The talks are free and open to the public, and will be held from 1:30–2:15pm EST on Zoom (register via Eventbrite). Programs include:
• Thur, Oct 22, 2020: artist and educator Dmitry Vilensky (St. Petersburg, Russia)
• Wed, Nov 11, 2020: curator Viktoria Draganova/Swimming Pool (Sofia, Bulgaria)
• Tue, Nov 17, 2020: artist Dan Perjovschi (Bucharest, Romania)
Slought, a non-profit cultural organizion on the campus of the Univeristy of Pennsylvania, is pleased to present "Field Reports," a series of conversations throughout October and November 2020 with contemporary artists, theorists, and curators whose work engages the politics and aesthetics of Central and Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Intended as a series of casual talks for local students and Slought's expanded network, these intimate, midday sessions will provide an informal platform for thinkers to share and discuss their practices, reflect on how their work has been impacted by the pandemic, what is transpiring in their communities and institutions; and how these factors intersect with democracy and democratic processes as they unfold throughout the broader Central and Eastern European region.
On the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union, cultural actors and institutions throughout Central and Eastern Europe face myriad challenges, ranging from increasingly conservative governments and the politics of illiberalism, to a second pandemic wave that threatens to further destabilize the region's socio-economic and political infrastructure. As economic austerity and barriers to mobility are fraying progressive networks of people, cultural production, and institutions, many are attempting to forge new ties and devise new strategies of resilience.
Field Reports is presented as part of an ongoing Slought program, On the Other Side of Elsewhere, which aims to map, engage, and share knowledge across a broad international network of civic institutions in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond, and who are reinvigorating civil society and the promise of democracy. The project investigates the informal economies, networks of interdependence, and modes of survival developed among nonprofits and small-scale institutions whose missions directly engage artistic, political, and social engagement.