ars telefonica
phonebox 2008, 23-27 septembrie

Press Conference: Thuesday, September 23, 2008, 11 am
Opening: Thuesday, September 23, 2008, 7 pm

Scheduled to take place with regularity in Bucharest, involving with each edition new curatorial formats, «Ars Telefonica» project is conceived as a temporary platform for exhibition display which intends to bring into discussion specific components belonging to the contemporary urban realities. In the context of the issues approached by the curators, «Ars Telefonica» is more than a punctual cultural event. It becomes an umbrella-concept where different aspects, related both to the strategies of communication of contemporary artistic gesture and to the establishment of a community of interest for this cultural sector, are translated.

The decision of the curators to appropriate on this edition a temporary space for exhibition display – the phone booth – represents an assumed selection which responds to the actual request of the local art scene to search for new contexts for dissemination of the contemporary art discourse in the absence of proper exhibition spaces, mechanisms for promotion and to create new poles of juncture between art, its venue and audience. The question dropped by the project is to which extend a temporary platform of this kind can disturb the behavior of the art public, the accidental public or of the partners participating directly to contemporary art production? Do these spaces have a potential in facilitating or in speeding up the process of social and cultural exchange?

«Ars Telefonica» consists of a series of site-specific art interventions displayed in the phone booths in the central district of Bucharest and an accompanying program of lectures, discussions and sound performances which takes place in the space of Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest. The artists’ proposals involve means of expression belonging to connected cognitive fields, giving to the passers-by the possibility to choose new coordinates to orientate in the city. The relationship of the artistic projects with the community life, the cultural memory of a place and as well with another model of communication, provoked by the appropriation of an unconventional venue, settles a change in the public expectations as far as the way art is exhibited and comes into dialogue with the spectator.

Participants: Studio Basar (Bucuresti); Luca Frei (Malmo); Carl Michael von Hausswolff (Stockholm); Dorte Meyer (Berlin); Roland Schöny (Viena); Bernhard Schreiner (Frankfurt); son:DA (Maribor); Jiri Skala (Praga); Nasan Tur (Berlin); Joanna Warsza (Varsovia); AdnanYildiz (Istanbul/Berlin)

Project financed by: Ministry of Culture and Cults through European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008



1. Centre for Visual Introspection
Str. Biserica Enei nr. 16 sect 1. Bucuresti

2.Studio Basar
Listen to the city. Watch the city, installation, OSB structure, audio recording, 2008

3.Luca Frei
Watch Out (Bucharest) from series of graphic collages, adhesive vinyl, 2008

4.Carl Michael von Hausswolff
Operation of Spirit Communication/1485.0 kHz, sound installation, seven radios, 2008

4.Carl Michael von Hausswolff
Red Talk, light installation, leads, 2008

5.Doerte Meyer
Occupied, decorative tree, grass, textile leaves, 2008

6.Jiri Skala
The Blank, audio installation, 2008

7.Nasan Tur
NECKERMANN, installation, letters for street adverisment, 2008


23-27 September 2008

The phone booths from University Square, Nicolae Balcescu str., Magheru str., Amzei Square, Romanian Athenaeum, Dacia str.



Studio Basar (Bucharesti) >>>

Luca Frei (Malmo) >>>

Carl Michael von Hausswolff (Stockholm) >>>

Dorte Meyer (Berlin) >>>

Jiri Skala (Praga) >>>

Nasan Tur (Berlin) >>>


23-27 September 2008

Venue: Centre for Visual Introspection, . Biserica Enei str. nr.16, district 1, Bucharest

The program is supported by Romanian Cultural Institute and Union of Artists.

Adnan Yilzid (Istanbul/Berlin) >>>

Everyday Curating

23 Septembrie 2008, 7pm


Joanna Warsza (Warsaw >>>

Stadium X – place that wasn’t. Participation art projects in the derelict Stadium in Warsaw

24 Septembrie 2008, 7pm


Roland Schöny (Vienna) >>>

We have no chance, but take it. Public art in the struggle of
different interests

26 Septembrie 2008, 7pm


Bernhard Schreiner (Frankfurt) >>>

Concert n°1, sound performance

26 Septembrie 2008, 8pm


son: DA (Maribor) >>>

action nr.8, video-sound performance

Crew: son:DA (video si sunet) & Samo Pecar (bas); djSplinter (picup si computer); Marko Kocjan (vocal)

27 Septembrie 2008, 7pm





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