HIDE-AND-SEEK. An Academic Conference

The conference Hide-and-seek: Absence, invisibility, and contemporary art practices addresses invisibility of contemporary art practices in widely understood public sphere, where the latter concerns both urban and rural space, the Internet, as well as museum and galleries, public collections of contemporary art, art festivals and other events. The organisers wish to investigate those artistic and institutional practices that seek to achieve social efficacy and presence, yet their less conspicuous existence is not considered a failure.


15.03.2018 (Thursday)

10.00 – 10.30 Opening
10.30 – 11.30 Lecture by Małgorzata Bogdańska, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
Difficult Art: Contemporary Objects in the Collections of Public Institutions

The (In)visible Art Object
Moderator: Anna Lebensztejn

11.30 – 11.50 Zofia Kerneder, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK
How is it done, i.e. on what a viewer should or doesn’t have to know about a work of art in the context of pieces created by contemporary artists

11.50 – 12.10 Hanna Doroszuk, University of Warsaw, National Museum in Warsaw
Disappearing Objects in Georges Didi-Huberman’s Curatorial Practice

12.10 – 12.30 Julia Gnatowska, Institute of Jewish Studies at Jagiellonian University
The Evacuation of Art Works

12.30 – 12.50 Discussion

12.50 – 14.00  Lunch break

Strategies of (In)visibility 1
Moderator: Łukasz Białkowski

14.00 – 14.20 Marta Świetlik, Faculty of Polish Studies at Jagiellonian University
The Invisible Hand of Art

14.20 – 14.40 Dorota Grobelna
On strategies of visibility/invisibility of public art based on the example of Joanna Rajkowska’s project “Minaret”

14.40 – 15.00 Jędrzej Wijas, Trafo Center for Contemporary in Szczecin
Art, Memory and Angel

15.00 – 15.20 Zofia Małkowicz, Institute of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
Artistic Research: A Call for Visibility?

15.20 – 15.40 Discussion

15.40 – 16.00 Coffee break

Strategies of (In)visibility 2
Krzysztof Siatka

16.00 – 16.20 Monika Weychert-Waluszko, SWPS – University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw
The Reception of Grupa Działania [Action Group] and Grupa 111 [Group 111], i.e. how to disappear from art history

16.20 – 16.40 Agata Stronciwilk, Institute of Fine Arts at the Jan Długosz University In Częstochowa
Vanishing Flavor: On the Sensual Experience of Artistic Realization

16.40 – 17.00 Małgorzata Kaźmierczak, Faculty of Art at the Pedagogical University of Krakow
Perfoactivism: From Three Weeks in May to the Museum of Arte Util

17.00 – 17.20 Katarzyna Maniak
An Invisible Gender for the Field of Art: Guerilla Girls

17.20 – 17.40 Discussion

16.03.2018 (Friday)

11.00 – 11.45 Lecture by Sława Harasymowicz, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, Central Saint Martins, Londyn
Stage-point 1

11.45 – 12.00 Coffee break

Instituting (in)visibility
Moderator: Karolina Kolenda

12.00 – 12.20 Lada Nakonechna
Hide to be seen. Formation of the viewer through the educational practices for artists established by the Method Fund


12.20 – 12.40 Ralf Sander, Ulster University
Is the desire for invisibility and absence in the visual arts an expression of “Zeitgeist”

12.40 – 13.00 Barbara Tiberi, La Sapienza University of Rome
Coincidentia Oppositorum. The works of Giovanni Anselmo between the visible and the invisible

13.00 – 13.20 Deirdre M. Smith, University of Texas at Austin
Artiste Anonyme / Anonymous Conceptual Artist /
Umjetnik u krizi: Goran Trbuljak’s names and namelessness

13.20 – 13.40  Discussion

13.40 – 16.00 Lunch break

16.00 – 17.30 Keynote lecture by Stephen Wright
Escape comes first

19.00 Stage-point 1, action by Sława Harasymowicz

The conference will be held in Polish (on 15.03.2018) and English (on 16.03.2018).