[Prologue] EST – Summer Workshop Report

28th-31st July 2009, Nõva – Tallinn, Estonia


[prologue] is a series of cultural events, which engage with present-day feminist concerns within the context of changing Europe and beyond. The project originated from discussions held at Mladinski Kulturni Centre, Maribor, Slovenia, in 2004. So far there have been an exhibition, conference, and publications in Graz, Austria; an exhibition and symposium in Manchester, UK; and prologue_BLN, a symposium in Berlin. In 2009 and 2011 [prologue] continues in Estonia, firstly with a summer workshop, which took place on 28th-30th July in Nova (Tallinn), ended with a public session in Tallinn on the evening of 31st July 2009. In 2011, an exhibition, conference and live events will be held again in Tallinn.

[prologue] has made an attempt to tackle the dissonance within European Feminist discourses, explore the cultural and political impact of European enlargement on feminist art and discourse. Artists, theorists and sociologists were invited to consider and reflect on the impact of shifting European borders and how feminist work addresses these changes. The paradigm shift of the late 80′s had an enormous impact on the notion of what it means to be European. Current economic, political and cultural policies are on the verge of yet another paradigm shift. The summer workshop in Estonia continued the earlier discussions, to attempt to unfold just how broad the notion of Europe can be and how narrow are its policies, and how to locate a rich body of feminist work. An interdisciplinary approach combined old and new media, sociological research, theory and art from a feminist perspective. Focus has been to map feminist discourse and practice within (and without) European borders.

Earlier [prologue] events showed the potential for multidisciplinary co-operations that address feminist histories and goals, but also exposed ruptures within the language and understanding of specific issues and terminology. The aim of [prologue] est summer meeting was to provide an environment for discussions to find out what have been the current issues the invited women have been interested and to develop ideas and goals for further investigations, discussions and action. This meeting was the foundation for a larger event in 2011.

To map current feminist discourses, the workshop participants were invited to give short talks about their practice and interests, reflecting how feminist discourses have been represented within their own work. The workshop provided an open space for discussion and sharing information among colleagues. Participants were invited and warmly encouraged to bring texts, videos and other material to share with each other. The discussions have been documented and used for developing the 2011 event as well as presented at the public session in Tallinn on 31st of July and at ISEA2009 in Belfast.

[prologue] est host organisation: Tallinn Art Hall
[prologue] est organisers: Diana McCarty, Reet Varblane, Kathy Rae Huffman, and Mare Tralla

[prologue] est Participants: Reni Hofmueller (AT), Eva Ursprung (AT), Oxana Sarkisjan (RU), Alla Mitrofanova (RU), Rosa Reitsamer  (AT), Leena-Maija Rossi  (FI), Susanna Paasonen (FI), Shula Keshet (IL), Diana McCarty (DE), Kathy Rae Huffman (UK), Tatiana Bazzichelli (IT/DK), Katrin Kivimaa (EE), Mare Tralla (EE/UK), Reet Varblane (EE), Barbi Pilvre (EE), Christian Veske (EE), Margit Sarv (EE), Eha Komissarov (EE), Piibe Piirma (EE), Marge Monko (EE), Sandra Jogeva (EE), Mari Kartau (EE), Anna-Stina Treimund (EE), Redi Koobak (EE), Liina Guiter (EE), Liina Siib (EE), Signe Fideelia Roots (EE), Rebeka Poldsam (EE), Heie Treier (EE), Kolli Mariste (EE), Maiu Niineste (EE), Rael Artel (EE), Eve Kiiler (EE).

[prologue] est is supported by Estonian Culture Endowment, Finnish
Embassy in Tallinn, Austrian Embassy in Tallinn, University of Aarhus in Denmark.

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