[artinfo] Calin Dan - Anturaju & Other Stories

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Mon Nov 22 23:55:31 CET 2010

Calin Dan - Anturaju' si alte intamplari / Anturaju & Other Stories

Curator:  Raluca Velisar


Discussion: Thursday, 25. November, 18.00 h
Opening: 25. November, 19.30 h

Between September 2005 and May 2007 Ca˜lin Dan 
has been involved in a collaboration with the 
inmates from the Colibas¸i Penitentiary, within 
the frame of a project commissioned to him by the 
Office of the Chief Government Architect of the 
Netherlands (Atelier Rijksbouwmeester). The first 
outcome of this process was a theatre performance 
(in 2007) reflecting on the human condition of 
the criminals in modern Romania. Written and 
directed by the artist, the play Carne / Cane was 
performed by a group of inmates for an 
enthusiastic audience, at Odeon Theatre.

Another outcome of the same process is Wings for 
Dogs (2009), a video-essay about our perception 
of timeless themes such as responsibility, crime, 
destiny and punishment.
MNAC brings to the public in a brand new video 
installation the documentary material resulted 
from the editing of about 60 hours of 
conversations with the inmates, and the two 
already completed results of this project.

For this occasion a publication will be produced. 
As an opening event, a round table discussion 
about how public art commissions can handle 
sensitive social topics will be organised. The 
invited guests are: Jean Boumans (Huis voor de 
Kunsten Limburg; ex-curator of Atelier 
Rijsbouwmeester and coordinator of the project), 
Mariana Celac(architect and essayist), Dana 
Cenusa (The National Administration of the 
Penitentiaries), Arno van Roosmalen (Director, 
Stroom, Den Haag), Bruno Stefan(sociologist, 
author of The Romanian Penitentiary Environment).

  With the support of: Mondriaan Foundation, 
Ambasada Regatului Tarilor de Jos /Embassy of the 
Kingdom of the Netherlands, The Netherlands 
Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and 
Architecture,  Colibasi Penitentiary.
MNAC Partner: BRD Groupe Societe Generale

Palatul Parlamentului/ Str. Izvor 2-4, aripa E4,  Bucharest (RO), 050563
entrance from  Calea 13 Septembrie

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