[artinfo] River School Bucharest - Danube Delta / Like a Bird (9 May - 4 June 2014)

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River School Bucharest - Delta / Like a Bird

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** River School Bucharest – Delta / Like a Bird
The River School programme in Romania this weekend will involve a tour of the Bucharest Delta, a River School Seminar in the garden of tranzit.ro Bucharest with artist Ursula Biemann, social anthropologist Miruna Tîrcă, curators Maja and Reuben Fowkes and Raluca Voinea, the opening of the exhibition Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art with artists  Greta Alfaro, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Tamás Kaszás / Anikó Loránt (Ex Artists Collective), Szabolcs Kisspál, London Fieldworks, James Prosek and Andrea Roe, as well as a River School Excursion to the wilds of the Danube Delta.

Tour of the Văcărești Bucharest Delta
9 May 2014, 2-4 pm

The Văcărești swamp is an abandoned lake site in the south-eastern part of Bucharest, the remains of a hydrological flooding system begun during Ceausescu’s regime, but never finished. Today a small ecosystem of wetlands with more than 90 species of protected birds and mammals exists there, with plans to turn the ‘Bucharest Delta’ into a protected nature park. The guide of the tour will be Gică “the Fisherman”. If you want to take part to the tour write to raluca.voinea at tranzit.org until the 7th of May.

River School Seminar
9 May 2014, 5-8 pm
tranzit.ro/ Bucureşti (http://translocal.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=570b39e1c8870bc1a61c32e89&id=187555e6e1&e=a0c4d65f46)
Str. Gazelei nr. 44, sector 4, Bucharest

Presentations and a discussion on the planetary dimensions of energy and ecology, with artist Ursula Biemann, social anthropologist Miruna Tîrcă, and curators Maja and Reuben Fowkes, moderated by Raluca Voinea, curator tranzit.ro/ Bucureşti. In her presentation on Carbonecologies, Ursula Biemann discusses her video essays Black Sea Files (2005) and Deep Weather (2013), in a talk addressing crucial questions of resource geographies and the aesthetics of artistic fieldwork. Mineral resources and fossil fuels are the driving force of our consumer society but the rate at which they are extracted raises great concern for the survival of the planet.

For biographies and more information see:

Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art
Opening: 9 May 2014, 8 pm
tranzit.ro/ Bucureşti
Str. Gazelei nr. 44, sector 4, Bucharest

Artists: Greta Alfaro (ES), Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan (RO), Tamás Kaszás / Anikó Loránt (Ex Artists Collective) (HU), Szabolcs Kisspál (HU), London Fieldworks (UK), James Prosek (USA) and Andrea Roe (UK) Curated by: Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Like a Bird is a group exhibition with a focus on avian ecologies in contemporary art, a theme that provides a platform to investigate intricate questions around the changing human relationship to the natural world, the channelling of environmental awareness and its political dimensions. It examines the dynamic counterpoints between the anthropocentric tendency to perceive birds as metaphors and the rival post-humanist affinity for intra-species dialogue. The title of the exhibition refers to an iconic work of the Hungarian neo-avant-garde, István Haraszty’s Like a Bird from 1972, an elaborate piece combining a bird and a cage that was primarily understood at the time as a symbol for the lack of freedom under socialism. While avian encounters in the public sphere are still layered with stratum of ideology, mythology and national identity, this exhibition asks whether there is today an additional dimension to the avian imaginary, namely that of endangeredness and a shared
ecological predicament.

The exhibition is on view till 4 June 2014.

For more details, artist biographies and interviews, see:

River School Excursion
Danube Delta
10-12 May 2014

This visit by artists and curators to the Danube Delta aims to create an experiential context in which to reflect on issues of animal and human migration, thinking in and through the wilderness, and the fragile environmental histories of the river.

The River School

The River School is a series of study days, workshops, symposia and exhibitions that engage with the Danube as a transforming natural environment with a long history of human intervention, a route of transnational flows and migrations, a focus for ecological concern that spills over into civic action, and a magnet for diverse artistic and cultural reflections.

The River School is curated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes (Translocal Institute (http://translocal.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=570b39e1c8870bc1a61c32e89&id=3a66c37716&e=a0c4d65f46) ) and realised within the framework of the Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA) and with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

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