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FAÇADE VIDEO FESTIVAL

09. – 13. September 2011

“Façade” is an international festival of video art, organized by Art Today Association and hold annually in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The films from the competition program together with some video installations will be projected on the façades of different buildings in the Old City of Plovdiv, in the period from 9th until 13th September from 21:00 until 22:30.
“Façade Video Festival” enjoys particular popularity in Bulgaria and abroad, although it is only the second time it has been held. The competent international jury selected 93 short films by 83 artists from 24 countries among the great number of candidates. This year we have participants from all over Europe, as well as from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, North Korea, and Taiwan. “Façade” has no particular requirements to the themes or the genres of the films, but it attempts to promote young artists throughout the world, who work with experimental and art films. The open space becomes active, the façades become alive and thus the festival looks for points of intersection between architecture, visual arts and urban environment.

With the kind support of the Foundation America for Bulgaria, Municipality of Plovdiv, Goethe Institute Bulgaria, Foundation Robert Bosch and the media partners BNT Plovdiv, Katra FM and Radio Plovdiv.

For more information, the list of the participants, an archive, and contacts:
www.facade.arttoday.org

Program

Friday, 09. 09. 2011.

20:30 – Cocktail opening of the festival, Lapidarium (next to the Balabanov House)
21:00 – Start of the screenings

Alles in Ordnung (Everything’s Fine) – Verena Seibt and Clea Stracke, Germany 2010
Without title– Christian Eisenberger, Germany, 2010
Stone Scissors Paper – Sylvia Nicolaides, Cyprus, 2010
Electric Garden – Micheline Dorucher, Canada, 2009
I Am – Sylvia Nicolaides, Cyprus, 2009
Without title (Jona) – Andreas Schneider, Germany, 2008
The Steamroller and the Plumbers – Thiago Parizi, Germany, 2011
Touchscape – Kenji Ouellet, Germany, 2010
Cesta (Journey) – Marta Daeuble, France, 2011
Instructional Video – Kalina Terzieva, Bulgaria, 2011
Synchronisation – Kamen Stoyanov, Austria, 2010
Beneath It All… I Am Human – Baptist Coelho, India, 2009
Self-Destruction for Eternity – Wei-Ming Ho, Taiwan, 2011
Nordic Mosh – Gun Holmstrom, Finland, 2011
(en) vestida – Anna Natt and Alex Forge, Germany, 2011

23:00 – Open end – after party in the Center for Contemporary Art – Plovdiv, The Ancient Bath, with music by Yankovable, Gone Thru & Martin

Saturday, 10.09. 2011.

20:00 – Presentation of “FILTER Detroit – transformation and observation” by Kerstin Niemann, a member of the international jury of the festival and freelance curator from Germany. She will present three film projects, produced by the participants in FILTER Detroit – research project for artists and cultural producers, ho work with space, urban intervention and transformation.

Eu Sou Um Artista, Sov Un Atista, soc un artista, I'm an artist – Natalia Ribeiro Magdalena de Mello, Brazil, 2011
Reaping the Fallen – Mikael Prey, Sweden, 2010
Only Two Things - Nadine Zoller, Germany, 2010
When We Are In Heaven – Daniela Risch, Germany, 2008
And the Ship Sails On – Verena Seibt and Clea Stracke, Germany, 2009
Flickering – Kika Nicolela, Brazil, 2009
Choral – Jeremie Dauliac, France, 2010
RGB – Stefka Tsaneva, Germany, 2011
As If… – Chiara Scarfo, Italy, 2010
Propaganda 1 – Lois Fried, Germany, 2010
Desesmetak 2 – Kika Nicolela, Brazil, 2009
Lilong – Valentina Fernandes, UK, 2009
Novia – Chiara Scarfo, 2010
If It Would Оnly Еnd... – Baptist Coelho, India, 2009
Polymoids – Tina Willgren, Sweden, 2010
The Dreams of Ghengis Khan – Danny Winkler and Emilia Loseva, UK, 2009
Fenella – Tai Amiran, UK, 2011

Sunday, 11.09. 2011

20:00 – Presentation by Adelina Popnedeleva, video artist, artist and member of the international jury of the festival. The selection “After the feminism” puts together video art works, created by female artists in the period 1996 – 2006.

Hours in Fabra and Coats – Anna Moreno, Spain, 2010
Mirror – Éva Vica Kovács, Hungary, 2010
CD Mobile Machine – Albert Mayr, Austria, 2006
Coimeas – Micheal Salkeld, UK, 2010
High Wire – Joseph Ismail, UK, 2010
Requiem for Cosmos Cinema – Viktor Yankov and Krum Filiopov, Bulgaria, 2011
Caffeine – Danae Diaz, Germany, 2011
Mecha Cardboard House – Samuel Dermigny, France, 2010
To The Moon – Yunji Park, South Korea, 2009
+1°C – Dénes Ruzsa, Hungary, 2009
Something Terrible Has Happened – Baptist Coelho, India, 2009
C’est la vie (That’s Life) – Adelina Popnedeleva, Bulgaria, 2011
Workout – Tina Willgren, Sweden, 2011
Canal Glitch – Gun Holmstrom, Finland, 2011
Al Vessga – Samuel Dermigny, France, 2009
Focus (No1) – Sam Holden, UK, 2009
Speak – Clare Harris, England, 2010
Breakfast in Rubljovka – Eugenia Gortchakova, Germany, 2011
Trace, Drawing, Walking – Joseph Ismail, UK, 2010
The Museum – Gerbrand Burger, The Netherlands, 2010

Monday, 12.09. 2011

Tivating – Niall Farrell, North Ireland, 2010
Spaces – Signe Chiper-Lillemark, Denmark, 2010
Fragments For Piano – Gergana Stomatova, Bulgaria, 2011
Colourful EU – Peter Vadocz, Hungary, 2009
Vehicles – Tina Willgren, Sweden, 2009
Tatitude – Vivian Ostrovsky, France, 2009
70 Still Frames and 5 Minutes 50 Seconds of Video – Sam Holden, UK, 2008
Golem and the Plumbers – Thiago Parizi, Spain, 2011
Film Machine – Babylonia Constantinides and Franz Wanner, Germany, 2010
The Judgement – Kosta Tonev, Bulgaria, 2011
Petiofi Street – Nicola Minchev and Zhenia Bozukova, Bulgaria, 2011
In Between – Katerina Apostolidou, Greece, 2010
Winter – Еugenia Gortchakova, Germany, 2011
Facades – Tai Amiran, UK, 2011
The Title Was Shot – Vivian Ostrovsky, France, 2009
Universal Tourist – Christine Bolewski, Germany, 2010
Slick Horsing – Kiron Hussain, England, 2010
Erasing – Sylvia Nicolaides, Cyprus, 2010
Little Girl – Clare Harris, England, 2010
Facial Perception (Algilama) – Tahir Ün, Turkey, 2010
Three Light Studies – Ted Sonnenschein, Germany, 2011
My Jazz – Emanuela Lorga, Moldova, 2011
Rihla – Gerbrand Burger, The Netherlands, 2009
Feed – Еlena Кnox, Australia, 2009

Tuesday, 13.09. 2011

Time – Katerina Liana (Kukuland), Greece, 2010
Excuse Me – Kati Bessenyei, Hungary, 2010
Survival Instinct – Natalia Ribeiro Magdalena de Mello, Brazil, 2011
The Facade (Housewife) – Lauren Moffat, France, 2010
Crossroad – Khalil Charif, Brazil, 2011
Terrain Vague – Markus Keim and Beate Hecher, Austria, 2011
Passing Moment – Clare Harris, England, 2010
DIN 16951 – Sonja Dürscheid, Germany, 2009
Interview #3 – Marlene Denningman, Germany, 2011
Мenu – Daniel-Nicolae Djamo, Romania, 2011
Windows/Screen – Samuel Dermigny, France, 2010

22:15 – Prize awarding ceremony “Facade” 2011
22:30 – TOP 10 in “Facade” 2011

Video-installations in the open space:

Taschen (Bags) – Nina Malotta, Germany, 2010 Instantane 11 – Beatrice Plumet, France, 2010
Instantane Chasso - Beatrice Plumet, France, 2010



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


FLUID GROUND
A symposium on board of a cargo ship across the Black Sea

July 21 - 23, 2011
Public presentation: Wednesday, July 20 - 6 PM, Graffit Gallery, Blvd. Knyaz Boris 65, Varna

On Thursday, July 21, a group of 16 artists, curators, theoreticians and cultural activists from 8 different countries will go on board of a ship, connecting the two Black Sea ports of Varna (Bulgaria) and Batumi (Georgia). The program includes lectures, presentations and discussions, real-time interventions and documentation.
FLUID GROUND is part of the ATLANTIS network. This initiative fosters crossborder cultural exchange between art professionals through collaborative exhibition projects, residencies for artists and curators, panel discussions, workshops and conferences.
The symposium across the Black Sea is based on the idea of inter-disciplinary collaboration, cross-linking artistic practice, knowledge production, research and reflection in this remote and mobile location. The freighter will temporarily be transformed into a thinktank, confronting relevant cultural, artistic, economical, social and political discourses and practices, and blending them together. Thus a journey across the Black Sea will offer an adequate platform to examine questions pertaining to Europe’s identity and integrity.

Participants: Inka Thunecke / director Heinrich-Böll-Foundation (Berlin), Karoline Weber / media philosopher (Stuttgart), Ulrike Grelck / art historian (Berlin), Livia Pancu / curator Vector Association (Iasi), Simonetta Ferfoglia, Heinrich Pichler / artist collective "gangart" (Vienna), Nadja Abt / artist (Berlin), Sebastian Bodirsky / filmmaker (Berlin), Anna Soucek / curator (Vienna), Susanna Gyulamiryan / director Arts and Cultural Studies Laboratory (Yerevan), Nino Palavandishvili / curator GeoAIR (Tbilisi), Anastasia Zhivkova / curator (Kiev), Jakob Racek / curator (Plovdiv)
This project is kindly supported by Goethe-Institute Bulgaria and the Austrian Embassy in Sofia.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This press release reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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


Margherita Moscardini
A project for the Ancient Bath

opening: Friday, June 24 - 5 PM
exhibition: June 25 - July 16, 2011

The project has its roots in the same place where it is hosted, a place of reference and lived by the artist in residency: the Ancient Bath, with its original hamam structure, nowadays is the base of Plovdiv Contemporary Art Center Art Today. In this building the artist could read the history of the city, not only as the civilization but also as time going across it. As the water of a river carries debris along its course – sometimes leaving them and some other time depositing them – this town apparently doesn’t have a conformity and embellishment planning strategy, but is openly subjected to the flow and the stratification of events and their necessities.
The Ancient Bath plan is superimposed to the Bulgaria hydrography, where rivers wildly outline the territory, constantly changing it, ignoring political boundaries and without tracing definitive dividing lines. The empty baths drops – almost like an upside-down pedestal – are considered a big table of study, of information collection and cartographical planning, where information is catalogued into drawers and then unnoticeably lost because of its impossibility to be kept. This represents some local rivers water which floods the environment again drop by drop, challenging its current role and any effort to define a destination.
Margherita Moscartini’s residency is part of the exchange program organized these last two years between Nosadella.due and Bulgaria, as part of PASS – Produce Art (as) Social Strategy, created by Giusy Checola in collaboration with Elisa Del Prete. The project is dedicated to Italy exploration as a Mediterranean country and to the dialog with those Eastern European countries which consider Italy as the “promised” or “transit” land, in order to investigate transformation processes through artists practice and point of view.

Margherita Moscardini attended the Advanced Course in Visual Arts, Fondazione Ratti, Como, held by Yona Friedman and the workshop by Peter Friedl in Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’arte, Torino. In 2010 she was invited to take part of the residency program of CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain. In 2007 she won the first edition of Premio Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, building a permanent intervention inside the Vallette prison, in Turin.
Her main solo shows: Una Stanza/Fuori Luogo, galleria SpazioA, Pistoia, IT, Studio per un'erosione, Fondazione LaQuadriennale, Roma, IT.
Her main group shows: Mastermind, neon>campobase, Bologna, IT, Ada, Musei civici of Imola, Bologna IT, Public Improvisation, careof, fabbrica del vapore, Milano, IT, In Full Bloom, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Kaleidoscope project space, Milano, IT; Collecciò Art Foundation Mallorca, Andratx, Mallorca, SP; EmergingTalents 2011, CCCStrozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, IT; Premio Ariane de Rothschild, Palazzo Reale, Milano, IT.

This project is kindly supported by DE.MO./MOVIN'UP - Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Direzione Generale per il Paesaggio, le belle arti, l’architettura e l’arte contemporanee and GAI - Associazione per il Circuito dei Giovani Artisti Italiani.


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


SITES + SUBJECTS
Performance Art Festival

June 16 - 19, 2011

After a successfull launch in 2010 this year´s edition of SITES + SUBJECTS brings together artists from various disciplines in the Center for Contemporary Art - The Ancient Bath as well as in particular venues and in the public space of Plovdiv. Artists from Bulgaria, Serbia, Great Britain, Austria and Germany come together to create a unique atmosphere of creative expression on the crossings of contemporary dance, minimal and electronic music, public interventions and new media arts. The conceptual framework of the festival is characterized by it´s productive openess, with singular performance projects that carry the potential to merge one into another. Simultaneously the distinction of producer and audience is widely trascended through the inclusive approach of most of the artistic projects. Thus SITES + SUBJECTS creates a temporary space of communion through social interaction.
For the first time this year the festival offers a series of collateral events, inviting professionals, curators and art historians to talk about the genre of performance art from different angles.


Program

Thursday, June 16
7 PM opening of the festival
7.15 PM performance / Petit Buffet (Berlin): "Reality Cheque"
8 PM performance / Ansgar Wilken (Berlin): "Pasolini for Chello and Pedal"
9 PM performance / Zabuna (Beograd): "Bring your Noise!"
performance / Krasimir Dobrev (Sliven): "The Big Melancholy"
All events take place in the Center for Contemporary Art Plovdiv - The Ancient Bath.

Friday, June 17
5 PM performance / The Great Learning: Paragraph 1 & 3 & 4
Evangelic church Plovdiv, Lady Strangford Str. 21, Plovdiv
8.30 PM lecture / Ruen Ruenov (Sofia): A Hisory of Performance Art in Bulgaria. The 1990´s
artnewscafé, Otec Paisy Str. 38, Plovdiv
9 PM exhibition opening / "Revelation": Mariola Groener, Ben Cottrell
Sariev gallery, Otec Paisy Str. 40, Plovdiv

Saturday, June 18
2 PM lecture / Eirini Papakonstantinou (Thessaloniki): "Curating Performance"
artnewscafé, Otec Paisy Str. 38, Plovdiv
4 PM workshop & concert / Sebastian Lexer (London): "piano+"
Academy of Music, Dance and Arts Plovdiv, Concert hall
7 PM performance / WILHELM GROENER (Berlin, Vienna): "Politics of Imagination: Preparation Oracle"
Center for Contemporary Art Plovdiv - The Ancient Bath

Sunday, June 19
2 PM lecture / Peter Stamer (Vienna): "The Village. On collaboration"
Public space, tba.
4 PM performance / The Great Learning, Paragraph 2 & 6 & 7
Center for Contemporary Art Plovdiv - The Ancient Bath

The project is kindly supported by Goethe-Institute Bulgaria; Robert Bosch Foundation; Foundation America for Bulgaria; Austrian Embassy Sofia.


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ATLANTIS '11
Art Today Association at the Venice Biennale 2011

Exhibition: 1 – 5 June 2011, 10 am – 6 pm
Panel discussions: 2 – 3 June 2011, 7 pm
Opening: 1 June 2011, 7 pm
Palazzo Zenobio, Collegio Armeno Moorat-Raphael, Dorsoduro 2596, Venezia

The ATLANTIS network connects seven European cities from Berlin to Yerevan through cultural exchange and cooperation between seven institutions working in the field of contemporary art.
During the preview days of the 54th Venice Biennial the ATLANTIS network will be presented through the exhibition ATLANTIS '11 and a series of panel discussions all focusing on the theme of “Power and contemporary art”.
The ATLANTIS '11 event is organized as part of the HEICO project - Heritage, Identity and Communication in European Contemporary Art Practices, which aims to promote the cultural reflection of the identity in the countries involved in the partnership. The further development of the of the Atlantis project is planed as series of workshops and conferences hosted by the participating countries as well as through artists exchange residency programs in Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Yerevan (Armenia), Tbilisi (Georgia), Bratislava (Slovak Republic) and Chisinau (Moldova).
From 1 to 5 June, the ATLANTIS '11 exhibition at the Collegio Armeno Moorat-Raphael, Palazzo Zenobio, will work as a platform for presentation and discussion of projects originating in these countries. As partners in the ATLANTIS network, the guest curators Emil Mirazchiev and Jakob Racek invited the artists collective R.E.P. (Kiev) to produce a work especially for this occasion. The artists will show the video documentation of their performance "A place, where we won´t be again (Tresene)". The performance recreates the story of the Bulgarian (non)presence at the Venice Biennial as folklore, sang by the traditional Bulgarian folk singer Sonya Georgieva.
Art Today Association, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, invited The Bulgarian Pavilion (www.bulgarianpavilion.org) initiative to be presented in Venice. It proposes an alternative for Bulgaria’s sporadical presence in The Venice Biennial by creating a critical platform for diverse artistic activities. The project envisages the pavilion as a symbolic, ephemeral or movable structure and questions the historical relationship between art and power, national representation and international art.
Please join the panel discussion "Good Governance? Bad Curating!" on 2 June with the initiators of The Bulgarian Pavilion - Dessislava Dimova, Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Vera Mlechevska and Vessela Nozharova.
Art Today Association is a non-governmental organization founded in 1997. The association is running the Center for Contemporary Art Plovdiv, situated in an Ancient Turkish Bath - a unique monument of culture from the 16th century with a specific interior. Its mission is to present, promote and document alternative and experimental forms of contemporary art; to host artists and curators in residence; to prepare periodical and unique print materials; to implement training programs, workshops and seminars for students and young art professionals; to build an informational multimedia data base presenting contemporary authors.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This press release reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.





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