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Sweet Sixties. Specters and Spirits of a Parallel Avant-garde

book launch and lecture, Zagreb /

Lecture Sweet Sixties. A Parallel Modernity by Georg Schöllhammer

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A Parallel Modernity. Soviet Architecture 1956-1991

exhibition, Centro Cultural São Paulo /


All started in the thaw period of the Khrushchev years after Stalin’s death in 1953. The new ideological call for modernization of the country led to an enormous extension of urban space. This continued into the final years of the USSR as economical crisis and dwindling material resources took their toll. The master architecture of Socialist Realism was rejected. A new urbanization was driven by an ideology of scientific and technological progress.

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Ion Grigorescu. Diaries 1970-1975

Bucharest book launch, tranzit.ro Bucureşti /


In his poetic language full of powerfully pictorial metaphors, Grigorescu reflects on his observations of the tension between the realistic effects of the image, the suppression of realism, and the hidden traces the gaze holds through the activities of the increasingly present unconscious of collective memory. Along with the drawings, paintings, photographs and sketches that accompany them, the diaries serve as an introduction that opens up the possibility of conceiving Ion Grigorescu’s art as a rare evocation of a singular way of thinking: a stance.

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The Capital of Desires

Pavilion of Republic of Armenia at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice /


Armenian history of the last two centuries was tightly interconnected with the project of (re)-building a nation. Architects and urban planners played a central role in this project. Their built and un-built visions have been driving the collective imagination and the associated aesthetic, social and political desires ever since.

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Sweet 60s Glossary Meetings and Lectures

Literature Museum Tbilisi /


Glossary Meetings originally started as a loose series of gatherings. Local and international experts as well as students develop an atlas of terms and paths by which late modernism and the neo-avant-garde reached the respective cultural contexts and the languages of various cities and regions. On this occasion, tranzit.at and Urban Reactor work with VERSATORIUM, a group of poetry translators linked to the Institute of Comparative Literature at the University of Vienna, local students, scholars and translators, as well as international experts, on a critical and experimental exploration of multi-layered structures and ethnically inhomogeneous landscapes – landscapes for translators on the outskirts of Europe.

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Ion Grigorescu. Diaries 1970-75

New York book launch, 8 March 2014, Jadis Wine Bar /


Ion Grigorescu
Diaries 1970-1975
Edited by Georg Schöllhammer and Andreiana Mihail
Published by Sternberg Press, 2014

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Sweet Sixties. Specters and Spirits of a Parallel Avant-garde

book launch at Vienna Secession, 26 Feb. 2014, 7 pm /


The stories and spirits of a parallel avantgarde, whose silhouettes have yet to be found on the walls of the Western canon.

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Sweet Sixties book launch & SKYPE presentation

New Museum, NY, February 8, 4 pm /


Special guests: Lesley Ma, Yehuda Safran

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ENTOPTIC & TACIT by Boris Ondreicka

Skype talk with Eva Kotakova and screening by Boris Ondreicka, New Museum, NY /



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Friedrich Achleitner: Den Toten eine Blume. Die Denkmäler von Bogdan Bogdanović (Zsolnay Verlag)

book launch, Az W Podium, Vienna /


Bogdan Bogdanović (1922 to 2010) was the creator of the legendary 'concrete flower' in Jasenovac and the Piranesi award winning Memorial Park in Vukovar. His monuments, memorial sites and necropolises in all parts of former Yugoslavia symbolise the cultural diversity and the tragic course of the history of the Balkans. They share the creator's stance and are 'inclusive rather than exclusive, cohesive rather than divisive'.
Friedrich Achleitner writes the above in this book of words and images about the architect, urbanist, writer, polymath, former mayor of Belgrade and the author's friend while in exile in Vienna.

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Changer d'image II

Live events and film programs / mumok kino, Vienna /


Changer d’image / To Alter the Image is a series of performative events at mumok kino (mumok cinema) started in April and to be continued in September and October 2013. Ten international filmmakers, artists or artist groups have been invited to reflect on the process of filmmaking in the form of a live event. The focus is not on the end product of a moving image project but in showing aspects which lead up to it: the forms conceptualization, experimentation and research take. The intention is also to challenge the artists to reflect on the format of the commission, whether and how making a work by invitation influences the working process itself. The performative presentations of the films-in-progress may take shape as a talk, a talk based on film images, a talk presenting some actual shooting, a performance with the actors, a lecture by an invited specialist etc.

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Judit Angel will be new director of tranzit.sk



Since 10 years, tranzit.sk is an open space and an active platform for contemporary art in Bratislava and part of the tranzit network in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovak Republic. After the former director Boris Ondreička left his position last year, interim director Laco Teren took over. Now tranzit.sk has a new head: Judit Angel.

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Biennale di Venezia: an agenda

Discussions, Venice /

Visual art production at International Events and on the Alternative Scene: a possible dialogue? Cultural production in times of financial constraint. Production, Networking, alternative cultural policies. What is going on and what can be done to improve? The conditions of work in Venice during the Biennale

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Trespassing Modernities

exhibition / SALT Galata, Istanbul /


Almost 25 years after the corrosion of the Soviet Union, still little is known, beyond the former Empire’s borders, about the social fabric that wove it together.

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Changer d'image

Chto delat? and Ruti Sela. A performative event / mumok, Vienna /


Ten international film and video makers, artists or groups of artists are invited to reflect on the process of film making in the form of a live event.
This is the first in a series of performance events.  

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Sweet Sixties: Avant-gardes in the shadows of the Cold War

lectures and conference / sweet 60s / mumok, Vienna /


MODERNITIES TRANSMOGRIFIED
In the 1960s, the landscapes and cities of protectorates and former colonies from india to the Maghreb, from the Soviet Republics to the new states in the Southern hemisphere were replete with the spirit and forms of modernity; forms that transmogrify and then dissolve into the thin air of the vernacular. The star-maps that are used to survey these artificial worlds often serve to navigate the boundaries between private and public domains.

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Sweet Sixties: Tales and Morals

exhibition / Galerija Nova, Zagreb /


The exhibition Sweet Sixties: Tales and Morals is a part of a long term project which explores the heritage of parallel modernisms of the 1960s in relation to their current geopolitical, economic and cultural implications and potentials, with emphasis on post-socialist, Middle Eastern and African context.

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Parallel Modernities: On some travelling agendas of late Modernism in the shadow of the Cold War 1960s

conference / sweet sixties / Ashkal Alwan, Beirut /


Location: Home Workspace - Ashkal Alwan, Beirut
Dates: January 28th — 30th, 2013

During the 1960s, the landscapes and cities of protectorates and former colonies from India to the Maghreb, from the Soviet Republics to the new states in the Southern hemisphere are replete with the spirit and forms of Modernity. Forms that transmogrify, and then dissolve into the thin air of the vernacular. The star-maps that are used to survey these artificial worlds often serve to navigate the boundaries between private and public domains.

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SOVIET MODERNISM 1955 – 1991. UNKNOWN STORIES

exhibition / sweet 60s / AZW Vienna /


The Architekturzentrum Wien writes architectural (hi)stories: ‘Soviet Modernism 1955 – 1991. Unknown Stories’ explores, for the first time comprehensively, the architecture of the non-Russian Soviet republics completed between the late 1950s and the end of the USSR in 1991. The research and exhibition project shifts the Russian-dominated perspective and focuses attention on the architecture of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan The Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

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Parallel Pop – Orientalist Modernisms

conference / sweet sixties / Istanbul /


“Parallel Pop – Orientalist Modernisms” is the title of the seminar discussing these issues. This seminar is organized in the framework of the exhibition “A Kind of Electricity Appeared in Outer Space: Musical Turkey in the 1960s” as part of the project “Sweet Sixties.” It will try to analyze various aspects of the emergence of different new folklore and urban cultures since 1960 (like Arabesque, RABIZ, Novokomponovana muzika, Etnophonie, etc.) and their adaptation in the entertainment culture as well as their impact on social and political transformations.

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A kind of Electricity Appeared in Outer Space, Musical Turkey in the 1960’s

exhibition / sweet sixites / DEPO, Istanbul /


DEPO begins the new season with a documentary exhibition and a series of talks: “A kind of electricity appeared in outer space.”

Derya Bengi from the editorial teams of Roll, Express and Bir + Bir magazines is the curator of the exhibition aiming to understand the transformation Turkey went through in the 1960s by following in the footsteps of music.

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The need to historize

Sweet 60s / symposium / tranzitdisplay /

A series of talks that will focus on the issue of archives from a personal standpoint.

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tranzit.ro is launched in Romania

tranzit.org welcomes 5th tranzit /


tranzit.ro to become fully active in the beginning of 2012 in Bucharest, Iasi and Cluj

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tranzit guest at ArtEast

workshops /

tranzit.at together with ArtEast are organising incentive curatorial workshops with Vit Havranek, Dora Hegyi, Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer at the ArtEast School of Contemporary Art in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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tranzit.at now on Facebook & Twitter!

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tranzit.at is entering the world of social media

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Sweet 60s: Movements and Spaces

conference / Sweet 60s /


The starting conference of the project "Sweet 60s"

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Court Experiment

exhibition / Visual Dispositif / Social Dispositif /

The exhibition summarizes the number of court sessions of three current trails against activists, which were attended by artists, journalists, and intellectuals who wanted to express their solidarity with the accused.

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ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit:

ERSTE Stiftung