THE LINES OF MOVEMENT: TBILISI, YEREVAN, KIEV, CHISINAU, November 3-11, 2014

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The Lines of Movement: Tbilisi, Yerevan, Kiev, Chisinau
November 3-11, 2014


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THE LINES OF MOVEMENT: TBILISI, YEREVAN, KIEV, CHISINAU

November 3-11, 2014

The program:
Monday, November 3, 2014
7 pm – curators talk Zagreb, Institute for Contemporary Art

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Morning – individual Zagreb culture tour (SC, Nova gallery, Pogon, MSU)
Afternoon – City walk with Saša Šimpraga (New Zagreb)

Tuesday November 11 , 2014
6pm – LOCAL MODERNITIES: Modern Architecture of Soviet Armenia, a lecture by Ruben Arevshatyan @ Zagreb Faculty of Arhitecture

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The SPACES project, final event (presentations, talks, city tours)

Following the research on the self-organized art scenes in the post-Soviet Europe, which took place within the framework of the international project SPACES during last three years, the Slobodne veze//Loose Associations are hosting a public talk with the curators from the four cities mentioned above. The event is taking place on Monday 03/11/ 2014 at the SCCA Zagreb, starting at 7pm.

The SPACES project was a three-year attempt to link the new artistic and activist initiatives in the four post-Soviet republics, which had several objectives: strengthening the independent cultural actors and supporting their work through the implementation of a number of context specific projects in the urban (public) space. A great deal of their activities has been related to the recent urban struggles against the appropriation of what used to be a common space by the private capital in conjuction with the city or state neo-liberal policies. When addressing the Soviet context and its heritage, the public space concept needs to be re-examined.

“The notion of the public sphere, as elaborated in western European and Anglo-American academic discourses, has been largely associated with the emergence of liberalism and civil society. Even those theories that critique Jürgen Habermas’s notion of the public sphere for its ignorance of the politics of exclusion and inclusion, nevertheless rely on the notion of the public sphere as an arena in which identity finds representation: the public sphere here is constituted as a battleground for recognition and representation of identities within the already established structures of legitimization. Developed in radically different circumstances from those of Western Europe and North America, in countries where state socialism prevailed, the notion of the public sphere calls for a different conception and identification with the state.” (Angela Harutynyan)

In the framework of Zagreb meeting the emphasis will be on examining the status of the (in)dependent cultural associations “from self-organization to institutionalization”, their achievements and limitations, as well as the impact of the alternative education (self-knowledge) on the recent artistic practices in the respective countries. It will also introduce three residential programs: in Tbilisi (Geo Air residency program), Yerevan (NEST Residency Program) and Chisinau (CHIOSC residency program). The aim of this meeting is to exchange knowledge and to connect Zagreb cultural workers and those from the two Caucasian republics of Armenia and Georgia as well as Ukraine and Moldova.

As part of the program, two publications developed during the SPACES project will be presented:

- SPACES: Cultural Public Sphere in Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova (Edited by Nataša Bodrožić & Nini Palavandishvili, Verlag Bibliothek der Provinz, 2014)

- Imagining the PUBLIC: Independent Cultural Scenes in Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova (Edited by Nataša Bodrožić in cooperation with Kateryna Botanova, Nini Palavandishvili, Nora Galfayan, Vladimir Us, SPACES, 2014)

The Zagreb program guests: Taguhi Torosyan, Nvard Yerkanian, Utopiana.am / NEST- Yerevan / Armenia Nini Palavandishvili, Sophia Lapiashvili, GeoAIR- Tbilisi / Georgia Anna Pohribna Foundation Center for Contemporary Art, Kiev / UKRAINE Vladimir Us, OBERLIHT / CHIOSC, Chisinau / REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

The special emphasis of the Zagreb SPACES programme will also be on the architectural heritage of the Socialist Modernism, the topic of continuous engagement of the Slobodne veze / Loose Associations and their collaborators / Motel TROGIR team. The Modern Zagreb Guided City Tours by Saša Šimpraga will constitute a special part of the program.

The SPACES project is a three years long collaborative platform between GeoAIR in Tbilisi, Utopiana. am in Yerevan, Foundation Center for Contemporary art in Kiev, Oberliht in Chisinau, Slobodne veze in Zagreb, Amour Fou in Luxembourg, OIKODROM in Vienna: http://www.spacesproject.net

– The SPACES project is funded by the European Commission through the Eastern Partnership Program – SPACES / Lines of Movement program in Zagreb was supported by the Ministry of Culture.

– Special thanks to Janka Vukmir/SCCA for hosting the Zagreb programme.

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