Notes from the Underground
Notes from the Underground is the first book to explore the interconnections of art and music in Eastern Europe under communist rule in the 1970s and 1980s. A new generation in the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia tapped the energy of rock music, punk and new wave to create vibrant forms of visual art. Eschewing both official culture and the lofty principles of anti-communist dissidence, the underground was a zone where alternative ways of living could be imagined and explored.
Appearing in a bilingual Polish / English edition, this book includes essays by David Crowley and Daniel Muzyczuk on the myths of the underground; on the ways in which improvisation was construed as freedom; on the deep appeal of primitivism amongst artists and musicians in the Eastern Bloc; and on the queering of socialist imagery in performance and video art. It also features translations of eyewitness accounts and samizdat manifestos by writers including Slavoj Žižek, Ivan Martin Jirous and Marina Gržinić.
Published by: Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź
Texts: Juris Boiko & Hardijs Lediņš, David Crowley, Atilla Grandpierre, Durs Grünbein, Marina Gržinić & Zemira Alajbegović, Ivan Martin Jirous, Artur Kozdrowski, Daniel Muzyczuk, Timur Novikov, Piotr Rypson, Christoph Tannert, Igor Veritchev, Slavoj Žižek
Idea and research editor: David Crowley, Daniel Muzyczuk
Language editor: Agnieszka Hatowska
Coordinator: Ewa Jędrzejczak
Graphic design and typesetting: Artur Frankowski, Magdalena Frankowska / Fontarte
Published in 2016
Format: 18 x 24 x 3 cm
Illustrations: ca.200 (107 colour and 93 black and white)
Language: Polish-English edition
This publication accompanies the exhibition „NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND. ART AND ALTERNATIVE MUSIC IN EASTERN EUROPE 1968-1994”. The exhibition was on display in Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź between 22.09.2016 - 15.01.2017.
Price: 89 PLN
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