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The East Art Map University Network

Academy of Visual Arts (HGB), Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Beatrice von Bismarck
Founded in 1764, the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig - Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst - is one of the oldest art schools in Germany. About 530 students are currently enrolled in diploma programs in painting / graphics, photography, graphic design / book design, and new media. The Institute for Theory, the Institute for the Art of the Book, and the HGB gallery offer formats and courses that address the general public and enable diverse connections between theoretical and practical approaches to art. In accordance with the respective accents of four of its classes, the HGB will participate in the "EAM" university network by developing its graphic design, producing a spatial concept for the symposium, offering a photographic interpretation of the historical levels of the project, and presenting videos works related to the perception of western and eastern European relations.

Institute for Theater Studies of the University of Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Günther Heeg, Dr. Veronika Darian
The institute follows the interdisciplinary orientation of a subject that embraces art, society, culture and their interaction. Hence, not only theater in the narrow sense is the focus of attention, but also the theatricality of cultural practices in all their diversity. Besides the institute's basic research and educational activities - the cultural history of theater and drama, aesthetics, intermediality - our scholars are involved in various research and project formats specializing in eastern Europe. Initiating exchange between research and praxis is of particular importance. The institute not only invites guest lecturers and artists on a regular basis, but also cooperates with various institutions active in Leipzig's cultural life.

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań - Institute of Cultural Studies

Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Dziamski
The Institute of Cultural Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Pozna´n, one of the largest and most renowned universities in Poland, was established in 1976. Research and teaching are amongst the institute's primary tasks. Research activities cover both theoretical and practical levels: the development of a general theory of culture and a methodology for cultural studies, field work in the area of contemporary culture, and formulating prognoses and concepts for cultural change. Our educational courses focus on contemporary art, film and audiovisual culture as well as the history and methodology of cultural studies. The faculty maintains close research links with academic institutions in Germany, the US, the UK, France, and Sweden.

Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen

Dr. Michael Fehr
The Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum is the successor to the Museum Folkwang (1902-1921), which gained renown as the first museum for contemporary art worldwide. The Museum Folkwang owed its reputation to its collection of avant-garde art and its revolutionary museum concept, which was based on the idea of bringing art and life into harmony. This approach inspired numerous initiatives to reorganize and improve everyday life through art. Today, the museum is home to an important collection of modern and contemporary art. In 1990, the cultural foundation of the city of Hagen entrusted the museum with the task of concentrating on the following themes: natural relations, fostering historical consciousness, trivial machines, gender, and the museum of museums.

Karl Franzens University, Graz - Institute of Art History

Dr. Werner Fenz
Our institute has a long tradition of research into modern and contemporary art. And now the "East Art Map" provides us with an opportunity to take up another longstanding tradition: with Graz situated close to Ljubljana and Zagreb, we can look back on numerous projects in which we cooperated with Slovenian and Croatian artists, not least, for over 30 years now, for the trigon Biennial. Despite this tradition, our engagement with eastern Europe and its culture within the "East Art Map" project has confronted our students with a completely new and unknown challenge. Over the past year they have studied a variety of relevant aspects in a number of eastern European countries; since the spring of this year, Russian art has emerged as a new focal point.

University of Fine Arts, Belgrade - Faculty of Music / Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies

Prof. Dr. Miško Šuvaković
The University of Fine Arts in Belgrade consists of four faculties: music, visual arts, design, and dramatic arts. The interdisciplinary postgraduate program combines these areas. The theoretical section of the program is made up of seminars dealing with art and media theory, philosophy and aesthetics, cultural studies and analysis, communications, and art history. Emphasis is attached to the interdisciplinary nature and cross-media complexity of these fields. A doctorate program in art and media studies was set up in 2003. The students are given as much freedom as possible to explore their own creativity, and this includes the possibility of attaining their doctorate without needing to complete their masters. The program has received international recognition and been integrated into the TEMPUS program.

Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

The Faculty of Philosophy at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Science (ZRC SAZU), Ljubljana
Prof. Dr. Marina Gržinić
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The class for conceptual art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna is conceived as a working, living, and exchange platform. As such, it is organized around projects, seminars, and modules rather than strict classes; an open network structure that enables the students to actively intervene in art, society, technology, and urban space. The idea of temporary zones of activity and interaction provides us with the contexts we focus on. Our latest project is an exhibition, panel discussion, and publication on the theme of medialization / labor / spatialization / (re-) politicization. The ZRC SAZU in Ljubljana specializes in political philosophy and contemporary theories of culture, covering a wide range of themes in these disciplines, such as global capitalism, theories of new media, post-socialist societies, the politics of the visual, post-democracy, and the retro avant-garde.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Prof. Dr. Ekaterina Degot
The Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow was founded in 1991 with the aim of realizing exhibitions, carrying out research projects, and offering educational courses. The goal of the institute's activities is to raise the profile of contemporary art and culture in the public sphere. Special attention is also given to reintegrating Russian contemporary art into the structures of the international art world. A range of activities serve this purpose, including in-depth analyses of the history, theory, and philosophy of contemporary art, the publication of catalogues, and the translation of important texts on contemporary art. Another important element of the institute's work is a program on new methods in contemporary art education, which, besides the theoretical dimension, offers practical training in the techniques of contemporary art.