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Global fara globalizare: De la matematica pana in China@Salonul de proiecte

Global fara globalizare: De la matematica pana in China

Artisti: Anca Benera si Arnold Estefan, Tudor Bratu, Cristina David, Sebastian Moldovan, Ghenadie Popescu, Anca Munteanu-Rimnic, Cristian Rusu

23 februarie – 8 aprilie 2012

Performance la vernisaj: Ghenadie Popescu, 4 + 2, NEXT, ora 19.30

Salonul de proiecte a adresat unor artisti tineri, activi pe scena artistica internationala, invitatia de a concretiza cu acest prilej idei asupra carora ei au reflectat în perioada recenta. Lucrarile rezultate abordeaza performativ teme diverse care au ca numitor comun explorarea printr-un filtru personal a unor spatii geografice, sociale, politice, la intersectia carora se configureaza identitatea – si se contureaza mizele – artei în contextul actual.

Lucrarea Ancai Benera si a lui Arnold Estefan reflecta stadiul actual al angajamentului lor cu un subiect care condenseaza o serie de obsesii active la nivelul perceptiei colective, obsesii legate de istoria recenta a Razboiului Rece si de pozitia geopolitica a Romaniei: artistii investigheaza controversele istorice si disputele teritoriale privind Insula Şerpilor. Actiunea performativa realizata de ei la malul Marii Negre corespunde unui gest de „recuperare simbolica” a suprafetei maritime ce i-a revenit Romaniei dupa decizia din 2009 a Curtii de la Haga, actiune ce va fi completata de un al doilea volet, la vara, cand cei doi artisti vor documenta incursiunea lor pe Insula Serpilor. In expozitie, performance-ul filmat este integrat intr-o schema conceptuala care nuanteaza pozitiile si exacerbeaza contradictiile legate de acest teritoriu minuscul. Tudor Bratu concepe o instalatie care reconstituie si analizeaza – prin intermediul unei structuri compuse din mai multe module, ce reprezinta o versiune spatializata a unei viitoare carti de artist – experienta a sase luni petrecute de el la o rezidenta artistica în China. Instalatia se articuleaza prin recursul la fotografie, video si text, adunand interviuri, eseuri si contributii ale altor artisti, iar ceea ce rezulta e o constelatie de teme care se situeaza la intersectia intre arta, politica si etica. Bratu priveste cu un ochi critic globalizarea accelerata in care e prinsa China contemporana, un proces ce are ca efecte uriase discrepante economice si sociale, iar imbratisarea capitalismului economic merge mana in mana cu „absenta democratiei”. Pe acest fundal sunt introduse o serie de referinte autobiografice, culturale si intelectuale care compun, asemeni pieselor unui puzzle, identitatea fracturata a artistului. Cristina David urmareste felul in care, in contextul unor experiente personale, pasiunea ei pentru obiectivitatea stiintifica este subminata, contrazisa sau transformata de intruziunea subiectivitatii. In acest caz, Cristina David porneste de la explorarea relatiei dintre termenii matematici si limbajul comun pentru a dezvolta un dialog interdisciplinar cu coregraful norvegian Brynjar Bandlien, iar spectatorii vor fi atrasi, la randul lor, intr-o interactiune codata cu artista.

In lucrarea intitulata “2012”, Sebastian Moldovan distorsioneaza sensul mesajelor transmise in mass-media, amplificand scenariile fataliste si controversele iscate în jurul unor decizii politice actuale, aducand in discutie “dezinformarea ca metoda de lucru”. In cadrul unei instalatii site-specific ce utilizeaza ca material sacii de gunoi Moldovan produce un comentariu referitor la administrarea resurselor si la aplicarea unor “solutii invazive”. Ghenadie Popescu reflecteaza asupra relatiilor crispate de vecinatate dintre Moldova, Transnistria si Romania. Performance-urile lui, care se desfasoara de multe ori in spatiul public, vorbesc despre statutul precar al cetatenilor din Republica Moldova, despre procedura obtinerii vizelor care implica solicitarea unor „dovezi” financiare profund discriminatorii, despre semne ale identitati culturale si culturii materiale locale pe care artistul le poarta cu sine pretutindeni. Cu acest prilej, Ghenadie Popescu a fost invitat sa realizeze doua actiuni la Bucuresti, una programata in timpul vernisajului, iar cealalta prezentata ca documentatie a unui performance desfasurat cu cateva zile inainte. Anca Munteanu-Rimnic este prezenta în expozitie cu un performance filmat – formula ei predilecta de lucru – în care artista porneste de la un episod din biografia personala pentru a tematiza, într-un mod patetic si totodata (auto)ironic, lipsa optiunilor si situatiile limita cu care se confrunta persoanele care vor sa se stabileasca în tari ce impun o serie de bariere legislative pentru cetatenii straini. Cristian Rusu reviziteaza critic ideologia, istoria, cultura, estetica şi spaţiul public, lucrarea lui reprezentând în acest caz un comentariu la adresa monumentelor de for public. Ea consta într-o macheta care deconstruieste genul academist, “pre-modern” si anacronic al statuii ecvestre, un tip de monument care continua sa fie promovat si astazi de politici culturale conservatoare care proiecteaza versiuni triumfaliste ale naratiunilor istorice. Tot Cristian Rusu propune interventia site-specific “The Ghost Geometry 2” care urmareste destabilizarea optica a ordinii arhitecturale si (re)stabilirea unei ordini sensibile prin care poate fi descoperita geometria si energia spatiului imediat.

Aceste lucrari vorbesc despre posibilitatile si, în acelasi timp, despre limitele comunicarii globale, despre interese comune si schimburi de informatii care sfideaza granitele spatiale, geografice, în tentativa de a gasi formulari ale unor probleme care ne preocupa pe toti.

Anca Benera (n. 1977, Constanta) traieste si lucreaza in Bucuresti. Este artist si co-fondator al Centrului de Introspectie Vizuala. Expozitii recente: Camden Arts Centre, Londra (2011); The Performance Art Institute, San Francisco (2010); Platform 3 Munich (2010); Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Praga (2009); Zamek Ujazdowski Centre for Contemporary Art, Varsovia (2008); Florence Lynch Gallery, New York (2007). Lucrari publicate: Matter & History. The public monument and its discontents (2011); Self-publishing in times of freedom and repression (2011); Warsaw Wild Life: Notes (2008). http://www.ancabenera.ro, www.pplus4.ro

Tudor Bratu (n. 1977, Bucuresti) traieste si lucreaza in Bucuresti si Amsterdam. Proiectele lui se concentreaza pe fotografie, instalatie, productia de carte si mecanismele limbajului. A studiat fotografie la Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam si a fost artist rezident la Rijksacademy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam. In paralel a studiat istoria artei si filosofie la Universitatea din Amsterdam. In ultimii ani a activat ca profesor invitat la diverse institutii de invatamant si s-a ocupat de centrul de rezidente pentru artisti Bucharest AIR. www.tudorbratu.com, www.bucharestair.com

Cristina David (n. 1979, Bucuresti) a urmat cursurile Universitatii Nationale de Arta din Bucuresti si ale Academei de arta din Bergen, Norvegia. Intre 1998 si 2000 a fost studenta la Facultatea de matematica din Bucuresti. In lucrarile ei, Cristina foloseste mai multe tehnici, dar lucreaza in special cu video. Cristina David a participat la Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spania (2010); alte participari la programe si expozitii recente: The Discovery of Slowness, Galeria HIT, Bratislava (2011); Intercult SEAS Expedition, Turcia (2010); Visual Playgrounds, Institutul Cultural Roman, Stockholm (2009). “Majoritatea lucrarilor mele se bazeaza pe o poveste. Imi place naratiunea. Imi place sa privesc realitatea prin prisma povestilor, sa imi folosesc mintea si sa-mi imaginez intamplari unde poate ca n-au existat vreodata. Cand mintea mea gaseste lipsuri in realitatea din jur incearca sa le umple cu povesti.” (Cristina David)

Arnold Estefan (n. 1978, Tg. Secuiesc) traieste si lucreaza in Bucuresti. Este artist si graphic designer, co-fondator al Centrului de Introspectie Vizuala. Este co-autor al proiectelor Self-publishing in times of freedom and repression (2011) si Ars Telefon­ica (2008). Ca artist a expus la Experimental Film Festival, Bucuresti (2011); No Pass Biennial, Budapesta (2009); Young Art­ist Biennial, Bucuresti (2008); Cooper Gallery, Dundee, Scotia (2006); MNAC, Bucuresti (2006); Trafó Gallery, Bu­dapesta (2005); Play Gallery, Berlin (2004). http://www.arnoldestefan.ro, www.pplus4.ro. In 2012 Anca Benera si Arnold Estefan participa in cadrul La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Sebastian Moldovan (n. 1982, Baia Mare) traieste si lucreaza in Bucuresti. Este interesat de instalatii site-specific, video, si obiect. Expozitii (selectie): 2011 – Dreamcather, Galeria de Arta Contemporana a Muzeului National Brukenthal, Sibiu; 2010 – Artist’s Survival Kit, Jan Dhaese Gallery, Gent, Belgia; Household Goods, Haifa Biennale, Israel; 2009 – Exploring the Return of Repression, Pavilion UniCredit, Bucuresti; New History, Kharkov Art Museum, Kharkov, Ucraina; Transfer Rumaenien 1, Schafhof Kuenstlerhaus, Freising, Germania; 2008 – Dada East? The Romanians of Cabaret Voltaire, Fargfabriken – Centre for Contemporary Art and Culture, Stockholm, Suedia si Gallery Smecky, Praga, Cehia; 2007 – Catching Passages, KulturFabrik, Luxemburg; If You Think This World Is Bad You Should See Some of the Others, Prague Biennale 3, Praga, Cehia; 2006 – Dada East? The Romanians of Cabaret Voltaire, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich, Elveţia; Urban Contact Zone. Sharing areas – Using Places, Westwerk, Hamburg, Germania; Chaos: The Age of Confusion, Bucharest Biennale 2, Bucureşti. http://www.sebastianmoldovan.ro

Anca Munteanu-Rimnic (n. 1974, Bucuresti) traieste si lucreaza in Berlin. A studiat la UDK – Universitaet der Kuenste Berlin, continuand cu un master la Artcenter Pasadena/ Los Angeles. Anca Munteanu-Rimnic lucreaza in proiectele sale cu fotografie, video, sculptura, performance ai teatru. Dintre expozitiile recente: Merzbau, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich (2011); 4th Moscow Biennale, Dada Moscow, Cabaret Voltaire (2011); Urbania, Schauspielhaus Zürich (2011­); Google me not Galerie Thomas Flor, Düsseldorf (2010); Romanian Cultural Resolution, Spinnerei Leipzig (2009).

Cristian Rusu (n. 1972, Cluj), traieste si lucreaza in Cluj. Artist vizual si scenograf, este asist. univ. la Facultatea de Teatru si Televiziune a Universitatii Babes-Bolyai Cluj si doctorand la aceeasi facultate. Cercetarea sa fundamentala este explorarea spatiului prin diferite medii (desen, fotografie, video, instalatie), prin suprapunerea viziunilor utopice despre spatiu cu concepte spatiale si de arhitectura, precum si prin cercetarea interactiunii spatiului cu estetica si ideologia. Expozitii (selectie): Subtle Construction, TransBoavista/Plataforma Revolver Lisbon (2011); Space Itself, Plan B Berlin; Fear Itself, Plan B Cluj (2009); Pavillon Tyrol, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck (2007). Este membru al grupului Duo van der Mixt (impreuna cu Mihai Pop). Expozitii (selectie): Überbauen, a.u.t. Innsbruck (2010); The Very Best of Red, Yellow and Blue, KunstRaum Goethestrasse, Linz; On Difference #1, Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Nu au fost semnalate incidente deosebite, Galeria Noua, Bucuresti; The Very Best of Red, Yellow and Blue, Protokoll Studio, Cluj (2004).

Ghenadie Popescu (n. 1971, Floresti) traieste si lucreaza in Chisinau. In lucrarile sale, el vorbeste despre o societate in care individul a uitat de sine si s-a dedicat in totalitate muncii; totusi, aceasta munca nu ii asigura bunastarea sociala, individul ramanand sarac nu doar material dar si spiritual. Artistul foloseste simboluri consacrate ale poporului roman – mamaliga, tricolorul, jugul – lasand mult spatiu pentru interpretari, dar utilizeaza si lucruri devenite simbolice in societatea moldoveneasca, cum ar fi celebrele sacose de rafie cu patratele. Ghenadie Popescu este membru al asociatiei Oberliht (Chisinau). In 2011 a participat la programul de rezidente Shaping the New, organizat la Pecs (Ungaria), si a fost invitat in cadrul programului frasq, participand cu aceasta ocazie la o expozitie organizata la galeria Le Generateur din orasul Gentilly (langa Paris). In 2012 Ghenadie Popescu a participat la expozitia de grup One Sixth of the Earth. Ecologies of Images, organizata la MUSAC (Castilla y Leon). http://ghenadiepopescu.wordpress.com

Global without Globalization: From Mathematics to China

Artists: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Tudor Bratu, Cristina David, Sebastian Moldovan, Ghenadie Popescu, Anca Munteanu-Rimnic, Cristian Rusu

February 23rd – April 8th 2012

Opening performance: Ghenadie Popescu, 4 + 2, Next, 7.30 p.m.

Salonul de Proiecte has invited several young artists who are active on the international art scene to bring to concretization some ideas they have recently reflected upon. The resulting works address in a performative manner several themes whose common denominator is the exploration of various geographic, social and political spaces. At their intersection lies the identity of art in a globalized world. The stakes of art are being redefined today by its critical engagment with the contemporary condition which is being shaped by a complex interconnection of worlds, temporalities and places. Some of the artistic projects presented in this exhibition are linked to Romania’s geographic positioning and its tense relationships with the neighboring countries, while others address the dilemmas and prospects faced by the artists when negotiating their positions, caught in the dynamic interplay between local and international values and concerns.

Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan’s work reflects the current state of their involvement with a subject that condenses a series of obsessions which have been active in the collective consciousness, obsessions which are linked to the history of the Cold War and Romania’s geopolitical position: the artists investigate the historical controversies and the territorial disputes around the Snake Island. The filmed performance presented in the exhibition took place on the shore of the Black Sea and it staged the “symbolic recovery” of the marine area that was reverted to Romania after the 2009 decision adopted by the International Court of Justice in the Hague. This summer the action will be completed through a second phase, when the artists will document their trip on the Snake Island. The performance is part of a complex installation which acts as a conceptual mapping that diversifies the positions and intensifies the contradictions linked to the minuscule territory in the Black Sea. Tudor Bratu conceives an installation which recreates and examines – through a structure representing the spatialized version of a future artist-book – the experience of a six-months artistic residency in China. The installation uses a variety of media: photography, video and text, assembling interviews, essays and text contributions by other artists – building a constellation of themes which are situated at the intersection of art, politics and ethics. Bratu evinces a critical attitude towards the accelerated globalization of contemporary China – a process which triggers enormous economic and social discrepancies, where capitalism walks side by side with the “absence of democracy.” Against this backdrop a series of autobiographical, cultural and intellectual references are being invoked, forming together – like the pieces of a puzzle – the artist’s fractured identity. Cristina David examines the way in which – in the context of personal experiences – her passion for scientific objectivity is undermined, contradicted or transformed by the intrusion of subjectivity. In this case, Cristina David explores, among other things, the relationship between mathematical terms and the common language in order to develop an interdisciplinary dialogue with the Norwegian choreographer Brynjar Bandlien, drawing the spectators into a codified interaction with herself.

In his work entitled “2012” Sebastian Moldovan alters the meaning of mass-media messages, amplifying the apocalyptic scenarios and controversies associated with recent political decisions, and bringing into discussion the “disinformation as a working method.” Through a site-specific installation which uses garbage bags as material, Moldovan comments on the resource administration policies and puts into practice his view of “invasive solutions.” Ghenadie Popescu reflects on the politically charged border relationships between Moldavia, Transnistria and Romania. His performances – which often take place in public spaces – address the precarious condition of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, drawing the attention to visa application procedures that continue to demand proofs of financial resources for each “ordinary” applicant, proofs which are both humiliating and discriminatory. In many of this works, objects and performances, the artist uses the signs of the local cultural identity and material culture that are taken everywhere with him. On this occasion, Ghenadie Popescu was invited to make two performances, one programed to take place at the opening, and the other presented as a documentation of a public action which took place several days before the opening. Anca Munteanu-Rimnic presents a filmed performance – her medium of choice – in which she uses as pretext an episode from her biography in order to stress (in a pathetic and self-ironic manner) the lack of options and the restrictive situations faced by those who want to settle permanently in another countries, countries which impose various legislative barriers for foreign citizens. Cristian Rusu proposes a critical revisitation the ideology, history and esthetics of the public space, commenting on the issue of public monuments. His work consists of a model which deconstructs the academic, „pre-modern” and anachronic genre of the equestrian statue – a type of monument that continues to be promoted even today by conservative cultural policies seeking to project triumphalist versions of historical narratives. Rusu is also the author of a site-specific intervention, “The Ghost Geometry 2”, which aimes to optically destabilize the architectural parameters of the space and to (re)stabilize a sensible order through which the geometry and the energy of the imediate space are being discovered.

These works discuss the possibilities and at the same time the limits of the global communication, pointing at common concerns and exchanges of information that defy spatial and geographical boundaries, attempting to formulate, tentatively, questions and problems which resonate with us all.

Anca Benera (b. 1977, Constanta) lives and works in Bucharest. She is an artist and co-founder of the CIV (the Centre for Visual Introspection). Recent exhibitions: Camden Arts Centre, Londra (2011); The Performance Art Institute, San Francisco (2010); Platform 3 Munich (2010); Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague (2009); Zamek Ujazdowski Centre for Contemporray Art, Warsaw (2008); Florence Lynch Gallery, New York (2007). Publications: Matter & History. The public monument and its discontents (2011); Self-publishing in times of freedom and repression (2011); Warsaw Wild Life: Notes (2008). http://www.ancabenera.ro, www.pplus4.ro

Tudor Bratu (b. 1977, Bucharest) lives and works in Bucharest and Amsterdam. His projects revolve around photography, installation, book production and the mechanisms of language. He studied photography at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and was a resident artist at Rijksacademy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam. At the same time he studied art history and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. During the last years he was a guest lecturer at several institutions and was in charge of the centre for artistic residencies Bucharest AIR. www.tudorbratu.com, www.bucharestair.com

Cristina David (b. 1979, Bucharest) studied at the National University of Arts, Bucharest and at the Art Academy in Bergen, Norway. Between the years 1998 and 2000 she was a student at the faculty of mathematics in Bucharest. In her works Cristina uses several media among which her preferred one is video. Cristina David participated in the Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010); other participations in programmes and recent exhibitions include: The Discovery of Slowness, Galeria HIT, Bratislava (2011); Intercult SEAS Expedition, Turkey (2010); Visual Playgrounds, Romanian Cultural Institute, Stockholm (2009). “The majority of my works are based on a story. I like narration. I like looking at reality from the viewpoint of stories, using my mind and picturing events which maybe didn’t take place. When my mind identifies flaws in the surrounding reality, it tries to fill them with stories.” (Cristina David)

Arnold Estefan (b. 1978, Tg. Secuiesc) lives and works in Bucharest. He is an artist, graphic designer and co-founder of the CIV (Centre for Visual Introspection). He is co-author of the projects Self-publishing in times of freedom and repression (2011) and Ars Telefon­ica (2008). He was exhibited at the Experimental Film Festival, Bucharest (2011); No Pass Biennial, Budapest (2009); Young Art­ist Biennial, Bucharest (2008); Cooper Gallery, Dundee, Scotland (2006); MNAC, Bucharest (2006); Trafó Gallery, Bu­dapest (2005); Play Gallery, Berlin (2004). http://www.arnoldestefan.ro, www.pplus4.ro. In 2012 Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan participate in La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Sebastian Moldovan (b. 1982, Baia Mare) lives and works in Bucharest. He works with site-specific installations, video and object. Exhibitions (selection): 2011 – Dreamcather, the Contemporary Art Gallery of the National Museum Bruckenthal, Sibiu; 2010 – Artist’s Survival Kit, Jan Dhaese Gallery, Gent, Belgium; Household Goods, Haifa Biennale, Israel; 2009 – Exploring the Return of Repression, Pavilion UniCredit, Bucharest; New History, Kharkov Art Museum, Kharkov, Ukraine; Transfer Rumaenien 1, Schafhof Kuenstlerhaus, Freising, Germany; 2008 – Dada East? The Romanians of Cabaret Voltaire, Fargfabriken – Centre for Contemporary Art and Culture, Stockholm, Sweden and Gallery Smecky, Prague, Czech Republic; 2007 – Catching Passages, KulturFabrik, Luxemburg; If You Think This World Is Bad You Should See Some of the Others, Prague Biennale 3, Prague, Czech Republic; 2006 – Dada East? The Romanians of Cabaret Voltaire, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich, Switzerland; Urban Contact Zone. Sharing areas – Using Places, Westwerk, Hamburg, Germany; Chaos: The Age of Confusion, Bucharest Biennale 2, Bucharest. http://www.sebastianmoldovan.ro

Anca Munteanu-Rimnic (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Berlin. She studied at UDK – Universitat der Kunste Berlin and continued with a MA at the Artcenter Pasadena/Los Angeles. In her projects Anca Munteanu-Rimnic works with photography, video, sculpture, performance and theatre. Her recent exhibitions include Merzbau, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich (2011); 4th Moscow Biennale, Dada Moscow, Cabaret Voltaire (2011); Urbania, Schauspielhaus Zürich (2011­); Google me not Galerie Thomas Flor, Düsseldorf (2010); Romanian Cultural Resolution, Spinnerei Leipzig (2009).

Cristian Rusu (b. 1972, Cluj), lives and works in Cluj. He is a visual artist and scenographer. Currently he is a PhD candidate and assistant at the Faculty of Theatre and Television (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj). His fundamental research is the exploration of space through different media (drawing, photography, video, installation), overlapping of utopic space visions with spatial and architectural concepts, as well as through examining the interaction between space and aesthetics and ideology. Exhibitions (selection): Subtle Construction, TransBoavista/Plataforma Revolver Lisbon (2011); Space Itself, Plan B Berlin; Fear Itself, Plan B Cluj (2009); Pavillon Tyrol, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck (2007). He is a member of the group Duo van der Mixt (together with Mihai Pop). Exhibitions (selection): Überbauen, a.u.t. Innsbruck (2010); The Very Best of Red, Yellow and Blue, KunstRaum Goethestrasse, Linz; On Difference #1, Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Nu au fost semnalate incidente deosebite, Galeria Noua, Bucharest; The Very Best of Red, Yellow and Blue, Protokoll Studio, Cluj (2004).

Ghenadie Popescu (b. 1971, Floresti) lives and works in Chisinau. In his works he conveys a message about a society in which the individual has neglected himself in order to totally devote his life to work; however, this work does not certify his social welfare and the individual remains poor not only from a material point of view but also spiritually. The artist uses conventional symbols of “Romanianness” – the polenta, the national flag, the yoke – leaving room for interpretations; he also uses symbolic objects in Moldavian society, such as the ubiquitous patterned raffia bags. Ghenadie Popescu is a member of the association Oberliht (Chisinau). He participated (in 2011) in the residence programme Shaping the New, in Pecs (Hungary) and was invited to take part in the frasq programme, exhibiting at the gallery Le Generateur (Gentilly, near Paris). In 2012 Ghenadie Popescu took part in the group show One Sixth of the Earth. Ecologies of Images, organized at MUSAC (Castilla y Leon). http://ghenadiepopescu.wordpress.com

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