04 -07 Novenber 2018
Novi Sad, Serbia
Especially the collaboration and the knowledge sharing with AIR-programmes and organizations along the Danube (in the Danube region) should be pushed systematically. During the development the organizer of the event - Novi Sad 2021 Foundation would like to focus on best practices and European models to design "Plants AiR" in an optimal way both on the conceptual and the practical level.
Foundation expects the planing Danube AiR session of the conference to be an intensive workshop looking for answers to concrete questions and discussing them with selected experienced AiR-partners from the region (DE, AT, SK, HU, RO, RS, BG). Therefore, a detailed programme and a catalogue with topics and questions will be prepared far ahead. As a result is intended edition of an AiR guideline for further programme development.
Clara Herrmann - Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany
Nicole Marjanović , KulturKontakt Austria
Sergiu Vasilov AiR Port Cultural Cetate, Romania
Culture & Energy Presentation
The organizers and speakers in the meeting
Novi Sad - European Capital of Culture in 2021
“The Hammock and the song-lines – L’Amaca e le vie dei canti”
Workshop day, event and exhibition
Maria Chiara Calvani, artist
Resident in 2017
12 -13 May 2018
Boris Hristov Bulgarian Institute, Rome, Italy
Cultural House of Straklevo village, Bulgaria
A photographic story: an installation of photographic documentation (in form of a book) that tells about the relations with Straklevo’s community during the time of the Maria Calvani's artistic residence. A story about her meetings with the inhabitants of Straklevo and its landscapes.
Will be installed in the Bulgarian Institute park. The project she made during the C&E residency, was to continue an ongoing artistic process based on the realization of an hammock with the contribute of inhabitant, particularly involving the community of the village. Maria traveled around Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Romania, Macedonia and Turkey, meeting people from those places, learning different approach and techniques and collecting thread of rope to use for knit. The experience of knitting, coincided with the experience of listening people singing ancient songs from their culture during their domestic practices.
A film (duration 60 min.) titled: “My home your home”, made with the collaboration of Straklevo’s inhabitants. This video will be projected inside the Bulgarian Institute.
Spain (from) Outside
Prof. John Howard - photography
Plamen Yordanov - painting, photo collage
Hristiyana Stomonyakova - curator
15 January - 10 February 2018
Mane Art Center, Fuerteventura,
Canary Islands, Spain
In this exhibition, two international artists meditate on aspects of Spanish culture and environment from their distinctive vantage point as outsiders.
Bulgarian painter Plamen Yordanov takes the surreal landscapes of Canary Islands as a starting point for reflection on theirs geopolitical position as both peripheral to mainland Spain (España peninsular) and absolutely central to its maritime imperial and natural histories. Over the course of repeated residencies, he has crafted a unique vision of cultural comparison, and exploration.
British-American photographer John Howard, based in Valencia, illuminates surreptitious cultures of cruising (zonas cruising) to probe climatic advantages encouraging outdoor sex, nudism, and the eroticization of landscape. Shot on recognized holy days, at locations across Spain, the images are offered as praise for the unorthodox, a blessing on the lapsed, and an affirmation of alternative practices over established traditions.
Working from outside-in, approaching Spanish cultures and climes with respectful attentiveness, these two artists complicate dichotomies of mainstream and margin, hinterland and capital, byway and intersection, as they insist upon more complicated reckonings with power and fringes.
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