløse af dem alle. Fuldstændig uden billeder og kun vekslende mellem
hvid skærm med tale og sort skærm uden dialog overhovedet var Hurlements en
faveur de Sade en skandale lige fra den havde premiere i en avantgarde film
klub i Paris i 1952. Ved første visning blev filmen afbrudt efter 20 minuter
pr.g.a. oprør blandt publikum. Dialogen i filmen består af tekstfragmenter
og samples fra lovtekster, filmhistorie
mm. Hurlements en faveur de Sade varer 64 minuter.

Læs Mikkel Bolts tekst "Situationisternes antifilm" på http://copenhagenfreeuniversity.dk/antifilm.htm hvis du vil vide mere om
situationisterne forsøg på at benytte filmmediet som revolutionært redskab.

I den kommende tid vil vi vise flere situationistiske film på det Fri
Universitet. Den 15. og 16. marts foregår en international workshop om de
skandinaviske situationister i Folkets Hus på Nørrebro. Mere info følger.

De bedste hilsner

Henriette Heise, Mikkel Bolt og Jakob Jakobsen