Seminar of Accidental Wisdom: Sowing Unrest

Lecture by Katalin Erdődi and Alekseie Borisionok at FAMU

Aleksei Borisionok and Katalin Erdődi, curators of the upcoming Matter of Art Biennale in Prague (2024) will share work experiences and research interests in a seminar of accidental wisdom. Grafting two curatorial lines into one project, the curators will look at how historical struggles in rural and urban contexts resonate with the contemporary moment and enable us to think about more emancipatory possible futures.

Katalin Erdődi focuses on rural change as social change, taking an interest in rural realities that are often underrepresented in the contemporary public discourse and cultural production. Together with artists, she initiates research-driven, context-specific collaborations and invites people from very different walks of life to a process of collective creation that foregrounds diverse forms of knowledge and lived experience, thus fostering heterogenous and pluri-vocal rural counterpublics inspired by Nancy Fraser’s notion of subaltern counterpublics and Chantal Mouffe’s call for agonistic public spheres.

Through the changing landscape of work and leisure time, Aleksei Borisionok will focus on various legacies and futures of the workers’ movement—its fragmented narratives, unsettled heritage, historical strikes, and contemporary forms of labor unrest in post-socialist countries and beyond, asking how strikes have been represented throughout history and how the notion of the strike as a gesture of disruption and refusal could be represented at all.


Filmová a televizní fakulta Akademie múzických umění
Smetanovo nábř. 2,
116 65 Praha 1
Czech Republic



Date & time

6 December, from 7 PM (approximately 120 min)

Photo by Tereza Havlínková

The event is part of Aleksei Borisionok a Katalin Erdődi’s curatorial residency, which takes place in 2023 as part of the Biennale Matter of Art project organized by the tranzit.cz initiative. The tranzit.cz residencies are funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU and supported by the City of Prague and ERSTE Foundation.

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