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The research interests of the Translocal Institute lie within the overlapping fields of East European art, art and ecology, and contemporary art history.

For information about using the research facilities of the institute, please see the library.

Courses organised in the Experimental Reading Room are here.


Maja and Reuben Fowkes, 'Eastern Europe Can Be Yours! Alternative Art of the Eighties,' Afterall (September 2017)

Maja and Reuben Fowkes, 'Cracks in the Planet: Geo-ecological Matter in East European Art,' in Extending the Dialogue(Ljubljana: Igor Zabel Association, 2017)

Paper on 'Art History in a Suitcase' at the conference on Socialist Internationalism and the Global Contemporary, Leipzig, 23-25 Nov 2017.

Maja and Reuben Fowkes, 'The Primeval Cosmic River and its Ecological Realities: On the curatorial project Danube River School (2013-2015),' Geohumanities vol.2 no.2 (November 2016)

Maja and Reuben Fowkes, 'Placing Bookmarks: The Institutionalisation and De-Institutionalisation of Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde and Contemporary Art', Tate Papers, no.26, Autumn 2016,

'Experiments in Untamed Creativity: Anthropology as a Tool in Tamás Kaszás’ Practice' in Exercises in Autonomy, exhibition catalogue (Lodz: Muzeum Sztuki, 2016)

'Feeling the Curve of the Earth (Art and Ecology in Post-Democratic Times)' Presentation by Maja and Reuben Fowkes at Cultura / Natura: Fotograf Festival 6, Prague, 17 October 2016.

'I Live on Earth: Cosmic Realms and the Place of Nature in the Work of Natalia LL' in Agata Jakubowska, ed, Natalia LL: Beyond Consumer Art (Warsaw: CCA Ujazdowski Castle, 2017)

'Noösphere: The Cosmic Envelope of Thought,' Exhibition catalogue, Rudolf Sikora (Bratislava, 2016)

Maja Fowkes, 'Playing with Fire: Performative practices in East European art in the 1960s' in Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945-68(Brussels: Bozar, 2016)

Entries for 'Planetary', 'Rewilding' and 'Cosmopolitics' in The Posthuman Glossary, edited by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova (London: Bloomsbury, 2017 - forthcoming)


Paper at the SHERA panel on the institutionalisation of East European art entitled 'Cracking the Canon, Wooing the Museum, Luring the Market: The Integration of the East European Neo-Avant-Garde into Global Art Structures' at the College Art Association Conference in Washington, 3-6 February 2016.

Presentation for the panel on'The Art of Connecting Worlds: Cultural Technologies and Sustainability' Conference on Expanding Worlds, MIT, Boston, 25-27 February 2016.

Two articles in a special issue of the art history journal ACTA:

'In the Pursuit of Freedom: Art and Animals under Socialism,' Acta Historiae Artium vol. 56 (2015)

'Remains of Utopia: Neo-Marxist Affinities of the East European Neo-avant-garde,'Acta Historiae Artium vol. 56 (2015)

Maja Fowkes, The Green Bloc: Neo-avant-garde Art and Ecology under Socialism (Budapest / New York: CEU Press, 2015)

River Ecologies: Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities on the Danube edited by Maja and Reuben Fowkes (Budapest: Translocal Institute, 2015)


Review of Gulf Labour: High Culture / Hard Labor in Art Monthly (March 2016).

Paper by Maja and Reuben Fowkes on 'Putting the Social back into the Socialist City: The Critical Urban Practice of the Group TOK' at the conference on Shared Practices: The Intertwinement of the Arts in the Culture of Socialist Eastern Europe (Kumu Art Museum 22-24 October 2015)
'Towards the Ecology of Love,' in Urban Fauna Lab (Moscow, 2015) Conference paper on 'I Live on Earth: Cosmic Epistemology and the Place of Nature in the Work of Natalia LL' at the conference on Natalia LL. Beyond “Consumer Art”, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, 20 November 2015
'Towards a Planetary History of East European Art'
Paper by Maja and Reuben Fowkes at the conference on East European Art seen from Global Perspective: Past and Present
24-27 October 2014, Lublin
'Other Survivalisms'
Former West Editorial Meeting
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
16-17 May 2014, Utrecht

'Ecological Preacariousness and the Fragility of Art and Life in the East European Neo-Avant-garde,' in The Permanence of the Transient: Precariousness in Art, ed. Caroline Menezes and Camila Maroja (CSP: Cambridge, 2014) Off the Record: Performative Practices in Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde and their Resonances in Contemporary Art,’ (Maja Fowkes) Centropa vol. 14 no. 1(January 2014)
'Green Critique in a Red Environment: East European Art and Ecology under Socialism,' Art Margins Journal June 2014, Vol. 3, No. 2, pages 60-83 Renewing the Curatorial Refrain: Sustainable Research in Contemporary Art,’ in Curating Subjects III – Curating Research (London and Amsterdam, Open Editions and de Appel, 2014)
'Sidelined, Under-represented and Snubbed: The New Unofficial in East European Art' paper by Maja and Reuben Fowkes at the 46th International Congress of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA)
Kosice and Bratislava, 24-27 September 2013,published in Slovak translation and available on video
'Tamás Kaszás’s Art Laboratory: Anticipating Collapse, Practicing Survival' Ars Hungarica special issue on art and theory (December 2013) an article in the journal of the Hungarian Institute of Art History looking at the work of prominent contemporary Hungarian artist Tamás Kaszás, download pdf version
Features by Maja and Reuben Fowkes in the UK contemporary art journal Art Monthly on issues of art and ecology, art and activism, and the changing face of East European identity include: 'Art and Ecology,' (Dec 2013 - Jan 2014) pdf, 'Identity Crisis: The Return of East European' (April 2013) pdf, and ‘The #occupy effect on contemporary art,’ (September 2012) pdf Paper by Maja and Reuben Fowkes entitled 'Going Wild: Ecological Pulses in Contemporary Art,' at the Conference Renewable Energy, Renewable Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, 29-30 November 2013
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