Performance art in Slovakia (1960s-2000s)

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Artists[edit]

Juraj Bartusz (1933), Ivan Štěpán (1937-86), Peter Bartoš (1938), Július Koller (1939-2007), Vladimír Kordoš (1945), Milan Adamčiak (1946), Peter Meluzin (1947), Ľubomír Ďurček (1948), Ladislav Pagáč (1949), Róbert Cyprich (1951-96), Ján Budaj (1952), Peter Rónai (1953), Viktor Oravec (1960), Milan Pagáč (1960), Michal Murin (1963), Jozsef R. Juhász (1963), Miroslav Nicz (1963), Richard Fajnor (1965), Vladimír Železný, Mário Chromý (1967), Roland Farkas (1975), Juraj Dudáš (1975).

Groups[edit]

Labyrint Theatre (1978-?, theatre + body art + performance, Budaj, et al.), Temporary Society of Intensive Living (1979-81, Budaj, et al.), Artprospekt P.O.P. (1979-85, performance + body art + happening + rituals, L Pagáč, Oravec, M Pagáč), Balvan (1987-92, Beňo, Miklušičáková, Murin, Šefčáková), Spoločnosť pre pestovanie a šírenie patafyziky (1988-93, Karásek, Volek, et al.), Transmusic comp. (1989-96, Adamčiak, Machajdík, Murin..), Disk Theatre (Uhlár, Karásek, et al.), Stoka Theatre (1991-2006, Uhlár, et al.), GUnaGU Theatre, HUBRIS, Lengow & HEyeRMEarS (1997-, Murin, Cseres), Kafron (Kafúnová, Rónaiová).

Festivals[edit]

Transart Communication intermedia art festival (*1987, Nové Zámky, at the peak period 1990-92 and 1995-96 performances by Jana Želibská, Milan Adamčiak, Július Koller, Juraj Bartusz, Stanislav Filko, Anna Daučíková, Miroslav Nicz, Michal Murin, Ľubo Stacho, Peter Kalmus, Anabela Žigová and others), Evenings of New Music (*1990, Bratislava), San Francisco Performance Art Festival (1991, Bratislava), IFEM music forum (1992, 94, Dolná Krupa Castle), FEM music festival (1995, 96, Bratislava), Sound Off music festival (1995-2002, Bratislava, Šamorín, Nové Zámky, Nitra), ...Medzi... (1996-2000, Skalica), Next music festival (*2000, Bratislava), Multiplace new media culture festival (*2002), Genius loci (intermedia festival, *2004, Levoča, curated by Peter Machajdík and Zbyněk Prokop), Intermedia.bb (Banská Bystrica).

Works[edit]

Sisyphus' works, 1960s. Milan Adamčiak.
Igelitový zábal, 1968. Ivan Štěpán. Performed at Nocturno Danuvius 68 Biennial. Theatre and dance elements.
Music sytola for 6 tape recorders, 2 gramophons and Orpheus' instrumentary, 1969. Milan Adamčiak and Róbert Cyprich. Performed at I. Evenings of New Music in Ružomberok.
zoo-manifests and zoo-actions, 1970s. Peter Bartoš. Used fish, pigeons, chickens.
Water Music, 1970. Milan Adamčiak, Jozef Revallo, Róbert Cyprich. Modernized Georg Friedrich Händel’s original composition. Performed at the indoor swimming-pool of the college dormitory JC Hronec in Bratislava.
Dislocation II, 1970. Milan Adamčiak. Performed at the III. international seminar for New Music in Smolenice.
Family Sunday Lunch, 1979. Temporary Society of Intensive Living. At the public space in plattenbau neighborhood in Bratislava.
Lattice, 1980. Peter Meluzin.
Football, 1981. Peter Meluzin.
Symposiums in nature, 1981, 82. Artprospekt P.O.P.. Existentialist comments on endurance of men in extreme conditions.
Kazimír, 1984. Artprospekt P.O.P. with Róbert Cyprich, Vladimír Kordoš, Radislav Matuštík, and Peter Meluzin. Ritual in open country.
Pocta Munchovi a Przybyszewskému, 1987. Michal Murin.
Výkrik pod röntgenom, 1987. Michal Murin.
Contra-verzia, 1988. József R. Juhász.
Sebaexhumácia, 1989. Michal Murin.
Hommage à F. X. Messerschmidt, 1989. Vladimír Kordoš. Performance consisting of Kordoš' lecture on Messerschmidt, projection of his works, preparation for the action and live interpretation of his head-sculptures. Recorded on video. Performed at the Transart Communication festival in Nové Zámky.
12 Minutes, 1989. Peter Rónai. Performed at the Transart Communication festival in Nové Zámky.
String Quartet, 1990. Sound performance by Peter Machajdík. Performers Peter Machajdík, Michal Murin, Michela Czinegeová, Zuzana Géczová. Realised for the Slovak Television.
Sebaukameňovanie, 1990. Michal Murin.
Melodie (for John Cage), 1992. Peter Machajdík. Institut Unzeit, Berlin (DE).
Try Your Luck, 1992. Peter Rónai. Performed at the Transart Communication festival in Nové Zámky.
Archeomusic, 1992. Michal Murin. Murin uses natural material (wood, leaves, soil, straw) for creating sound objects brought into play during performances.
Klang- und Tanzperformance, 1992. Peter Machajdík & Michal Murin. Grenzenlos Festival, Institut Unzeit, Berlin (DE) and Internationales Performancefest Potsdam (DE).
Luxus-fluxus, 1994?. Peter Rónai. Antiperformance. Accompanying program to the exhibition Fluxus in Germany 1962-1994 at the House of Art, Brno.
Tanz-Klang-Raum II., 1993. Peter Machajdík & dancer-performer Dorothea Rust. Performance-Tage, Seedam Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon (CH).
Tanz-Klang-Raum III., 1994. Peter Machajdík & dancer-performer Dorothea Rust. Kunstmuseum Thun (CH).
Intimate Music, 1994, Multi-media project by Peter Machajdík. Performers Peter Machajdík, David Moss, Dorothea Rust, Dietmar Diesner, Natalia Pshenichnikova. Premiered at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin during the festival Inventionen '94.
Tanz-Klang-Raum IV., 1995. Peter Machajdík & dancer-performer Dorothea Rust. International Festival Bollwerk Belluard, Fribourg (CH).
Tanz-Klang-Raum V., 1995. Peter Machajdík, violinist Malcolm Goldstein & dancer-performer Dorothea Rust. Aargauer Kunsthalle, Aarau (CH).
The Fugue, 1996. Peter Machajdík & Elisabeth Schimana (vocal), Michael Moser (violoncello), Ludwig Zeininger (synthesizer). Internet concert and performance from the boat Ondava on the Danube river.
Sound Performance, 1997. Peter Machajdík & Nicolas Collins at Jazzherbst Konstanz (DE).
Meet Radio Artists, 2000. Lengow and HEyeRMEarS. Internet live acoustic performance (first in Slovakia). Performed at the Art's Birthday Party in Klik Klub in Nové Zámky.
Hannahver, 2006. Sound performance by Peter Machajdík. Magyar Telekom Galéria, Budapest (HU).

Elements of performance in theatre

Tanap. Disk Theatre.
Impasse. Stoka Theatre.
K.P.B. Stoka Theatre.
Pasole. Stoka Theatre.
Rysavá Jalovica. Stoka Theatre.
Hommage à Fredy Mercury. Stoka Theatre.
Dance of Hypochondre. Balvan.
Archeoteater. Balvan.
Object and Wind. Balvan.
HLT, 1991. GUnaGU Theatre.
K.P.B Recitation of Texts by Viliam Klimáček, 1991. GUnaGU Theatre.
Rekonštrukcia mašiny na myškovanie mozgov. Spoločnosť pre šírenie a pestovanie patafyziky.
Predávanie televízora na nám. SNP. Spoločnosť pre šírenie a pestovanie patafyziky.
Burlaci na Volge pred SNR. Spoločnosť pre šírenie a pestovanie patafyziky.
Krikľavé trúbky ničoty, 1991. HUBRIS.
Odysseus, 1992. HUBRIS.

Exhibitions and events[edit]

  • Art of Action, Považská galéria umenia, Žilina, 16 Aug-29 Sep 1991. Curated by Vlasta Čiháková-Noshiro. Catalogue published.
  • Art in Windows, Nitra, 2000.
  • Výhonok, City Gallery (GMB), Bratislava, 2000. Curator: Radislav Matuštík.
  • Action Art 1965–1989, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, 26 Apr-19 Aug 2001. Curated by Zora Rusinová (Radislav Matuštík resigned).
  • Umenie akcie 1989-2000 [Art of Action 1989-2000], Elektráreň Tatranskej galérie, Poprad, 7 Apr-9 May 2001; and City Gallery, Nitra, 12 Sep-20 Oct 2001. Curator: Lucia Gregorová-Stachová. Initiated by Michal Murin. [1]

Literature[edit]

Books
  • Andrea Bátorová, Aktionskunst in der Slowakei in den 1960er Jahren. Aktionen von Alex Mlynárčik, Lit Verlag, 2009, 408 pp. TOC. Based on author's 2007 dissertation. (German)
    • Akčné umenie na Slovensku v 60. rokoch 20. storočia. Akcie Alexa Mlynárčika, Bratislava: Slovart, 2012. [2] (Slovak)
  • Zuzana Bartošová, Napriek totalite. Neoficiálna slovenská výtvarná scéna sedemdesiatych a osemdesiatych rokov 20. storočia, Bratislava: Kalligram, 2011, 360 pp. Commentary: Hrabušický & Macek (Profil). (Slovak)
  • Ján Kralovič, Teritórium ulica. Umenie akcie v mestskom priestore v rokoch 1965-1989 na Slovensku, Bratislava: Slovart (Teória), and Vysoká škola výtvarných umení, 2015, 324 pp. [3] (Slovak)
Catalogues
  • Transart Communication. 7th International Contemporary Art Festival - 8th International Contemporary Art Festival 1995-1996, ed. Jozsef R. Juhász, Nové Zámky, 1997. CD-ROM. (Slovak)
  • Umenie akcie / Action Art 1965-1989, ed. Zora Rusinová, Bratislava: Slovenská Národná Galéria, 2001, 318 pp. With texts by Zora Rusinová, Gábor Hushegyi, Radislav Matuštík, Tomáš Štrauss, and Ivo Janoušek. (Slovak)
Journal issues
  • Profil 3(3): "Performance Art", ed. Michal Murin, Bratislava, 1993, pp 1-15. With texts by RoseLee Goldberg, Michal Murin, Radislav Matuštík; interviews with Vladimir Kordos and Flatz. (Slovak)
Book chapters, essays
  • Michal Murin, "Performance?", Profil 17-18 (1991). (Slovak)
  • Michal Murin, "San Francisco Performance Art", Profil 22 (1991). (Slovak)
  • Ivan Jančár, "Happening a performance", in Šesťdesiate roky v slovenskom výtvarnom umení, ed. Zora Rusinová, Bratislava: Slovenská národná galéria, 1995, pp 232-252. (Slovak)
  • Zora Rusinová, "V mene syntézy umenia a života", in Šesťdesiate roky v slovenskom výtvarnom umení, ed. Rusinová, Bratislava: Slovenská národná galéria, 1995, pp 166-202. (Slovak)
  • Zora Rusinová, "Akčné umenie", in Slovenské vizuálne umenie 1970-1985, ed. Aurel Hrabušický, Bratislava: Slovenská národná galéria, 2002, pp 189-208. (Slovak)
  • Michal Murin, "Performance na Slovensku v 90. rokoch", in A.K.T., Brno: Dům umění, 1999. (Slovak)
  • Ivan Jančár, "Performancia", in Slovník svetového a slovenského výtvarného umenia druhej polovice 20. storočia, ed. Jana Geržová, Bratislava: Profil, 1999. (Slovak)
  • Radislav Matuštík, "Umenie akcie", in Zora Rusinová et al., Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20. storočie, Bratislava: SNG, 2000, pp 163-170. (Slovak)
  • Michal Murin, "Performance Art in Slovakia in the 90s (From the Position of the Art-Form, through its Reflection to the (Co-Existence of Solitary Worlds)", Slaps Banks Plots 4 (2000). (English)
  • Michal Murin, "L´art de performance en Slovaquie - A partir d´une forme artistique et de sa réflexion vers la coexistence de mondes solitaires / Performance Art in Slovakia - From the Art-Form, and its Reflection Towards the Co-Existence of Solitary Worlds", in Art Action 1958-1998, ed. Richard Martel, Québec: Intervention, 2001, pp 454-457. (French)/(English)
  • Pavlína Morganová, "Umenie akcie 1965-1989", Profil 3, 2001, pp 6-15. [4] (Czech)
  • Gábor Hushegyi, "Actinart - medzinárodné sympózium", Profil 3, 2001, pp 40-47. (Slovak)
  • Andrea Bátorová, "Alternative Trends in Slovakia during the 1960s and Parallels to Fluxus", in Fluxus East: Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe, Berlin: Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, 2007. Catalogue text. (English)
  • Ján Kralovič, "Nutnosť intenzívneho prežívania (Poznámky k akčnému umeniu v mestskom priestore na Slovensku v 70. rokoch 20. storočia)", in Umenie na Slovensku v historických a kultúrnych súvislostiach 2010, eds. Bernadeta Kubová and Ivan Godič, Trnava: Milan Uličný - BEN, 2011, pp 215-226. (Slovak)
  • Zora Rusinova, "Solidarity Born of Despair: Action Art in Slovakia during the Totalitarian Regime, 1970-1989", Centropa 14:1, Jan 2014. (English)
Interviews
Booklets
Dissertations


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