The Forgotten Pioneer Movement – between socialism and post-socialism

September 8, 2014
Author Echo Gone Wrong
Forgotten Pioneer Movement

Eglė Ambrasaitė, Imagining the Abscence, video still, 2014, ©Museum Aikas Zado Live

We understand that our generation’s mission is to revise this strategically demonized past.
Agnė Bagdžiūnaitė (artist and curator, Lithuania)

On October 2nd District Kunst- und Kulturförderung opens The Forgotten Pioneer Movement (TFPM) – an interdisciplinary performance and exhibition project about the experiences of the last, transitional generation between socialism and post-socialism. As a fictional movement, TFPM addresses the impact and the societal perspectives of the “last pioneers”: a generation whose childhood and youth is linked to the times of the Perestroika and the ‘pOst-Western’ Europe of the 1990s.

As a modernist phenomenon and ex-symbol of childhood and adolescent identification, the figure of the pioneer lends itself to an investigation of the many inscriptions of educational institutions and publicly mobilized ideologies in the former “East” and the former “West”.

TFPM combines strategies and discourses from visual as well as performative arts and cultural theory in order to approach “the future behind us”, observed by Edit András, as a pan-European experience beyond geopolitical classifications. 25 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, TFPM suggests new constellations between this remote future and insignia of the present by three so-called Sets. Set #A comprises performances at different locations in Berlin, Set #B an exhibition at District, Set #C a public seminar.

Participants: Lina Albrikienė, Ēriks Apaļais, bankleer, Mitya Churikov, CORO Collective, Kasia Fudakowski, Nicu Ilfoveanu, Wilhelm Klotzek & David Polzin, Snejana Krasteva & Peter Tzanev, Kate Krolle & Maya Mikelsone, Marina Naprushkina, Domas Noreika, Alexandra Pirici, Claudia Rößger, Anna Till & Juliane Schmidt, SKILLS, VIP, ŽemAt

Curators: Ulrike Gerhardt and Susanne Husse in conversation with Agnė Bagdžiūnaitė, Ana Bogdanović, Ivana Hanaček, Snejana Krasteva, Ana Kutleša, Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Eglė Mikalajūnė, Maya Mikelsone, Anca Rujoiu, Vesna Vuković

The exhibition will be open throughout October 3rd – November 29th, 2014


District Kunst- und Kulturförderung
Bessemerstraße 2-14
12103 Berlin

Participants from the Baltics: