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Domus Artium 2002. A space for contemporary art in Salamanca

Salamanca – self-proclaimed Ciudad de Cultura y Saberes (City of Culture and Knowledge) – houses the oldest university in Spain, numerous culturally important buildings and sites as magnificent witnesses of a three thousand years old history and especially the 16th century with the city being a European center of learning. Thus, though Salamanca’s cultural and historical importance cannot and should not be denied, it must have been painfully obvious in 1998, when the city was declared European Capital of Culture for the year 2002 (shared with Bruges), that something is terribly missing – a space for contemporary art. Consequently, the city’s old provincial prison, originally constructed in 1930, was remodeled and the much-needed space – Domus Artium 2002, often shortened to DA2, as a center of contemporary art – was finally born with more than 2.600 m² of room for display.

A former prison transformed into a center of contemporary art. Photo: © Domus Artium 2002. Fundación Salamanca Ciudad de Cultura y Saberes.   

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OFF-Biennale appetizer: Alfred Palestra at acb Gallery

A small selection of appetizers was offered in galleries around Budapest a day before the official opening of OFF-Biennale, among which was Alfred Palestra, a collaboration between Berlin-based Katarina Šević and Tehnica Schweiz (Gergely László and Péter Rákosi) at acb Galeria on April 23.

Visually, the exhibition consists of conceptually transformed relics of academic study: eight perfect wooden objects resembling desks (or shields?) are positioned on the floor, each harboring a worn-out masterpiece of world literature (in French). Each of these shelf-shields has a pair of leather belts attached to it, suggesting that the items are not mere relics, and can be worn. In another political contexts, these smooth, angular objects might work as garments for an avant-garde ballet or a neo-concrete manifestation, however, in the contest of the “traditional turn” in the Hungarian education system, the didacticism of these objects has a clear lesson. (The artists have been collaborating with a Budapest school drama class, and the items will be taken from their “storage” at the gallery and performed on Wednesday, April 29 – see OFF calendar for more details)

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about OFF-Biennale Budapest

Darja Filippova, Blogger for the OFF-Biennale in Budapest, will keep us up to date about selected events during the OFF Biennale.

But first, some infos about the OFF-Biennale in general, which will be on from 24 April – 31 May 2015. This and more info you can find on ther website as well!

The first edition of the OFF-Biennale Budapest is now on with a series of exhibitions and art events in and beyond the city of Budapest. Its concept is different from traditional biennials as we know them. Not affiliated with any institution, it is a voluntary collaborative initiative of artists, groups of artists, curators, art managers, gallerists and collectors. OFF-Biennale Budapest is a civil initiative, whose aim is to bring a segment of culture, contemporary art, closer to the public at large.

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Four young Finnish artists you should know

Finland, one of the northernmost European countries, has despite its distant location a flourishing contemporary art scene. Especially many young artists have lately made their names known beyond the borderlines. Here are my four picks of contemporary Finnish artists you should know:

Elina Brotherus, Artists at Work 6, 2009, 70 x 84 cm, chromogenic color print, edition of 6

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performance day

On the final day of the opening weekend of ice ice baby, we want to invite you to two - very different, but mutually grand - performances.

On Saturday (2 - 3pm), visitors are very welcome to come to TBA21–Augarten where Trajectories - a concert with accompanying visual art by Sigurdur Gudjónsson - is taking place. Pianist Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir performs a piano composition by Anna Thorvaldsdóttir. The Icelandic artist Sigurdur Gudjónsson focuses on video as his artistic medium. In his audio-visual works, the image is on an equal basis with the sound to create a distant, but at the same time intensely beautiful atmosphere.

The main components of the visual part of the performance Trajectories are light, sand and motion. As the image is linked to the sound, the motion of the image is generated by the piano music. The point is that all different sound waves are visualised and therefore visible for the audience, while on the acoustic level some of these sound waves remain hidden for the human ear. This work is a play with visual and acoustic perception, the perception of harmony and balance. But Trajectories would be misread, if you consume it only in a mental way, because it also is about creating a bodily experience. The visitors are invited to walk around in the room filled with light and darkness at the same time, movement and sound.

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about ice ice baby

We are excited to share some big news concerning the location where our exhibition ‚ice ice baby’ will be shown: We found a great space in the building at Alserbachstraße 30, 1090 Vienna, where we are using temporarily vacant office rooms, which are just perfect for our exhibition.

We are also proud to confirm the discursive and theoretical outline of the public programme accompanying the exhibition. In this respect, we are inviting important representatives of Icelandic contemporary art institutions to Vienna.

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ARTER – Space For Art in Istanbul

The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia

A space for art in Istanbul – this is how ARTER can be described in the shortest way possible. Let us look into more detail at this Istanbul based art space in consideration of its site, its funding and in particular of the current exhibition The Roving Eye.

ARTER was opened in 2010 with the aim of offering an infrastructure for the production and exhibition of contemporary art. Thus ARTER not only wants to be a space for displaying artistic work, the ambition to support artists financially in producing their works is not less important. ARTER is displaying international art – this will show the following discussion of the exhibition of Southeast Asian art – but there is a strong concentration on local Turkish artists as well. The last exhibition, for example, engaged itself with the Grande Dame of Turkish art, Füsun Onur, before that, amongst others, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Fatma Bucak, Sarkis, Volkan Aslan or Kutluğ Ataman were shown.


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Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition London

Approaching The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition is usually filled with high expectations.

The vast number of people leaving the holy halls gives you an idea how important this show is for the urge of detecting the ‚Zeitgeist‘.

I spent my time queuing for the next slot as a voyeur trying to grasp the essence of this year’s works: looking in the faces of leaving visitors that were equally concerned and amused. Probably because all works are on sale.

 Cornelia Piper curated the first room with a selection of works from recently graduated students to very established like Tracey Emin. Piper has chosen all medias from video installation to pencil drawing. The beauty of this only curated room is that your attention unwinds very slowly due to the monochrome works only in whites and blacks. Photographs disperse the turbulence of our times and writings in neon lights bear a witty comment on today’s paradox.

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