Bucharest
South

Intro

The project proposes an exercise of imagination and empowerment to the citizens of Bucharest-South, asking them to envisage their city of the future. What is now considered the “bad part” of Bucharest could become a model of a city built on social justice, economic prosperity, cultural diversity and ecological sustainability. With a minimum of participants involved (architects, artists, sociologists, etc.), the project aims to shift the task of imagination to the citizens themselves, to propose them a hypothetical position of power in decision-making, thus trying to map out a variety of deeper needs than those surfacing through official statistics.



Blog

Take a look behind the scenes: in the LAB, the artists are developing their projects online. Your contributions and comments to the work in progress are welcome!

  • Opening of the Actopolis Exhibition at Goethe-Institut Bucharest

    10 May 2017 10:45 by ACTOPOLIS

    Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut BukarestPhotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut BukarestPhotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Photos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest
    The projects produced as part of Actopolis Bucharest were assembled in an unique interactive exhibition that was opened on April 6th 2017 at Goethe-Institut Bucharest.

  • Exhibition Opening ARCUB Bucharest

    8 May 2017 16:25 by ACTOPOLIS

    Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut BukarestFotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut BukarestFotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest
    The second stop of the Actopolis touring exhibition was opened in Bucharest on April 5th 2017 at ARCUB - The Cultural Centre of Bucharest Municipality.



  • Opening of the Actopolis Exhibition at Goethe-Institut Bucharest

    8 May 2017 16:21 by ACTOPOLIS

    Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut BukarestFotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut BukarestFotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest Fotos © Marius Dinca / Goethe-Institut Bukarest
    The projects produced as part of Actopolis Bucharest were assembled in an unique interactive exhibition that was opened on April 6th 2017 at Goethe-Institut Bucharest.

  • Interviews: Ștefan Ghenciulescu (Actopolis Bucharest)

    3 May 2017 18:40 by ACTOPOLIS

    Ștefan Ghenciulescu recently gave two interviews, speaking about the two exhibitions at ARCUB and Goethe-Institut, different forms of participation and why Oberhausen and Bucharest-South have more in common than one might think.

  • Read: The Actopolis Bucharest Exhibition Guide

    3 May 2017 18:15 by ACTOPOLIS

    The entire programme of the Actopolis Bucharest exhibitions has been collected in form of a booklet. The short publication (so far in Romanian only) is available for download here.

  • Press: Actopolis on Scena9 (in Romanian)

    1 April 2017 13:53 by ACTOPOLIS

    Vlad Odobescu for Scena9
    Vlad Odobescu wrote two articles about Actopolis - The Art of Action for the Romanian online magazine for arts and culture Scena9.

  • #PRESSE: Die Kunst zu Handeln – Transformation von Süd-Bukarest (German only)

    24 March 2016 18:07 by ACTOPOLIS

    Kuratorin des Actopolis-Projekts: Raluca Voinea Foto: Michael MarksKuratorin Raluca Voinea bei der Auftaktveranstaltung von ACTOPOLIS BUKAREST im Goethe-Institut Bukarest. Dazu erschien nun ein Artikel in der Allgemeinen Deutschen Zeitung für Rumänien (ADZ)

  • Launching event: Bucharest-South: Build Your Own City!

    9 March 2016 09:51 by

    Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 6pm
    Goethe-Institut Bucharest, Str. Tudor Arghezi, 8-10,

    Motto: “Don’t tell anyone, but I always wanted to be the Mayor!” (Show Me a Hero, 2015)

    What would it be like if the inhabitants of Bucharest’s more wretched half took their fate in their own hands? If they took advantage of the potential and advantages of the place, if they multiplied the good things that are already happening there? We invite you to the launch of an artistic project dedicated to the southern part of Bucharest and to its inhabitants. Bucharest-South. Make Your Own City! is a project in several acts, realized by Goethe-Institut, tranzit.ro/ București and Zeppelin, part of the international programme Actopolis. The Art of Action, an urban laboratory and a multidisciplinary platform developing in South-Eastern Europe and in the German Ruhr region.

PARTICIPANTS

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.
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).
© Mirela Petcu
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.
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.
© Mircea Avarvari
Mihai Dutescu

Mihai Dutescu

© Mircea Avarvari
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.
www.dutescu.ro
office@dutescu.ro
mihaidutescu@live.com
© Eduard Constantin
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.
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