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assemblage, 5-7 september, Dealul Frumos

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«assemblage» is a pilot-project initiated by Arhitext magazine and Center for Visual Introspection in partnership with University of Architecture and Urbanism «Ion Mincu» Bucharest and financed by Ministry of Culture and Cults, Romania through European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. The project is conceived as a natural continuation of the previous events from 2005 and 2007 organized by Arhitext magazine in partnership with the members of Center for Visual introspection, events which took a closer look upon the relationship between the arts and their social involvement. The proposed concept is that of assemblage, a term which illustrates the desire to connect the different artistic fields in the idea of generating a coherent and complex cultural proposal, involving architects, artists, dancers, musicians.

The event will attract the public through the novelty and the originality of performance (unique in the Romanian artistic and musical environment in its extend) and represents a new musical composition directed by Catalin Rulea (Roolytoons) together with Mihai Salajean (Selfmademusic) and the SOUND choir conducted by Voicu Popescu. The sound performance is accompanied by the film of the artist Arnold Estefan.

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the sound choir

The SOUND choir was established in 1994 as a mixed choir ensemble of Students Culture House, Bucharest, having as members the students and the graduate students of National University of Music and of different Bucharest universities. The repertoire is organized to attract a larger audience and it is structured by works from international and local patrimony. The choir performs pieces from medieval music till contemporary compositions and approaches with success works from musical entertainment.

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Forms of artistic manifestation: special recordings for Romanian Society of Radio, live shows to the national and private radios, recitals and concerts.
International festivals: The Romanian Cultural week in Thanet, Kent, UK (1997), Universitary Music, Bari, Italy (1999), Gaude Mater, Czestochowa, Polond (2003), International Choir Festival, Sligo, Ireland (2004), Balkan Choir Festival, Banja Luka, Bosnia&Hertzegovina (2006); COREARTE, Barcelona, Spain (2007)
International contests: prize at 3rd edition of the European Religious Music, Noyon, France (1998), 1st prize and the prize of the public at International Choir Contest, Bad Ischl, Austria (1999), Silver Medal at the section cameral ensemble and Golden Medal at folklore section a cappella lat the 1st International Olympiad of Choir, Linz, Austria (2000); Golden Medal XI edition of International Contest for Sacred Music, Preveza, Greece (2005)

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selfmademusic

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selfmademusic is a musical project initiated by Mihai Salajean which combines different musical genres from electronic to hip hop, from music film to rock. The project was launched for the first time during AV Motional. He performed at MNAC (Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest) with the occasion of Kinema Ikon retrospective, in the frameof the event In Between, Dealul Frumos (2005)and at Sibiu in 2007 during the festival Inside/ Insight Cultures. He lives and works in Timisoara.
http://www.myspace.com/smmromania

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creativelaboratories

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roolytoons creativelaboratories is an ongoing musical project of the artist Catalin Rulea. He is member of the electro band The Pixels (Bucharest) and coordinates the experimental musical program of Center for Visual Introspection, Bucharest. Live concerts: Inside/ Insight Culture, Sibiu (2007); Delta Music Fest, Sf Gheorghe (2007); Arthur Verona Street (2007); Orange Concept Store (2007) He lives and works in Bucharest.
www.creativelaboratories.ro www.myspace.com/catalinrulea

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arnold estefan

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He is artist and designer, founding member of Center for Visual Introspection, Bucharest. Personal exhibitions: Stoptruck, Galeria Meta, Bucuresti (2003) Group exhibitions: Donumenta, Regensburg, (2007); Cepandant, Fluid Image -Espace de recherche et de creation en art technologique, Grenoble (2006); Platforma, Cooper Gallery, Dundee, (2006); Field of vision: Extremes- Institute for New Media, Frankfurt am Main (2005). He lives and works in Bucharest.
www.conjoint.ro

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The location of the event is Centre for Study of Vernacular Architecture, accomodated by the old fortress church from Dealu Frumos, close to Sibiu.

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history:

1321: Oldest document witnessing the existence of Schönberg (Dealu Frumos): «de Pulcro monte».

the evangelic c.a. church
XIIIth century: Erected initially as a 3 nave Romanesque basilica, with undressed stone piers and arcades, without belfry, having a square chancel and a semicircular altar apse, the present-day church rests on the same foundations. From the Romanesque period the church still retains 2 pairs of arcades and piers under the bell tower and, under the roof, some circular windows - oculus, formerly opened into the main nave.

about 1500: The Romanesque basilica is surrounded by a stronghold, the aisles walls and groin vaults are raised to the height of the nave (the gothic hall church type) while the altar apse is demolished. The inner arcades are raised in a gothic pointed arches and the nave vault gets flamboyant decorative clay ribs. On the North side of the chancel a sacristy is erected. The bell tower almost 23.00 m. height is erected at the West end of the nave as a defense tower, with walls approx. 2,00 m. thick and having loop-holes. Another defense tower is built over the chancel having 1 storey less then the bell tower. Both towers end with a defense gallery having a brick paneled wood frame (fachwerk) parapet and a pyramidal 4 sides pitched roof.

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the fortress

about 1500: The church courtyard is surrounded by a bailey of 4-5 m. height, having loop-holes and a observation inner gallery of wood. The initial stronghold was reinforced by 4 corner defense towers projecting outside the walls, provided with loop-holes and machicolis (cantilevered openings used to drop boiling oil on the attackers).

1520-1522: The Southern defense wall is demolished to widen the church courtyard. New defense walls are erected 10,00m to the South whereas on its SE corner, a pentagonal defense tower is added to the fortress. Close to the NE tower, still in use, a one storey height entrance tower is erected, with an iron clad oak lumber door.

1647: The Northern defense wall is moved approx. 5,00 m to the North, and a new oblong 2 storey height defense building is erected. The building (Neue Gebäude) was provided with a chimney. A new defense tower of the same type as the 4 corner ones was added midway on the North side.

1914: The Southern part of the fortress is partly replaced by a Community Hall which fills the SE pentagonal tower.

2003: The University of Architecture and Urbanism «Ion Mincu», Bucharest, Romania is granted a lease for the fortress to rehabilitate it as a Study Centre in Vernacular Architecture.

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The project is supported by MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND CULTS, Romania – European Year of Intercultural Dialogue; Main partner: University of Architecture and Urbanism «Ion Mincu» Bucharest – Center for Study of Vernacular Architecture, Dealul Frumos

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