History of Art Research Seminar: Amy Bryzgel | Performance Art in Eastern Europe since 1960

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 17:15 to 18:30

  • Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
    74 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

Dr Amy Bryzgel is Senior Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen. She specializes in postwar contemporary art from Eastern Europe and Russia.

Her current research projects look at re-enactments of artistic performance and the transfer of art practices between generations in Eastern Europe.

Her first book Performing the East: Performance Art in Russia, Latvia and Poland since 1980 was published in 2013 by IB Tauris. In 2015 she also published a monograph on the Latvian painter and performance artist Miervaldis Polis (Latvia: Neputns).

Her next book Performance Art in Eastern Europe since 1960 (Manchester University Press, forthcoming: March 2017) is the first comprehensive history and analysis of performance art across Central and Eastern Europe, from the Baltics to the Balkans.

The contributions of artists from Eastern, Central and Southeastern Europe to the history of performance art have largely been ignored in academic and theoretical texts. Amy's research demonstrates that performance art, as a genre, developed concurrently with similar developments in the West. Furthermore, she outlines a range of sources for the work, from music and architecture to Fluxus and other local phenomena. The significance of the art form was also wide-ranging; some artists used it as a form of experiment while others found in it a space of freedom.

In this talk, she will present several case studies and highlight the main discoveries from several years of research in the field.

The event is free and open to all.

This event is part of the History of Art Research Seminar Series of talks by guest speakers and colleagues. Find out more about the series.