Abis, 2019 Matei Bejenaru video

ABYSS, by Matei Bejenaru, film-documentary premiere on 15th November 2019 at WASP Working Art Space and Production

4Culture Association and WASP Studios announce the premiere of ABYSS, the latest film-documentary by Matei Bejenaru, on 15th of November 2019, from 19:30, at WASP Working Art Space and Production, in Bucharest. The projection will be followed by a poetry moment of Stefan Augustin Doinas creations interpreted by the actors Octavian Jighirgiu and Andreea Darie and a dialogue between Matei Bejenaru and special guests, Adina Cezar, Liana Tugearu, Ioan Tugearu and Alina Ledeanu.

 

The visual poem Abyss explores the enigmatic and charismatic personality of Irinel Liciu, first soloist of the Romanian Opera ballet in Bucharest in the 1950s-’60s. Shot on film and using materials from the National Film Archive, Agerpress News Agency, and 21st Century Magazine archive, Abyss is an essay on the condition of the artist and the relationship with his/her art and life.
Matei Bejenaru (b. 1963) is a visual artist and professor of photography and video art at “George Enescu” National University of Arts Iasi. He is the founder and artistic director of Peripheric Biennial for Contemporary Art in Iasi (between 1997 and 2008). In his latest projects, through photographs, video and public performances, he examines the politics of representation in documentary photography and film and methods of generation of hybrid art projects at the confluence between visual arts, poetry, experimental music and scientific research.

 

ABYSS documentary is part of the Creative Crossroads – Art and Humanity, a cultural project, co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund and Life Long Burning – Towards A Sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe, with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The documentary will be presented at BOZAR, in Brussels, between December 3rd, 2019 and January 12, 2020, in the frame of Europalia Arts Festival Romania, with the support of Romanian Cultural Institute.

 

ABYSS
Author: Matei Bejenaru
Interviews with: Adina Cezar, Liana Tugearu, Ioan Tugearu
Music: Jean-Paul Dessy
Digital image and sound editing: Mihai-Marian Mina
Colorist: Mihai-Marian Mina
Narrator: Octavian Jighirgiu
Sound: Vlad Onescu
Kodak Vision3 film developed and scanned at Cinelabs Bucharest, Romania
With support of: The Romanian National Opera, Iași and The National Opera Bucharest, Romanian Film Center, The National Film Archive.
Production: 4Culture Association and WASP Studios
Cultural project co-financed by: The Administration of the National Cultural Fund and Life Long Burning – Towards A Sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe, with the support of Creative Europe Programme of The European Union.
The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is neither responsible of the project content or of the way in which the project results may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the grant beneficiary.
Media Partners: Radio România Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, Revista ARTA, Designist, Feeder, IQads, România Pozitivă

PROGRAM
15 NOV 2019
WASP Working Art Space and Production

19:30 – 20:00 ABYSS, by Matei Bejenaru

20:00 – 20:10 poetry moment with actors Octavian Jighirgiu and Andreea Darie (Stefan Augustin Doinas poems)
20:10 – 21:00 Dialogue with Matei Bejenaru, Andreea Capitanescu (curator and producer) and special guests Adina Cezar (choreographer), Liana Tugearu (dance critic), Ioan Tugearu (choreographer), Alina Ledeanu (president of 21st Century Cultural Foundation)

03 DEC 2019 – 12 JAN 2020
BOZAR, Projection Room

Europalia Arts Festival Romania, with the support of Romanian Cultural Institut
Photo credit: Abyss movie still, Matei Bejenaru

 

 

 

Still on view at WASP Working Art Space and Production the exhibitions

Iosif Király // HEROES WERE PEOPLE JUST LIKE US. From selfie to monument

Life Long Burning – Multimedia installations by Alice Feraru, Mircea Hristescu and Corina Rafael

 

 

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Afis Manuel Pelmuș Un Lux Pe Care Nu Ni-l Putem Permite (Cumințenia Pământului)

Manuel Pelmus: A Luxury That We Can Not Afford (Wisdom of the Earth) at Craiova Art Museum and Bucharest National Geology Museum

4Culture Association and WASP Studios announce the presentation of the newest creation of Manuel Pelmus, one of the most influential artists of the “new performance”, in the frame of eXplore festival #14, at Craiova Art Museum on October, 29 and at the National Geology Museum, Bucharest on 1st and 2nd November, 2019A Luxury That We Can’t Afford (Wisdom of the Earth)is an intangible, live version of Brancusi sculpture Wisdom of the Earth, an ongoing action proposing another kind of relation to history, collective memory and to the exhibition space.

The project, supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute and co-financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund, had the premiere between 8 and 12 October 2019, at BOZAR, in Brussels, for Brancusi: Sublimation of Form exhibition, in the frame of Europalia Arts Festival Romania.

A Luxury That We Can Not Afford (Wisdom of the Earth) starts from a less-known sculpture of Constantin Brancusi, Sculpture For the Blind (1920), along with an “immaterial” version of Wisdom of the Earth (1907). The live work aims to enter into dialogue with the history and legacy of the two Brancusi sculptures through speech, movement, strategies of enactment and politics of embodiment, proposing a less canonical narrative of art history, interrogating modernist constructs, as well as imagining a notion of history in motion, open to change and transformation.
The “immaterial” version of the Wisdom of the Earth sculpture, built from text, will come to life for several hours, updating and entering into dialogue with the gesture of Constantin Brancusi from 1920. The text is a collage consisting of comments made over time, from 1910 to the present, by the public and critics, often contradictory about the sculpture. Wisdom of the Earth responds and speaks “back”. Using Sculpture for the Blind dramaturgy, even if we don’t see it, we will have to listen to what it has to say and how it wants to rewrite history.
A sculpture you don’t see, but you listen to.
Manuel Pelmuș (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He is one of the most influential artists of the “new performance”, being interested in the last decade to reimagine the role of performance in the context of visual arts. In recent years, his projects have been presented at Para Site, Hong Kong (2017 – 2018), Tate Modern, London and Tate Liverpool (2016); Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2016); Off-Biennale Budapest (2015 and 2017); Kyiv Biennale (2015); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2014); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2014); Para Site, Hong Kong (2014); The Venice Biennale (2013), among others. In 2012, he was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for performance arts and the prize for excellence from the National Dance Center of Bucharest in 2014. Starting October 2019, Manuel Pelmus is a “research felow” at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO).

Maria F. Scaroni is a freelance dance artist living in Berlin since 2004. She interprets choreographic works, creates dances and hosts dance workshops. She created and performed works with Jess Curtis, Jeremy Wade, Frank Willens, Tino Sehgal and Vania Rovisco/AADK, among others. Since 2011 Maria collaborates with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods (Until Our Hearts Stop, Sketches/Notebook, Built To Last), sharing with Meg Stuart and part of the Berlin dance community, the commitment to improvisation as a performance event (City Lights, Auf den Tisch!, Politics of Ecstasy). Her choreographic works focus on the process of collaboration, play with durational experiences and are featured by a crossbreeding between performance, choreography and installation. Maria teaches in Berlin’s Universities HZT and Bard College and is involved in independent training programmes (in Berlin, P.O.R.C.H. and ROAR). Since 2017 she is resident choreographer and member of the party collective Lecken Berlin.

Cristina Toma is a freelance actress born and trained in Romania. She believes in the creative and inspiring side of the actor, in openly nurturing her vulnerability and feeding her curiosity, thoughts which drove her to explorations in several domains. Therefore, she collaborated in theatre, movie, dance, performance and translation, for more than 25 years, having projects in Romanian, English, French and Hungarian, which were produced and performed in several European cities and Canada.

A Luxury That We Can Not Afford (Wisdom of the Earth)
Author: Manuel Pelmuș
With: Cristina Toma, Maria F. Scaroni
Production: WASP Studios
Cultural project co-financed by: Romanian Cultural Institute, The Administration of the National Cultural Fund
Project commissioned by Europalia Arts Festival, curator Andreea Căpitănescu, for Brancusi: Sublimation of Form exhibition, at BOZAR, Brussels
Partners: National Geology Museum – Bucharest and Craiova Art Museum

PROGRAM
29 OCT 2019
Craiova Art Museum, Brancusi Hall

12:00 – 14:00 workshop with Manuel Pelmuș, and high-school students from Craiova Art High-School
15:00 – 17:00 ongoing action with Cristina Toma
01,02 NOV 2019
National Geology Museum, Bucharest

13:00 – 15:00 ongoing action with Cristina Toma and Maria F. Scaroni


eXplore festival #14
Producers: 4Culture Association and WASP Studios
Cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund AFCN
The project does not necessarily represent the position of AFCN.
AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. This is entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.
Partners: Balassi Institute – The Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, Brancovenesti Palaces Cultural Center, Geological Institute of Romania – National Museum of Geology, Craiova Art Museum
Media Partners: Radio România Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, Revista ARTA, Designist, Feeder, IQads, România Pozitivă

In the picture: Maria F. Scaroni // Photo credit: Frank Sperling
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Sergiu Matis – Extinction Room (Hopeless.) presented at BOZAR, part of Europalia Arts Festival 2019

Extinction Room (Hopeless.) by Sergiu Matis, commissioned by Europalia Arts Festival Romania,  will be presented  within the exhibition Brancusi – Sublimation of Form at BOZAR, between October 17th and 19th, 2019.
Extinction Room (Hopeless.) is a performative multi-channel sound installation consisting of recordings of extinct and endangered bird species. It explores the idea of nature in western society and its representation in artistic and cultural products, at a time when climate change specialists have given us permission to panic.

The audience will be guided through a soundscape developed in collaboration with composer AGF (aka Antye Greie). The performers will tell the stories of these species as we listen to their calls, cries and songs from the speakers that hang in the space like cages. The birds’ extinction narratives will interweave with their myths. Folk songs and dances will be brought to life. The emotional load – the sorrow – will be augmented by the performer, who will skillfully guide the visitors through these traumatic experiences of loss.

The first research phases of Extinction Room (Hopeless.) were shown in June 2019 at Art Radionica Lazareti in Dubrovnik and in August 2019 at Radialsystem in Berlin. The performance premiered in Bucharest, on 20 and 21st September in the frame of eXplore festival #14. Further presentations took place on September 24 at The International Theater Festival in Piatra Neamt and at Craiova Art Museum on September 27, 2019.
Sergiu Matis is a choreographer born in 1981 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and now living and working in Berlin, Germany. His movement practice “visible thinking body”, a method of thinking the body in motion, forms the base of his performances. Contaminated with ballet techniques at an early age in freshly post-communist Romania, Sergiu now seeks a new virtuosity, learning from machines, scrambling fragments of history, skipping and swiping through archives – both personal or belonging to Western dance history. He writes his own performative texts, choreographing meaning and ideas, flirting with poetry and theory, with a pinch of visceral filth and groovy noises. In Matis’ performance, voices dance as much as bodies do.

Concept and choreography: Sergiu Matis
With: Manon Parent, Sergiu Matis, Martin Hansen

Sound installation and composition: AGF aka Antye Greie
Text: Sergiu Matiș, Mila Pavicevic
Species research: Philip Ingman
Dramaturgy: Mila Pavicevic
Sound: Martin Lutz
Animal recordings from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Xeno-canto Foundation.
Production management: 4Culture Association
Co-financed by The Administration of National Cultural Fund - AFCN, Romanian Cultural Institute, Europalia Arts Festival Brussels.
A Sergiu Matis production, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund Berlin, the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
Co-produced by: 4Culture Association, WASP Studios, ICI-CCN de Montpellier – Occitanie as part of Life Long Burning (LLB) – Towards a sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe, supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Centre of Drama Art Zagreb and Art workshop Lazareti Dubrovnik
Commissioned for Europalia Arts Festival Romania 2019, Performing Arts curator Andreea Capitanescu.
PROGRAM
BOZAR, Rue Ravenstein 23 – 1000 Brussels
OCT 17 – 19, 2019
DEC 12 – 14, 2019
Media partners: Radio România Cultural, Modernism Punct Ro, Zeppelin, ARTA Magazine, Designist, Feeder, IQads, Romania Pozitiva.
Photo credit: Birdcollage1 © Philip Ingman
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Eszter Salamon: Monument 0.8 Manifestations (work in progress)

Explore Festival #14 – Bucharest International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival

13/10/2019 19h30 @WASP Working Art Space and Production
Work in progress / contemporary dance
After talk Eszter Salamon, Marilena Preda-Sânc & guests

MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations, by Eszter Salamon, in collaboration with Marilena Preda Sânc // Contemporary Dance
Aftertalk: Eszter Salamon, Marilena Preda-Sânc & guests

Manifestations is a performative, visual and sound collage that animates an emancipatory space by interweaving traces of the Romanian history of feminism, artistic gestures and female perspectives in the history of painting and traditional music. This choral performance destabilizes not only dominant views on history, but also borders that were built to separate artistic expressions, cultures, nations and identities. As the piece carves out a trans-historical and trans-disciplinary space of memory, a new ecology of relationality appears through a hybrid fabric of political and choreographic movements, creating a new poetic matrix.

Performance art has always sought to unite art and life. How and why is it important to address the marginalized history of feminism in the Romanian and Eastern European context – on the periphery of our collective historical consciousness?

MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations

Concept and artistic direction: Eszter Salamon
Artistic collaboration: Marilena Preda Sanc
Developed with and performed by: Salka Ardal Rosengren, Madalina Dan, Flavia Giurgiu, Corina Mitrovici, Judith State, Ágnes Enyedi
Lights: Sylvie Garot
Technical direction: Rima Ben Brahim
Project assistant: Liza Baliasnaja
Vocal coach: Elena Gheorghe
Research: Valentina Iancu
Production: Studio E.S. / Elodie Perrin, WASP Studios

Commissioned by: Europalia Romania (Brussels), Andreea Capitanescu (curator)
Co-produced by: Europalia Romania (Brussels), Romanian Cultural Institute, Kaaitheater, 4Culture Association
Supported by: Life Long Burning / Creative Europe Programme of The European Union.
Partner: Balassi Institute Bucharest
Special thanks to Lia Perjovschi for her drawing and research «Romanian feminism», Olivia Nitis, Oana Baluta, Maria Balabas
Studio E.S. is supported by the DRAC Ile de France

Eszter Salamon is an artist and performer who lives and works between Paris, Berlin and Brussels. Since 2001, she has been creating solo and group works that have been presented in performing arts venues and festivals throughout the world including Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou Metz, Festival dʼAutomne, Avignon Festival, Ruhrtriennale, Holland Festival, The Kitchen New York, HAU Berlin, Berlin Documentary Forum, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater Brussels, Tanzquartier Wien, Kampnagel Hamburg, steirischer herbst, Dance Triennale Tokyo, Manchester International Festival, Nanterre-Amandiers, FTA Montreal.

She is frequently invited to present her work in museums, including MoMa, Witte de With, Fondation Cartier, Serralves, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Museo Reina Sofia. Her exhibition Eszter Salamon 1949 was presented in 2015 at Jeu de Paume as part of ›Satellite‹ curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez.

Eszter Salamonʼs work revolves around choreography employed as a means of navigating between different media such as sound, text, voice, image, bodily movements and actions. In 2014, she started a series of works exploring both the notion of monument and the practice of speculating on history making.

Eszter Salamon is artist-in-residence at Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers. She is the laureate of the Evens Art Prize 2019.

Marilena Preda Sanc is an interdisciplinary artist, Professor at National University of Arts in Bucharest. From 1980 her work has been presented internationally at museums, festivals, conferences, symposiums, broadcast venues and galleries.

Integrating the traditional forms of art and the new media arts, her art works visualize and investigate the body / mind / soul / behavior in relation to nature and social / political and representational space. Her art work explores the feminism problematic as gender / ageism and woman as leader in an eco-feminism key.

She exhibited her art work in many national and international exhibitions, festivals and took part in residencies (Kulturkontakt Vienna, Franklin Furnace, N.Y.). Her videos, paintings, drawings, installations, interventions on photography are in museums or private collections such as: The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest MNAC; Arhitekturni Muzej Ljubljana; Kunsthalle, Nürnberg; Albertina Art Collections, Vienna.

Photo Credit: Lia Perjovschi

eXplore festival #14

Producers: 4Culture Association and WASP Studios

Cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund – AFCN

The project does not necessarily represent the position of AFCN.
AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. This is entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

Partners: Balassi Institute – The Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, Brancovenesti Palaces Cultural Center, Geological Institute of Romania – National Museum of Geology, Craiova Art Museum

Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, ARTA Magazine, Designist, Feeder, IQads, Romania Pozitiva

 Photo credit: Lia Perjovschi

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Life Long Burning: Alice Feraru, Corina Rafael & Mircea Hristescu

Explore Festival #14 – Bucharest International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival

12.10.2019 // WASP Working Art Space and Production
Mircea Hristescu, Alice Feraru & Corina Rafael
Multimedia installations

Inside out

The series of images represent a large space photographed in different time periods (2017-2019) from opposite viewpoints. The affective approach to a series of images and the mystification of the observing experience encouraged a limitation in the polysemy of the photographs and also the crystallization of a personal narrative that hangs on representations from the field of collective memory (mythology), a narrative that revolves around the motif of twins (double). Inside out emphasizes how nonlinearity of events enhances the need to fix meanings around the image, this process of ordering information manifesting as a defensive mechanism against the threat of everyday chaos. In this case, the image is the window that opens from the outside to the inside. The affective distancing from the images regenerates the perception, bringing a new understanding on photography as a research tool of the knowledge systems.

Alice Feraru (b. 1995) lives in Bucharest where she works as a visual artist using several media: photography, video, drawing, multimedia installation. She started to work predominantly with photography and dynamic image in 2014, once with the admission at the National University of Arts from Bucharest in Photo-Video department, and in 2019 she graduated a master’s programme within the same department. In her artistic practice she combines personal mythologies with interest in topics such as time or memory, focusing on visual language as a mirror of her own affective reality.

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GLITCH No. ∞
Video – object – digital print installation

The title itself refers to an object that is suspended from the coherence of reality. The concept of short circuit becomes a consequence of the failure to identify with the empirical reading of concrete time and space.

An unidentifiable space, at a reasonable scan, becomes a space ready to protect (rescue) personal memory, different sensory impulses that govern our affective existence, allowing it to constantly regenerate.

Mircea Hristescu (n. 1995) lives and works in Bucharest as a visual artist. In 2014, he graduated from Nicolae Tonitza Arts High School, and in 2019 from the National University of Arts, the Department of Photography and Dynamic Image. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions of photography, as well as experimental film, such as: 2019 – DEZARHIVARI, ApArte Gallery in Iasi, a workshop that ended with a collective exhibition, curator Matei Bejenaru; 2018 – The exhibition of the workshop of experimental film Camera Prezenta, coordinated by Lavinia German, as part of the FILM project, curator Matei Bejenaru, at WASP – Working Art Space and Production, Bucharest; Confluențe / Kereszteződések, exhibition: Targu Mures Palace of Culture, K’arte, Casa Bernady, Finish, Balassi Intézet – Bukaresti Magyar Intézet / The Hungarian Institute of Bucharest; Reactor Spălător #2 screening, BITE-SIZED FILM NIGHT, Cluj-Napoca; 2017 – SALT, Bachelor and Master exhibition, FVPCI, Bucharest, BRD Gallery, Scena9.

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The Dirac Equation
Multimedia installation

“If two systems interact with each other for a certain period of time and then are separated, can no longer be described as two separate systems, but somehow, they become a single system. In other words, what happens to one of them continues to influence each other, even if distant miles or light years”.

Starting from Paul Dirac’s equation, the proposed installation addresses the increasingly acute problem of plastic waste pollution, which is a negative impact on both the natural environment and the human life.

The installation becomes a piece of conceptual art with surrealistic valences, which aims to draw the public’s attention to the awareness of the problem of environmental pollution with plastic materials, as well as on the problem of selective collection and recycling of plastic waste.

In her personal body of works, Corina Rafael experiments with different media, using varied knowledge, both empirical and scientific, from the personal “background”, in order to reach final results that contribute to the cultural and spiritual guidance of the public. Major themes that she resorts to and which become recurrent in the concepts of her work works are: orthodoxy, medicine, mathematics, love, psychology (psychoanalysis), tailoring, recycling, architecture. The topics she approaches are of the most varied, with strong personal, experiential, philosophical and intrinsic motivation: the circle, the time, the life and the death, the branches-the-trunk-roots, the problem of “perfection”, the problem of “suicide”, salvation and monasticism, the plastic, the cemetery, the cross, the vertical stripe line, the rose, the wood, the metal, the brick, the light sources, the string, etc. The types of rendering of the final images, especially in painting, experimental short film and photography, are: abstract, abstract- expressionist, strongly conceptual minimalist. Currently she works with painting, photography, film, poetry and installation. Particularly characterized by a pictorial and lyrical aesthetic, her art has the purpose of being a bandage and to awaken and guide the viewer towards cultural depth, truth and spirituality.

Projects developed within Life Long Burning – Towards A Sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe, which sustains the contemporary dance and performance scene in Europe. The multiannual programme is coordinated and implemented by a network of 11 European organizations, associations, companies and production houses: 4Culture (RO), danceWEB (AT), ICI-Center Chorégraphique National De Montpellier (FR), Brain Store Project (BG), NDA Slovenia (SI), Stuk (BE), Tala Dance Center (HR), Uferstudios (DE), Veem House for Performance (NL), Workshop Foundation (HU) and MDT Stockholm (SE).

Life Long Burning – Towards A Sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance is a multi-annual project co-financed by The European Union – Creative Europe Programme and by  by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

eXplore festival #14

Producers: 4Culture Association and WASP Studios
Cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund – AFCN

The project does not necessarily represent the position of AFCN.
AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. This is entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

Partners: Balassi Institute – The Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, Brancovenesti Palaces Cultural Center, Geological Institute of Romania – National Museum of Geology, Craiova Art Museum

Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, ARTA Magazine, Designist, Feeder, IQads, Romania Pozitiva

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Matei Bejenaru: SITUATIONS / Personal performance projects in the public space

12.10.2019 // Brancovenesti Palaces Cultural Center, Mogosoaia
11:00 – 14:00
Lectures and dialogue with the audience
SITUATIONS / Personal performance projects in the public space
Matei Bejenaru

The author will present a series of performative artistic projects realized in the 2000s, focused on the theme of the Romanian migration and the complex consequences on socio-political and cultural levels. Among the projects described, we mention Together, realized in 2007 at Tate Modern, London, Cezme, the Tirana Biennale in 2003, or Strawberry Fields Forever, CCCB Barcelona in 2002.

Matei Bejenaru (b. 1963) is a visual artist and professor of photography and video art at “George Enescu” National University of Arts Iasi. He is the founder and artistic director of Periferic Biennial for Contemporary Art in Iasi (between 1997 and 2008). In his latest projects, through photographs, video and public performances, he examines the politics of representation in documentary photography and film and methods of generation of hybrid art projects at the confluence between visual arts, poetry, experimental music and scientific research.

eXplore festival #14

Producers: 4Culture Association and WASP Studios
Cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund – AFCN

The project does not necessarily represent the position of AFCN.
AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. This is entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

Partners: Balassi Institute – The Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, Brancovenesti Palaces Cultural Center, Geological Institute of Romania – National Museum of Geology, Craiova Art Museum

Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, ARTA Magazine, Designist, Feeder, IQads, Romania Pozitiva

Photo credit: Matei Bejenaru, Strawberry Fields Forever, performance, eBent Festival, CCCB Barcelona (E), curator: Maria Cosmes, 2002

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Veda Popovici: Body in Adversity / Performance lecture

eXplore festival #14 – Bucharest International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival

▪️ 11.10.2019 // WASP Working Art Space and Production, Bucharest
19:30 – 20:30
Veda Popovici: Corp în adversitate / Body in Adversity
Performance lecture

Body in Adversity investigates the production conditions and effects of a performance series which took place within some feminist protests from 2011 until today, like Harmless Nature (SlutWalk 2011), On March 8 We Fight (March 8 feminist, 2016) or Drill (Black Protest 2016). Initiated / created by Veda Popovici, the performances have been developed as a response to the local and international feminist movements’ needs involving dozens of activists, artists and solidary people, and proposed a collective, radical and unapologetic embodiment of a feminist perspective, anchored in the local and regional context.

Body in Adversity proposes the articulation of a methodology for this type of an activist/artistic feminist performance, intersecting critical theory, social movements study, feminist theory, performative and artistic methods, iconological and aesthetical analysis. Part of the questions Body in Adversity searches answers for is: how were non-artists involved in the production of the pieces? To what extent has the chosen aesthetics distanced or attracted the audience from the theme represented? What kind of experience did the participants have in the performances? When is it appropriate to include a performance in a protest and when not?

Veda Popovici works as a political artist, engaged theorist and local activist. Her interests permeate these fields of action focusing on decolonial and feminist practices and the material possibilities of creating the commons. Her political work develops on housing struggles and communitarian organizing as part of Macaz cooperative, the Common Front for Housing Rights and the Gazette of Political Art. After finishing her PhD on nationalism in Romanian art of the 1980s, she has taught classes on decolonial thought, nationalism and feminist theory at the National University of Arts in Bucharest and at the University of California Santa Cruz. She is based in Bucharest.

Photo credits: Grigore Popescu

A project developed within Life Long Burning – Towards A Sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe, which sustains the contemporary dance and performance scene in Europe. The multiannual programme is coordinated and implemented by a network of 11 European organizations, associations, companies and production houses: 4Culture (RO), danceWEB (AT), ICI-Center Chorégraphique National De Montpellier (FR), Brain Store Project (BG), NDA Slovenia (SI), Stuk (BE), Tala Dance Center (HR), Uferstudios (DE), Veem House for Performance (NL), Workshop Foundation (HU) and MDT Stockholm (SE).

Life Long Burning – Towards A Sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance is a multi-annual project co-financed by The European Union – Creative Europe Programme.

eXplore festival #14

Producers: 4Culture Association and WASP Studios
Cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund – AFCN

The project does not necessarily represent the position of AFCN.
AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. This is entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

Partners: Balassi Institute – The Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, Brancovenesti Palaces Cultural Center, Geological Institute of Romania – National Museum of Geology, Craiova Art Museum

Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, ARTA Magazine, Designist, Feeder, IQads, Romania Pozitiva

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A Luxury That We Can Not Afford (Wisdom of the Earth) by Manuel Pelmus, premiered today, October 8, at BOZAR, part of Europalia Arts Festival 2019

4Culture Association and WASP Studios are delighted to announce the premiere of A Luxury That We Can Not Afford (Wisdom of the Earth), the newest creation of Manuel Pelmus, one of the most influential artists of the so-called New Performance Turn, in the frame of Europalia Arts Festival Romania 2019.

A Luxury That We Can Not Afford (Wisdom of the Earth) is an intangible, live version of Brancusisculpture Wisdom of the Earth. The ongoing action proposes another kind of relation to history, collective memory and to the exhibition space from Tuesday 8 October, to Saturday 12 October,  starting 14h30, at the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels – BOZAR, on the occasion of Brancusi: Sublimation of Form exhibition.

The art work will continue it’s European tour in Romania, and it will be presented in the frame of eXplore festival #14, at Craiova Art Museum  on October 29 and 30, and on November 1st and 2nd, 2019 at The National Museum of Geology in Bucharest.

A Luxury That We Can’t Afford (Wisdom of the Earth) starts from a less-known sculpture of Constantin Brancusi, Sculpture For the Blind (1920), along with an “immaterial” version of Wisdom of the Earth (1907). The live work aims to enter into dialogue with the history and legacy of the two Brancusi sculptures through speech, movement, strategies of enactment and politics of embodiment, proposing a less canonical narrative of art history, interrogating modernist constructs, as well as imagining a notion of history in motion, open to change and transformation.

In a dark room, the “immaterial” version of the Wisdom of the Earth sculpture, built from text, will come to life for several hours, updating and entering into dialogue with the gesture of Constantin Brancusi from 1920. The text is a collage consisting of comments made over time, from 1910 to the present, by the public and critics, often contradictory about the sculpture.Wisdom of the Earth responds and speaks “back”. Using Sculpture for the Blind dramaturgy, even if we don’t see it, we will have to listen to what it has to say and how it wants to rewrite history. A sculpture you don’t see, but you listen to.

The project is supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute, within the Europalia Arts Festival 2019, and co-financed by AFCN – The Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

Manuel Pelmuș (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest.  He is one of the most influential artists of the “new performance”, being interested in the last decade to reimagine the role of performance in the context of visual arts. In recent years, his projects have been presented at Para Site, Hong Kong (2017 – 2018), Tate Modern, London and Tate Liverpool (2016); Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2016); Off-Biennale Budapest (2015 and 2017); Kyiv Biennale (2015); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2014); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2014); Para Site, Hong Kong (2014); The Venice Biennale (2013), among others. In 2012, he was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for performance arts and the prize for excellence from the National Dance Center of Bucharest in 2014. Starting October 2019, Manuel Pelmus is a “research felow” at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO).Author: Manuel Pelmuș
With: Cristina Toma, Maria F. Scaroni
Production: WASP Studios
Co-financed by: Romanian Cultural Institute, The Administration of the National
Cultural Fund, Romania, Europalia Arts Festival
Commissioned by: EUROPALIA Arts Festival, curator Andreea Căpitănescu, for “Brancusi:
Sublimation of Form” at BOZAR Brussels
Partners: National Geology Museum – Bucharest and Craiova Art Museum
PROGRAM
BOZAR, Rue Ravenstein 23 – 1000 Brussels
OCT 8 – 12, 2019 14h30 – 16h30
JAN 23 – 25, 2020 14h30 – 16h30

Craiova Art Museum, Calea Unirii 15, Craiova
OCT 29 – 30, 2019 15h00 – 17h00

National Geology Museum, Kiseleff 2, Bucharest
NOV 01 – 02, 2019 13h00 – 15h00
In the picture: Maria F. Scaroni // Photo credit: Frank Sperling
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