Maska, časopis za scenske umetnosti

Performing Visuality, Performing Life: Art Practices in Slovenia from the ’60s to the ’80s

Maska, vol. XXIV, no. 123-124, summer 2009 – special enlarged edition

A special, extended issue of the Maska journal, Performing Visuality, Performing Life: Art Practices in Slovenia from the 1960s to the 1980s, represents a fresh contribution to the historical examination of art practices, especially in the field of performing, visual and video art, whereby it wants to bring to light part of the history of artistic creativity in Slovenia.

Nine extensive contributions were made on the basis of a one-year eponymous research project, especially with the help of the testimonies of the still living protagonists and by collecting and analysing historical material. This is why these contributions represent a material basis for establishing a history of art practices and a starting point for further study and reflection. 

The heterogeneous collection of contributions brings: a view on the parallels between cultural policy and the theatre institution, an elucidation of the activities of the Pekarna theatre and Celje Dance Theatre, a more detailed insight into the Celje alternative in relation to conceptual art, an analysis of theoretical bases of the OHO group, a presentation of the network of contemporary dance activities in Ljubljana, the question of happenings in the framework of theatre structures, the examination of the beginnings of video art and the connection of politics and art as inscribed in the institution of the Museum of Modern Art in the period of Zoran Kržišnik.

The following people cooperated in the research: Barbara Borčić, Petja Grafenauer, Ida Hiršenfelder, Andreja Kopač, Barbara Orel, Mojca Puncer, Karla Železnik, Samo Gosarič, Primož Jesenko and Katja Praznik



Katja Praznik / Invisible design and remnants of the history of art practices in Slovenia from the 60s to the 80s

Andreja Kopač / Slovenian Cultural Policy in the 1960s and 1970s: Experiment – and ist Closure – in Relation to Politics and the Theatre Stage

Primož Jesenko Potohodec / The Pathwlaker as a Ritual Frament of Theatre Neo-Avant-Garde in Slovenia

Barbara Orel Hepeningi / Happenings and Slovenian Performing Arts

Katja Praznik / Between the Avant-Garde, Modernism and Amateurism: Fragmentary History of Contemporary Dance in Ljubljana in the 1960s and the 1970s

Karla Železnik / Celje Dance Theatre in the Porous Mirror of Memory

Mojca Puncer / Conceptual Art in Slovenia – An Example of the Celje Alternative in the 70s

Samo Gosarič / The Basics of Reism. A Reinterpretation of Theoretical Papers by the Members of the OHO Group

Barbara Borčić & Ida Hiršenfelder / Myths and Legends About Early Video Art Works

Petja Grafenauer / Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana (1957 – 1986): The Time of Zoran Kržišnik