SEMINAR & WORKSHOPwithin the project
CHISINAU- Art, Research in the Public Sphere
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Period: 24 May 7 June
Location: State University, Chisinau
The transdisciplinary seminar and the workshop dedicated to documentation and research are a part of the CHISINAU- Art, Research in the Public Sphere - 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 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.
A number of visual artists, curators, historians, designers and sociologists from the Balkan (Romania, Serbia, Montenegro) and Baltic (Lithuania and Estonia) countries, as well from other EU countries (Poland, France, Austria, The Netherlands) that have experienced similar social and cultural processes and phenomena will present their research and case studies related to projects dealing with art and the public sphere and to the connections between the public and private acceptions of space placed in various cultural and ideological backgrounds.
The workshop the participants will examine how certain versions of the past are produced and given prominence in the public media, civic life and state politics, and in the flow of daily lives, from the former policies to the present political and economic discourses that dominates the society. Launching a project related to the public sphere today, in the middle of globalization and of an aggressive capitalist society that has reduced the role of art to that of mere decoration, means that public art should become a tool of critical engagement, with political and social connotations. What is the current look of the city and where are the real roots of the deep nostalgia for the former symbols and the ghosts that still haunt the society these are some of the questions that the project participants will try to answer with their projects and contributions to the project.
Angela Serino curator, art manager, The Netherlands
Projects partners: Alliance Francaise de Moldavie, German Cultural Center AKZENTE/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.
CHISINAU - Art, Research in the Public Sphere is suported financialy by Allianz Kulturstiftung, Germany, , the Goethe Institute/Bucharest trough German Cultural Center AKZENTE/Chisinau, Polish Cultural Institute/Bucharest, Alliance Francaise de Moldavie and Austrian Cultural Forum/Bucharest.
E-cart.ro Association, Campina, Romania (www.e-cart.ro)
MEEM- Rael Artel Gallery: Non-Profit Project, Tallinn, Estonia ( www.publicpreparation.org)
Center for Contemporary Art - [KSA:K] (www.art.md)
Stefan Rusu- Project Director/Curator
Center for Contemporary Art-[KSA:K],