October 30, 2012

Urban dreams in Plovdiv

Zoran Poposki's participatory art project “The Right to the City” is on view in the international exhibition URBAN DREAMS at the Center for Contemporary Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from Oct 20 to Nov 20, 2012. 

Based on manifold perspectives of diverse artists, URBAN DREAMS explores public and semi-public spaces where art becomes a research strategy and the city changes into a laboratory. For this project the exhibition space of the Centre for Contemporary Art changes into an archive and reading room of (mainly Eastern) European artistic urban research. In addition to the results of the latest artistic urbanism in Plovdiv and in other partner cities of the HEICO network, this archive will also present international projects from the last twenty years by different forms of media, based on material provided by partner organisations and artists. The exhibition is curated by Emil Mirazchiev.

Funded by the European Commission, URBAN DREAMS is a series of public events organized by the Art Today Association, Plovdiv/Bulgaria in the frame of HEICO, in partnership with the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation Brandenburg/Germany, SPACES/Slovak Republic, the Art&Cultural Studies Laboratory/Armenia, GeoAIR Association/Georgia and the KSAK-Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau/Moldova. The event is part of the initiative "Plovdiv - Candidate for European Capital of Culture 2019”.

Program:

20/21 October 2012, 11 am - 6 pm. HAMALOGIKA - Artistic interactive intervention in public space. 
Place: The Water Mirrors next to the City Park

26 October 2012, 7 pm. Opening of the interactive exhibition, library/archive of the European artistic urban research.
Place: Centre for Contemporary Art – Plovdiv, The Ancient Bath

28 October 2012, site-specific installation. Artist: Tilmann Meyer-Faje
Place: In front of the Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv, The Ancient Bath.

27 October 18-20 pm. 29 October 1-6 pm. KISS - two channel video installation. Artist: Sevdalina Kochevska.
Place: Roman Stadium
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7 November 2012, 14-15 h. FOOOOTBALLLL – Football game between 4 football teams, 4 football gates and 1 ball. Artist: Veronika Tsekova 
Place: Stadium Plovdiv

17 November, 6-9 pm. Space 0 Space – Storm - Artist: HR-Stamenov.
Place: City Art Gallery, Plovdiv

October 02, 2012

Not Festival, Copenhagen

Not Festival a 1 week event created by 3RD CLASS CITIZEN, and Venezuelan choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist Luis Lara MalvacĂ­as in association with Dansehallerne, The Dance Department of the Statens Scenekunstskole, De Frie Koreografer, TRANSART Collective and Independent artists. It will take place from Oct. 22nd to 27th, 2012. It will serve as a platform for creation, experimentation, presentation and open dialogues. It consists of a series of performances and installations, jams, screenings, lectures and discussions of topics that are relevant to contemporary dance, performance and art today, as well as contemporary dance classes and workshops. All the activities will be created, developed and presented at Dansehallerne at Pasterveuj 20.

Zoran Poposki. Photo: Wong, Kai Yu.
It is a kaleidoscopic, ephemeral, erratic and nomadic new media artistic object. Through the use of old and new technologies and media, it embraces the ideas of global artistic collaboration and the cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, DIY attitudes. It exists outside the realm of the establishment, which implies generally non-existing financial support. However, its inclusive nature allows it to move inside and outside of institutions and at the same time to avoid the institutional restrictions. This political “object” aims to fight the standardized and systematized commodification of the arts. Thus, it is NOT a FESTIVAL.

The event also questions the boundaries and definitions of the generally accepted roles of the "presenter” and the “presented”. Participant artists are encouraged to play an active role in managing and facilitating it, and to use their creativity not only in their own work but also in the creation of the event itself. For instances, My Linblad and Gry Raaby , two Copenhagen-based choreographers/ dancers are helping to coordinate and organize a team of other Copenhagen-based artists. The Dance Department of the Statens Scenekunstskole has agreed to be part of this and to help to co-produce part of the event, as this will be of great benefit for its students. In every edition of the Not Festival a conceptual framework is offered to the participants and it is embedded in the title chosen for each occasion. The title chosen for the Copenhagen edition, Not Festival: An atypical point of view, if you allow me, is open to the artists’ own interpretations.

Day 2: Portrait Of The Artists With Black Framed Glasses. Second Session: 16:30 to 17:30. (Foyer).
Day 3. 20:30. ( Store Carl, Lille Carl and Foyer). Performances include choreography, video, sound and performance art works by: Melanie Maar. Skyped dance performance from NY / Jeremy Nelson & Jimena Paz. Dance / Zoran Poposki . Film: “Portrait of the artist as a cultural worker” / Ivo Bol. Live sound performance / Luis Lara Malvacias  “Pussy Riot” Dance Performance / Directed by Ursula Eagly “Group Dynamics and Visual Sensitivity (NY/2011) will be re-created to be performed by Copenhagen local dancers.