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Institute of Contemporary Art zeigt „Agents & Provocateurs“

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Institute of Contemporary Art


Liebe Freunde und Kollegen, Dear friends and colleagues, es freut mich sehr, (euch) darüber informieren zu können, dass unsere Aktion „TammTamm – Künstler informieren Politiker“ [] Teil der Ausstellung „Agents & Provocateurs“ sein wird. Die Ausstellung findet in Ungarn statt, im Institute of Contemporary Art – Dunaújváros. Anbei die englische Presseerklärung. (Providerwechsel: die Links werden in Kürze wieder zugänglich sein Jan/Febr.2015)

I am pleased to announce that our project „TammTamm – Artists informing Politicians“ [] will be part of the exhibition „Agents & Provocateurs“. The exhibition takes place at the Institute of Contemporary Art – Dunaújváros.

Best wishes, co.


October 16 – November 20, 2009 Opening: October 16, 2009, 18-21 h


Agents & Provocateurs

The exhibition Agents & Provocateurs surveys certain forms of confrontation: agency and provocation, both understood as dissenting artistic attitudes. The project explores to what degree these stances prove to be viable forms of protest in different and changing political contexts. Starting out from the counter-cultural scenes of state-socialist East Central Europe, the exhibition asks what sort of critical potential the oppositional artistic positions of the time really had, with provocation and irritation as frequent vehicles of artists‘ defiance. Was „oppositional” a (self-)chosen stance, or did the narrow confines of a repressive regime constitute dissident thinkers so? Did artists engage with various aspects of social reality under an autocratic political rule, or were they rather concerned over the infringements of their artistic and intellectual freedom?
Agents & Provocateurs goes on asking how oppositional strategies in state-socialist times determine the absence or presence of critical artistic positions today, and how they relate to the transformation of a more broadly understood political culture. Within the context of the much-desired democracy, is the individual prepared to take advantage of the situation that democratic power wielding, theoretically, no longer infantilizes, silences, or paralyzes critically-minded individuals but perceives them as potential social actors? Does a transformed political climate prompt strategies other than mere defiance, protest, and antagonism to articulate discontent? Is the continuing practice of provocation sustainable or dysfunctional in political democracies, or does it reproduce patterns of thinking and acting that were acquired under an oppressive system?
Certainly, any political, economic, social or cultural system has its oppressive features and unjust hierarchies. Agents & Provocateurs therefore asks how genuinely critical attitudes need to reconfigure again and again in order to capture these? The exhibition presents cases in which cultural workers do not remain the passive victims, witnesses, or commentators of events; when they do not merely criticize and point to disturbing issues, but do act, mobilising their agency. The focus is on instances when artists think of themselves as social agents and are willing to work politically with the „enemy”. The predominantly East-Central European cases will be juxtaposed with, and accentuated by, contemporaneous examples from contexts with different political cultures.


Instead of a touring exhibition, the compilation of an „exhibition kit” or „mobile archive” is devised as an afterlife of the show. The archive — partly available on the project’s website— will contain additional materials accumulated during preparation and research, and will be offered for loan to art schools and institutions internationally. The compiled material is to be activated through workshops and educational modules organised in collaboration with the network of artists and experts established in the process of realising the project.

Featured artists include

Julius von Bismarck (D), Scott Blake (US), budapest reconstruction (H), Ondrej Brody (CZ), Jan Budaj (SK), Ildikó Enyedi (H), VALIE EXPORT (A), Exterra XX (D), U.R.A. FILOART, Ion Grigorescu (RO), Andris Grinbergs (LV), Igor Grubic (HR), Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party (H), IRWIN (SLO), Istvan Kantor (CND), Judit Kele (H/F), Andreja Kuluncic (HR), Ivank Lazki (AR), Zbigniew Libera (PL), Neue Slowenische Kunst (SLO), Orange Alternative (PL), Tanja Ostojic (RS/D), Ewa Parture (PL/D), Pro Agit I (Zygmunt Piotrowski), Pro Agit II (KwieKulik) (PL), Tamás St.Auby (H), János Sugár (H), Künstler informieren Politiker (D), The Yes Men (US), Untergunther (CH/F), Zelimir Zilnik (RS)


Beata Hock and Franciska Zólyom

Institute of Contemporary Art

Vasmű út 12
2400 Dunaújváros, Hungary

Opening hours: 10-18, Monday – Saturday

Contact: info[at]

The project is supported by Erste Foundation, Vienna

International Visegrad Fund, Bratislava

Hungarian National Cultural Fund

Polish Cultural Institute Budapest



Zelimir Zilnik (RS)



TAMM tran…………………………………………………. …………….tranquillium photography



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„Künstler informieren Politiker“ (Ausstellungsbeteiligung) vom 15. Mai bis 18. Juli 2010 in Dortmund

Eröffnung am 14. Mai 2010, 18.00 Uhr im Dortmunder U (3. Etage)
Ausstellung vom 15. Mai bis 18. Juli 2010
Geöffnet Dienstag bis Sonntag 10.00 bis 20.00 Uhr



Beteiligte Künstler und Gruppen


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