NONUMENT! Symposium: 13 – 14 June 2019

Symposium dedicated to hidden, abandoned and forgotten monuments of the 20th century

NONUMENT! Symposium
13 – 14 June 2019 at CAMP, PRAGUE

Politics, society, media and culture change faster than bricks and concrete. History leaves behind either heritage or rubble. But houses and monuments have life beyond the intentions of their builders: decay, underuse, omission, ruin porn and gentrification emerge in place of glorification and remembrance. Something completely new may emerge from these states. We want to direct the attention to the vast residue of abandoned and altered structures that exhibit vigorous afterlife.

This is the extensive archive of ‘Nonuments’ – a concept created to capture the value and condition of these historical structures, extending from abandoned monuments to decaying infrastructure, from speculative destruction of heritage to architectural residue of abandoned futures. Nonuments provide a connection to the past and tell us about the powers that built them.

A hotel, a power plant, a railway, a congress center, a control and dispatch hi-tech center and a former anti-aircraft tower stand neglected, or are in the process of being destroyed. With theoretical, conceptual and art-practice based contributions from around the world, Nonument symposium will address these as well as other European Nonuments. From Cyprus to Prague and from Vienna to Balkan Mountains, Nonuments ceaselessly pose the question of how to engage with them and integrate them.

A two-day art and theory symposium will be held in Prague during the devastating destruction of the Transgas building. We aspire to shape as well as question the language for the process of how to deal with this historic structures here and now.


Thursday, 13 June

8:30 – Registration
9:00 – Welcome speech

9:15 – Introductory lecture: Nika Grabar (SI): Nonument now!

9:45 – Martin Bricelj Baraga, Neja Tomšič – Nonument Group: McKeldin Fountain


First session: Conflict and Suppression
10:15 – Jürgen Weishäupl (A): Flak Towers, Vienna
10:45 – Pavel Karous (CZ)
10:55 – Ljubica Slavković (SRB): In search of Public Interest in Belgrade: Legalizing the Wild City
11:25 – Martin Zet (CZ): Missing and invisible sculptures of Miloš Zet
11:35 – Discussion

11:50 – Coffee break


Second session: Infrastructure and Ideology
12:00 – Danica Sretenović (SI): The Pioneer Railway
12:30 – Vladimír Turner (CZ): Ephemeral Monuments
12:40 – Martin Bricelj Baraga, Neja Tomšič – Nonument Group (SI): From Nowhere to Noplace – Pioneer Railway
13:10 – Nicolas Grospierre (PL/FR): A Subjective Atlas of Modern Architecture
13.40 – Katarína Hládeková (SL), Markéta Žáčková (CZ): Brno: Statues in Streets
13:50 – Discussion

14:00 – Lunch


15:00 – Special Lecture: Elke Krasny (A): Curating Memory and Curating Mourning


Third session: Memory and Post-socialist Condition
16:00 – Anelya Ivanova (BG): Buzludzha – The Apotheosis of the Socialist Art in Bulgaria
16:30 – Benjamín Bradňanský, Vít Halada, (SK): Iconic Ruins
16:50 – Ole Frahm – Ligna Group (D): Reenactment, Working-Through, Alienation. The Radioballet as performative Remembrance
17:20 – Petr Dub (CZ): Public Boarders
17:30 – Veronika Vicherková (CZ) – Respect! Keep or Squeez!
17:50 – Discussion
18:05 – Coffee Break


18:20 – Special Lecture: Deimantas Narkevičius (LTU): Too Long on the Plinth


19:20 – Final discussion
20:30 – Afterparty – Bar/ák


14th of June, Friday
9:00 – Introduction
9:00 – Workshops
When will you start to respect me? – led by Veronika Vicherková (CZ)
I am a dependent object! – led by Katarína Hládeková (SK), Markéta Žáčková (CZ)


10:30 – Special Lecture: Miloš Kosec (SI): Nonumental Infrastructure


11:30 – Workshops – Outcomes and Discussion
11:30 – Lunch


Fourth session: Reversion
12:30 – Ladislav Zikmund-Lender (CZ): Topography of Demolitions: Case Transgas
13:00 – Peter Szalay (SK): The Mirror of Unwanted Patrimony: Narcissism or Cynical Egoism?
13:30 – Hans van Houwelingen (NL): Undone
14:00 – Achilleas Kentonis (CY): Legend Generating Machines
14:30 – Discussion

14:30 – Coffee break


Fourth session: Impossibility of a Future
14:40 – Vladimir Dulović (SRB): Genex
15:10 – Viktória Mravčáková (SK): How to Bring Good Art into the City?
15:20 – Elizabeth Sikiaridi (GB) and Frans Vogelaar (NL) – Hybrid Space Lab: Deep Spaces
15:50 – Elise Hunchuck (CA): Chernobyl after Chernobyl
16:20 – Discussion


16:30 – Special Lecture: Branislav Dimitrijevič (SRB): “Egypt” rather than “October”: Incongruences in Interpreting Yugoslav National-liberation Monuments, Then and Now


17:30 – End of the Symposium