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Artists & Agents. Performance Art and Secret Services


Artists & Agents. Performance Art and Secret Services. Edited by: Krasznahorkai, Katalin; Sasse, Sylvia (2023). Leipzig: spector books.

Abstract

Subversion does not belong to anyone. It can come from artists who outwit the state or from intelligence agencies who infiltrate the art scene on behalf of the state. But what happens when the two sides meet? After the old state security archives in many Eastern European countries were opened, it became possible for this interaction to be studied in detail. Drawing on scientific essays and artistic contributions, the book shows how the secret police monitored happenings, performance art, and action art and looks at the debates they had about the new art form; it also demonstrates not only how the police documented artistic actions in detail using forensic techniques but also how they manipulated them and sought to thwart them with counter-actions. In addition to this, the book also reveals how artists dealt with the possibility that they were being observed by the secret police and how they now work with the material stored in the archives maintained by the intelligence services.

Abstract

Subversion does not belong to anyone. It can come from artists who outwit the state or from intelligence agencies who infiltrate the art scene on behalf of the state. But what happens when the two sides meet? After the old state security archives in many Eastern European countries were opened, it became possible for this interaction to be studied in detail. Drawing on scientific essays and artistic contributions, the book shows how the secret police monitored happenings, performance art, and action art and looks at the debates they had about the new art form; it also demonstrates not only how the police documented artistic actions in detail using forensic techniques but also how they manipulated them and sought to thwart them with counter-actions. In addition to this, the book also reveals how artists dealt with the possibility that they were being observed by the secret police and how they now work with the material stored in the archives maintained by the intelligence services.

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Item Type:Edited Scientific Work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > Zentrum Künste und Kulturtheorie
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:4 January 2023
Deposited On:16 Feb 2023 13:23
Last Modified:16 Feb 2023 13:23
Publisher:spector books
Number of Pages:696
ISBN:9783959053136
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://spectorbooks.com/book/artists-&-agents-en (Publisher)
Project Information:
  • : FunderERC
  • : Grant ID614791 PerformEast
  • : Project TitlePerformance Art in Eastern Europe (1950-1990): History & Theory
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