First edition of Bucharest Arts and Public Space Festival starts on 15th of December 2018!

4Culture Association, in partnership with WASP Studios, launches the first edition of Bucharest Arts and Public Space Festival, which will take place from 15th till 19th of December at WASP Working Art Space and Production and Galateca Gallery in Bucharest.

„The increasing of the social dynamics, as a result of people’s mobility and the new urban contemporary communities, brings also a lack of knowledge about what our cities can offer, their history and potential for every citizen or tourist. During the first edition of Bucharest Arts and Public Space Festival, artists from Romania, Germany, USA and Belgium are invited to bring a contemporary view on urban space, starting with the cultural heritage – monuments, statues, parks, public gardens, through an artistic approach, including performances, installations and workshops”, declares Andreea Capitanescu, 4Culture artistic director.The festival will start on 15th and 16th of December at 19:00, with Duet-C Eliade, a participative performance in which the belgian artists Roel Heremans creates choreographic mental experiences using abstracts properties of the medium radio. He uses location-specific, architectural patterns to create temporary spaces in which sound stimulates thought processes and changes visual perception. Heremans examines how a system of collective thinking relates to the specific place in which that system is located. For Bucharest Art and Public Space, Roel delved into the late philosophical works of Mircea Eliade and developed an interactive imagining choreography that deals with Eliade’s idea of cyclical time. During the festival you will be able to experience his participatory-performative work for 2 up to 8 people at a time.

In Body and architecture in the urban space, the video-sound installation signed by Maria Balabaș and Andreea Căpitănescu, the city is highlighted through the sonorous presence of the body-object, a critical observer of the events and passing time.
Voices from the archive of the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation, published by Casa Radio is a performative sound installation, in which Maria Balabaș searched a narrative thread through texts and vocal timbres, for a common element – a phrase, a verse or a memory. The sound performance was born from all those meetings put together: Ana Blandiana, Eugen Ionesco, Nina Cassian, George Coșbuc, George Bacovia, Alexandru Phillipide, Henriete Yvonne Stahl, Ion Caraion, Maria Banuș, Mariana Marin, Șerban Foarță, Mihail Sadoveanu etc etc. In a moment when we don’t know whom to consider a moral and artistic landmark, this incursion in the sonorous archive of the national radio, functions as well as a remembering process, identity reconstruction and inspiration.

On Monday, 17th of December, at Galateca Gallery, Michael Douglas Kollectiv & Dana Caspersen invites participants to join a new kind of public interaction to examine the question: How do we as individuals impact the level of violence in the world? During The Exchange performance, participants move through a terrain of action that is brought to life by their motion and is shaped by their experience and beliefs. The performance utilize simple physical actions, such as walking, gesturing, and physical imagination as tools of exchange for engaging in this collective examination.

The Romanian artist Sergiu Matiș, who lives and performs in Berlin, will present on 18th of December at WASP Working Art Space and Production, the solo performance Nocturne for broken vocal cords. Nocturne for broken vocal cords is part of Sergiu Matis’s Noise Nocturnes, a series of performances and texts that revisit the romantic genre in its fascination for the night and darkness, imitating nature of recycled texts spoken at high speed or shouted, constitute the dense score of the nocturne. Choreographic tools applied to movement and voice make navigation possible through the overload of glitches and fragmented moves and sounds, by supporting chaos with coherence.

In Listening to Sculptures, the photo-video installation, presented on 19th of December starting 7:30 p.m., at WASP – Working Art Space and Production, Călin Dan and Iosif Király (subREAL) are acting like two reporters armed with microphones, headsets and a recording camera, who interrogates figurative public forum monuments. The performative dimension of the entire Interviewing the Cities project is exaggerated through this series, which poses in a critical light both the public forum sculpture, and the mass-media standing in the contemporary culture. At WASP, SubREAL will bring to attention the process of starting the project, presenting different work steps alongside with pieces that became iconic through years, but also some making off images, documenting photography of the photographic process.
The project 2565 main [Relative Position], produced by 4Culture and WASP Studios is a collaboration between the visual artist Ciprian Ciuclea and the composer Cătălin Crețu, designed as a multimedial space with 3 combined video projections and the sound generated by a mathematical algorithm. The installation will be presented at WASP, on Wednesday, 19th of December, starting 7:30 p.m.
During the festival, there will be presented a series of multimedia installations produced by 4Culture Association and WASP Studios in 2018, and also a contemporary design workshop coordinated by Simana Filat, designer, recently awarded by the Union of Fine Artists in Romania. The workshop is dedicated to high-school students and will take place in the artist’s studio.
Free access at all the festival’s events.
Venue addresses:
WASP – Working Art Space and Production – 67-93 Ion Minulescu Street, district 3, Bucharest
GALATECA Galerry – 2 – 4 C. A. Rosetti Street, district 1, Bucharest***
Bucharest Arts and Public Space Festival Program
15.12.2018, WASP – Working Art Space and Production

19:00 – 20:30
▪ Duet C – Eliade // Roel Heremans (BE)
▪ Body and architecture in the urban space // Maria Balabaș, Andreea Căpitănescu (RO)
live sound performance sonor live with Maria Balabaș, video-sound installations16.12.2018, WASP – Working Art Space and Production
19:00 – 20:30
▪ Duet C – Eliade // Roel Heremans (BE)
▪ Body and architecture in the urban space // Maria Balabaș, Andreea Căpitănescu (RO)
video-sound installations

17.12.2018, Galateca Gallery
20:00 – 21:00
▪ The Exchange // M & D Kollectiv & Dana Caspersen (DE/USA)
performance18.12.2018, Simina FILAT Design Studio
15:00 – 17:00
▪ Contemporary design workshop with Simina Filat for high-school students19:30, WASP – Working Art Space and Production
▪ Nocturne for broken vocal cords // Sergiu Matiș (RO/DE)
▪ Multimedia installations – 4Culture & WASP Studios productions

19.12.2018, WASP – Working Art Space and Production
19:30 – 21:00

▪ Listening to Sculptures // subREAL (Călin Dan and Iosif Király)
photo-video installation
▪ 2565 main [Relative Position] // Ciprian Ciuclea and Cătălin Crețu
▪ Multimedia installations – 4Culture & WASP Studios productions***Event organized in the frame of „Bucharest Arts and Public Space”.
A cultural project financed by the Municipality of Bucharest, through The Administration of Monuments and Touristic Heritage.

Producer: 4Culture Association
Co-producer: WASP Studios
Partners: The Order of Architects in Romania – Bucharest Branch, National Heritage Institute, Galateca Gallery
Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, Arta Magazine, Feeder