ACTOPOLIS is a call to action and to co-author the city – across disciplines, national boundaries and cultural differences. The ACTOPOLIS Laboratory aims to hone our view of current urban questions as well as testing strategies for action. Individual project ideas are being exchanged even at the development stage, before they are implemented in local interventions in Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Ankara/Mardin, Oberhausen, Sarajevo and Zagreb in 2016. Find out more about our collective production process.

Projects

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ACTOPOLIS SARAJEVO

Actopolis Sarajevo will create opportunities for constructing new spheres of sociality and places for reflection on the social, political and economic reality.

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Bucharest-South

Build Your Own City

Building a new city

Building a new city: inventing infrastructural elements necessary for a "new city", imagining and testing new ways of acting in the city through infrastructural interventions.

FORMALLY INFORMAL

FORMALLY INFORMAL is about Belgrade’s self-organised cultural scene. It examines the economy of (cultural) independence and how this economy impacts the urban environment and vice versa.

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Invisible belonging

Realities of inclusive urban topography.

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The Soft Power Lectures

PAT organises a series of performative lectures that will attempt to produce control material around the discourse on the regulation, gentrification and branding of cities.

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Urban Commons

Surplus of Collective Action.

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Alles ab Morgen

Workshops to solve the problems of tomorrow.

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Archaeological Museum

An archaeological museum for the New City.

Belgrade Art Map

A bimonthly bilingual printed map with an up-to-date Belgrade art space programme, accompanied by a website containing further information on events.

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Build Your Own City

Public activities and workshops, collaborative installation.

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City Guerilla

City Guerilla helps young people to gain and exchange the skills and knowledge necessary for strengthening self-sustainability and self-organization in the urban environment.

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Commanding Heights

A publication on overlapping imageries of the reconstruction of heritage, the militarisation of the public domain and the production of value within the urban context derived from the case of Mardin Castle.

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Communities of care

Workshop and site-specific intervention.

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Connecting – Seminar for Walkers

Creating an activist group and a better city by walking.

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Donkey Work

The research focuses on the donkeys employed by Mardin Municipality that are used for collecting refuse, especially in the narrow streets in the district of Old Mardin.

druga scena

This research will try to find out why druga scena has been erased from public memory, taking the ideological shift in the early 2000s Serbia as its theoretical basis.

Expiration date

The inherent instability of institutional memory in the case study of Serbian cultural institutions.

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Foucault’s Typewriter

This will be a research project on the tactical survival strategies of the prisoners in Diyarbakir Prison.

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Full Range Society

What is the “demographic” sound of your neighbourhood?

Gaudeamus igitur

Self-organization of the individual – An artist in the framework of constituting own artistic practice: state of affairs

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Green Pavilion Sarajevo

The Green Pavilion is a public art project, creative laboratory, urban garden and teaching tool for ecological and social sustainable practices.

Gutehoffnungsgeister

Multichannel sound installation on an abandoned platform at Oberhausen central station.

How to Organise an Organisation

A self-organisational capacity-building programme for young people active in the field of urban development and improvement.

indivisible unalienable

The normalization of private propriety in all spheres of social relations and human existence constantly adjourns us from imagining any other concept of propriety.

Initiatives

One-day assembly of colleagues, involved in art and culture, to discuss work conditions and the functioning of the local visual arts scene.

Kamendynamics

How to contextualize and visualize some problems of social housing project in Zemun Polje?

Low-Fi Video remembered

Exploring the possibilities to adequately enable the archive of Low-Fi Video movement online, carefully developed to evoke the particular continuity of “radical amateurism” in SFR Yugoslavia.

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The Monster

Monster Safari Tours in the New City.

Parzelle1

The area of Obere Marktstrasse demonstrates the lost dream of a boom town. The formerly representative architecture now resembles images / ideas of post-socialist cities: How to react to this place?

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Pavilion (of the Mayor)

Intervention in public space (design for the pavilion)

Rehearsal

An as if-inquiry that results in polymedia work about modelling self-organised cultural scene in Belgrade

Remont – Case Study

There is a need to illuminate unsustainable conditions of cultural models in order to redefine them and find a way to bring them back to social environment as its organic part.

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The Residual

The video research project will seek the traces of Syrian refugees on their journey starting from Mardin and their construction of a new life and new forms of struggle for the commons in cities they left behind.

Sarajevo Album

Collective multimedia project about contemporary Sarajevo linking the urban image and narrative.

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Sarajevo Cloud

What if we could observe individual experiences of common public space?

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Spaces of Exodus

The project focuses on the rapid transformation of the residential forms and social patterns of Mardin since the city was assigned to receive Syrian refugees.

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Spaces between (living) places

SBLP examines the forming of a new identity, a sense of belonging and the phenomenology of “spaces between” the geographical, economic and cultural coordinates of “living spaces”

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Territorial Islands

A series of drawings relating to territorial and urban warfare through architecture.

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The Other Map of (South) Bucharest

Cultural & social entrepreneurship, DIY and maker space, circular economy...

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The Stories

A journey through the less European Bucharest.

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The Road to Belonging

This project is a spatial experiment in belonging. Situated on a site of overlapped urban visions, it digs into site-specific memories and speculates about the idea of belonging as an emotional tool for reclaiming urban space.

U10 Art Collective

Seven artists will present their artwork and themselves as organisers, curators and members of the art collective through a single group show.

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Urban Defenders

Visual – narratives of urban defenders.

Wall Newspaper

Wall Newspaper is a visual and informative media form that uses texts and illustrations to rethink various social issues and critically refer to the processes of neo-liberal capitalism.

News

Opening of the Exhibition Spaces Between (Living) Places

7 September 2016 12:57 by ACTOPOLIS

Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Ana Opalić Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Ana OpalićCopyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Ana Opalić Copyright: Goethe-Institut, Photographer: Ana Opalić
At the opening of the exhibition Spaces Between (Living) Places by Tonka Maleković at the Student Centre gallery space in Zagreb.

MUSEOLOGICAL FORUM FOR UTOPIAN IDENTITIES ON Sept 7th

6 September 2016 10:32 by ACTOPOLIS

Susanne Kudielka and Kaspar Wimberley. Archaeological Museum Oberhausen

The archaeological museum is inviting you to a collective chewing event: Does our city want / Can it have an identity?

When?
07/09/16, 7pm

Where?
Archäologisches Museum, Marktstraße 107, 46045 Oberhausen

ACTOPOLIS OBERHAUSEN PROGRAMME IS OUT!

30 August 2016 13:05 by ACTOPOLIS


On the 31st of August 2016, Actopolis Oberhausen curators will get rid of the old city to make space for a new one. Find out what follows on the eleven days after their Destruction Workshop in the programme of We Are Building a New City!

Tracing the footsteps: A diary of the project VI

2 July 2016 19:03 by ACTOPOLIS

The sixth installment of The Residual diary features stories from migrants living in Berlin.

“Even if you have a passport and a Schengen visa it does not mean that you won’t be subject to a police inquiry European airports. When you get off the plane from Greece in one of Berlin’s airports, you encounter 3 police officers there who discriminate against people with darker skin. While waiting timidly for them to choose you or the other one, he approached to a young boy in front of us and asked “are you with them?” pointing to the white skinned Europeans. After he says “no”, the police officer pulled him aside, and we passed by the control.”

Tracing the footsteps: A diary of the project V: “Portraits-3, Thessaloniki”

28 June 2016 15:53 by ACTOPOLIS

Part 5 of the travelogue by Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen of Artıkişler Collective is entitled “Portraits-3, Thessaloniki”. It includes the stories and narratives of migrants living in “Solidarity house”, an old house in Thessaloniki built by the Ottomans that was occupied by anarchist groups in order to establish a residency for migrants. In “Solidarity house" the residents are living and working collectively. “Portraits-3, Thessaloniki” is a collection of comments from a conversation Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen had with Reza:

Tracing the footsteps: A diary of the project IV: “Portraits-2, Thessaloniki”

25 June 2016 12:47 by ACTOPOLIS

The four part of the travelogue by Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen of Artıkişler Collective is entitled “Portraits-2, Thessaloniki”. It includes the stories and narratives of migrants living in “Solidarity house”, an old house in Thessaloniki built by the Ottomans that was occupied by anarchist groups in order to establish a residency for migrants. In “Solidarity house" the residents are living and working collectively. “Portraits-2, Thessaloniki” is a collection of comments from a conversation Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen had with Natalia, a member of “Solidarity house”:

Tracing the footsteps: A diary of the project III: “Portraits-1, Thessaloniki”

25 June 2016 11:25 by ACTOPOLIS

The third part of the travelogue by Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen of Artıkişler Collective is entitled “Portraits-1, Thessaloniki”. It includes the stories and narratives of migrants living in “Solidarity house”, an old house in Thessaloniki built by the Ottomans that was occupied by anarchist groups in order to establish a residency for migrants. In “Solidarity house" the residents are living and working collectively. “Portraits-1, Thessaloniki” is a collection of comments from a conversation Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen had with Omar from Syria:

Artıkişler (Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen) about their microresidency in Zagreb

17 June 2016 19:20 by ACTOPOLIS

Housing for migrants in the city of Kutina, Croatia © Özge Çelikaslan/Alper Şen
“Our microresidency in Zagreb was connected with our multimedia research The Residual. Developed within Actopolis, the research project focuses on two aspects; it attempts to narrate the tragic story behind the traces left behind by the flows of migrants in various cities in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and countries of the Balkans. Secondly, it reflects a strong sense of excitement about the new commoning experiences in the cities which migrants have been passing through or already left.

Tracing the footsteps: A diary of the project II

14 June 2016 09:11 by ACTOPOLIS

From May 22 to May 25, Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen, co-founders of Artıkişler collective, continued tracing migrants’ tracks in Micropolis and Thessaloniki as part of their video research project The Residual. They followed the route taken by migrants from Rojova, Thessaloniki and are going to move to their final destination in Berlin. While keeping contact with migrants and local volunteers in various social centers that function as spaces of meeting, education and communication, they collect video images that were taped by the people that they have encountered, seeking contemporary images of migration. In Thessaloniki they met with locals, migrants and volunteers of refugee initiatves alike gathering information about their thoughts and opinions, about the conditions in the camps installed by the Greek goverment as well as the open houses known as “No Border Camp” guided by anarchist groups and volunteers.

PARTICIPANTS

Ahmet Öğüt

Ahmet Öğüt

Actopolis-City: Ankara / Mardin

Ahmet Öğüt was born in 1981 in Diyarbakır, Turkey. He is a socio-cultural initiator, artist and lecturer who lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam. Öğüt has written articles about art, activism, collaboration and autonomy for e-flux journal and other publications.

Working across a variety of media, Öğüt's institutional solo exhibitions include Forward!, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2015); Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015); Apparatuses of Subversion, Horst-Janssen-Museum, Oldenburg (2014); Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina (2013); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2012); SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul (2011); The MATRIX Program at the UC Berkeley Art Museum (2010); Künstlerhaus Bremen (2009); and Kunsthalle Basel (2008). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015); 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2014); Performa 13, the Fifth Biennial of Visual Art Performance, New York (2013); the 7th Liverpool Biennial (2012); the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); Trickster Makes This World, Nam June Paik Art Center (2010); the New Museum Triennial, New York (2009); and the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008). Ögüt has completed several residency programs, including at the Delfina Foundation and Tate Modern (2012); IASPIS, Sweden (2011); and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2007–2008). He has taught at the Dutch Art Institute, Netherlands (2012); the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Finland (2011–ongoing); and Yildiz Teknik University, Turkey (2004–2006), among others. Öğüt was awarded the Visible Award for the Silent University (2013); the special prize of the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine (2012); the De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2011, Netherlands; and the Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft, Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany (2010). He co-represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale together with Banu Cennetoğlu (2009).
www.ahmetogut.com
Aleksandar Nikolić

Aleksandar Nikolić

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Graduated from the Faculty of Biology at Belgrade University in Ecology and Environmental Protection, after which he focused on waste management as a source of renewable energy. His dedication to the problems of contemporary society, as well as his engagement in the raising of public awareness of their interconnectedness have encouraged his involvement in art activism and inspired him to collaborate with artists and producers in realising different projects and programmes, from workshops and debates to art exhibitions and festivals.

The project Belgrade Art Map in accordance with contemporary trends and possibilities of promotion assumes the role of mediator among over ninety Belgrade art galleries and the audience – the regular one, the non-audience and the potential audience from the local community and further afield. With the aim of creating new contents in the city, which would connect different sectors and resources, Belgrade Art Map offers the audiences up-to-date information on all current and permanent displays and other additional programmes, opens exhibition spaces for new audiences and contextualises the art scene. The result is a much-needed, but not yet existing, bilingual bi-monthly printed map with the Belgrade art space programme, accompanied by a website containing expanded information.
Aleksandra Sekulić & Ivica Djordjevic

Aleksandra Sekulić & Ivica Djordjevic

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Aleksandra Sekulić: Ph.D. candidate in Theory of Art and Media, University of Arts, Belgrade. Master thesis: “Archiving as a Cultural Form: Creating Video Archives and Databases”. Programme director at the Centre for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade. Member of the organisation Media Archaeology in Belgrade and cooperative of Kosmoplovci collective.

Ivica Djordjevic: Master candidate in Audio and Video Engineering at The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Applied Studies, University of Belgrade. Video and film editor, as well as the author of numerous short films, some of which were awarded prizes. Member of the organisation Media Archaeology and the music band FBD. Former Technical Coordinator at the Alternative and Balkanima festivals in Belgrade.

Within the framework of the Media Archaeology platform, Aleksandra Sekulic and Ivica Djordjevic, together with their team colleagues, have realized a variety of programs and projects, among them are: Youth Culture in Yugoslavia, in 2011 with the National Television of Serbia; Voting Machine with BKV, 2011; Possibility of Choice, 2010, Nadezda Petrovic Memorial; Media Archaeology: The Nineties, 2008/9.
Alper Şen

Alper Şen

Actopolis-City: Ankara / Mardin

Since 2000, Alper Şen has been working with various video collectives in Turkey and Europe including VideA, Cinema for Peace, Film Collective, KozaVisual, NisaMasa and Karahaber. He is a co-founder and member of the Artıkişler and Videoccupy Collectives. He initiated Surplus of Istanbul (2014), a video research project on urban transformation, waste and minorities.
Ana Dana Beroš

Ana Dana Beroš

Actopolis-City: Zagreb

Ana Dana Beroš is a Croatian architect, exhibition designer, editor and curator. She graduated from the Zagreb Faculty of Architecture and has international professional experience.

Co-founder of the non-profit group ARCHIsquad, a division for architecture with conscience, and project coordinator of its educational programmes: "Out of Focus: Architecture of Giving" and "*urgentArchitecture", open architecture advisory centres for citizens. Winner of Merit Award in the Shinkenchiku competition in Japan, awarded by Jun Aoki in 2009. One of the initiators and board members of the THINK SPACE programme of conceptual architectural competitions and co-curator of its exhibition "Competitive Hypothesis" at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York in 2013. Author of many exhibition designs; her latest collaboration with the artist Erik van der Weijde was on display at Camera Austria, Graz, in 2015. Editor of Croatian magazine ORIS (interviews with Pritzker laureates Kazuyo Sejima of SAANA, Edouardo Souto de Moura and Peter Zumthor). Ana Dana Beroš has been recognised as an early-career architect and selected as finalist for the Wheelwright Prize awarded by Harvard University's GSD in 2014. Ana Dana Beroš received Special Mention for her curatorial-research project "Intermundia" at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition Fundamentals curated by Rem Koolhaas. Recently she started contributing as an author for Croatian Radio within the "Reality of Space" series of interviews on politics and poetics of space, with international architects, theorists and critics.
Anastasia Douka

Anastasia Douka

Actopolis-City: Athens

Anastasia Douka creates host spaces for systems of objects that she wants to operate as metaphors for the given location. She believes that everything constructed can break, be reconstructed and then break once again (or at least that it has the potential to do so). She has been a resident artist at the Yaddo Colony, NY, the Salzburg International Summer Academy and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME. Recent group shows and projects include: Mediation Code, Athens Biennale 5to6; Reverb: New Art from Greece, SMFA, Boston, MA; Contra-rotations, Ran TeaHouse, NY; The Four Horsemen, Chicago, IL; Near Dwellers, Russell Industrial Center, Detroit, MI; and Pierrot Le Fou, Alte Saline, Hallein, Austria. Her last solo show Dog _ I think of them driving was presented in an office building at the foot of the Acropolis. Douka is a graduate of the MFA sculpture programme at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of the SAIC 2011-2013 New Artist Society Merit Scholarship Award; the Edes Semi-Finalist Fellowship Award; the Alexander S. Onassis Scholarship; the Mihelis Foundation Award; and the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. In 2011 she was awarded the Deste Prize.
Anica Vučetić

Anica Vučetić

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Anica Vučetić (born 1962 in Belgrade, Serbia) works on video installations and video environments. Education: University of Arts in Belgrade – Faculty of Fine Arts: Graduate Studies – Bachelor of Arts, Painting (1981/’86); Postgraduate Studies – Magister of Arts, Painting (1986/’89).

Selected Solo-shows: Nostalgia (1995), MAC USP Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil; Environmental Works (1999) and Dreams about the Big Wave (2001), Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany; Video installations (2002), Galeria 23 y 10, ICAIC, Havana, Cuba; Compression (2006) and Flowing In (2009), Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade, Serbia; Cut (2008), Art Gallery “Nadežda Petrović”, Čačak, Serbia; A Long Trip (2010), MoCA of Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegowina; Flowing In (2011), Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia; The Big Wave (1997) and The Fall (2013), Salon of the MoCA Belgrade, A Long Trip (2015), Centre for Contemporary Art of Montenegro, Podgorica.

Politika Award, for the best exhibition in 2008, Serbia.
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© Armina Pilav
Armina Pilav

Armina Pilav

© Armina Pilav
Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

I was born in B&H and live and work between Sarajevo and Venice. I obtained my Ph.D. in Urbanism at the post-graduate school of the Faculty of Architecture in Venice. I am an urban activist and researcher, an architect and urbanist with special interest in war/post-war cities. My work includes the female and feminist perspective of reproduction and imagination in the city.

My research/practice is related to observing, visualising and rethinking war/post-war cities or other forms of urban conflict and extreme urban situations (i.e. natural disasters), using visual research methods and representations and collective spatial imagination. In my research and projects I participated in scientific and other conferences in Spain, Portugal, Slovenia and Albania and elsewhere. At the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014, I showed my research work "Sarajevo and self-made solutions in the context of war emergency". I have participated in and conducted several workshops with citizens and architecture students, including participation in the residency programme of "Decolonizing architecture" in Palestine (2008) and was workshop leader of "Remaking our city" in Sarajevo (2012). I was also part of the interactive art project "Bring In Take Out Living Archive". Currently, I am the co-author and researcher of the action-research programme Gradologija,
www.gradologija.ba.
© Asmir Mutevelić
Asmir Mutevelić

Asmir Mutevelić

© Asmir Mutevelić
Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Asmir Mutevelić was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1983. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo in 2009 and is one of the founding partners and director at Filter arhitektura.

In his work, Mutevelić is searching for universal and lasting qualities of space and focuses on experience and the psychology of space. Through his work and research in theory of architecture, he is working towards the creation of new and precise design methodology.

He has won several awards as a co-author for projects at international and local public competitions: Himalayan Mountain Hut ‒ honourable mention (2015); Young Balkan Designers "Common Grounds" (2015); Grand Prix Collegium Artisticum (2013); second prize in the competition for the memorial to 2nd of May 1992 Sarajevo (2012); first prize in the competition for the historical park of Medieval Bosnia (2009). One of his projects was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe award ‒ The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture (2015).
© Maja Topčagić
Bojan Stojčić

Bojan Stojčić

© Maja Topčagić
Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Bojan Stojčić (1988) is an artist from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated in Graphic Design aat the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, and finished his master thesis about drawing in the same institution. His work has been shown in multiple local and international exhibitions. He is an associate in the Ideologija design studio based in Sarajevo.

Bojan Stojčić's work is based primarily on interventions in the public space (both physical and virtual). His interventions are primarily textual and almost always demonstrate the artist's intimate thoughts and ideas. Positioned in particular places or set on different objects coming from artist's living space, all his works carry a message that is clear, sometimes painfully realistic, sarcastic and mostly funny. More than that, some works (realised in different institutions) are politically and socially engaged and use the space itself to bring about these written metaphors. Works done in studio are mostly text based drawings, or drawings that incorporate different pictorial or textual narratives.
City Guerilla

City Guerilla

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

City Guerilla is a creative laboratory that rests on the following principles: self-organised youth, their creative association, peer and alternative education, exchange of a wide range of skills, knowledge and ideas. Synergies between these versatile factors foster the production of specific creative spaces where various ideas in the fields of art and social activism can be put into practice.

During the past six years of the project more than hundred young people from Belgrade were given an opportunity to put their ideas into action. City Guerilla allowed them to gain new experiences through self-organization during the process of implementation of the project they devised: “Right to a City – improving your own urban environment themselves.”

Between 2010 and 2015, City Guerilla realized various exhibitions, installations, workshops (in collaboration with local and international artists), debates, lectures, concerts, creative and environmental events and interventions in public spaces, research projects, regional and international events and workshops. With support from the EU “Youth in Action” programme City Guerilla organized two international working meetings.

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Constantin Goagea

Constantin Goagea

Actopolis-City: Bucharest

Constantin Goagea (b. 1970) MA in architecture, became a producer, curator and creative director. Co-founder of “Zeppelin” cultural platform, His work investigates the relationship of contemporary culture, digital technology and the human environment. He is interested in how new technologies are influencing the urban development, what a smart city is, but mostly what a smart society could be.

Coordinator, designer and producer of more than 35 exhibitions in the last 15 years. The most significant ones were:
2015> Carol Factory – Post-industry; an art landscape exhibition. Goagea was the designer and coordinator; together with artists and architects from Norway and the Netherlands he realised five wooden installations. The result of their work was a new public space inside the Carol Factory, which helped and supported the development of many events and cultural activities in the old factory, next to Carol Park in Bucharest. More than ten such events, including electronic, jazz and rock music, lectures, workshops and movie nights took place in this venue, involving more than 20,000 participants.br> 2014> He realised the design and production of the group’s project named “Connected | things about future, cities and people”. This international project was supported by EU funds and was intended to foresee the soft collision between the vectors of global technology and European cities (www.citiesandpeople.eu). The design of this exhibition was awarded a prize at the Anuala de Arhitectura, a competition organised by the Chamber of Romanian Architects.
Constantinos Hadzinikolaou

Constantinos Hadzinikolaou

Actopolis-City: Athens

Hadzinikolaou was born in 1974 in Athens, where he lives and works. He is a cinematographer and writer. His filmography is comprised mainly of short documentary films shot on Super 8, while his writings can be found in various newspapers and magazines: poetry, prose and criticism. His pamphlet Notes from the mountains was published in 2009. In 2012 he received the writer’s scholarship from the National Book Centres of France and Greece. He participated in the 4th Athens Biennale (2013).

As time goes by
I can speak less and less about my work
‒ or about the “non-work”, as Duras says ‒
and perhaps this is because
even more intensely now
the work (or non-work)
emerges from a generality
of the kind “I like literature, cinema”
which is
suddenly
transformed
through the most direct and harsh manner
into something tangible
so tangible in fact
that someone can touch it (as he would touch a glass)
without having much to say.
At least not me.
COSMINA GOAGEA

COSMINA GOAGEA

Actopolis-City: Bucharest

Cosmina Goagea is an architect and curator and the programme director of Zeppelin communications platform. Her research and curatorial practice is focused on sustainable design, new media, urban activism and participative city-making. Her special interests include the international networking of experts in urban issues, cultural management in design and urban studies, cultural and social entrepreneurship and design thinking.

Current projects:
Since 2001:
Project director and editor of Zeppelin magazine (136 issues to date) (www.e zeppelin.ro)
December 2014 ‒ November 2015
Curator and co-author for the "Halele Carol" project in partnership with USF Bergen (NO) ‒ the transformation of a former industrial site in Bucharest into a cultural destination (www.halelecarol.ro).
June 2013 ‒ May 2015
Coordinator and co author of "Connected. Things about future, cities and people", a project initiated by Zeppelin in collaboration with NUDA (NO), Fargfabriken (SE), Archis (NL) and Eurodite (RO) (www. citiesandpeople.eu).
January 2015 ‒ June 2016
Team member of "Cities in Transition", a project initiated by Pakhuis de Zwijger (NL) (www.citiesintransition.eu).
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Daniela Pălimariu

Daniela Pălimariu

© Mirela Petcu
Actopolis-City: Bucharest

Daniela Pălimariu works primarily as a visual artist and currently lives in Bucharest. She followed an MFA at University College Falmouth, UK and previously graduated from the George Enescu Art University in Iasi, Romania.

Daniela was involved in various projects at tranzit.ro/ Bucharest and Iasi, Ivan Gallery, MNAC, Salonul de Proiecte and Platforma Space (Bucharest), MAGMA (St. George) and Kinema Ikon (Arad), Oberliht (Chisinău, MD), Intermediae (Madrid, ES), CAZ (Penzance, UK), and was an artist in residence at Nida Art Colony (LT), EstNordEst (Quebec, CA) and The Model (Sligo, IRL). Since 2012 she has been coordinating salonvideo.net, a platform for promoting and experimenting with video art, primarily open to Romanian artists.
© Danijela Dugandžić Živanović
Danijela Dugandžić

Danijela Dugandžić

© Danijela Dugandžić Živanović
Actopolis-City: Sarajevo


Danijela Dugandžić is a feminist worker, curator, cultural producer and creator active in the women's movement and in the field of feminist art for the past 20 years. She is currently an acting director of the organisation called CRVENA. Over the years she worked with many artists and organisations from around the globe and produced work in different media. She sees feminism as a lifestyle and takes feminist values and solidarity as her starting point in all projects.

Danijela Dugandžić's work includes Vagina Monologues theatre plays (Sarajevo, Belgrade, Zagreb), a documentary We are the majority, performance Bujrum Izvolite, the art project Transfor(M)art etc. As a member of the feminist curatorial group Red Min(e)d she curated the 54th October Salon in Belgrade in 2013. The group's experimental project The Bring In Take Out Living Archive appeared in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna, Munich, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Stockholm, Zurich etc. In 2014 she curated an exhibition in the public space called "My house is your house too". Danijela also teaches courses for a Women's Studies programme, provides consultancy and gives lectures all over BIH.

With CRVENA she developed and produced numerous projects, exhibitions, public actions and interventions, artist talks and lectures dealing with contemporary art, feminism, violence against women and girls, women's history and women's engagement. In 2013, together with a team of four researchers, architects and activists she developed a comprehensive program Gradologija (Cityology) www.gradologija.ba that deals with questions of urban governance, use and misuse of public space in the city, urban mobilisation and the possibilities for creation, maintenance and development of what is known as "urban commons".
Denise Ritter

Denise Ritter

Actopolis-City: Oberhausen

Denise Ritter is a sound artist working internationally in the field of sound installation and electro-acoustic music. After graduating with a diploma in geography, she studied audiovisual art as a master-class student with Christina Kubisch. The artist lives in the Ruhr area and her work has been awarded several grants.

Denise Ritter realises electroacoustic sound installations and sculptures which are mostly site-specific and always use precisely composed electro-acoustic pieces made of field recordings and concrete noise recordings. For the Industrial / Musique concrète pieces of her CD releases aka "Schachtanlage Gegenort" she makes sound recordings of the coal mining and iron and steel industries. In 2013 she initiated the global participatory sound art project "small world wide".
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Despina Zefkili

Despina Zefkili

© Dimitris Tsitsos
Actopolis-City: Athens

Despina Zefkili is an art critic and senior editor in athinorama, the leading cultural guide of Athens. She is interested in a critical understanding of art in a wider sociopolitical context as well as its performative and educational aspects.
She has published articles on the Athens art scene in international books and magazines including “On one side of the same water” (Hatje Cantz), “The way between Belgrade and Prishtina” (Stacion Center), “Third Text”, and has reviewed shows for Frieze Magazine, artnet, Flash Art, ArtInfo.com, South Magazine.
Currently she is a member of the Temporary Art Academy PAT curating the “Soft Power Lectures” at Actopolis Project. She was a member of the production team of the 4th Athens Biennale AGORA. She has curated a series of events on lecture performance in the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens. Together with Vangelis Vlahos she has co-curated the exhibition “Archaeology of Today?” at Els Hanappe Underground and co-edited, from 2004 to 2008, Local Folk, a free press publication, focusing on a critical view on the local art production and a dialogue with other art scenes.
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Dirk Schlichting

Dirk Schlichting

© Till Schlichting
Actopolis-City: Oberhausen

Dirk Schlichting was born in Düsseldorf in 1965. Between 1988-1995 he studied at the Art Academy in Münster under Prof. Joachim Bandau. In 1992 he was a master student and was awarded the "Förderpreis der Gemeinde Everswinkel" and the "Förderpreis Studiogalerie XVI" in 1993.He is a member of the Westdeutscher and Deutscher Künstlerbund and lives and works in Herne and Dortmund.

Dirk Schlichting's main interest is sculptural work with a focus on site and space-specific installations. His installations are often designed as temporary interventions.
Examples of his work include:
2015 stiegenmuseum.ebensee, Festival der Regionen, Ebensee/ Austria;
2012 erwartet, Kunstkirche Bochum;
2010 Expedition, liquid area/ waterways, Städtische Galerie Herne; 2010 schrankenlos, grenzgebiet ruhr, Westpark Bochum;
2008 Innere, Dortmunder Kunstverein; and
2003 Panorama, Sukun/ Stille, Mobile Städt. Galerie im Museum Folkwang, Essen
www.dirkschlichting.de
Eda Soyal

Eda Soyal

Actopolis-City: Mardin

Eda Soyal (Turkey) is teaching as a research assistant at the Architecture Faculty of Artuklu University. She holds a BA in Architecture from Karadeniz Technical University and an MA in Architectural History and Theory from The Bartlett School of Architecture with a scholarship from Turkish Education Ministry. Eda is now a PhD candidate at Artuklu University.

Her master’s studies explore the possibilities and resistance of hybridity as a critical practice through the writings of Homi Bhabha with the samples of the early period of modern Turkey’s urban spaces. She criticises the role of institutional and governmental unilateral literature on the configuration of urban spaces. Eda participated in the “Cities Methodologies” 2013 exhibition at UCL Urban Lab with the project named Object Stories, which traces the everyday habits of an immigrant woman in London. The project was exhibited as a folded comic book and included voice records of dialogues and mapping of the woman’s daily urban network in London.

Eda Soyal has been teaching at a first-year design studio. She has recently begun to examine the idea of the commons, their contemporary relevance as spatial practices and the relation between the commons and public space.
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Elpida Karaba

Elpida Karaba

© Nikos Alexopoulos
Actopolis-City: Athens

Independent curator and art theorist. Lives and works in Athens

Elpida Karaba has worked since 2000 in education, teaching art theory and art history. She has curated various exhibitions and independent art projects. In 2012 she published ArchivePublic: Performing Archives in Public Art: Topical Interventions (co editor P. Kouros). She is the curator of the series ArchiveRights in ISET (Institute of Contemporary Greek Art). In 2014 the first performance of her in-process curatorial-educational programme, PAT, took place in Peristeri, Athens, as part of the Community Projects of NEON Organisation. A book on PAT-Peristeri is due in summer 2015. As a member of the Reading Group she was also the co-author of the book Exercises of Idiosyncrasy. She has also published the book 9+1 Unrealised Projects. Issues on Curating.and was the co-editor in chief of the annual review of AICA Hellas, Techne & Kritiki for two anthologies, one dedicated to art theory and its methods and the second to art and its institutions. Her research interests and publication record focus on art and political theory, public art and documentary, activist and performative art practices.
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geheimagentur

geheimagentur

© geheimagentur
Actopolis-City: Oberhausen

geheimagentur is an open collective; people who have participated in geheimagentur projects are free to use the label "geheimagentur" for future projects. In order for this to work, we remain anonymous ‒ geheimagentur translates as "secret agency". Thus, it is difficult for us to provide "personal info" - but we have recently celebrated our 12th birthday.

geheimagentur produces situations and institutions that appear to be fictional but then nonetheless withstand the test of reality. The performances of geheimagentur cross the boundaries of symbolic politics towards "instant pleasure": they create a miniature version of another reality rather than confirming the old world in critical gestures. geheimagentur is an independent label, an open collective and the attempt to practise the "art of being many".
www.geheimagentur.net
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Glykeria Stathopoulou

Glykeria Stathopoulou

© Glykeria Stathopoulou
Actopolis-City: Athens

Glykeria Stathopoulou studied Fine Art and History and Theory of Art in the UK and the US. She received the First Award in Academic Excellence for her MA Thesis (San Francisco Art Institute).

Glykeria Stathopoulou is currently a PhD student writing on delegated performance and current ethnographic methodologies and re-enactment practices in art. In 2007 she participated in a research team for the implementation of a pilot art school project in San Francisco (collaborative institutions Stanford University, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and California College of the Arts) and has participated at the Temporary Academy of Art project curated by Elpida Karaba (P.A.T, 2014). She was a member of the curatorial team of the Fourth Athens Biennale AGORA in 2013, has edited and authored texts in exhibition catalogues and online journals and has contributed to a publication on failure as an artistic strategy: Shaving the mammoth (SFAI University Press, 2008).
Haris Sahačić

Haris Sahačić

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Haris Sahačić was born 1977 in Sarajevo; He graduated in Media Design at the Department for Experimental Radio of the Bauhaus University in Weimar/Germany. Since 1999 he has been active in the field of NGOs, trade unions and radio. He is an administrator, radio producer, poet, writer, sound designer, composer and feminist-friendly man.

The artistic expression of this media designer is to be found initially in his books of poetry, which were written in 2001 – Requiem for the Tears of Bohemians (in German and Bosnian); in 2008 – Three Warlocks (in Bosnian); in 2010 ‒ Around our Necks Remained a Grip of Wars (in Bosnian); and in 2013 – One for All against One (in German). Since 2003 he has collaborated with Student eFM radio in Sarajevo, Radio FREI in Erfurt and later with www.bauhaus.fm. On 25 September 2009 he and his team received an honourable mention from the Medienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt for the production of “Gattschaft Bericht”. All the audio-visual concepts, radio essays, radio features, radio dramas, sound experiments et al. produced by Haris Sahačić are seen socially speaking as the purely ground-level reaction of a free radio artist to the high level of irresponsibility of the multi-level “society” in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Link to Blog
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Ibrica Jašarević

Ibrica Jašarević

© Ibrica Jašarević
Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Jašarević’s architectural practice has a strong reference to human scale and tactility, as well as environmental sustainability.

He has won several awards as a co-author for projects at international and local public competitions: Grand Prix Collegium Artisticum (2013); first prize in the competition for a monument/scenography to erased citizens (2013); second prize in the competition for the memorial to 2nd of May 1992 Sarajevo (2012); first prize in the competition for the historical park of Medieval Bosnia (2009).

Many of his projects have been published in relevant architectural magazines, such as Hochpartere (Switzerland).
Irena Ristic

Irena Ristic

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Art-maker and researcher mostly focused on cross-disciplinary works and empirical studies in the field of the Psychology of Arts. Leads Hop.La! and works in the Department of Theory of History, FDA Belgrade, as assistant professor.

Irena Ristić graduated in 1992 at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Department of Theatrical Direction. She her postgraduate studies at the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Philosophy and in the Institute for Psychodrama in Belgrade. In 2011 she defended her PhD thesis in the field of the Psychology of Art. Irena Ristić is a researcher and art maker. She has initiated and directed several polymedia works, two experimental films, more than forty theatre productions in city theatres in the region, and a number of significant participatory projects. Her short film Appetite was awarded the prize for the best experimental film in a number of festivals, such as 57th DSFFB. Her main focus includes polymedia works, social experiments and empirical arts research; previous projects are presented in the books Beginning and the end of creative process (2011) and Psychology of creativity (2013). She leads Hop.La! and teaches psychology and psychology of art at Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.
Iuliana Dumitru

Iuliana Dumitru

Actopolis-City: Bucharest

Graduate from Bucharest Faculty of Sociology in 2008, with a degree in Human Communities. In 2011 awarded a Master’s Degree at the Centre of Excellence in Image Studies (CESI). Now a PhD student at CESI, writing about the native village from a socio-anthropological perspective. A people person who loves to conduct interviews and take photos.

October 2015 ‒ present: Art specialist for the “Pandora” project at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology.

April-September 2015: Cultural Manager for the project “Faţadele sunt ale comunităţii”, the revitalisation of the Costa-Foru House.

August-September 2015: Interviews for the Zeppelin Association, part of the exhibition Bucharest-South.

February 2011 ‒ June 2012: Researcher for the artistic project X:20 “Romanian Art after 1989” under the guidance of art critic Erwin Kessler. This was a Romanian Cultural Institute project.

June ‒ September (summer job) 2004 ‒ 2014: Administrator of the 2 Mai Camping, a seaside resort.
Katarina Bošnjaky

Katarina Bošnjak

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Katarina Bošnjak was born in 1990. She completed her BA at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo in 2012 and her MA in 2014 at the same institution. She is currently employed as Junior Architect at OSNAP d.o.o. and is an exterior collaborator at the Faculty of Architecture, Department of City planning, a member of the LIFT – spatial initiatives, a volunteer at theatre SARTR and writer for student magazine 303 ( field: urbanism).

Katarina’s projects include video works, short movies, research and interior designs as well as active participation in the organisation of the Sarajevo Days of Architecture. Katarina has participated in exhibitions including “VIDEODETECTURE” with a short movie: “Visual pollution, manipulation and frustration” and Green Design in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She also gave lectures at the CICIOP conference in 2013 and the Days of Architecture 2015 with the project “Experimental Park ‒ Kindergarten”. She has participated in numerous workshops from the Green Design workshop “Illegal settlements” in 2012, “City Acupuncture” in Sarajevo and Split, workshops with Norwegian students in Međugorje, “Urban Incubator” in Savamala in 2013 and “Komad grada” in Belgrade in 2014. Together with Sejjid Dudić she created a promotional video for the ASK conference in 2014 entitled “Urban transformations: Animation of Urban Ruins”. Katarina received an award from the Green Design Center for “Best integration of green techniques”.
Kenan Vatrenjak

Kenan Vatrenjak

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Kenan Vatrenjak was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1983. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo in 2009. In 2005/2006 he studied at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona and worked at Barcelona City Hall. He is one of the founding partners at Filter arhitektura.

Kenan Vatrenjak is currently working on architectural projects of various types and sizes. Through his work, he seeks to question a given problem and to understand design as a specific type of research.

He has won several awards as a co-author for projects at international and local public competitions: Himalayan Mountain Hut ‒ honourable mention (2015); Grand Prix Collegium Artisticum (2013); first prize in the competition for a monument/scenography to erased citizens (2013); second prize in the international competition for the urban-architecture concept design for the Badel Site Zagreb redevelopment (2012); second prize in the competition for the memorial to 2nd of May 1992 Sarajevo (2012).

He has also worked on a research project: “Propocon ‒ Property, Possession and Conflict in Re/Building Settlement”, for The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
KURS

KURS

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

KURS (founded in 2010) is an organisation that examines wider social problems by means of artistic production. KURS acts through various visual forms, primarily through producing murals, illustrations, wall newspapers and video reports. The main aim of KURS is to produce educational and informative content framed by artistic language and presented in some form of artistic expression. Even though KURS is primarily associated with artistic production as a way of expression and articulation, in our work we also strive to join the political struggle and to bring about cooperation with left-orientated organisations.
Lana Čmajčanin

Lana Čmajčanin

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Lana Čmajčanin was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1983. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Sarajevo. Her work encompasses installations, video works, performances and sound installations. She is one of the founders and members of the Association for Culture and Art CRVENA.

Čmajčanin’s socially engaged artistic practice is often situated and has a strong reference to a specific place, the political framework, the war and post-war situation in B&H and more widely also distinctly includes the role of women and the female body.

She is not afraid to be engaged with even the most traumatic issues of the space she comes from. Her work presents an un-bribable political agenda and she succeeds in translating and transmitting local realities and experiences in a universal code that is comprehensible to an international audience. Lana Čmajčanin has shown her works in many international exhibitions and has participated in several Artists-in-Residence Programmes. She has won several awards and scholarships including the Special Award of the 54th October Salon in 2013. She has also been nominated for the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
www.lanacmajcanin.com/
Lars Moritz

Lars Moritz

Actopolis-City: Oberhausen

Lars Moritz lives in Vienna and works as a performance artist and artistic researcher of everyday life. He is an assistant in the department for Architecture | Urbanism at the University of Arts in Linz (A). He runs the co-working space Ver:schwender in Vienna.

Lars Moritz founded the Institute for Research of the Everyday as a platform for artistic research and direct action. Research projects, installations and performances of the institute have been presented in different countries and various locations, from theatres to motorway service areas. In 2014 he created the Neighbourhood National Park in Vienna, the first national park in an inner city area. Together with performance artist Otmar Wagner he invented the news journal AKTION AKTUELL as a mixture of TV and performance art. These and other projects work with the idea of radical infotainment and new ways of producing and presenting knowledge. As part of irreality.tv he creates internet series based on a strategy called soapification.

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LIGHTUNE.G

LIGHTUNE.G

Actopolis-City: Zagreb

Bojan Gagić is a multimedia artist working internationally in the sphere of sound art and field recordings. Parallell to working as a technical director for theatre, film and music festivals (Eurokaz, Dance Week Festival, Zagreb Film Festival, Queer Festival, World Theatre Festival), Gagić publishes his poetry in literary magazines. His work also includes music for short experimental films, together with light and sound design for many theatre plays. Gagić is the author of four short experimental films (ties/structures/ambients — in the collection of Academia Cravatica; Richter’s View — in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Poet in New York and Dissection). He is the co-founder of the Zagreb platform for new sound expressions Sinelinea.

Miodrag Gladović is an engineer in electroacoustics, a musician, music producer and multimedia artist. As a musician he is heavily involved in the underground music scene. Based on DIY ethics Gladović co-founded the independent record label Moonlee Records. Since 2010 his work has been more related to experimental and improvised music and multimedia art. Gladović performs solo with his audio-visual project “Packmess GP” (Grains & Particles), exploring new forms of musical expression.

LIGHTUNE.G is the name under which multimedia artist Bojan Gagić and electroacoustic engineer Miodrag Gladović started their first luminoacoustic research in 2011. The name originates from the first experiment in conversion of light produced by theatre spotlights into sound: LIGHT / LIGHT + MELODY / TUNE + TONE G/50Hz. It is a unique and self-developed technique, which they named luminoacoustics, and for which LIGHTUNE.G won the Third Prize at the Guthman New MusicalInstrument Competition in Atlanta in 2012.
Mariela Cvetić

Mariela Cvetić

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Mariela Cvetić, Ph. D. is an artist and art theorist. She is associate professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture and guest professor at the University of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies of Arts and Media and University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical sciences, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Mariela Cvetić is the author of many solo and group exhibitions. Her artistic practice and theoretical work explores the relationship between subject and space. She is a member of the team of authors whose floor installation wonhlich was selected to represent the Republic of Serbia at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2008. She is the author of the book Das Unheimliche: Psychoanalitical and Cultural Theories of Space (Das Unheimliche: psihoanalitičke i kulturalne teorije prostora (Belgrade, 2011) and The Artist's Book/Umetnikova knjiga (Belgrade, 2013).
Marija Radoš & Miroslav Karić

Marija Radoš & Miroslav Karić

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Marija Radoš (Belgrade, 1977). Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, History of Art Department, Belgrade University 2005. Since 2005 has worked within Remont – an Independent Artistic Association based in Belgrade as art manager, curator, PR. Colaborated on many local, regional and international projects. Besides engagement in the Remont association she is also the author of several curatorial projects, exhibition texts, art selections and also a member of several artistic boards – Remont Gallery, Blok Gallery, Youth Cultural Center Belgrade, November Salon (Čačak)...

Miroslav Karic (1975) holds a BA in Art History from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade (2000) and since 2001 has been a secretary and curator at the Remont-Independent Art Association. Karic has been a member of the editorial team of Remont Art Magazine. During the period from 2004 – 2010 he regularly edited Exhibitions section in the monthly cultural guide Yellow Cab Belgrade. During the last fifteen years Karic has been professionally engaged as a curator, coordinator/organiser and PR specialist on contemporary art and cultural projects. Recent activities include: Art in Serbia since 2000, Donumenta festival, Regensburg; Ex-traordinary, collaborative exhibition project/ workshops with regional curators and artists in Kanjiza, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Podgorica; Sensing Realities (curatorial project with Sasa Janjic), Galerie B -312, Montreal.
Marijana Cvetkovic

Marijana Cvetkovic

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Cultural worker and activist. Co-founder of Station Service for contemporary dance and Nomad Dance Academy, a Balkan platform for the development of contemporary dance and the performing arts. Lecturer at the University of Arts in Belgrade. Works with museums. Publishes texts and edits books on dance, performing arts, cultural policy and museums.

Cvetkovic’s main interests are in the fields of independent culture, contemporary performing arts, museum studies and cultural policy. All these fields are approached through critical theory and practice, institutional critique and transdisciplinarity.
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Mihai Dutescu

Mihai Dutescu

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Actopolis-City: Bucharest

Mihai Dutescu was born in 1979. He is an architect, writer and lecturer at the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest. He was awarded a PhD degree for research in the field of contemporary urban vernacular developments.

Mihai Dutescu is the author of two poetry books and one novel and has received several literary prizes. Poems and fragments of prose have been translated into English, French, Swedish and Czech.
Current research interests include vernacular and non-architectural phenomena within contemporary cities, speculative real estate developments and emerging post-communist societies.
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mihaidutescu@live.com
Mirjana Boba Stojadinović

Mirjana Boba Stojadinović

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Stojadinović has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally since 1998. She received the Award of the 25th Nadežda Petrović Memorial in 2010 in Čačak, Serbia.

She has initiated and realised projects dealing with visual art in public and private spaces, often in the form of participatory projects. Independent cultural production is her central focus, though she has collaborated with different institutions from Serbia and abroad. Since 2010 she has been the author and director of the project forum ARTIST AS AUDIENCE, a series of public discussions among the audience on chosen artworks. Stojadinović has curated, organised and participated in group exhibitions in Serbia and Europe.

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Nebojša Milikić and Tadej Kurepa

Nebojša Milikić and Tadej Kurepa

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Nebojša Milikić: Cultural worker, researcher and activist. Involved in organisational, artistic and curatorial practice in visual and socially engaged arts. Participates in research projects and activist campaigns. Occasionally writes about cultural and artistic production. Works in the Cultural Center Rex in Belgrade, as the initiator and coordinator of the debate programmes.

Tadej Kurepa: Journalist from Belgrade. He is Coordinator the Cultural Center REX and works on projects "Who Builds the City", "Speech programs" and “Corners of Europe”. His professional interests are media, publishing, cultural theory and the theory of ideology. The area of his closest interest is political cinema and film in general as means of political communication. (http://politfilm.com)
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Nikola Bojić

Nikola Bojić

© Nikola Bojić
Actopolis-City: Zagreb

Nikola Bojić holds a Master's degree in Art History and Museology from the University of Zagreb and a postgraduate Master's degree in Design Studies from Harvard University.

Bojić is a researcher and designer interested in spatial storytelling. Whether on a territorial or site-specific scale, his practice often digs into the social and political dimensions of space, analysing and disturbing the lines that divide public and private realms. He worked as an art director and set designer of a theatre piece in Algeria, which dealt with the issue of illegal immigration across the Mediterranean sea. In China he designed a landscape installation which honours the people whose villages have been destroyed in the name of new urban development. During his stay at Harvard University he wrote Excavations, an experimental book that aims to translate reading into an authentic spatial experience.

Along with public art & design practice, Nikola is a regular speaker at conferences and design festivals around the world. Currently he is editing the Life of Art magazine for contemporary visual arts published by the Institute of Art History in Zagreb.
Nikola Radić Lucati

Nikola Radić Lucati

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Nikola Radić Lucati is an artist who has been exhibiting regularly since 1994. He taught multimedia art at Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts in Jerusalem and photography at the Camera Obscura and Kalisher colleges in Tel Aviv.

He explores the intersections of history, human rights and culture through prisms of photography, text and installation. Has focused his recent work on the issues of Holocaust history and remembrance as the right to minority self-interpretation and representation.
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Panos Sklavenitis

Panos Sklavenitis

© Athina Kaltsika
Actopolis-City: Athens

Panos Sklavenitis was born and brought up on Ulysses’ island, Ithaka. That is why he has an attachment to the Greek sun and the Greek sea. When he was young he attended PIKPA school, an institution offering education to children with special needs. Until very recently Sklavenitis did not know that PIKPA was such an establishment.
Like the artists of the Russian avant-garde, Sklavenitis worked for many years in applied arts as a graphic designer, until he also discovered an interest in the fine arts. In his work he focuses on masquerade, satire, over-identification and performative methods. He collaborates closely with anthropologists and archaeologists in order to study subjects in the culture industry and other subjects relating to our civilisation. Sklavenitis is an experienced teacher, since for many years he has made his living as a drawing teacher. He frequently uses his students in his projects.
Pelin Tan

Pelin Tan

Actopolis-City: Ankara / Mardin

Tan trained in sociology and art history. She concluded her PhD on socially engaged art in the urban space (ITU - Istanbul Technical University) and her post-doctorate studies on the methodology of artistic research at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Tan has received several research grants and residencies including DAAD (2006-07), The Japan Foundation (2012), IASPIS curatorial (2008) and Kitakyushu Contemporary Art Inst. (2015). Tan is an Associate Professor at the Architecture Faculty, Mardin Artuklu University. In Spring 2016 she will hold the position of Research Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic, Urban Environment Lab.
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Raluca Voinea

Raluca Voinea

© Eduard Constantin
Actopolis-City: Bucharest

Raluca Voinea is a curator and art critic based in Bucharest. She has a BA in Art History and Theory from the Arts University in Bucharest (2001) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London (2006).

Since 2012 she has been co-director of tranzit.ro Association (a member of the tranzit.org network) and runs the space of tranzit.ro in Bucharest. Here she is organising a programme of exhibitions and discursive events focused on the relationships between contemporary art and political determination, stimulating local production and debate and working in a trans-disciplinary manner.
Projects related to the public space (curated or coordinated) include: The KNOT. Linking the Existing with the Imaginary – a travelling public space platform in Berlin, Warsaw and Bucharest (2010); The Department for Art in Public Space (2009-2010), a small platform for discussions and artistic projects; and Public Art Bucharest 2007.
Roberto Vertieri

Roberto Vertieri

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Born in Italy; lives and works between Sarajevo and Venice. Graduated in architecture at the Venice Faculty of Architecture ‒ IUAV. After degree worked as graphic designer and film maker. Currently studying film directing at film.factory ‒ Sarajevo Film Academy.

Work and research focus on the development and contradictions that are constantly produced for and by societies and Nature.
Saša Šimpraga

Saša Šimpraga

Actopolis-City: Zagreb

Saša Šimpraga is a space analyst, publicist and activist from Zagreb. He is the author of the book Zagreb, Public Space. In 2012 he founded 1POSTOZAGRAD (1percentforthecity), a volunteer platform dedicated to city improvements and commons. He has either funded or co-authored projects such as DOTRSCINA VIRTUAL MUSEUM, dedicated to innovative approaches in the culture of remembrance; MOTEL TROGIR, a project dealing with the modernist heritage; ARS PUBLICAE, devoted to art in the public space; and 50 POEMS FOR SNOW, an international no-budget poetry festival taking place each year on the first night of snow. He is also the author of a number of artistic interventions.
© Nikola Predović
Selma Banich

Selma Banich

© Nikola Predović
Actopolis-City: Zagreb

Selma Banich is a performance artist who lives and works in Zagreb. She has authored a series of artworks, created independently or in collaboration with other artists, groups, and initiatives. She uses the medium of dance performance, performance art and action in the public space, both on film and in the theatre, and at the same time is engaged in the field of non-formal education and practice-based research. While conceiving and presenting her own work, she strives to give priority to ethics over aesthetics, empathy over utopia, art making over politics, and nature over society, thus expanding the context for further learning, creativity and participation in the organisation of labour.

Selma Banich is the co-founder and programme coordinator of ekscena, a prize-winning platform for education and research in the performing arts. She is an author, artistic collaborator and performer with OOUR, a Zagreb-based collaborative performance group and TRAFIK, a Rijeka-based theatre group, a member of the First International Institute for Disaster and Chaos and a performer with Every House Has A Door, a Chicago-based performance group. When not working in theatre, she lives a simple life as a lover of nature, mankind and web 2.0.
Sevgi Ortaç

Sevgi Ortaç

Actopolis-City: Ankara / Mardin

Sevgi Ortaç, born in Istanbul in 1984, is a visual artist living in Istanbul. She studied film and photography in Istanbul and Fine Arts(MFA) at the Dutch Art Institute in the Netherlands. Her work derives from specific localities and long-term engagements and is motivated by the possibilities of collective production, mobilisation and commoning.

She works with photography and video as forms of essay and enjoys printed matter.
In 2010 she produced the books The Monument Upside Down focusing on the ancient city walls of Istanbul and House with a View on the newly constructed mass demonstration area in Yenikapı, Istanbul in 2014. Both publications investigate spatial narratives and conflicts on the production of heritage and current use.
She has been collaborating with architect Aslı Kıyak for the project "Made in Şişhane" on crafts heritage and neighbourhood networks in Istanbul. She initiates multimedia workshops in response to the urgent need for public response and discussion, creating web or paper-based platforms.
Seçkin Aydin

Seçkin Aydin

Actopolis-City: Ankara / Mardin

Seçkin Aydın, (1980) is a Kurdish artist and academic. He studied B.C. Painting, B.C. Sociology. MA: Art Educ., MFA: Costume and Textile Design. He has a Ph.D in Art, and he is studying for a PhD. in Media, Culture and Urban Studies. Seçkin Aydın works at Batman University as the head of the painting department. He is the President of the Mesopotamia Culture, Art and Thinking Association in Diyarbakir, and he directs Bat Art Lab in Batman.

In his works he mostly focuses on urbanism, disCommunication, collective memories, stories of civilians' survival strategies during the wars. He has participated in and curated many exhibitions, workshops, residencies and biennials in different countries. Some of his solo and curated exhibitions are about urbanism;

Solo exhibitions:
- 10/2012 "RE-RE-RE-RE-RE-RE-RE-RELOCALIZATION", Diyarbakir, Turkey.
- 04/2012 "Masters of Home, Masters of Exile", Berlin Germany.
- 06/2013 "Inspired By The City", Terni Italy.


Curated exhibitions:
- 09/2014 "Anonymous Lives", Batman, Turkey.
- 08/2012 "City as a Home", Polymer Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
- 112/2011 "In The Homy Space; Relocalization", Czech Republic.
- 05/2011 "Take Care of You", Diyarbakir, Turkey
- 01/2011 "Once Upon a Time At Home" Curator's Home. Diyarbakir, Turkey
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Sofia Dona

Sofia Dona

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Actopolis-City: Athens

Sofia Dona studied Architecture and received her Masters in Fine Arts from the Bauhaus University of Weimar in "Public Art and New Artistic Strategies". She was awarded the DAAD Prize for the Best Foreign Student at the Bauhaus University of Weimar (2010), and was a winner at the SADAS Architectural Awards 2010.

Sofia Dona has been realising projects in the field between architecture and art in various cities around the world, including Leipzig, Detroit, Chicago and Pisa. As a member of the "Errands" group, she has participated in exhibitions such as the 2nd Athens Biennial, the 7th São Paulo Biennial of Architecture, and the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial. In 2014 she co-curated the project "Enjoy your state of emergency: Art and activist strategies in times of crisis" in NGBK Berlin and the project "New Babylon Revisited" in Athens. In 2012 she curated the project "Austausch/Exchange" at the Broadway Passage and Cinema Theatre in Athens and curated and organised the project "On Board-Charter 2013" between Marseille and Athens, both under the auspices of the Goethe-Institut Athens. She is a Ph.D. student working on and researching the symbolic twinning of distant cities, such as Leipzig and Detroit. Recently she has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for Artists in order to realise a research project with the professor and artist Suzanne Lacy and at The Otis College for Art and Design in Los Angeles.
Stefan Ghenciulescu

Stefan Ghenciulescu

Actopolis-City: Bucharest

Born in 1972. Editor-in-chief of Zeppelin magazine and co-founder of the Zeppelin Association, Bucharest. Assistant Professor at the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest and a practising architect.

Author of Transparent City. Limits and dwelling in Bucharest, co-author and co-editor of nine books and several exhibitions and research projects. Ghenciulescu is an independent expert for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture ‒ "Mies van der Rohe Award". Awards in the last ten years include: finalist at the "European Public Space of the Year 2011ˮ ‒ for the"Magic Blocksˮ programme; 6 prizes and 7 nominations at the Bucharest Architecture Annual; 1 prize and 1 nomination at the Romanian Architecture Biennal; first prize at the national competition; and realisation of the Romanian pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. Current research interests are contemporary architecture, modern and post-socialist urban and architectural developments in South-Eastern Europe, urban and building regeneration and community architecture.
www.e-zeppelin.ro
sghenciulescu@gmail.com
Susanne Kudielka / Kaspar Wimberley

Susanne Kudielka / Kaspar Wimberley

Actopolis-City: Oberhausen

Susanne and Kaspar work as artists, producers, curators and researchers, specialising in site-responsive and inter-disciplinary 'public-art' practices. They are based in Stuttgart and Jersey.

Re-imagining the everyday
Projects have been described as an invitation to experience or take part in something extraordinary and a catalyst for dialogue and exchange. The common thread that runs through their work is an attempt to sensitise people to existing social, political or cultural conditions, exposing, negating or interrogating the hierarchy of the moment.

Susanne and Kaspar have worked for museums, art festivals, art institutions, universities, NGOs, schools and as independent producers, in collaboration with dog owners, bakers, landlords, bikers, gardeners, fishermen, homeless people, magicians, teenagers, shopkeepers, a choir and asylum seekers.
www.treacletheatre.co.uk/portfolio
Tonka Maleković

Tonka Maleković

Actopolis-City: Zagreb

Tonka Maleković graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2006. Since 2003 she has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Croatia and abroad and realised a number of projects in the public space. She is a co-founding member of Loose Associations/association for contemporary art practices and a member of PUNKT/platform for culture empowerment. In 2012 she initiated a Hallway gallery LiberSPACE ‒ an outdoor gallery for ephemeral interventions. She is also a co-curator of a travelling educational and exhibition project City at the Second Glance/PUNKT.

The starting point for Tonka Maleković's work is the immediate surroundings, everyday reality. It is a search for potentials that arise from a conflictual relationship between prescribed templates imposed by our physical and social environment and organic, uncontrolled processes, along with their spontaneous patterns. She has a specific interest in cities, public space, urban anthropology and rural-urban relations. Works are realised in different media and are often participative actions or temporary interventions where she uses found material or builds symbolic relations between the given scenery and human figures.
U10 Art Collective

U10 Art Collective

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Art Space U10 opened on 3 May 2012 as an independent exhibition space. The first exhibition titled 10+1 opened the space to the Belgrade public with an appeal to novel and quality contemporary art. A self-organised team was put together for this occasion consisting of Isidora Krstic, Iva Kuzmanovic, Lidija Delic, Marija Sevic, Nina Ivanovic, Sava Knezevic and Nemanja Nikolic, who is also the initiator of the project.

The fundamental point of the art space is to promote young artists at the beginning of their artistic careers who have not yet had the opportunity to be presented adequately to the local public. The presence of all forms of artistic media has so far created a vibrant and dynamic programme which allowed the space to be transformed according to the approach to artistic practice of each of the artists. Up to this date, over sixty solo and group exhibitions have been carried out along with other events such as public guiding, debates and concerts. In 2015, U10 has been presented at few group shows, festivals, and art fairs: LISTE Art Fair Basel; Kolarac Take Over, Kolarac Foundation, Belgrade; “Beyond Space”, gallery Hanikah, Sarajevo Winter Festival; U10 at Parallel Vienna and U10 at Budapest Art Market.
Urban Incubator

Urban Incubator

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

The goals of the association are professional research of contemporary cities, education of architects, urban planners, designers, artists and other experts, students and citizens, capacity building of associations dealing with planning and development of modern cities as well as raising awareness for the possibilities of city area improvement.

In the first two years the NGO has developed and included projects that are investigating Savamala (the urban, architectural, historic, visual, acoustic, social and other specific phenomena of the area). Urban Incubator projects were active for at least three months and visible to the public. The projects allowed for knowledge transfer among international and local experts and/or between experts and inhabitants and have been designed for long-term impact in the area.

www.urbanincubator.org
Vahida Ramujkic & Noa Treister

Vahida Ramujkic & Noa Treister

Actopolis-City: Belgrade

Vahida Ramujkić is an artist and activist born and living in Belgrade. The long-term research projects that she evolves mostly pass through different stages, and took on different forms and formats: books, events, workshops, etc. Conceived as collaborative processes/practices, her artwork/research focuses on designing protocols for augmenting and employing skills and knowledge for establishing new social relations through creative work/engagement. In 2001 she co-founded the Rotorrr collective in Barcelona with Laia Sadurni. Until 2008 they have carried out a series of collaborative researches, staged events and produced works in public space related to the ongoing urban transformations in the neighbourhoods of Barcelona (Explorations Poble NOW, Sculptures’ Climbing Olympics, Telechronicas, AirAutonomy, Manual GPS, etc.). Research in the field of EU foreign policy culminated in a book: Schengen with ease (2006). Her most important long-term and ongoing projects are Disputed Histories (since 2007), a history textbook library and a series of workshops that compare and analyse opposed historic narratives; and Documentary Embroidery (since 2008), a project and a technique for documenting social reality from multiple perspectives.

Noa Treister – An artist, curator and activist whose work is dedicated to the articulation of various possibilities of economic and political relations and scission in society. Graduated from the Bezalel Art and Design Academy in Jerusalem, Israel and is currently pursuing Postgraduate studies in the Media and Communications programme of the European Graduate School. Treister focuses on re-thinking socio-economic-political issues in both curatorial and artistic projects. Since 2011 she has been a founding member of the Ignorant Schoolmaster and its committees – a platform for self-education. Within that that framework she is the co-author and leading member of Naming IT War – a cooperation of war participants and anti-war activists of the 90s War against Yugoslavia; a member of Legal Help for Workers Fighting against Privatisation and for Workers’ Rights and a founding member of the cooperative Proleterka.
Vedad Islambegović

Vedad Islambegović

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Vedad Islambegović was born in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1983. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo in 2008, where he is also an assistant lecturer and PhD candidate. In 2005/2006 studied at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona and worked at Barcelona City Hall. He is one of the founding partners at Filter arhitektura.

Islambegović’s PhD thesis is related to informal city-forming processes and their socio-political origin. He has also worked on a research project: “Propocon ‒ Property, Possession and Conflict in Re/Building Settlement”, for The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

He has won several awards as a co-author for projects at international and local public competitions: Grand Prix Collegium Artisticum (2013); second prize in the international competition for the urban-architecture concept design for the Badel Site Zagreb redevelopment (2012); second prize in the competition for the memorial to 2nd of May 1992 Sarajevo (2012), first prize in the competition for the historical park of Medieval Bosnia (2009). One of his projects was nominated for Mies van der Rohe award ‒ The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture (2015).

Many of his projects have been published in relevant architectural magazines, such as Oris magazine (Croatia), Hochpartere (Switzerland) and Archithese (Switzerland).
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WE ARE VISUAL

WE ARE VISUAL

© Sebastian Asiedu
Actopolis-City: Oberhausen

Marc Einsiedel *1983 in Flensburg, Germany.
Felix Jung *1985 in Stade, Germany.
Working as an artist duo since 2010; based in Hamburg

We are Visual is an artist duo working mainly in the public space but also in galleries and museums. Their focus lies on installation, intervention and invention.
www.wearevisual.org
Yelta Köm

Yelta Köm

Actopolis-City: Ankara / Mardin

Yelta Köm was born in Istanbul in 1986 and is an architect, writer and curator based in Istanbul. He practises as a partner in KOTUstudio and is the co-founder of (Herkes Icin Mimarlik) Architecture For All. He studied architecture at Yildiz Technical University Istanbul, and also studied as an exchange student at Aristotle University Thessaloniki. He completed his post-graduate degree at Staedelschule Architecture Class, Frankfurt. He is a graduate student at Mardin Artuklu University,  Department of Architecture. www.yeltakom.com

Yelta Köm 's works focused on the theoretical discussion about architectural interventions in common spaces, geo-politics, architecture theory and contemporary urban problems related to communities. He is the coordinator and editor of the "#occupygezi architecture" project by Herkes Icin Mimarlik, which exhibited at the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, Salt Istanbul, V&A Museum London, Adhocracy in Athens and ngbk Berlin. He curated the "Caution! Slippery Ground" exhibition about architectural culture, which was held in Istanbul Modern Art Museum. He organizes workshops with various communities and is currently coordinating the project in Diyarbakir, Narlica village. In 2014, his article "Taksim Square: A Spatial Narrative of the Perpetual Reconquista" was published in Urbane Interventionen Istanbul by Merve Verlag. Recently he has been the guest editor of Betonart Magazine for the summer 2015, which focused on contemporary architectural problems.
Önder Özengi

Önder Özengi

Actopolis-City: Ankara / Mardin

Önder Özengi (1978) is a curator, researcher and critic based in Istanbul. He studied Anthropology at Ankara University from 1996 to 2000 and Art Management at the Yıldız Technical University (İstanbul) from 2003 to 2008. He wrote his MA thesis about institutional critique after the 1960s and alternative institutional practices.

Önder Özengi has curated various exhibitions including “Relative Position and Conclusions”, Suriye Arcade, Istanbul, 2009; “There is Nothing to Lose”, Stærekassen, Copenhagen, 2010; “Between Imaginaries & Encounters”, Hamursuz Fırını, Istanbul, 2012; “Never Again” Depo, Istanbul, 2013. He co-runs a research project on labour in contemporary art. He also writes critical reviews for various magazines, exhibition catalogues and books.
Özge Çelikaslan

Özge Çelikaslan

Actopolis-City: Ankara / Mardin

Özge Çelikaslan is a visual researcher and media activist.

She is a co-founder and member of the video artist, activist collectives Artıkişler/Wastedworks, Videoccupy and Vidyokolektif as well as the co-founder of Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association, which was established as a platform for discussions on contemporary visual arts, politics and media archives. Currently she is working on an open digital media archive of a political movements project called "bak.ma".

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