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What characterizes post-utopian art? Is it a genre of pure pragmatism or does it contain shards of the discarded vision from which it emerged? Is it the imagining of a new utopia: even the flipside of the old one? The exhibition Flipside represents cross-pollination and exchange, traversing the horizon of the separate utopian totalities of East and West. Artistic engagement with ideology and humanistic issues through conceptual means - rather than response-based political art - is a special hallmark of work throughout Eastern Europe today. Furthermore, the widely differing art-historical and political conditions surrounding the basis and trajectories of art since the 1960s fruitfully complicate the Western canonization of these practices.

The exhibition Flipside, curated by Katherine Carl, brings together works by the following artists: Cristian Alexa, Association Apsolutno, Art Attack, Maja Bajevi, Emese Benczúr, Cabinet Magazine, Danica Daki, Milena Dopitová, Vadim Fishkin, Jaroslaw Flicinski (Poland), Tomislav Gotovac, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Joan Jonas, Kai Kaljo, Charles Krafft, Pawel Kruk (Poland), Julia Kunin, Yuri Leiderman, Antoni Maznevski, Audrius Novickas, Odili Donald Odita, Tony Oursler, Anthony and Katya Pemberton, Dan Perjovschi, Igor Savchenko, Tomo Savic-Gecan, Stephen Shanabrook, akart, Sandra Sterle, Audrius Stonys, Eric Triantafillou and Csilla Kosa, and Aleksandar Zograf. A full-color catalogue is available.

The Flipside symposium at Artists Space on Saturday, November 13, 2004, 2-4 pm, features scholar Susan Buck-Morss (Dreamworld and Catastrophe, MIT Press, 2000), Flipside curator Katherine Carl, and artists in the exhibition, including Apsolutno, Art Attack, Vadim Fishkin, Yuri Leiderman, Audrius Novickas, Stephen Shanabrook, and Sandra Sterle.

Flipside is organized by CEC ArtsLink and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, FACE Croatia, a program of the Heathcote Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Czech Airlines and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.

Joan Jonas, Revolted By the
Thought of Known Places...
Sweeney Astray
(1992-2003), courtesy of the artist and
Yvon Lambert Gallery. Joan Jonas received an ArtsLink grant to go to Lodz, Poland, in 1994 to continue work on this long term project.

skart (Serbian art collective), Your Shit, Your Responsibility, various media, 2000

Dan Perjovschi (Romania), White Chalk-Dark Issues, drawing, 2003

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