PATTERNS is a transnational programme of ERSTE Foundation that aims to research and understand recent cultural history. PATTERNS initiates, commissions and supports contemporary culture projects in a variety of formats and media.

PATTERNS aims to document, analyse and investigate different aspects of and practices related to the transformation of life and culture in Central and South Eastern Europe, while accounting for the pluralities that characterise the region. The initiative focuses on the 1960s and 1970s, as well as on the “transition” period leading up to the present.

PATTERNS has been the main focus of research and funding in ERSTE Foundation’s cultural work over the last few years and within this framework we initiated:

PATTERNS Call for Projects

As an addition to projects already underway within the framework of PATTERNS, ERSTE Foundation launched a call for submissions end of 2007. The call addressed projects in Central and South Eastern Europe that share PATTERNS’ areas of interest. In 2008, 33 projects were selected out of around 150 applications. PATTERNS Call for Projects

Gender Check – Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe

In autumn 2007 ERSTE Foundation and the PATTERNS Advisory Panel (Cosmin Costinas, Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Piotr Piotrowski, Georg Schöllhammer) asked seven international curators to develop a concept to mark the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. ERSTE Foundation and the Advisory Panel selected the project submitted by curator Bojana Pejić. Her exhibition, which focused on gender difference(s) in Eastern European art from the 1960s to the present day, required exhaustive research. Twenty-five art historians and critics scoured archives, museums and libraries and artists’ legacies in 24 countries ranging from Lithuania and Bulgaria to Armenia and the former East Germany. Gender Check – Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe

PATTERNS Travelling Lecture Set

This series of lectures aimed at bringing and connecting eminent authors to Universities in Central and South-Eastern Europe. Noteworthy research and methods were brought to the universities and innovative approaches with regard to content and methodology were applied to existing courses.
PATTERNS Travelling Lecture Set