Small, Low-Key and Cozy, (Un-)Official Opening
The »Welcoming Quiz« is meant to bring people together in an amusing and playful way. It will make them talk about art, drink and get to know each other in the most natural way possible. There will be few questions from the field of residencies and art practices. Moderated and created by experienced quiz master Paulina Micheva. The winning team gets a prize.
The short talk with artist Florin Flueras famous for his works Unexperiences, Unimages, Unvisitors, Unhere, Unofficial Unworks, Unexist, seems to be just perfect for our unofficial opening of this network exchange. We will have Valentina Sciarra as well, if she is in Sofia at that time.
with Natasja Loutchko, Eleonora Meoni, Marta Orlando, Clementine Roy
Æther has invited four core members of the collective Pane Per Poveri (Bread for the poor), that initially began in 2015, when a dozen Berlin based artists occupied Teatro Marinoni on Lido/Italy during the Venice Biennale. In the following year the project expanded during documenta 14 in Athens/Greece – staying as an independent gate of reflections in parallel to the institutional art events as the listed two.
For the past three years the project has transformed into the social framework of the activities of Athens’ Victoria square. Working with refugees and local communities of Athens, the artists’ initiative losing gradually its artistic touch and need for representation. It became a socially engaged platform.
»For the Eastern European Network Kick-off Event we are creating a social ground for meeting, sharing, encounter under the spell of performative dinner and spoken word, we will launch the BLEIBT publication.
We decided to stick with the power and the meaning, despite fear of power, and share weakness, and be true to each other, no matter what and next…
Embrace risks and potentials producing things and thoughts that are intersectional, complementary, horizontal, among our practice, our biographies, our current living, will of activism, hopes of true revolution. Moving around sexual desire and fake hysteria-we build up words and worlds, the ones we want to live in, dreamy, necessary tools to survive the present, and sleep over through the past…«
The four invited artists share different angles and approaches: work is always intersectional, cross folding ideas about feminism, politics, conditions of life and collaboration.
24 Hours* at Radar
Drama Pact boardgame: a durational performative boardgame played by theatre and performance practitioners which manages not only to get people to share stories and experiences but provokes a discussion about the context and art practices in general. It builds a sense of community and is a hot spot for exchange of ideas and even forming of new partnerships and projects. In the same time, it is designed to be deeply entertaining.
The Halloween »Transform Yourself«party is definitely a costume party where you are invited to forget and leave your old self for a moment and find a new expression for the beauty inside you.
Swimming Pool’s »The Library of Our Encounters«
The Library of Our Encounters is a long-term project of Swimming Pool within the residency exchange with Akademie Schloss Solitude, dedicated to what has changed most radically lately: the encounter – as event, presence, time and meaning. The library contains a growing selection of books, carefully collected over the last few years, but it also foregrounds itself as a possible space for a series of encounters among words, ideas, silences, people, aiming to reconsider the trajectory of our thinking in recent months of crisis. The library opens with a textual and spatial arrangement created in collaboration with Christoph Szalay and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga. More about the project.
This project takes place in the frame of the Eastern European artist-in-residency exchange program of Akademie Schloss Solitude and is supported by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State Province of Baden-Württemberg/Germany and Goethe Institute Sofia.