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SELF-PUBLISHING IN TIMES OF FREEDOM AND REPRESSION
WORKSHOP AND PUBLIC LECTURES
curators Anca Benera, Arnold Estefan

19 - 23 April, 2011

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Self-publishing in Romania has a complex and still insufficiently researched and publicized history. Publishing as a means of self-expression and samizdat as a form of it, born in specific oppressive conditions, might shed a new light on the meaning of self-publishing, its forms and challenges today. What are the new forms of censorship today? What are the limits and means of self-expression / self-censorship and freedom of speech? What is the role of printed matter in the age of internet and social networks?

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MAKING OF_NR.3
"HEATED MINDS" ARCHIVE 13-15 JUNE 1990
curators Mihaela Michailov, David
Schwartz
18 March - 11 April 2011

Opening: Friday 18 March, 7pm

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13-15 June 1990 is a project of research and performance of recent history, initiated by Mihaela Michailov and David Schwartz in December 2009. The project is based on the process of documentation, carried out through different methods, and consists of interviews with witnesses, written press articles, reports drawn up by various institutions and organizations, public discussions, workshops etc., focused on the events which took place in Bucharest between 13 and 15 June 1990. Within the Making of platform is presented the archive of interviews taken with directly involved witnesses, an archive exhibiting the emotional scars left by those events twenty years after they took place, as well as to debate and analyze the experiences – the dilemmas, grumbles, obsessions, irritations - inflicted by the process of research upon the authors.

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MAKING OF_NO. 2
CNDB, WHAT’S THE MATTER?
curator Manuel Pelmus

10 March - 15 March 2011

Opening: Thursday 10 March, 5pm

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The Bucharest National Dance Centre (CNDB) is relocating! However, not willingly. The program I propose during these six days does not wish so much to be a retrospective of CNDB as to address the present moment while still integrating certain stances taken by CNDB over time, and which I consider important. (Manuel Pelmus)

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MAKING OF_NO. 1
READING AND COPYING CLUB
THE BUREAU OF MELODRAMATIC RESEARCH & ST

16 February - 5 March 2011

Opening: Wednesday 16 February, 7pm

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In the precarious atmosphere of 2011, we are witnessing the almost complete extinction of public libraries, the disappearance o "the labor with book"and the decrease of the diversity of book stocks in foreign cultural centers in Bucharest, hand in hand with the widespread bookstore chains so rich in finery.But let’s not forget how important for the research process stealthy reading still is– reading over somebody’s shoulder on a bus or reading a newspaper somebody left on a seat in the subway. Reading while lying on a bench, under your desk at the workplace, while waiting in line at the unemployment office or in residence. One neglected but important source of radicalization in labor is the reading group, be it a small or large one. We’re interested in:

1). Ways in which one can reach these seminal readings;
2). Who determines this hierarchy of references and based on what criteria;
3). What are the readings that have been buried alive, but secretly and unsuspectedly influence us.

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EVICTING THE GHOST. ARCHITECTURES OF SURVIVAL - studioBASAR

Wednesday 15 December 2010, 7pm

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Thursday 16 December 2010, 7pm - Series of presentations by Crimson Architectural Historians (Rotterdam), FAST (Amsterdam), studioBASAR (Bucharest)

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The book EVICTING THE GHOST. ARCHITECTURES OF SURVIVAL examines a specific phenomenon of recent Romanian social history: nationalisation, retrocession, eviction. The study carried out by the studioBASAR architectural group (Alex Axinte & Cristi Borcan) presents the multifaceted reality of forced evictions and includes information about the legislative history of these evictions, the uncertain status of private property owners in Romania over the last one and a half centuries, the stages of eviction, the stories of a number of families subjected to these measures and a typology of the dwelling places developed by those evicted, expressions of nowadays urban survival.

Thursday 16th December 7pm Michelle Provoost - Crimson Architectural Historians, Rotterdam, On makeability and social engineering in planning; from the 20th into the 21th Century, Sarah van Apeldoorn - FAST - The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory, Amsterdam, On memory and heritage and Alex Axinte & Cristi Borcan - studioBASAR, Bucharest, Bucharest: the State of Uncertainty. The presentations are a continuation of the subjects launched by the book EVCTING THE GHOST. ARCHITECTURES OF SURVIVAL, introducing themes such as the social role of architect, the crisis of contemporary urbanity and the effects seen at level pf community, precarity and public space, poverty, the way the crisis of contemporary city panning is handled.

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MEMORY IN (POST-) TOTALITARIANISM
12 November - 24 December 2010
Opening 12 November 2010, 7pm

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In his exhibition Memory in (Post-)Totalitarianism, Martin Krenn reconstitutes a visual journey depicting various historical locations, memorials and archives that analyzes the historical evolution of the politics of memory and history in its different forms. The artist traces the communist and fascist presences investigating the way it is reshaped the space of politics in post-totalitarian societies, the way history is being communicated and the way we deal with the places of remembrance.

For the presentation of the project at the Centre for Visual Introspection, a three-channel slide-installation was developed, which now constitutes the core of the exhibition. A multi-facetted collage of images and texts unveils the Krenn’s research, which until now has been conducted in Bucharest and Sighet in Romania, Weimar and Buchenwald in Germany.

The second part of the exhibition comprises video-interviews with the survivors Liviu Beris and Oliver Lustig, who recount their experience of the Holocaust and discuss topical historical and political issues in Romania.

Martin Krenn
Was born 1970 in Vienna and studied at the University of Applied Arts and the University of Music (Electronic Music) in Vienna. From 2002 to 2006 he taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 2006 he is teaching at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Krenn examines and discusses in his work sociopolitical topics. He uses different media such as photography, video and internet to develop projects that are displayed in exhibitions, on the web and in public space. His key area of interest lies in the strained relationships between art and society. How does art intervene with societal processes? How through art can one question the balance of power and bring forth new experiences? What importance does society attach to actual art?

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MAGIC BLOCKS 2010
BEHIND THE CONCRETE CURTAIN
Opening Thursday October 14, 7pm
14 October - 05 November 2010
Event organized within the framework of Bucharest Architecture Biennalel 2010

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Following the MAGIC BLOCKS project, initiated in 2009, Zeppelin Association, Point4, Archis Interventions and Hackenbroich Architekten is now proposing a new subject of research and investigation dedicated to those central urban areas located along the socialist boulevards of Bucharest. The strategy of the project has considered the identification, the mapping and the activation of those leftover spaces between the blocks and the historical preserved tissue, which, most often, remain hidden behind the almost uninterrupted rows of blocks. These places are today abandoned or occupied in chaotic manner, but, still, they have the potential to become authentic public spaces for local residents, as well for the entire city and to generate urban development.

Linking the ideas and the principles at the city scale with small concrete interventions, the authors have chosen Calea Mosilor as a case study for an urban project and a series of actions carried out together with the local community. These actions advance reclaming strategies of the public space and city integration by using the plots of unoccupied and unclaimed land behind these blocks. Also, the interventions aim to arouse the interest of the community, to reintegrate an isolated heritage into the collective memory and in the larger touristic circuit.

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PUBLIC MOVEMENT: Actions 2006-2010
Lecture by Omer Krieger
Thursday 7 October, 7pm

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Public Movement explores the political and aesthetic possibilities residing in a group of people acting together. The movement operates in public spaces, studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order, overt and covert rituals.

Public Movement was founded in November 2006 by Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi, and has since taken responsibility for the following actions: Accident (2006), Ceremony (2007), The Israel Museum (2007), Also Thus! (Acco, 2007), Rally (Rabin Square, 2007), Operation Free Holon, Change of Guard (With Dani Karavan, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art), Public Movement House (MoBY, Bat-Yam Museum of Art), The 86th Anniversary of the assassination of president Gabriel Narutowicz by the painter Eligiusz Niewiadomski (National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw), Spring in Warsaw (2009), Performing Politics for Germany (2009), First of May Riots (Berlin, 2010), University Exercise (Heidelberg, 2010) and The Reenactment of the Mount Herzl Terrorist Attack (Upcoming).

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IOANA NEMES
EXPENSIVE FIASCO / CHEAP SUCCESS
Opening Thursday 2nd of September, 7pm
2nd September - 2nd October 2010

curator: Alina Serban
Event organized within the framework of 1990-2010

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EXPENSIVE FIASCO / CHEAP SUCCESS engages in the examination of the contemporary artistic space from the perspective of the strategies that influence the artist’s success or failure within the art system. The discussion that Ioana Nemes’s project opens up is tackling, on the one hand, the matter of the self-positioning of the Romanian artist in the international artistic context and that of the adaptation of her/his art to the market mechanisms. On the other hand, her discourse is headed towards the Romanian public sphere, identifying some of the lines of conflict that appear within the local institutional practices and cultural policies.

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THE MIDGET GALLERY
Artist talk Katarzyna Kozyra
Wednesday, June 16, 7pm

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Wednesday, June 16 at 7pm, CIV is hosting a meeting with Polish artist Katarzyna Kozyra. Being a front figure of the contemporary art scene, Katarzyna Kozyra has played a central role since ‘90 in promoting a critical art which focuses on social taboos, particularly connected with the concepts of body and corporality. In many of her works she explores the female body and highlights in the format of performance, video installation and photography of conceptual-type, the social stereotypes dictated by the male gaze.

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JUNE 13-15, 1990
HEATED MINDS
5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of May, 8 pm
text Michaela Michailov, performer Alexandru Potocean, video Cinty Ionescu, sound Catalin Rulea, prop design Adrian Cristea, director David Schwartz

Press Conference: Wednesday, 5 May, 11 am.

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June 13-15 1990 is a recent history research and performance project, wishing to offer its audience an act of restitution of collective and subjective memory. June 13-15 events marked a time of major social and political conflict with major negative consequences in the ongoing depreciation of an already fragile Romanian democracy, by further dividing civil society and adulterating civic commitment.

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MIXED & MASTERED
Greek Video Art from the 00's
curators: Xenia Kalpaktsoglou & Christopher MarinosFriday, 23 April 7 pm

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On Friday 23 April, CIV hosts a new series of talks and screenings part of the program Regional Express. The guests are Greek curators Xenia Kalpaktsoglou and Christopher Marinos. Their presentations offer an overview and a critical assessment upon the contemporary Greek art scene in the last decade. Through the presentation of artists, exhibitions and independent initiatives, as well as the screening of particular artworks, their talk will address issues pertinent to the development of the Greek art scene.

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DAN PERJOVSCHI S.A. *
31 March - 30 April 2010
Opening: Wednesday, 31 March 7pm
curator: Alina Serban

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Dan Perjovschi S.A. * constitutes a first chapter of a series of exhibitions-concept, generically grouped under the title 1990-2010, whose source of investigation is the art scene condition in Romania and the manner in which the art scene has (re) presented itself and is still (re) presenting itself in this interval. During April, the space of CIV is transformed by Dan Perjovschi in a school board. The structure of visual edit of the documents and the drawings in chalk reflects a process of data transcription, theories exposure, providing the audience with a radiograph of the Romanian art scene dynamics .

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QUARTET FOR A MICROPHONE
Concept: Vava Stefanescu
Co-authors: Julien Trambouze (sound artist), Carmen Cotofana, Mihaela Dancs, Farid Fairuz (performers)

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The choreographic and sound installation, conceptualized by Vava Stefanescu, is the outcome of the collaboration with performers Carmen Cotofana, Mihaela Dancs, Fairuz Farid and sound artist Julien Trambouze. The Quartet is designed as a performative structure that places the body in a tense relationship with the space. In the new scenic economy, determined by the physical presence of a telephone booth, the location of the choreographic sequence, the performers’ bodies, exposed to the gaze of the audience, are engaged in a relationship of exchange. Quartet for a microphone is based on a constant reshaping of the performers' movements, on the production of spontaneous narrative and audio passages which display experiences of power, control, affectivity.

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EPISODE #3
Arnold Estefan “In the Present's Boots ”
Opening : Wednesday 17 March 7pm

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In the Warsaw Museum of Communism there is a pair of boots for the left leg, received by a worker from a steel factory in Warsaw during the 50s as a reward for his labor. The pair of boots from Warsaw can be interpreted as a symbol of an ineffective political system, but also as a relic of our not too faraway past.
The project In the Present's Boots proposes a pair of boots for the right leg, suggesting the similar failure of a project unattainable in the current Romanian context. Meanwhile, the immediate association between the two pairs of shoes can be interpreted as a possible illustration of the relationship between the communist past and the post-communist present.

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EPISODE #2
Razvan Botis “The Idiot”

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I believe it was a trend in Romanian art, the book-object.
It was a metaphor alike a generation which contributed to the transformation of the book into a local fetish. Similar to the novel The Idiot, the boulder stone is sublime, but in the same time ridiculously heavy and massive. Besides, we carry on our shoulders the contradictory relationship with the Great Russian culture. We do not want to learn the Russian language, but we read avidly this literature. The cover of the novel embraces the pedestal to enforce the irony of the situation, being unable to remove it from its place…(Razvan Botis)

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EPISODE #1
Nicu Ilfoveanu “Commission!”

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1918, the end of the First World War, is one of the outstanding moments for the Romanian State. Related to this war have been erected most of the monuments in Romania. These are scattered across the dispersed Romanian villages. Even today, the centers of these villages are under the piercing gaze of a standing soldier, a head of a soldier or a mere eagle.
With the occasion of the celebration of one hundred years from the event, I wish to receive a commission, namely to photograph all the monuments dedicated to the event. In accordance with the settlement of petrol, negatives, accommodation and daily allowance, I will succeed to realize the largest series of photographs representing monuments in Romania. But, mainly, I want to secure an army. Put together, these images, which depict soldiers on their way to victory, will compose an army, a Romanian version of the Terracotta Army… (Nicu Ilfoveanu)

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freshLATINO
curator Ariadna Cantis
02 December 2009 - 31 January 2010

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A77 (Argentine); Tomás Saraceno (Argentine); Adamo – Faiden (Argentine); Estudio Bijari (Brazil); Lua Nistche (Brazil); Martín Alonso + Daniel Rosenberg (Chile); Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Arquitectos (Chile); Uro1.org (Chile); Felipe Arturo (Columbia); Husos (Columbia); Eduardo Cadaval (Mexico); Pilar Echezarretta (Mexico); Pedro Bandeira (Portugal); Andrés Jaque (Spain); PKMN (Spain); Supersudaca.

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PKMN | Toledo creates Toledo | Spania | 2007

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BETWEEN BODY AND HISTORY
Lecture by Magdalena Ziolkowska
Monday 7 December 7 pm

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The presentation focuses on contemporary artistic practices dealing with the historical past and the state of memory, which do not only refer to the process of recalling the historical events, but also to their reinterpretation, employing interdisciplinary approaches. As curator and art historian, Magdalena Ziolkowska is interested to analyze how the language of art is related to the body, following Roland Barthes’s quotation: „Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other“. The lecture is accompanied by the screening of the video works by Yael Bartana, Anka Niesterowicz and Artur Zmijewski.>>>

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MONUMENT TO TRANSFORMATION
Babi Badalov, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Rene Gabri + Ayreen Anastas, Lise Harlev, Anibal Lopez, Peggy Meinfelder, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Anggun Priambodo, Artur Zmijewski
curators Vít Havránek & Zbynek Baladran
30 September – 13 November 2009

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From 30th September until 13th November 2009, Centre for Visual Introspection presents Monument to Transformation, a project initiated by theoretician and curator Vit Havranek, director of contemporary art centre tranzitdisplay Prague and artist and curator Zbynek Baladran. It presents the outcome of more than two years of researching "social transformation". The exhibition in Bucharest is conceived as an imaginative and analytical space that - with a certain distance - enables the visitor to see and reflect the processes of change that started by the fall of the Iron Curtain and have to an extent continued until the present. The way this topic is approached is influenced by a feeling of affiliation to these changes which are in a way co-formed by us and whose impact affects and influences us. It is therefore an attempt to look at "transformation" as at a "lived out" and gradually receding process.

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Anatoly Osmolovsky | Way to Brobdingnag | (Osmolovsky|Majakovskij) | 1993 | courtesy of the gallery pop/off/art

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I HAVE DOUBTS
Declan Clarke, Jesse Jones
curator Stefan Tiron
15 May - 15 June 2009

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There are only a few doubts left. During a fully fledged crisis of the late capitalist era, the post-1989 neo-liberal triumphalism praises the quiet and silent approval. Questions, interrogations and inquiry is being quickly dealt with and exhausted. In todays Romania, the model Romanian man manages to reconcile in marvelous ways, the quiet hireling and the rapacious consumerist, indulging during his free time, with relatives and friends, his thirst for racist backstage jokes, homophobia of stadium proportions, xenophobic hate and a new-found decorative sense of ecology.
Nearly every local grievance or demand is being drowned and absorbed into the roar of ultra-nationalist and neo-religious contemporaneity, erected as the sole and ultimate alternative to the unfulfilled promise of total prosperity forged 20 years ago. Encouraged and trained inside a competitive world of absolute free trade and limitless market economy, the monopolizers of ultimate truth and the bards of territorial expansion aim now to put everybody out of competition.

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Jesse Jones | Whispering Choir | action | photo Nicu Ilfoveanu

 

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MOBILE CINEMA
Romana Schmalisch
29 April 2009

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Mobile Cinema is defined by Romana Schmalisch as an apparatus of experimental units which is conceived to travel in different locations in the form of a series of performative lectures/screenings. Inspired by Alexander Medvedkins film The New Moscow, the project proposes a reconstruction of the film prop with which the main character of the film (an engineer) travels to various places to present his designs and urban visions for the new city. The model is a bizarre combination between urban model, cinema, and plate camera.

Similar to the engineer in the film, the artist plans to travel to various places with the Mobile Cinema to present some of her films and filmic research on urban space and urban visions, among them a filmic collage of many of her own films as well as filmic materials not previously used. The film clips address in different ways the changes of urban space and the social changes that come with them.

The artist will present in a lecture/screening performance independent sequences like The theatre and the small spectacle, The model and the city in Soviet film, Views of remote countries/A visual archive.

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Mobile Cinema | first travel tour | 2009

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Mobile Cinema | wood, fabric, projector, DVD player | 138
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TODAY IN HISTORY
Ahmet Ogut / Jakup Ferri
curator Alina Serban
5 March- 15 April 2009

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Today in History opens the first solo exhibition of the artists Ahmet Ogut and Jakup Ferri in Romania. The works, present in the Bucharest project, are subtle investigations of the habitus which regulate the contemporary everyday existence, meanwhile allowing imagination enough space to get involved. Being closer in their artistic approach with sociological investigation or to the language of performance, the drawings, films and artists-books presented in the exhibition offers a subjective picture upon the current condition of the private and the public space. Each work transforms into a medium of negotiation and analysis of the present institutional reality where the work with collective memory, the economy of power and the identity factor are the key-points.

Today in History triggers an attentive scrutiny on everyday experience and on its anecdotical, poetical and sometimes conflictual condition. By suggesting an invention or a re-construction of the ordinary event, Ahmet Ogut and Jakup Ferri break off temporal continuity of day-to-day life in order to recover meaningful fragments of a reality already turned into history. Thus, every situation grasped by the two artists or in which they get involved gains a critical potential. The strategies and tactics merged in their artistic practice emphasize informal social structures that have the capacity of drawing new perspective on the state of our present time.

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Ahmet Ogut | Things We Count | 2008 | DVD 6' 20'' | video still | courtesy of the artist

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AS SOON AS I OPEN MY EYES I SEE A FILM
curator Ana Janevski
15 Ianuary - 14 February 2009

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The exhibition "As soon as I open my eyes I see a film“, which opened in the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in April 2008, explored critical and new media perspectives in artistic productions in Yugoslavia of the 60s and 70s from a new angle.

The Bucharest project offers a selection of films produced in cine clubs Split, Zagreb and Belgrade in the 60s, of video experiments from the 70s as well as the selection of films of the Croatian artist and filmmaker Tomislav Gotovac.

The project conceived for the space of Centre for Visual Introspection was accompanied by an introductory presentation of the exhibition curator Ana Janevski dedicated to the creation of the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art in April 2005. Entitled "Conflicts, Politics, Construction, Privacy, Obsession - the case of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw", the lecture discussed the Museum situation, which at the moment is occupying a temporary space in Warsaw (a former furniture shop, located in a typical block of flats) and its particular institutional strategy, which generated its transformation into a useful platform for more experimental, process-based, interdisciplinary, collaborative projects, leaving an open space for a new direction of museum and curatorial models.

The event is part of the program ”Regional Express. Institutional, Artistic and Curatorial Strategies in Central and Eastern Europe”.

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Tomislav Gotovac | Circle - Jutkevic Count | film still | 1964 | courtesy of the artist

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1, 2, 3...AVANT-GARDES
Film/Art between Experiment and Archive
curators Lukasz Ronduda & Florian Zeyfang
12 November- 11 December 2008

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1,2,3… Avant-Gardes explores and challenges the ‘continuous’ history of experimentation in film and art and the interaction between both fields. It also seeks a possible history for Polish avant-garde art and film, to be discovered and reconstructed against many distortions in Polish history over the last 80 years. The project points to different ideas of modernism by examining parallel practices of conceptual film and art production generated from the Cold War era through today. Grounded in the extensive output of experimental film in Poland during the 1970s, 1,2,3… Avant-Gardes offers a selection of films produced primarily by Polish artists from that period, in addition to contemporary work that challenges established histories of experimental cinema. The series will include three programmes: Analytical Strategies, Games and Participation, and Consumption.

The event is part of the program ”Regional Express. Institutional, Artistic and Curatorial Strategies in Central and Eastern Europe”

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Przemyslaw Kwiek, Pawel Kwiek, Zofia Kulik, Jan S. Wojciechowski | Open Form, episode: Playing on the Actress’ Face | 1971 | courtesy of the artists


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LET ME HOLD YOUR HAND
Iratxe Jaio + Klaas van Gorkum
02-30 October 2008

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The telephone plays an interesting part in contemporary culture. As a machine, it mediates not only between two people who are trying to communicate, but also between the past and the future. It's rapidly turning into an artifact of the information age, and of our increasingly pervasive technological environment. The installation of artists Iratxe Jaio + Klaas van Gorkum (Rotterdam) «Let me hold your hand» consists of old telephones, salvaged from the obscurity of second-hand shops. Each with its own peculiar character, derived from the ever changing trends of commodity design, seems to represent a voice of a different epoch. If these objects could talk, what would they say?

Iratxe Jaio + Klaas Van Gorkum work collaboratively since 2001 and live in Rotterdam, Netherlands. As partners from different geographical and social backgrounds, they share between them a sense of dislocation and a keen interest in what makes up cultural identity. Their work is an investigation into the conflict between individual and collective identity, using documentary methods to visualize the relation between people and their social, cultural and physical contexts.

Event part of Ars Telefonica 2008

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WHW / What, How and WhomLecture by Ana Devic
10 October 2008

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Anei Devic's lecture is focusing on some of the major WHW projects: "What, how and from whom, on the on the occasion of the 152nd anniversary of the Communist Manifesto,2000, and more recent projects like “Normalization, dedicated to Nikola Tesla” and “Vojin Bakic's" exhibition. These examples of their curatorial practice were chosen because all of them are in many ways symptomatic of relations between institutional and non-institutional culture in Zagreb, and they are also examples for strategies that WHW tries to develop within the format of the exhibition.

Lecture part of the program «Regional Express. Institutional, Artistic and Curatorial Strategies in Central and Eastern Europe >>>

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Normalization, dedicated to Nikola Tesl | Galeria Nova | Zagreb | 2007 | courtesy WHW

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ACTION NO.8
Sound performance by son:DA
27 September 2008

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action no.8 belongs to a series of audio-video constellations that son:DA have created with guests in thelast four years. «action no.8» is a performative tour with 12 concerts at the different locations around the region. The basis for «action no.8» is an audio-video interface and an instrument built and placed in a new space and context. Video signal becomes audio signal and audio signal becomes video signal. Public rehearsal transforms in a performative moment, toured in order to conceive and build up the structure of audio-video composition.

Crew: son: DA (video &sound); Samo Pecar (bass); djSplinter (turntable and computer); Marko Kocjan (vocal).

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PUBLIC ART IN THE STRUGGLE OF DIFFERENT INTERESTS
Lecture by Roland Schoney
26 September 2008

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Inevitably artists appear in a contradictory context of interests when they intend to conceptualize projects for the public space. While curators and institutions in Central European countries start to discuss about the strategic possibilities of site-specific interventions and Western city administrations to establish structures for professional realization of public art projects, the first debates around the stagnation of the visionary potential of public art emerge.
A short visual overview of different projects taken place in the last years in Europe, as well of the interventions, which have initialized the take off of publicartvienna, will be the fundament for a discussion upon the present status of art in the public sphere, proposed by Viennese curator and theorist Roland Schöny.

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CONCERT NO.1 (Bucharest-PhoneBox)
Sound performance Bernhard Schreiner
26 September 2008

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Within his work with live sound, Bernhard Schreiner usually performs using four channel setup considering to be the most effective and plain way in dealing with spatial acoustics. Each channel will receive a different sound or a variation of sounds played on another channel at the same time. The artist will record in Bucharest the sounds around the phone booth surroundings over a period of 24 hours. The material will be edited to form a time-lapse-sequence of these 24 hours in this specific location and time of the year. This sequence will represent the source material, which will be modified, deformed, mixed live in the space of Centre for Visual Introspection.

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STADIUM X –A PLACE THAT WASN'T
Lecture by Joanna Warsza24 September 2008
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Stadium X, located in the center of Warsaw is a contemporary ruin. Build from the debris of the destroyed city after II WW was to be the flagship of the Stalin era. In the early 1980s, it lost its function as a sports facility to be later on “resuscitated” by Vietnamese and Russian traders, becoming the biggest market in central Europe called Jarmark Europa. The presentation of Warsaw based curator Joanna Warsza focuses on three interventions, part of a series of performative events titled “Finissage of the Stadium X and Jarmark Europa in episodes”, reflecting the heterotopic and unreal character of the place and the virtues and vices of the society that gave it shape.

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EVERYDAY CURATING
Lecture by Adnan Yildiz
23 September 2008

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Istanbul/Berlin based curator Adnan Yildiz will talk about his curatorial research "Everyday Curating" in relation to www.goodgangsters.com www.bigfamilybusiness.net and you2best.blogspot.com platforms. The comceptual and methodological framework of the project borrows a theoretical base and vocabulary from psychoanalysis and conceives the curatorial practice as a cognitive process not de-attached from the everyday reality.The aim of his presentation is to trigger the audience to believe in the possibility of developing a critical momentum -specifically for the given space-time- which will redefine the perspective on curatorial practice.

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