[artinfo] (fwd) how to do things

Janos Sugar sj at c3.hu
Thu Mar 9 00:50:03 CET 2006

>From: "Center for Contemporary Art" <art at cca.kiev.ua>
>Center for Contemporary Art at NaUKMA
>uqbar e.V.
>How to Do Things? - In the Middle of (No)whereÅc
>Artists: Bik Van der Pol (NL) Roman Dziadkiewicz 
>(PL) Sean Snyder (USA) Societe Realiste (HU/F) 
>Florian Zeyfang (DE)
>Curated by Dorothee Bienert and Antje Weitzel
>11 March - 9 April 2006
>Press-conference 10 March, Friday, 17:30 p.m.
>Opening 10 March, Friday, 19:00 p.m.
>Center for Contemporary Art, vul. Skovorody, 2
>The project How to Do Things? - In the Middle of 
>(No)whereÅc involves artists, curators and 
>institutions from fourteen countries of an 
>imaginary "Central Europe" derived by randomly 
>tracing an arbitrary circle in the centre of a 
>map. This circle includes the old EU, the new 
>EU, the not-yet EU and perhaps even 
>never-to-be-EU states: Austria, Belorussia, 
>Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, 
>Lithuania, Moldavia, The Netherlands, Poland, 
>Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
>How to Do Things? - In the Middle of (No)whereÅc 
>aims to cross over geographic and psychological 
>borders playfully. The project raises questions 
>linked to the entity and identity of Europe 
>today. What meaning is attached to concepts such 
>as "Central Europe," "Eastern Europe," "The 
>Balkans," "The Baltic" or even "Europe" herself? 
>Why is the economic sphere of the European Union 
>often equated with Europe? Where does Europe 
>begin and where does it end? The thematic 
>emphasis of the project is put on the idea of 
>"Social Utopias." The concept of "Social 
>Utopias" functions as a kind of "trigger," as an 
>impulse to stimulate thoughts and exchange. It 
>raises questions about common visions and goals 
>and about agency and participation.
>How to Do Things? - In the Middle of (No)whereÅc 
>has a process-based, dialectical structure. The 
>project features artistic practices that - being 
>less object-oriented - position themselves 
>socially. The starting point and working 
>material for the selected artists is the world, 
>in which they live, move and act upon. The 
>twenty-eight artists involved are invited on a 
>residency grant to spend one month in a new, 
>unfamiliar environment, to research and develop 
>new projects that potentially refer to the 
>different realities and contexts of a Europe 
>that is, as yet, still very heterogeneous. The 
>residencies take place in the European capitals 
>of Budapest, Bucharest, Kiev, Copenhagen and 
>Berlin, and are linked to exhibitions held at 
>the local partner institutions and in public 
>With the support of: Culture 2000, European 
>Cultural Foundation, Hauptstadt Kulturfonds, 
>Allianz Kulturstiftung, IFA,
>Goethe-Institut Kiew, Polish Institute in Kiev.
>CCA partnrers: International Renaissance 
>Foundation, Euroformat, Publishing House 
>CCA inernet-partner: "ColoCall"
>e-mail: art at cca.kiev.ua

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