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Konferencje 2011

Trickster Strategies in the Artists' and Curatorial Practice

The Institute of Art History, University of Wroclaw, invites you to the international conference

Trickster Strategies in the Artists' and Curatorial Practice

October 26-27, 2011
The Institute of Art History, ul. Szewska 36, 50-139 Wroclaw


Trickster Strategies  in the Artists' and Curatorial Practice

This conference offers an opportunity for scholars, artists and curators to meet in Wroclaw (pronounced: Wrots-love) and exchange ideas on contemporary trickstering strategies in art. A rascal, swindler, jockey, hooligan, or simply a trickster has immense merits in the field of art. In our times, trickster`s strategies are eagerly used in revealing power relations in post-communist and post-colonial countries. African history of art is abundant in tricksters. In Polish art history however, they were discovered as recently as in the art of the 70th. They turned out to be efficient in the disassembly of modernism and destabilization of unwritten consensus within communist authority. Today, the fat hit the fire when they participate in various contemporary hot debates. Oskar Dawicki commented upon the commercialization of young art as well as humanistic, pompous predilection of the artists for splendid subjects. In the USA the famous tricksters (Jimmi Durham or James Luna) draw our attention to the Indians destiny without showing themselves as the victims and without calling for the return to old times where everything was better. In Russia, they mock of the role of the artist from the East without being ashamed of attacking the public, as, for example, Oleg Kulik does. In Czech Republic, the genius artist turned to into an obese Superman (Jiri Suruvka) mocking of our romantic expectations concerning art. The trickster, as an ambivalent persona, not locating itself beyond the analyzed system, makes us aware of its functioning, its spreading of prejudices and of its value systems. The famous fictitious artistic biography-trickery Nat Tate - An American Artist 1928-1960 written by William Boyd (1998) challenged the leader to confront the imaginary and apparently overlooked painter. The trickery of Boyd was supported both by critics and dealers. It was an incident that truly exposed the shallowness of the art world. When Harald Szeemann created a mischievous exhibition for the Zacheta Gallery centenary (2001) in Warsaw, serious critics maintained that the artist did not want to invoke any provocation. Furthermore there were also those who considered Maurizio Cattalan (author of the exhibited sculpture) as an artist concerned with humanistic and religious values. The figure of the trickster efficiently unveils hypocrisy, pricks the balloon of grandiosity and shouts loudly that the emperor is naked. We would like to invite you to the conference devoted to the role of trickster in the art world.

The proposed main themes of the conference are:

  1. Trickster and gender; female and transgender tricksters
  2. Authority, power and curator's aspirations; curatorial performances
  3. In between different domains (design, high- and low-brow art)
  4. Role of trickster in post-communist and post-colonial countries
  5. History of trickster (trickster in urban myths and fables) and trickster today
  6. Behind trickster's mockery: ambivalence, transculturation and self-irony

Propositions of papers (with short abstract) should be send to konferencja.trickster2011@gmail.com by the end of June 2011. There is no fee for the conference.

Organising committee:
prof. U. Wr. dr hab.Anna Markowska (anna.markowska@gmail.com)
mgr Ewelina Kwiatkowska (ewelina.kwiatkowska@gazeta.pl)
mgr Magadelna Zięba (magdalena.zieba@zoho.com)


Conference agenda Trickster Strategies in the Artists' and Curatorial Practice
October 26-27, 2011
The Institute of Art History, 36 Szewska St., 50-139 Wroclaw
Room 309

Wednesday, October 26

10.00 - 10.20 - Opening and welcome by Waldemar Okoń, director of the Institute of Art History and by Anna Markowska, organizer of the conference.

Session 1: Trickster and Gender; Female and Transgender Tricksters, 10.20 - 12.00
Moderator: Waldemar Okoń

10.20 - 10.40 - Małgorzata Jankowska (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun), Feminine Trickster - on Natalia LL's Art Strategies
10.40 - 11.00 - Anna Struzik (Catholic University of Lublin), Female Terrorists, Saboteurs and Fighters of Art. Women's Trickster Strategies in Polish Feminist Art.
11.00 - 11.20 - Magda Worłowska (University of Wroclaw), Cecylia Malik's anarchic and mischievous actions, inspirations and related situations. Presentation of Cecylia Malik's art (with the participation of the artist).
11.20 - 11.40 - Agnieszka Żechowska ("Supermarket Sztuki" Foundation, Józefosław), Beast in Europe's Claws. On Aleksandra Polisiewicz's (aka Aleka Polis') Art (with the participation of the artist).

11.40 - 12.00 - Discussion

12.00 - 12.20 - Coffee break

Session 2: Authority, Power and Curator's Aspirations; Curatorial Performances, 12.20 - 15.50
Moderator: Anna Markowska

12.20 - 12.40 - William Hollister (free-lance curator, Prague), The Antagonist: the Search for the Trickster in Curated Narratives.
12.40 - 13.00 - Irina Hasnas Hubbard (artist and free-lance curator, Bucarest), Curatorial Performances. Looking for Trickster Curators in Museum in Romania.
13.00 - 13.20 Marta Królikowska ( University of Lodz), "It Didn't Really Happen Here" - About the Staging, Deception and Game, Into Which an Artist Draws Critics and the Audience'.
13.20 - 13.40 - Ion Mihaela-Lucia (Valahia University of Târgovişte), Curatorial Project: the Communication Between the Public and the Artists.
13.40 - 14.00 - Discussion

14.00 - 15.30 - Lunch

15.30 - 15. 50 - Agata Siwiak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan), TRICKSTER 2011 within the Framework of the European Culture Congress

Session 3: In Between Different Domains (Design, High- and Low-Brow Art), 15.50 - 16.30
Moderator: Tomasz Gryglewicz

15.50 - 16.10 - Irma Kozina (Silesian University, Katowice), Trickster Strategy in Contemporary Design
16.10 - 16.30 - Cezary Wąs (University of Wroclaw), "Trick" and "Click" - Peter Eisenman's Design Strategies

16.30 - 16.50 - Coffee break

Session 4: History of Trickster (Trickster in Urban Myths and Fables) and Trickster Today, 16.50-19.00
Moderator: Marta Smolińska

16.50 - 17.10 - Janusz Antos (Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow), Bibliophilia in Contemporary Polish Art
17.10 - 17.30 - Tomasz Gryglewicz (Jagiellonian University, Krakow), Trickster or a Jester?
17.30 - 17.50 - Karolina Rajna (University of Wroclaw), Joseph Beuys - a trickster? Cultivating of Ephemeral Tradition in the Context of Contemporary Art Practices.
17.50 - 18.10 - Patrycja Gwoździewicz (Silesian University, Katowice), Lady or Trickster with an Ermine? On the Most Famous Picture in Poland
18.10 - 18.30 - Lyton Irene Nakigozi (ITI Uganda Centre), Trickster Strategies in the Artists' and Curatorial Practice

18.30 - 19.00 - Discussion

20.00 - Swindlers, Rascals and Spongers - Opening of the exhibition, ongoing performances, BWA Gallery Studio, 46 Ruska St., Wroclaw

Thursday, October 27

Session 5: Role of Trickster in Post-Communist and Post-Colonial Countries, 9.00 - 11.00
Moderator: Gillian Whiteley

9.00 - 9.20 - Nico Anklam (free-lance curator, Berlin), Trading Identities - From White Snowballs, African Masks and Turkish Knitting: On the Shifts of Identity Constructions in Contemporary Art Practices from the 1980s until Today
9.20 - 9.40 - Jill Gibbon (The Open University, Milton Keynes), The War Artist as Trickster
9.40 - 10.00 - Ewelina Kwiatkowska, Love me! - If You Don't, I Will Force You! Trickster's and Curator's Strategies On the Example of Izabela Chamczyk's Exhibition. Presentation of Iza Chamczyk's art (with the participation of the artist and her curator's Ida Smakosz-Hankiewicz participation).
10.00 - 10.20 - Monika Samsel-Chojnacka (Pomeranian College of Humanities, Gdynia), Loki's Descendants - The Trickster Figure in Modern Scandinavian Crime Fiction.
10.20 - 10.40 - Marta Smolińska (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun), Tricksters in Poznań: "Penerstwo" and The Krasnals

10.40 - 11.00 - Discussion

11.00 - 11.15 - Coffee break

Session 6: Behind Ttrickster's Mockery: Ambivalence, Transculturation and Self-Irony, 11.15 - 13.45
Moderator: William Hollister

11.15 - 11.35 - Jiri Suruvka, Artist's statement
11.35 - 11.55 - Rob Irving (University of the West of England, Bristol), The Trickster as Syncretic Principle: Cutting Through the Methodological Knot.
11.55 - 12.15 - Jerzy Luty (WSOWL College, Wroclaw), Forger as a Trickster. Forgery and Plagiarism in Evolutionary Aesthetics of Denis Dutton.
12.15 - 12.35 - Małgorzata Micuła (University of Wroc;aw), "Professional Bad Guys": the Rebellious British Art in the Last Decade of the 20th Century.
12.35 -12.55 - Gillian Whiteley ((Loughborough University, Leicestershire), Political Pranksters, Provocateurs and Pan-Ic: Re-Connecting Countercultural Practices.

12.55 - 13.10 - Discussion

13.10 - 13.35 - Coffee break

13.35 - 13.50 - Dominika Biszczak - Kulczycka (Uniwersytet Szczeciński), "The Defence of the Cross" - Spontaneous Social Movement or Artistic Provocation by the Media? .
13.50 - 14.10 - Kama Wróbel (University of Wroclaw), Hero's Revolutionary Song. Istvan Kantor aka Monty Cantism and His Totalitarias
14.10 - 14.30 - Katarzyna Zimna (Technical University of Lodz), Tricksters Lead the Game.
14.30 - 14.50 - Magdalena Zięba (University of Wroclaw), Tricksters' Gaming in a Public Space. Between Art and Culture Jamming.
14.50 - 15.10 Pamela Cora Granatowski (POSZMEG collective), Pessimism Covered with Tricks

15.10-15.30 - Discussion

15.30 - Lunch (belated)