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[Nettime-bold] invitation - opening subREAL in Bucharest

S.P.A.C.E.  Gallery - International Center for Contemporary Art, Bucharest,

SINDAN Cultural Center,

FRAME - Finish Fund for Art Exchange Helsinki,

Balkon Cluj Contemporary Art Magazine

Cordially invites you, on Wednesday January 31, 18:00 to attend the opening of


"Interviewing the cities: Helsinki"

followed by the launching of the Balkon Cluj Magazine, no 5, special issue focussing on visual arts in Finland.

The events will be honored by the presence of His Excellency Mr. Pekka Harttila, The Ambassador of Finland in Romania.

The exhibition is on view until the 16th of February 2001 in 

S.P.A.C.E. Gallery - ICCA, str.Şelari nr.9-11, access from Intrarea Soarelui 1, tel/fax: 313.51.10; 313.51.11.



"Interviewing the cities" took shape in the mid 90s at Künstlerhaus
Bethanien; was continued in 1997-1998 at the Akademie Schloss Solitude,
Stuttgart. It was developed in: Vienna, with the support of KulturKontakt;
Amsterdam, through the financing of Stichting De Appel; Helsinki, through a
residency from the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, also supported by Sindan Cultural Center, Cluj.

A sequel to the projects "The Art History Archive" and "Serving Art",
"Interviewing The Cities" aims at documenting private histories in relation
with institutions (political, cultural) and sites (architectural, natural).
The project is structured in three steps; main medium - b & w photography;
main strategy - interaction with people and environments.
1. "Re-enacting....". A series of double portraits of "visual communities"
(artists, curators, critics, collectors, architects, etc.). Using the
semiotic filter of technical photography, "Re-enacting...." recycles the
knowledge from the "Serving Art" series as a procedure for documenting the
role of the human factor within the art mechanisms.

2. "Framing..." An exploration of urbanism, as manifest in the historical
development of representational buildings, cityscapes, parks etc. And a
visual research on the relation between nature and city through landscape
design. Inspired by the clichés of institutional tourism, the series is
illustrating the connections between architecture/natural habitat and Power
3. "Listening to Sculpture" A thread based on the ambiguous function public
monuments fill in the process of building mentalities. Generating
referential energies ignored by the city dwellers at the level of
consciousness, monuments are pivotal in the analysis

The present exhibition of subREAL shows a selection of large scale b&w photographs made in Helsinki in June-July 2000. The outcome is a subjective record to certain ways of building private and collective memory, of defining human identities and the way they relate to institutional representations of power politics.

Balkon Cluj Magazine, no 5, special issue focussing on visual arts in Finland, presents a selection of representative texts and images illustrating the Finnish contemporary art. From the content:: "How Finnish is the Finnish art?" - text de Marketta Seppalla, director of Frame Helsinki; "Great Balls of Fire" - Mikka Hannula, rector of the Art Academy in Helsinki; "High hopes for Finnish cinema's success stories" - Antti Selkokari;"Northern lights From the Early Avatars to Human Drama" -  Kari Yliannala. Balkon no. 5 was issued with the support of Sindan Cultural Center and FRAME. Editors of the Finnish selection: Calin Dan and Marketta Seppala 


ICCA - S.P.A.C.EGallery is a multidisciplinary project aimed at promoting European contemporary art and is supported by the Romanian Ministry of Culture EUROART The European Cultural Fund for Romania, financed by the European Union


(Cãlin Dan/Josif Király)

established 1990, Bucuresti, Romania
based in Amsterdam/Bucuresti

Best known shows:

1994 - Center for Contemporary Art - Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
1995 - Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1996 - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
1997 - Waschhaus Potsdam
1998 - Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart

1992 - Istanbul Biennial, Fezhane, Istanbul
1993 - Venice Biennial - Aperto, Corderie dell'Arsenale, Venice
1994 - "Naturart", Ernszt Museum, Budapest
1995 - "Beyond Belief", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
OSTranenie. Das Internationale Video Forum an der Stiftung Bauhaus
1996 - "Manifesta 1", Kunsthal, Rotterdam
"Beyond Belief", Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
1997 - Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe
"2000 - 3.ArtSpace + Interface", Neue Galerie am Johaneum, Graz
1998 -  Berlin Biennale, Postführamt, Berlin
1999 - Venice Biennial, Romanian pavilion
"After the Wall", Moderna Museet, Stockholm
2000 - "Unlimited.Nl-3", Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam
"L'Autre Moitié de l'Europe", Jeu de Paume, Paris
Internationale Kurzfilmtages, Oberhausen

Lectures and performances at: Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam;
Literaturhaus Berlin; Universität Gesamthochschule, Paderborn; Photo and
Film Academy, Göteborg; Art Academy Stockholm; High School for Design,
Pforzheim; Art Academy, Stuttgart; Merz Akademie, Stuttgart; Art & Tech
Institute, Linz.

1995-1996 -  Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1997-1998 - Akademie "Schloss Solitude", Stuttgart
1999 - Schloss Plüschow - Meckelenburgisches Künstlerhaus, Plüschow;
Kultur Kontakt, Vienna
2000 - Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki
2001 - Kloster Cismar/Grömitz

1995-1996 - Philip Morris Kunstförderung

Irina Cios
Centrul International pentru Arta Contemporana - CIAC - Bucuresti
International Center for Contemporary Arts - ICCA - Bucharest
Str. Selari nr. 9-11, sect. 3
PO-BOX 1-827
tel/fax: 40.1.313.5110, 40.1.313.5111