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IIlg?n Seymen, G?k?e S?vari, Mehmet Dere, Selda Asal, Suat ???t, Zeyno Pek?nl?, HaZaVuZu (G?nes Terkol, Sukru Ozgur Erkok, Zeynep Beler)

May 10 - 15, 2011

public presentation
May 10, 2011 - 6 PM
Center for Contemporary Art - The Ancient Bath

"Illuminations: A Theory of Writing
presentation by Gita Hashemi (Toronto/Canada)
May 11, 2011 - 6 PM
Academy of Music, Dance and Arts – Concert hall

"Cut the Flow"
public intervention by HaZaVuZu Istanbul
May 13, 2011 - 5 PM
meeting point: Dzhumaya square

Taking place in 5 destinations (Istanbul, Plovdiv, Athens, Skopje, Prishtina) RE_LOCATE aims to address the historical fact of compulsory population exchanges in the Balkan region, which took place between two world wars and after, changing borders and possibilities to create new bonds through artistic dialogue. The shared history within the chosen regions; Istanbul (Turkey), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Athens (Greece), Skopje (Macedonia) and Prishtina (Kosovo) provides a basis to establish a mutual platform to research both about common history and develop a cultural understanding on various levels.
The conceptual framework of RE_LOCATE was developed by Apartment Project Istanbul and is divided into two parts: in the first phase the artsits undertake a collective exercise by travelling by bus and train through the Balkans. An experimental workshop involving different ideas emanating from the collective, different experiences brought on by being together and sharing, various narratives using different materials and drawings, photographs, videos, texts and talks produced in places visited. The second phase of the project will be hosted by Apartment Project in Istanbul in July 2011 with resident artists from countries visited: Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and Kosovo. Finally an exhibition will be realized in Istanbul as a collateral event of the 12th Istanbul Biennial in September and October 2011. Thus RE_LOCATE project endeavors to establish a cultural network on contemporary arts and series of art events to facilitate awareness in the region.

Gita Hashemi
Artist, curator and writer, Gita Hashemi works with a diverse range of creative/critical strategies including media, installation, performance, intervention and publishing. She has worked extensively in collaborative, networked and participatory contexts using different media including digital text, still and moving image, sound and code. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany, Palestine, Argentina, Thailand, Italy, Poland, Spain and Armenia.

Project partners: Apartment Project Istanbul, Art Today Association Plovdiv, Nova Melanchoia Athens, Line Initiative Skopje, Stacion - Centre for Contemporary Art Prishtina

Supported by European Comission - Program Culture


Art Today Association presents
STROMORCHESTER (Cologne, Munich)
Surprise Symphony

Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 7.30 PM
Roman Stadium, Dzhumaja Square, Plovdiv

Not to awake, but to surprise the audience, this was the real purpose of Joseph Haydn?s Symphony No. 94 G-Dur, composed during his stay in London in the year 1791.
220 years later and amplified by 220 volts the 1st German Stromorchester suprises with it?s "Symphony with the Symphony-with-the-drumbeat". To pay tribute to Joseph Haydn as THE master of his genre means also to acknowledge a composer, who was driven by the idea of constant innovation. And this drive would certainly be an electrified one, if Haydn would have been born only a little later.
The consistent development of the classical symphony orchestra on an electronic basis is the leitmotif of the German Stromorchester. The musicians perform on electrically powered devices in the strength of an 'A' orchestra, to stay within classical categories. 127 devices are synchronized and tuned in groups of 7 players. Each unit is treated and used as a musical instrument.
Stromorchester: Rochus Aust, Markus Aust, Fosco Perinti, Florian Zwissler, Heinz Friedl

The concert takes place in frame of the "German Street Festival 2011" in Plovdiv. The musical program includes concerts of Doreen Kutzke (Berlin) and Duo Stumpf (Cologne).

Main institutional partners: German Embassy Sofia, German Honorary Consulate Plovdiv, Municipality Plovdiv, Robert Bosch Foundation, Kunststiftung NRW, Lufthansa Technik


Art Today Association

Oberhausen on tour 2011
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
Film screening

March 12 and 13, 2011 – starting from 7.30 PM
Club BASQUIAT, Gladston Str. 1, Plovdiv

Magnus B?rt?s, Seoungho Cho, Shalimar Preuss, Hannaleena Hauru, Matteo Garig, Susan Turcot, Laure Prouvost, Jeanne Faust, Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Eitan Efrat, Yael Bartana, Julia Oschatz, Alexia Walther, Maxime Matray T, Mounira al Solh

In collaboration with Goethe-Institute Bulgaria.

ataArt Today Association
Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv
The Ancient Bath

Call for entries
8th Art Positiv: ELASTICITY

In spring 2011 Art Today Association will host the 8th issue of its annual show „Art Positive“. The aim of this project is to provide a platform for Plovdiv based contemporary artists. This year?s edition is titled „Elasticity“. We will be looking forward to hearing your ideas and projects in accordance with the described concept in the following formats: doc, pdf, CD, jpg, DVD until March 5th, 2011.

Concept: Mariya Andreeva
By de?nition, elasticity is the ability of a body to stretch, deform, expand and shrink,
and somehow once again to regain its original shape. Welcoming someone?s smile we
never have in mind the elastic property of our skin, although thanks to it we can also
respond with a smile. This unique feature explaines countless phenomena of our
everyday life, as well as abstract concepts such as the dissimilar sense of passing time
while waiting for a train during a warm summer or a cold winter. In economics we talk
about price elasticity of demand and supply, which helps to achieve market equilibrium.
In theoretical physics and so-called string theory it is referred to as elastic universe and
in music we have resonance. Elasticity plays a major role in architecture, mathematics,
medicine, history, choreography, chemistry, anthropology, geology, politics, etc. The
theme conveys a dialogue between different disciplines in the context of the metaphor
as an instrument of contemporary art.

Possible working parameters:
reaction, deformation, adaptation, contraction, symmetry, stability

Material science terms:
modulus of elasticity (in pascals), voltage (in pascals), strength
of materials

Socially relevant topics:
opportunism, human & self design

ataArt Today Association
Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv
The Ancient Bath

shortfilmlivemusic: reconstructing Mahler
a vision?s gleaming sounds

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 – 8 PM. at Klub Basquiat, Gladston Str. 1, Plovdiv

shortfilmlivemusic is a unique film concert experience. Both, short film and experimental music get a chance to enthuse new target groups. Based on the themes of Gustav Mahler’s music the band will develop one-of-a-kind adaptations full of improvisatory joy of playing and modern sounds letting the ageless music of Mahler shine in new splendour.

Free entrance
Kindly supported by Goethe-Institute Bulgaria and Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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Annual edition of the Week of Contemporary Art:

Art Positive:

Communication Front- new media art and theory

Critique of Pure Image – Between Fake and Quotation


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