FUTURA: BLOK IV
Online discussion on Friday 4. 12. at 6 PM: https://fb.me/e/YsMcnRWE
With Apparatus 22, Enterprise Projects, fluent, ODD, The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER) and initiated by Swimming Pool.
Apparatus 22 is a transdisciplinary art collective founded in January 2011 by current members Erika Olea, Maria Farcas, Dragos Olea together with Ioana Nemes (1979 - 2011) in Bucharest, Romania. Beginning with 2015 they are working between Bucharest, Brussels and Suprainfinit (utopian universe). They see themselves as a collective of daydreamers, citizens of many realms, researchers, poetic activists and (failed) futurologists interested in exploring the intricate relationships between economy, politics, gender studies, social movements, religion and fashion in order to understand contemporary society.
Starting with 2015 a major topic of research and reflection in the practice of Apparatus 22 is SUPRAINFINIT universe: a world-making attempt to use hope critically in navigating present and future. In their very diverse works – installations, performances, text based-shapes, reality is mixed with fiction and storytelling and all merge with a critical approach drawing knowledge & experience from design, sociology, literature and economics.
Enterprise Projects is an Athens based project by independent curator and writer Danai Giannoglou and artist Vasilis Papageorgiou. Created out of our need to express and share our point of view concerning the contemporary artistic creation, this venture aims at experimenting and conversing; experimenting with the curatorial proposal, artistic creation, self-organized function, and conversing with the artistic scene, the Athenian audience and the place itself, which houses the project. As a structure Enterprise Projects has been functioning independently and periodically since September 2015 in Ampelokipoi, Athens.
fluent is a para-institution for contemporary art and research, presenting cycles of consecutive exhibition modules, texts, and live events revolving around thematic axes.
Founded in 2016, it houses a studio space, a programme of exhibitions and a series of seminars, screenings, performances and texts derived from each cycle's thematic framework. fluent's manifestations happen in several forms and places, both in its offices in Santander and abroad, organising specific projects and off-site events, carefully unfolding experimental practices in close collaboration with artists, thinkers, writers, researchers, and the community.
fluent promote interdisciplinary dialogues and encourage involvement with other non for profits spaces, as well as institutional and educational systems nationally and internationally. It was founded byAlejandro Alonso Díaz, curator, writer and researcher whose work explores the metabolic encounters between natural, social and poetic structures of knowledge.
ODD was founded in 2014 in Bucharest, grounded in the Romanian imaginary and looking to act upon the world. A space for theoretical discussion and social gatherings of all kinds, it welcomes artists, writers, researchers, philosophers, scientists who initiate discussions, workshops, reading groups, publications or become engaged with one of the long-term series: ODD THEORY, ODD NIGHTS, or QUIET ODD. Its founder, Cristina Bogdan, is a researcher who writes for various publications and has edited books on art, theory, and design.At present she is developing, together with Mriganka Madhukaillya, the research and design studio Forest Cybernetics, in Assam, India.
The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER) began in 2015 as a fictional institution understood as a habitable sculpture. Its research unfolds from the notion of the endotic, a term coined by Georges Perec antonym of the exotic that could serve well as a way to rethink genealogies of institution making. It has since brought different practices together, namely architecture, art, mediation and curation, to foster a transdisciplinary approach. TIER works as a basis for experimenting with forms of institutionalization mediated through encounters between people, materials and devices. Lorenzo Sandoval founded The Institute for Endotic Research in 2015. Since 2018, it has been co-directed together with Benjamin Busch. TIER is currently working on an exhibition series and publication titled “Maintenance! Domestics as Institutional Becomings”.
Swimming Pool is a non-profit art project space and organization in Sofia, founded in 2015. Its focus lies on artist and curatorial research, collaborative approaches, art education and art politics. It is located on a central rooftop with an empty pool built in the 1930’s. Swimming Pool organizes exhibitions, performances, screenings, events and discussions to support Bulgarian art locally and abroad, while opening up the local context to international artists, curators and writers. Its program involves collaborations with similar independent organizations as well as with larger public institutions, at home and across Europe, such as Art in General/ New York, David Dale Gallery/ Glasgow, Jindřich Chalupecký Society/ Prague, Е.М.М.А/ Madrid, Alma Mater Gallery at the Sofia University and National Library in Sofia. During the last years, we started to experiment with more structural approaches so as to tap into the potential of non-institutionalized ways of learning. Part of this have been exchanges and residencies with international art schools, such as the National Art Academy/ Sofia, Kunsthochschule Mainz, Piet Zwart Institute/ Rotterdam, “Master of Voice” at Sandberg Institute/ Amsterdam and the Pure Fiction Class at the Staedelschule/ Frankfurt. Since 2018, Swimming Pool runs a yearly curatorial school where we gather with art practitioners to reflect on and activate small-scale organizations, such as independent project spaces, collectives and long-term curatorial projects. Another long-term project run by the space is Sofia Art Map, a non-commercial initiative to support the diversity and collaborations of Sofia’s independent art scene. Swimming Pool was founded by curator, writer and educator Viktoria Draganova who organizes its artistic program.