Beyond "East" and "West" through The Eternal Network: Networked artists’ communities as counter-publics of Cold War Europe

Roddy Hunter

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This chapter considers how networked communities of post avant-garde artists in the Cold War period reconceptualised frontiers of mind and territory named “East” and “West”, particularly in Europe. Positioning the launch of Sputnik 1 as a paradigm shift in planetary consciousness and telecommunications, Roddy Hunter takes Robert Filliou’s 1968 conception of The Eternal Network as an emblematic post avant-garde response of working in distributed collaboration across the former East/West divide. The analyses of chosen examples will consider whether artists’ attempts to work through horizontal, distributive networks arguably constituted a “second public sphere” anticipating peer-to-peer networks of now ubiquitous globalisation.

In memory of Norbert Klassen (1941–2011)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerformance Art in the Second Public Sphere
Subtitle of host publicationEvent-based Art in Late Socialist Europe
EditorsKatalin Cseh-Varga, Adam Czirak
Place of PublicationAbingdon and New York
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781315193106
ISBN (Print)9781138723276, 9780367735265
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventPerforming Arts in the Second Public Sphere - Literaturwerkstatt , Berlin, Germany
Duration: 9 May 201411 May 2014

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies


ConferencePerforming Arts in the Second Public Sphere
Internet address


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