The topic of the first seminar was historicisation. This seminar was based on the idea of the informal systems of historicisation that are practiced by artists who have had to search for their own historical or interpretive context, because of the lack of a suitable collective history. In many parts of the world, the local institutions that should have systematised the neo-avant-garde art either did not exist or took a dismissive attitude towards such art. Consequently, the artists themselves were often forced to archive documents relating to their own art, the art of others, or broader art movements, as well as the conditions of production.


Participating narrators:

Dušan Grlja, Keti Chukrov, Ania Szremski, Cristina Freire, Gabi Ngcobo, Colin Chinnery, Meric Oner, Beatriz Preciado, Anders Kreuger, Thomas Lange, Beatriz Herraez, Stephen Wright, Zdenka Badovinac, Jesús Carrillo and Bojana Piškur.



Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM), Maistrova 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia

date 8 to 9 May 2014

special event

title Glossary of Common Knowledge, presentation of the project
lecturer Zdenka Badovinac, Bojana Piškur, Jesús Carrillo
venue Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM), Maistrova 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia
date 9th May 2014 at 6 pm

The Glossary of Common Knowledge is part of a five-year research project run by Moderna galerija (MG+MSUM) within the framework of the broader European-funded project The Uses of Art - the Legacy of 1848 and 1989, organized by the European confederation L'Internationale. The curators of the Glossary of Common Knowledge project are Zdenka Badovinac and Bojana Piškur (MG+MSUM) and Jesús Carrillo (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid).


The goals of the project are twofold: to compile a glossary of art terminology that differs substantially from what is found in the existing literature on art, and to do so in collaboration with institutions and individuals from Europe and other parts of the world who will propose terms relating to their own practices and contexts, and subsequently compare them. These so-called narrators are involved in the process of editing the glossary throughout the project, producing new knowledge through comparisons. This makes the Glossary of Common Knowledge an alternative to comparable projects that conform to the dominant epistemological models. The terms are discussed and defined at seminars dealing with a variety of referential fields (e.g. historicizing in the first seminar), and then compared to produce new ones through associative connections. During the seminars, curators work with narrators from the institutions of the confederation L'Internationale, as well as those from other parts of the world. The Glossary of Common Knowledge is also accessible on the Moderna galerija website (www.mg-lj.si), and linked to the L'Internationale Online platform from early June 2016. In 2017, the Glossary of Common Knowledge will be published in book form.

The first seminar was held on May 8 and 9, 2014, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM), and is followed by four others at several-month intervals.


A confederation comprising six major European museums, L'Internationale proposes a space for art within a non-hierarchical and decentralised internationalism, based on the values of difference and horizontal exchanges among a constellation of cultural agents, locally rooted and globally connected. The partners in the confederation are Moderna galerija (MG, Ljubljana, Slovenia); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS, Madrid, Spain); Museu d’art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA, Barcelona, Spain); Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium); SALT (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey) and Van Abbemuseum (VAM, Eindhoven, the Netherlands). L'Internationale is supported by complementary partner and associate organizations from both academia and the arts.