[artinfo] attraction and solidarity
atordai at mail.dntcj.ro
Fri Nov 28 12:05:49 CET 2003
IDEA arts + society magazine from Cluj and K&S Gallery from Berlin
cordially invites you to the presentation of the project
ATTRACTION AND SOLIDARITY
The project is the second part of the cultural exchange program entitled
"Her und Hin" and was conceived as an artistic intervention in the above
Invited artist: Mircea Cantor & Ciprian Muresan, Barbara Friess, Ioan
Godeanu/The Institute, Big Hope (Miklos Erhardt, Dominic Hislop), Elke
Marhoefer, Joel Verwimp
The presentation starts at: 28 November 2003, 6 p.m.
Romanian National Museum
Cluj, Piata Unirii 30
As part of the project a workshop with the same title will be held in the
periode of 28-29 November, 2003 organized by Idea Foundation (Cluj), K&S
Gallery (Berlin), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart), Kuenstlerhaus
Bethanien (Berlin), New Europe College (Bucharest), Goethe Institute
Participants: Camelia Beciu, Miriam Bers, Aurel Codoban, Cosmin Costinas,
Marius Lazar, Elke Marhofer, Ciprian Mihali, Denes Miklosi, Al. Polgar,
Adrian T. Sirbu, Diana Stanciu, Bogdan Stefanescu, Attila Tordai-S.
The project is curated by: Attila Tordai-S.
Attraction and Sollidarity
The various cooperation projects take a more and more important place on
the visual arts scene. Foundations, organizations, cultural and educational
institutions founded since 1989 in the post-communist countries, just like
independent intellectuals, participate on a regular basis in the most
diverse cultural exchange programs. Along with the debate around EU
integration of these countries came a new political turn in the interest
for the East-European "culture": the cultural cooperation programs are
developed especially under the idea of "adoption of western standards by
eastern countries". Having this objective in view, after the enthusiasm so
characteristic of the beginning of the nineties has somewhat declined,
those in charge have developed a pragmatic approach to cultural exchange
programmes. One can note that the intercultural projects are becoming
somewhat "mechanical", as the context they apply to seems less and less
important. Maybe this is one of the reasons for artists participating in
such projects to feel less and less attracted by the proposed idea or
theme. The issue of what kind of collaborations can be established thus
arises. Are they still characterized by the solidarity specific to any
co-work? More than that: how does technical organization of events
influence their final product? What is the effect of "cultural exchange"
mechanics on the artistic practice? And how does "cultural exchange"
influence the social relations in the countries involved in the programs?
The development of the project follows three main objectives:
1) to offer an image about how the participant artists see the issue of
social solidarity, starting from their various experiences in this area;
2) to invent a platform that makes possible for the artists' presentations
to avoid the usual art circuit in which the works are first presented in a
gallery and they reach only afterwards, as reproductions in a magazine for
instance, a wider public.
3) to continue the discussion of the theme in the framework of an
interdisciplinary workshop. The critical assessment of the project would
have the representatives of various social sciences reflect relating to
this specific case, upon cultural and organization problems characteristic
of our days.
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