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Week of Contemporary Art

Art. No Borders. Plovdiv.

September 1 – September 30, 2019

Center for Contemporary Art “The Ancient Bath” & SKLAD

Curators: Ilina Koralova and Emil Mirazchiev

Participants: Stoyan Dechev, FAMED, Nadia Genova, Mariko Hori, Sevdalina Kotchevska, Taus Makhacheva, Emil Mirazchiev, Benedikt Partenheimer, Nia Pushkarova, Delphine Reist, Ute Richter, Julian Rosefeldt, scenocosme, 7+1 Group (Yohannes Artinyan, Pantcho Kurtev, Ilko Nikolchev, Kamen Tsvetkov), Venelin Schurelov, Bill Viola
Kusama: Infinity, 2018, documentary film directed by Heather Lenz

This project is part of the official program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019

Art. No Borders. Plovdiv. is the exhibition with which the Week of Contemporary Art celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Art knows no borders and is open to everyone – this is what world-renowned artists, among them indisputable stars from Europe, the USA, and Japan, will show us as they gather in Plovdiv to offer the public a powerful encounter with contemporary art.

The artists will draw our attention to current topics that affect all of humanity, without exception: the exhaustion of natural resources, the ever more frequent natural disasters which have become a constant threat for the world, and the fragility of both human life and that of the planet.

The fundamental questions that the exhibition poses through the works of the artists are: who are we, the people of the 21st century; where are we going; and are we capable of sacrificing part of our present comfort in order to preserve civilization for future generations? The central theme – and the starting point – is, of course, the art itself and its undeniable capacity to touch us emotionally and intellectually. Is it also capable of mobilizing separate individuals and entire societies to undertake action in this moment that is exceptionally important, even critical, for humanity?

The exhibition will present works that captivate the senses and the imagination, executed in diverse artistic media – photography, video, film, installations, sculptures. Works already presented in international forums like the biennials in Venice, Liverpool, and Moscow will be shown along with extensive new productions created especially for the Week of Contemporary Art.

Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019 presents the ideal framework for the exhibition, which is a part of the program of the ECC. The city and its artistic scene are connected with a global cultural network. And the Week of Contemporary Art “celebrates” art, which crosses all barriers and speaks in a universal language.

Special presentation:
KUSAMA: INFINITY, 2018, doc. film, directed by Heather Lenz
September 3, 7:00 p.m., Lucky Cinema

Exhibitions hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 12:30 АM – 6:30 PM

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ataDigital Dramatizations: Ecologies from the Future

Fold II of Digital Ecologies: an international exhibition project in two folds

across two exhibition venues, the Center for Contemporary Art ‘Ancient Bath’ (6th September Str. 179) and the former tobacco warehouse SKLAD (Ekzarh Yosif Str. 16) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

With works on display and interventions by Donatella Bernardi, Ursula Biemann, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Johanna Bruckner, Sarah Burger, Delphine Chapuis Schmitz, Valko Chobanov, Voin de Voin & Marie Civikov, Jonas Etter, Anne-Laure Franchette, Monica Ursina J?ger, Stefanie Knobel, Marlene Maier, Boyan Manchev with Ani Vaseva and Leonid Yovchev (Metheor), Emil Mirazchiev, Uriel Orlow, Ursula Palla, Louren?o Penagui?o Soares, Elodie Pong, Oliver Ressler, Tabita Rezaire, Dorothea Rust, Elza Sile, Kerstin Schroedinger, Pascal Schwaighofer, Venelin Shurelov, Sandro Steudler, Kamen Stoyanov, Milva Stutz, Katharina Swoboda, Una Szeemann / Bohdan Stehlik, Riikka Tauriainen, Lena Maria Th?ring, Alexander Tucha?ek, Borjana Ventzislavova, and Martina-Sofie Wildberger

with interventions and talks by the philosophers Boyan Manchev, Stanimir Panayotov, and Gerald Raunig

Curated by Dimitrina Sevova

Austrian participation co-curated by Katharina Swoboda

with organizational support from Emil Mirazchiev

04 May to 30 June 2019

Opening of the project Digital Ecologies:
Saturday 04 May 2019 (Ancient Bath, then SKLAD)

16:00h Doors open at the two venues

Ancient Bath

16:00h Dorothea Rust, performative intervention L’animoteur 9 — selfie or I am donkey and cacti

17:00h Welcome and introduction by Dimitrina Sevova, curator of the project, and Emil Mirazchiev, director of Art Today, organizer of the project, at Center for Contemporary Art ‘Ancient Bath’

SKLAD: the evening program continues

19:00h Boyan Manchev, public lecture The New Athanor, or Philosophy for the Future Nature, accompanied by a performance by Metheor (Ani Vaseva, Boyan Manchev and Leonid Yovchev), Theater of the Elements. A Diptych by Metheor
20:00 Short break
20:15 Gerald Raunig, talk One More Ecology, Futureless, but a Present Out of Joint
21:15 Discussion between Boyan Manchev, Gerald Raunig and the audience
21:45 Short break
22:00h Voin de Voin & Marie Civikov, performance Extinction Rebellion, 20?

The symposium, curated by Dimitrina Sevova, takes place in conjunction with the exhibition project Digital Ecologies and gives further insight and context on the works on display. It is a non-academical collection of events, performances, interventions, talks and discussions aimed at sharing knowledge and non-knowledge of eco-logic and aesthetic experience in togetherness with the audience.

Public Symposium in conjunction with the project Digital Ecologies:
Sunday 05 May 2019 at the former tobacco warehouse SKLAD (evening program at Ancient Bath)

SKLAD: Morning Session
10:30 Doors open, coffee
11:00 Introduction by Dimitrina Sevova, curator of the project
11:15 Artistic interventions by Milva Stutz, My Dear Lover, Elodie Pong, Paradise Paradox, and Borjana Ventzislavova, Magic Resistance
12:45 Short break
13:00 Discussion between the artists and the audience
13:30 Lunch break

SKLAD: Afternoon Session
15:30 Pascal Schwaighofer, performance-lecture &Absence&Abstinence
16:00 Venelin Shurelov, Presentation on Body Hacking
17:00 Luchezar Boyadjiev, talk The Anthropocene as a Prolonged-Release Anthropogenesis
17:45 Discussion between the artists and the audience
18:15 Short break
18:30 Kerstin Schroedinger, performance Matters of Practices/Actions/Doings, 25?, followed by screening of 16mm film by the artist, Fugue, 2015, 8?
19:15 Short Break
19:30 Uriel Orlow, lecture-performance Grey, Green, Gold, 25?, followed by discussion with the artist
20:15 Dinner break

Ancient Bath: Evening Program
21:30 Stefanie Knobel, performance A manifestation for the quasi-public

Public Symposium in conjunction with the project Digital Ecologies:
Monday 06 May 2019 at the former tobacco warehouse SKLAD

10:30 Doors open, coffee
11:00 Artistic interventions by Louren?o Soares, Jonas Etter, Elza Sile
12:30 Discussion between the artists and the audience
13:00 Donatella Bernardi, performance A suit made out of galactic towel followed by discussion with the audience
14:00 Lunch break
15:30 Oliver Ressler, talk Gathering around the Wreckage
16:30 Short break
16:45 Stanimir Panayotov, talk Disembodiment: The Future of Nature
17:30 Discussion with Oliver Ressler, Stanimir Panayotov and the audience
18:00 Short break
18:15 Alexander Tucha?ek, performance-lecture paradise now – Echos from the Future
19:00 Dorothea Rust, performative urban intervention L’animoteur 8 — selfie or I am donkey, continued, starting at SKLAD, and the artist will lose herself in the public space of Plovdiv

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