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The 1960s brought various social and political shifts, and the demands of young people, mostly in the American and European contexts, culminated with the iconic student protest of 1968. However, the ideas of pacifism, race, gender and class equality sprawled throughout various civil movements on the global scale as well, naturally reflecting on the artistic practices, mostly the ones with the prefix “avant-garde”. Such was the case with a generation of Japanese artists who radically questioned the

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In 1971, the pioneers of video art Steina and Woody Vasulka founded the iconic venue called The Kitchen, in order to showcase the latest production in the field. In only a couple of years, it became the melting pot of the thriving avant-garde scene in New York, and was a stimulating and culturally influential environment that nurtured a generation of prolific artists. One of them was Gretchen Bender, an outstanding multimedia artist working with computer graphics,

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Although he was a misfit belonging to the New York underground in the 1980s, Jean-Michel Basquiat quickly came to prominence after his extraordinary talent was discovered. Namely, this prolific figure set off his career as part of a graffiti duo SAMO, was involved with the up-and-coming No wave scene and was featured in an iconic documentary Downtown 81 by Glenn O’Brien. In 1980, he also became friends with Andy Warhol which largely reflected on his artistic production. Unfortunately, at the

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The proponents of the first half of the 20th-century avant-garde movements drew their inspiration from various sources and were generally dazzled with unconventional practices of art-making. Dadaism and especially Surrealism slightly later embraced amateurism as a way to overcome the boundaries proposed by the academia, so the artworks produced by self-taught peasants, children or mentally challenged people were welcomed with great excitement. Just after the end of WW II, the French artist Jean Dubuffet coined the term Art Brut in

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Throughout the second half of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, artists have been dealing with the concept of memory. Whether it is the popular culture, scientific progress or any other aspect of human activity that is explored, the perception of the final result e.g. an artwork differs from the way memory is interpreted. A fine example of the explorations of memory can be found in the artistic practices of Lizzie Gill and Hope Kroll;

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