anthologies / catalogues
It is only recently that Central and Eastern Europe has woken up to the notion of “conceptual literature”, a vexed zone on the border between literary production and gallery art. What kind of phenomenon are we speaking of? How did it begin and what are its current coordinates? Where does it belong in the annals of art history and post-war literature? Does it display any distinctive features when practised in this part of Europe?
These and similar questions are examined by twelve writers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Poland and Russia. The critical essays are supplemented by an extensive collection of prose, poems, non-fiction, etc., including many new translations.
More than eighty people – critics, authors, poets, artists and translators – collaborated on this major attempt to get to grips with the term “conceptual literature”.
The publication can be read in many different ways. The creative work can be separated from the criticism, though the editors have attempted to bring them together. The literary supplements are arranged chronologically and reveal unexpected parallels in the work of individual writers working across genres or regions. The structure of the book creates a kind of historico-theoretical crossword puzzle that leaves it up the reader to select their own reading strategies and find their own solutions.
Sorting Out Words: Literature and Conceptual Tendencies 1949–2015. is a contribution to the debate taking place regarding conceptual literary strategies, i.e. provocative and progressive methods of handling text that for various reasons have unfortunately been banished to peripheral regions or denied the status of art altogether.
Throughout history these strategies have materialised in different genres and practices. They have refused to accept the entrenched historical and aesthetic categories of production and consumption, but by engaging them in a more or less fruitful polemic have interrogated, problematised and expanded them.
Authors: Ondřej Buddeus, Natalia Fedorova, Daniel Grúň, et al.
Editors: Ondřej Buddeus, Markéta Magidová
Design: Štěpán Marko
ISBN/ISSN: 978-80-87259-34-4 (tranzit.cz)
Special Notes: ukázka z knihy/ excerpt from the book
Ondřej Buddeus, Natalia Fedorova, Daniel Grúň, Malgorzata Dawidek Gryglicka, Eva Krátká, Václav Magid, Markéta Magidová, Piotr Marecki,Karel Piorecký, Tomáš Pospiszyl, Michal Rehúš, Astrid Winter
Photo documentations, Archives:
Milan Adamčiak, Sergej Anufrijev, Pavel Arseňjev, Zbyněk Baladrán, Fiona Banner, Jaroslav Benedík, Jana Beňová, Tereza Bínová, Ondřej Buddeus, Vladimír Burda, Mimi Cabell, Claude Closky, Aleš Čermák, Angela Detanico, Jiří Drašnar, Stanisław Dróżdż, Vladimir Fjodorov, Dina Gatina, Dmitrij Golynko, Bohumila Grögerová, Michal Habaj, Roman Haisel, Vít Havránek, Josef Hiršal, Jason Huff, Ivan Chimin, Jiří Kolář, Andrzej Kostołowski, Jiří Kovanda, Jakub Kovařík, Jarosław Kozłowski, Rafael Lain, Radim Langer, Peter Macsovszky, Václav Magid, Markéta Magidová, Jaroslav Malina, Ján Mančuška, Karel Miler, Andrej Monastyrskij, Monogramista T.D, Nick Montfort, Ladislav Nebeský, Vsevolod Někrasov, Ladislav Novák, Roman Osminkin, Patrik Ouředník, Pavel Pepperštejn, Dmitrij Prigov, Lev Rubinštejn, Sławomir Shuty, Jiří Skála, Alexandr Skidan, Tomáš Svoboda, Robert Szczerbowski, Michal Šanda, Jan Šerých, Jakub Šofar, Milan Špůrek, Petr Štengl, Peter Šulej, Stefan Themerson, Flavio Trevisan, Jiří Valoch, Tomáš Vaněk, Lenka Vítková, Kamil Zbruž, Steven Zultanski