The Revolutionary Imaginary:
 Visual Culture in an Age of Political Turbulences

Interdisciplinary conference, Vilnius (Lithuania),

November 30 - December 1, 2017


The conference is organized jointly by the Laboratory of Studies of Visual Culture and Contemporary Art at the European Humanities University (Lithuania), National Art Gallery (Lithuania), Visual Culture in Europe Network and Goethe Institut in Lithuania.

Taking as a starting point, the idea of art as a "medium of social conflicts" (Horst Bredekamp), the conference poses the question of how the visual imagery mediate the social imaginary in various modalities of revolutionary praxis, and how the abstract concepts of revolution, resistance and revolt have been made visible and intelligible through different forms of visual culture - from photography and cinema to comics and political posters.  A series of interrelated questions evolve around this theme, namely: how has the very idea of a "Revolution" changed with the course of time? What role do current or recent events, new theories and practices play in this re-vision? How are the concepts of "Representation" and "Revolution" related to each other? How has the idea of the Revolution been re-actualized, re-enacted and reformulated in recent political performances, media representations and artistic practices? And last but not least: what role do visual images play in the revolutionary praxis -  as "multipliers of meanings, power and emotions" (W.J.T.Mitchell)?




November 30, Thursday


10.00 - 10.15   Welcome and introductory remarks

10.15 - 11.45   Panel 1: The Clash of Images

Chair: Krešimir Purgar 

Łukasz Zaremba. Revolutionary iconoclasms. Lessons from America for Eastern Europe?

Vladimir Janchevski. Pissed off!: critical art and protest culture beyond 'toilet revolutions'.

Øyvind Vågnes. Victoria Lomasko's iconoclastic gestures: reflections on other Russias.


11.45 - 12.00   Сoffee break


12.00 - 13.30   Panel 2: Contested Spaces, Conflictual Memories and  Postsocialist Condition

Chair: Øyvind Vågnes 

Magda Szcześniak. Protesting images. Countervisuality of the Solidarity movement.

Kasparas Pocius.Erasure: the Green Bridge sculptures and the visibility of working class

Almira Ousmanova. Divided solidarity - recoded  spaces - disposable art.


14.30 - 16.00    Panel 3: Protest Cultures and the Ghost of Revolution

Chair: Davide Lombardo

Petr Agha. Un-doing law - public art as contest over meanings.

Rasa Kasperienė, Justina Mandravickaitė. Political protest groups and their rhetoric on Facebook.

Dario Martinelli. Protest songs and political orientation: "left" and "right" in popular music.


16.00 - 16.30     Coffee break


16.30 - 18.00     Panel 4: The  Visual Production of Political Resistance

Chair: Lolita Jablonskienė

Davide Lombardo.The farce and the workers' bloodshed: the eclipse of/post June 1848.

Antigoni Memou.'La Beauté Est Dans La  Rue': protest and Radical Visual Narratives.

Safet Ahmeti. What has revolution ever done for us?


December 1, Friday:


10.00 - 11.15   Panel 5: Affect and Politics

Chair: Audronė Žukauskaitė

Victoria Musvik. Selective amnesia or revolutionary energy?  Traumatic silence and affective revival of Perestroika and early   nineties in Russian museum spaces.

Denis Petrina.Revolution (S)ex Machina: pornography, enslaved cairos, biomediated affective regimes.


11.15 - 11.30   Coffee  break


11.30 - 13.15   Panel 6: Imprinting Utopia: Revolution  and its Form(s)

Chair: Natalija Arlauskaitė

Andrei Gornykh.Revolution and form: left avant-gardism with political utopianism.

Olga Boitsova and Ekaterina Orekh. Burzhuys and Bolsheviks in caricatures and children's drawings of 1917-1918.

Alla Pigalskaya. The modes of construction of avant-garde heritage in Soviet Belarus and the Post-Soviet Period.

Nadezhda Zinovyeva. The principles of the impact of the poster propaganda of the Civil War in Russia (1917-1922).


14.15 - 15.45    Panel 7: The Images of the Multitude

Chair: Magda Szcześniak

Marija Krilova Weste.Representation of movement in the   feature films of the Soviet Latvia of the 1960s: walking the streets of Riga.                              

Isabel David.Towards Socialism: the role of visual culture in post-revolution Portugal.

Gleb Koran.Meaning of "image" for populist internet-movements: "multitude" as an engine for "post-truth".


15.45 - 16.15   Coffee break


16.15 - 17.45   Panel 8: The Digital Turn: Invisible Revolution?

Chair: Almira Ousmanova

Per Ståhlberg. Media technologies as tropes of revolution.

Michael Forsman. 1984 according to Apple: the corporate synchronization of digital competence and critical media literacy.

Dzmitry Boichanka.The AI turn: the algorithmic future of the spectacle.


18.00  - 19.00  Alexander Kluge  -  Keynote lecture (via Skype)

"Yearning for the childhood of thoughts". Marx and Eisenstein in the same house: scenes from NEWS FROM IDEOLOGICAL ANTIQUITY.


19.00 -    20.30 Screening:News from Ideological Antiquity: Marx/Eisenstein/Capital(directed by Alexander Kluge, 2008, in German with English subtitles, short version (85'). Organized with the support of Goethe-Institut in Lithuania.



NGA Auditorium
2017 11 30

10:00 - 18:00

NDG_The Revolutionary Imaginary

On 30 November and 1 December a conference titled 'The Revolutionary Imaginary:
 Visual Culture in an Age of Political Turbulences' will take place in the NGA auditorium.