[artinfo] Balaklava-Odyssey Festival, Balaklava/Ukraine, August 2006

Hendrik Schumacher info at balaklava-odyssey.com
Mon Jul 31 20:51:08 CEST 2006

Balaklava-Odyssey. Media Art and Performance Festival. Submarine Hangar.
Balaklava (Crimea, Ukraine), 04.-06. August 2006


The media art and performance festival Balaklava-Odyssey is taking place
for the first time in August 2006. Balaklava, the site of the event, is
situated in Crimea (Ukraine) and has been a European cultural site for
over 2500 years. Artists from eight countries - Ukraine, Russia, Romania,
Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria and Germany - are invited to this
pilot project. They will stage art works in the areas of video, animation,
multi-media, performance, experimental music and dance that deal with the
multitude of historical references in Balaklava.

This site, already mentioned by Homer in his Odyssey, is also the location
of the myth of Tantalids and the famous play Iphigenia in Tauris (by
Euripides, Goethe). On Khrushchev`s orders, in 1953 a submarine hangar was
built inside the mountain of Tauris, that also served as a storage
facility for nuclear weapons. Until 1995, Balaklava was hermetically
sealed off. The festival is taking place in the submarine hangar that
today is used as a museum. It is meant to be the base for future
cooperation in Balaklava.

The project is founded among others by: European Cultural Foundation
(ECF), German Cultural Federal Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes),
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA), Austrian Kulturforum Kiev, Polish
Institute, Wro Center for Media Art

Leadership: Sebastian Kaiser (Berlin) and Roman Markholia (Moskau,

A project of Laistrygon e.V. Director: Hendrik Schumacher

Hendrik Schumacher
Laistrygon e.V.
info at balaklava-odyssey.com

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