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CHISINAU - Art, Research in the Public Sphere

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Period: May 2010 – January 2011 Location: Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Project organizer: KSAK- Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau
Project partners: E-cart.ro Association, Romania, Rael Artel Gallery: Non-Profit Project, Estonia

The project aim is to explore the dominant institutional and political discourses that have shaped the society and the urban landscape of the city of Chisinau in the course of its recent history. CHISINAU - Art, Research in the Public Sphere – is a cross-disciplinary platform that will investigate the connections between political and cultural symbols and propaganda and its impact on the urban environment, the interference between personal narratives and imported ideologies and cultural discourses in relation to the public sphere. The project components –– theoretical seminar, practical workshops, interdisciplinary conference – will look deeply into the recent changes that have shaped the social and cultural environment in the 20 years following the fall of the Berlin wall and the demise of the socialist system. At regional policy level the project will create an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange and cooperation between contemporary art practitioners and experts from various fields (architects, designers, sociologists, culturologists) and between countries in the Balkans and around the Baltic Sea. The project participants will discuss former cultural differences and new realities, and will present their own challenges, to artists, cultural workers and the open public. Invitations will be extended to participants from the Balkan (Romania, Serbia, Macedonia) and Baltic (Lithuania and Estonia) countries, as well from other EU countries (France, Austria, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands) that experience or have experienced similar social and cultural processes and phenomena.

Projects partners: Alliance Francaise de Moldavie, German Cultural Center ACCENTE/Chisinau, the Goethe Institute/Bucharest, Polish Cultural Institute/Bucharest, Austrian Cultural Forum/Bucharest UNESCO Chair of South-East European Studies in the frame of Faculty of History of the Moldova State University, National Museum of History and Archeology, Direction for Culture of the Municipality of Chisinau.

Media Partners: Public Media Group SRL, Revista la Plic, Radio Europa Libera, Publica TV

CHISINAU - Art, Research in the Public Sphere is supported financially by Allianz Kulturstiftung, Germany, ERSTE Foundation/Austria, Mondriaan Stichig/Amsterdam, the Goethe Institute/Bucharest trough German Cultural Center ACCENTE/Chisinau, Polish Cultural Institute/Bucharest, Alliance Francaise de Moldavie, Austrian Cultural Forum/Bucharest, Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.

Project partners:

E-cart.ro Association, Campina, Romania (www.e-cart.ro)
E-cart.ro is a cultural association that encourages and promotes independent artists and facilitates public access to contemporary art. Through a flexible and open structure, the E-cart.ro Association has a multi-disciplinary approach and addresses publics from many backgrounds. Participating in local, national or international projects, E-cart.ro stimulates cultural exchange and artistic production. Its current projects include a Department for Art in Public Space, initiated in 2009, consisting of a platform for debates, artistic interventions and publications.

MEEM- Rael Artel Gallery: Non-Profit Project, Tallinn, Estonia ( www.publicpreparation.org)
NGO MEEM is a non-profit organisation mainly dedicated to the production, distribution and promotion of contemporary art. The current project, Public Preparation, a platform for knowledge production and network-based communication focuses on the growing tendencies of nationalism in contemporary Europe and their critique in contemporary art.

Center for Contemporary Art - [KSA:K] (www.art.md)
[KSA:K] Center is a non-profit, independent institution registered in the year 2000. The new strategy of the Center is the development of cultural forms and art practices, which would reflect the dynamic of the social, political and economic transformations of the society. Center supports the advocacy activities in promoting of cultural policies suitable for the defining and the consolidation of artist position and contemporary art practices in the society.

Stefan Rusu- Project Director/Curator

Center for Contemporary Art-[KSA:K],
Str. Banulescu-Bodoni 5, ap-2, Post code 2012,
Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
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