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Beata Hock

Beata Hock

Bereich: Bildende Kunst

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Bildende Kunst



Empfehlende Institution

Erste Bank/tranzit


November 2007 - Dezember 2007


EDUCATION Current: Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest
2002: M.A. in Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest
1992: M.A. in Aesthetics; Comparative Literature and Modern Linguistics, Eötvös Lóránd Tudományegyetem, Budapest

freelance art critic, curator and researcher
Editor, Praesens Central European Contemporary Art Review (2003–2006)
Research Fellow, Artpool Contemporary Art Research Center, Budapest (1998–2002)
Lecturer on the subject „Action Art: Happenings and Performances in Hungary 1960s–1980s”, Attila József Free University, Budapest (Winter Semester 2000)

Curatorial projects:
Antal lakner: Bundesberg, Dorchester Art Festival (May 2007)
1/4 Hungarian, Insitute of Contemporary Art, Dunaujvaros (February–March 2007), with Franciska Zolyom
Róza El-Hassan’s retrospective exhibition, Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle, Budapest (July–September 2006)
NE(A)T: Women on Women, Kogart House, Budapest; advisor (July–August 2005)
Zoltán Brezina: Brooklyni reggeli (Breakfast in Brooklyn), MiRo Photogallery, Budapest (September 1999)

Academic interests: women’s art and socially/politically engaged art practices; the application of global perspectives for regional cultural history, with a focus on the state- and post-socialist condition; the development of a locally relevant and applicable methodology for the analysis of cultural products; the interrelation of social formations and artistic production

Research semester at the Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin (June-September 2007)
CEU Advanced Doctoral Students Award (December 2006)
AICA travel grant for research trip (Poznan, Poland, March 2006)
Doctoral Research Support Grant: awarded by the Doctoral Committee of the Central European University, Budapest (October  2005–March 2006)
Ernő Kállai Grant for Young Art Historians and Critics: awarded by the Advisory Office for Fine Arts, Hungary (1999–2001) (research project: the history and documentation of Hungarian Performance Art, Happenings, Action Art and Fluxevents)

„The More it Changes, the More it Retains Itself” [an essay for the catalogue of Róza El-Hassan’s retrospective exhibition, July–October 2006, Műcsarnok–Kunsthalle, Budapest]. Budapest: Műcsarnok.
„Makacs és zavarbaejtő történelmi újrakezdés”: a Psyché és a Tizenhét hattyúk (újabb) lehetséges feminista olvasatai [‘A Stubborn and Confounding Revisiting of History’: Further Feminist Readings of Psyché and Seventeen Swans]. Világosság 2006/4. 11–18.
Nemtan és pablikart: Lehetséges értelmezési szempontok az utóbbi másfél évtized két művészeti irányzatához [Women’s Art and Public Art: Interpretive Aspects for Art Practices Emerging in the Hungarian Scene in the Past 15 Years] Budapest: Praesens Books, 2005
„The Utopia Exists: Introducing Praesens Central European Art Review.” In Proceedings of the international symposium 90’s+ / Reflection on the Visual Art at the Turn of the 20th and 21st Century. Bratislava: Slovak Section of AICA, 2003. 84-92.
’performance’- entry in Kortárs Magyar Művészeti Lexikon [Companion to Contemporary Hungarian Art], co-authored with Zoltán Sebők, Annamária Szőke. Budapest: Enciklopédia Kiadó, 2001. 125-128.
Time Patrol, the Populist Listener.” In Moscow Square – Gravitation. Ludwig Museum Budapest – Museum of Contemporary Art, 2003, catalogue.
„Vector Art”. Commentary on Orshi Drozdik’s retrospective exhibition and the ensuing international symposium, Anatomies of the Mind, the Body and the Soul.Praesens, 2002/1.
Mária Bolla – Beata Hock – Zsuzsa Kalafatics (eds.): Imago – the photographic work of Miklós Klotz. Budapest, 1999

Theory in Practice 3 – symposium atArt Workshop Lazareti, Dubrovnik, Croatia (September 2005)
The Performer and the Mediated Image – course attended at. Amsterdam/Maastricht Summer University & Netherlands Media Art Institute/Montevideo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (August 2001)
Professional Standards in Curatorial Practice: Phases in Organizing Contemporary Art Exhibitions – international seminarorganised by theAssociation of Art Historians of Serbia,Belgrade, SCG (April 2001)

LANGUAGES English – proficiency
German, French – elementary
Hungarian – native

Beata Hock


I was granted a two-month residency at quartier21 from November to December 2007 by the Erste Bank/tranzit organisation.
I devoted this period to the finalisation of my large-scale research project, also my doctoral thesis, which explores the kinds of subject and speaking positions that different social and political contexts enable, encourage or constrain for female cultural producers. The very quite and comfortable conditions at MQ residency permitted me to work in a very concentrated way and make great progresses. 

Also, as I am a freelance curator and art critic too, I took advantages of my stay in Vienna in various other ways. I did studio visits at Vienna-based artists (Ines Doujak, Michael Blum, Andreas Fogarasi, Nika Radic, Anna Artaker among them); plans for a future collaboration grew out of meetings with Blum and Doujak.

Being a foreign correspondent of the Spanish art monthly „Exit Express" and a regular contributor of the multi-author art blog run by tranzit.hu, I was attending exhibitions and art events and reviewed some of them for these publications.
I also spent time and exchange experiences with other artists and theorists who were artist-as-residence at the same time. I wish I could repeat my stay at least once every year and could have such a fruitful time to work and receive all sorts of inspiring input.

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