Absences and Translocation
1999 / An international symposium forming part of the exhibition Translocation/New Media Art in Generali Foundation, Vienna
26–27 February 1999 National Gallery, Veletrzni Palace, Prague
Organised by the AVU Research Centre in collaboration with the magazines Detail and Springerin
In co-operation with the magazines Detail and Springerin, VVP AVU organised an international symposium entitled Absence and Translocation, focusing on new media and their history in former Eastern Block countries. The entire project was in all likelihood the first grant from the European Union to be used in the area of fine arts in the Czech Republic. The symposium opened the discussion on media on a high international level and overstepped the narrow boundary of peripheral contexts. The papers focused mainly on social and political relations, which became a cohesive element of the discussions. The symposium gave rise to a series of international presentations and lectures at the National Gallery in Veletrzni palac, at the University of Applied Arts (Meisterklasse fur Mediengestaltung) in Vienna and in other foreign institutions.
The presented papers were printed in the magazines Springerin and Detail: Jiri Sevcik, Absence and Translocation, Detail, 1998/7 Czech and German versions; Hito Steyerl, The W/hole/ of Babel, Detail, 1999/1 Czech and German versions; Christian Holler, Local non-sites, non-local sites: fractured locations in globalized settings, Detail 1999/2, Czech and English versions; Mirek Vodrazka, Absence and Translocation as a Utopia, Detail 1999/2, Czech version; Jiri Zemanek, Z. Pesanek and the Magic of the Electric World, Detail 1999/5, Czech version; Keiko Sei, N.J.P., world citizen, Detail 1999/5, Czech and English version; Tomas Ruller, Absence and Translocation, Art-Society-New Media, Detail 1999/5, Czech version.