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Athens School of Fine Arts
Piräus Str. 256,
18233 Athens

Admission free

The Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) will be hosting the Actopolis travel exhibition in November.
The exhibition opening is planned for November 3rd, 7pm.

Goethe-Institut Athen
Omirou Str. 14-16
106 72 Athens, Greece
Phone: +30 210 3661000
info@athen.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/athen
Architekturzentrum Wien - Alte Halle
MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1
1070 Wien

Opening hours:
Daily, 10am - 7pm
Exhibition Opening: 6 October 2017, 7pm
Tickets: 9 EUR / 7 EUR reduced / free admission for medium and large-partners / students: free admission on Wednesdays from 5pm-7pm

In early October the ACTOPOLIS travel exhibition will stop at Vienna's Az W. Since the beginning of 2017 the Architekturzentrum Wien is directed by Angelika Fitz who initially developed the concept of the ACTOPOLIS programme and co-directed ACTOPOLIS together with Katja Aßmann and Martin Fritz. The exhibition will be opened on October 6th 2017 and for the following nine days serve as a public space for debate and co-production and provide a comprehensive presentation of the artistic and activist production of the past three years of ACTOPOLIS.


More information and updates can be found on the Az W website and on Facebook.
Studentski centar
Savska cesta 25
Zagreb

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday, 2 - 8pm
Saturday, 10am - 1pm

Exhibition Opening: 8 June 2017, 7pm

The Zagreb edition of the ACTOPOLIS exhibition will provide a comprehensive presentation of the artistic and activist production of last year's ACTOPOLIS programme in Zagreb.

On 8 June 2017 the Actopolis Exhibition will be opened in the Student Centre in Zagreb.

Opening speeches:
Nataša Rajković, Student Centre, assistant director for culture
Matthias Müller-Wieferig, Goethe Institute Croatia, director
Ana Dana Beroš, curator of the Actopolis Zagreb project

The opening night includes screenings of short films, a basketball match as well as a DJ party.

ACTOPOLIS Zagreb curator: Ana Dana Beroš
ACTOPOLIS Zagreb artists: Selma Banich, Nikola Bojić, Lightune.G, Tonka Maleković and Saša Šimpraga.

More information and updates can be found on the Facebook event page.
History Museum in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zmaja od Bosne 5
71 000 Sarajevo

Daily, 9am - 7pm
Exhibition Opening: 8 June 2017, 8pm

On 8 June 2017 the Actopolis Exhibition will be opened in the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina by district mayor of Općina Centar, Mr. Nedžad Ajnadžić and curator of Actopolis Sarajevo, Danijela Dugandžić, who will offer a guided tour through the exhibition. The opening party with DJ duo Sijah&Kolenda will take place in the garden of the museum.


Further information can be found on the Facebook page of Actopolis LAB Sarajevo.
Belgrade City Museum
Resavska 40b
Beograd 11000

Monday-Saturday, 12 - 8pm
Admission free

The third stop of the Actopolis touring exhibition will be Belgrade at and in cooperation with the City Museum Belgrade.

Exhibition Opening:
25.04.2017, 7pm

Further information:
The event with more updates on Facebook

ARCUB
Str. Lipscani Nr. 84-90
030037 Bucharest

Tue-Fri, 4 - 9pm / Sat-Sun, 12 - 8pm
Closed for Easter holiday, 14.04.-17.04.2017
Admission free

The second stop of the Actopolis touring exhibition will be Bucharest at ARCUB - The Cultural Centre of Bucharest Municipality.

Exhibition Opening:
05.04.2017, 6:30pm

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Actopolis. The Exhibition

Cities are facing challenges all over the world. How is it possible to expand and preserve urban space as a common area of ​​society even in times of its economic exploitation and privatization? What is the role of art, culture, architecture, self-organized action and activism in these processes? Over the past few years artists, architects, philosophers, urbanists and activists have been working on these questions in seven different European cities within the framework of the international project ACTOPOLIS. The Art of Action.

The exhibition presents project examples from Ankara/Mardin, Athens, Bucharest, Belgrade, Oberhausen, Sarajevo and Zagreb. Materials from the more than 45 individual projects show a rich repertoire of options for action to shape and change the cities in which we live in. Actopolis calls for action and inspiration. The exhibition (design NODE, Berlin - Oslo and SSW architects, Berlin) is an action space.

The material presented on 50 panels is supplemented by media stations that show film and video productions of the project. The "public space" of the exhibition - action areas between the semicircular rooms - offers the possibility for local supplements, framework events and workshops.

The Romanian Actopolis project "Bucharest-South. Build Your Own City" is addressing a particular part of the city and its inhabitants. Moreover, does the project challenge our imagination and our understanding of responsibility: The installation "Ten Minutes' Mayors" invited participants to take decision for themselves and their city. These proposals are presented in the exhibition, together with stories of all sorts as well as films about the energies and creativity of this unknown part of town.

Further information:

The event with more updates on Facebook

Goethe-Institut Bukarest
Str. Tudor Arghezi 8-10
RO-020945 Bucharest
Phone: +40 21 3119762, +40 21 3119782, +40 21 3120231
Fax +40 21 3120585
info@bukarest.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/bukarest
Alte Post
Poststr. 1a
46045 Oberhausen

Tuesday – Sunday, 2pm - 6pm
Admission free

Oberhausen will be the first stop of the Actopolis touring exhibition that will travel 11 cities throughout 2017. Actopolis. The Exhibition is showcasing the results of productions in seven cities as well as providing an action space for local visitors.

Exhibition Opening:
16.03.2017, 19 Uhr
(Registration required via info@urbanekuensteruhr.de)

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Actopolis. The Exhibition

Cities are facing challenges all over the world. How is it possible to expand and preserve urban space as a common area of ​​society even in times of its economic exploitation and privatization? What is the role of art, culture, architecture, self-organized action and activism in these processes? Over the past few years artists, architects, philosophers, urbanists and activists have been working on these questions in seven different European cities within the framework of the international project ACTOPOLIS. The Art of Action.

The exhibition presents project examples from Ankara/Mardin, Athens, Bucharest, Belgrade, Oberhausen, Sarajevo and Zagreb. Materials from the more than 45 individual projects show a rich repertoire of options for action to shape and change the cities in which we live in. Actopolis calls for action and inspiration. The exhibition (design NODE, Berlin - Oslo and SSW architects, Berlin) is an action space.

The material presented on 50 panels is supplemented by media stations that show film and video productions of the project. The "public space" of the exhibition - action areas between the semicircular rooms - offers the possibility for local supplements, framework events and workshops.

Further information:

The event with more updates on Facebook

Alte Post
Poststr. 1a
46045 Oberhausen

Friday, 17/03/2017, 2-9pm
Saturday, 18/03/2017, 10am - 4pm

Registration required via info@urbanekuensteruhr.de

Actopolis. The Symposium: As yet another step in a continuous process of dialogue, exchange, discussion and learning a symposium will be held in Oberhausen on the occasion of the opening of the ACTOPOLIS Exhibition. The curators of ACTOPOLIS will gather together with guests and colleagues for two days to discuss the issues at hand. Each session will be hosted by one of the ACTOPOLIS curators. The organizers hope for a polyphonic event and have asked the sessions' hosts to freely choose the format and topic of their intervention. Aiming at new encounters and additional perspectives each sessions´ host was asked to invite one person, who has not yet been involved in the respective project. These guests (theorists, observers, writers, politicians, critics, etc.) will join the debate as “external” voices, thus hopefully broadening the projects' perspective. The abstracts of the sessions provide an idea of the plurality of formats and voices to be expected.

Friday, 17/03/2017, 2-9pm
Saturday, 18/03/2017, 10am - 4pm

Registration required via info@urbanekuensteruhr.de

Further information:

The exhibition event with more updates on Facebook

JAZZ PONG,
Oltenitei 103,

041303 Bucharest,

Romania

6:30pm
After the premiere at the Romanian Urban Eye film festival, Vlad Petri's film about the Actopolis project "Mayor for 10 minutes" will be screened at JAZZ PONG, a venue in the neglected Southern part of the city. The trailer is online already: https://vimeo.com/191849571

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About the film:

Director: Vlad Petri
County: Romania
Year: 2016
Length: 23min
Language: Romanian
Subtitle: English



Further information:

The event on Facebook


Goethe-Institut Bukarest
Str. Tudor Arghezi 8-10
RO-020945 Bucharest
Phone: +40 21 3119762, +40 21 3119782, +40 21 3120231
Fax +40 21 3120585
info@bukarest.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/bukarest
tranzit.ro/București,
Str. Gazelei nr. 44, sector 4

7pm
Presentation by Elpida Karaba and film lecture by Constantinos Hadzinikolaou

Elpida Karaba will discuss the Soft Power Lectures series, the project the Temporary Academy of Arts (PAT) produced for Actopolis Athens. The Soft Power Lectures were co-curated by Elpida Karaba and Glykeria Stathopoulou, designed and performed by Sofia Dona, Constantinos Hadzinikolaou, Despina Zefkili, Panos Sklavenitis and invited artists.

In Bucharest, Constantinos Hadzinikolaou will perform the film lecture, About Lions.

About Lions

20’ – film lecture

When I think of Athens
I think of lions
but these lions don't roar
these lions are in cages. // When I think of Athens
I think of fires
but these fires don't burn forests
these fires burn our feet. // Actopolis is for action
and for cities
but I hate cities
and I prefer inertia.



Further information:

The event on Facebook


Goethe-Institut Bukarest
Str. Tudor Arghezi 8-10
RO-020945 Bucharest
Phone: +40 21 3119762, +40 21 3119782, +40 21 3120231
Fax +40 21 3120585
info@bukarest.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/bukarest
Zagreb, Savska 25, SC (Studentenzentrum) Galerie

Opening@Galerija SC 01/09/2016, 20h, Open from 2.-10/09/2016
Mon-Fri 15-20h
Sat 10-13h
10.9.2016, 12h Discussion:
Tonka Maleković, artist
Petra Kelemen, collaborator on the project
Ana Dana Beroš, curator
The art and research project entitled Spaces Between (Living) Places examines the phenomenology of migrant and fluid identities and cultural and geographic living interspaces resulting from economic migrations.

The exhibition at the Student Centre Gallery will be showcased as a media installation.

By using her own one-year migrant experience between Croatia and Germany and a series of interviews with other protagonists with similar biographies, the artist Tonka Maleković portrays a common collection of experiences of economic migration, causes for the recent mass departure from one's country but also the processes behind constructing one's identity and belonging to a new place, culture and community.

The exhibition Spaces Between (Living) Places at the Student Centre Gallery will be showcased as a media installation composed of three segments: a multi-channel sound installation presenting discussions with numerous individuals or economic migrants from the region, a video projection of discussions with the artist and reading of the Bewerbung, or the official application form used for finding employment in Germany as a tool for creating a new identity and a selection of clips from the artist's relocated everyday life. Collaborators in this project are Petra Kelemen, cultural anthropologist and Matija Kralj, video-documentarist.
On the closing day of the exhibition planned for 10 September 2016 at noon, Tonka Maleković, artist, her collaborator Petra Kelemen, and Ana Dana Beroš, curator, will hold a discussion.

Further information:

SC (Student Centre) Gallery
All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
New City Centre, Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 46045 Oberhausen

8pm
Haris Sahačić: Actopolis Radio. A live radio show about ACTOPOLIS with interviews and field recordings conducted in participating cities.

Lars Moritz: A lecture with unpublished audio and visual material about the necessity and value of monsters for collective and private life.

Afterwards: Disco Exodos & Karaoke Dub with Tillamanda and geheimagentur.

Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
New City Centre, Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 46045 Oberhausen

6pm
Irena Ristic’s „Sociodrama Workshop“ is an interactive presentation of her research about self-organization of the cultural scene in Belgrade and Oberhausen.

Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
New City Centre, Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 46045 Oberhausen

8pm
In “Make Your Own City” Stefan Ghenciulescu reports on ‘citizen mayors’, gold fever, guerilla restauration, the postapocaplyptic animal kingdom and other urban adventures in Romania. “Work Like a Donkey, Live Like a Man!” is Önder Özengi’s tale of the division of labor between humans and donkeys, collecting trash on the streets of Mardin (Turkey).

Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
Archäologisches Museum, Marktstraße 107, 46045 Oberhausen

7pm
The archaeological museum is inviting you to a collective chewing event: Does our city want / Can it have an identity?

Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
Bahnhofsvorplatz, Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 46045 Oberhausen

3pm - 6pm
The new city doesn’t simple have a post office, it has an amorous writer in residence. In her performance Marie-Luise O’Byrne-Brandl is assisting people to formulate and fabulate love letters.

Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
Marktstraße, at number 161, 46045 Oberhausen

Daily 12am - 9pm
Dirk Schlichting | A row of garden plots will be placed in the middle of the city’s former pedestrian zone. The initial phase will feature the allotment of a ‘sample garden’. As such, a new function will be assigned to a designated area, thus creating a juxtaposition of representation and privacy, of old and new urban space. The sample garden can be rented and used by residents to host a spontaneous barbecue or simply spend a summer afternoon relaxing in the garden.

Rentals (for up to four people) via info@geheimagentur.net / the City Centre

Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
Archäologisches Museum, Marktstraße 107, 46045 Oberhausen

Daily 2pm - 7pm
Susanne Kudielka and Kaspar Wimberley | As a visitor of Oberhausen one inevitably ends up facing the city’s industrial past. Europe’s first chewing gum museum bids farewell to the old and tells the story of today. Instead of digging deeper, it investigates the upmost layer of earth. However, the museum is not just an area for chewing gum exhibits. It also acts as a stimulator of thoughts and talks about the role of museums and local policies of identity.
Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
Museum Platforms 2/3, Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 46045 Oberhausen

täglich 12:00 bis 22:00 Uhr
Denise Ritter will realize a multi-channel, electroacoustic sound installation on the abandoned platforms 2 and 3 of Oberhausen’s main train station. The installation features field recordings from the city’s leisure and entertainment culture, thereby rendering audible the ‘ghosts’ that took the place of Oberhausen’s cultural and historical identity.
Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
Stadtzentrum (September 2)
In Hostel Veritas, Essener Str. 259, 46047 Oberhausen (September 8)


6pm / 7pm
Lars Moritz | There is a monster living in the new city. It resembles a giant lizard, but nobody knows, which species it belongs to. Sometimes, at night, it crawls up the Knappenhalde (mining heap). At other times it can be spotted in the pedestrian zone. People say, the monster lives in the city’s former mining shafts and tunnels. It embodies the uncanny, the sinister, ready to break forth at any given moment. And that is exactly why it has become one of the city’s major tourist attractions. Book a monster safari or buy a popular monster souvenir in the new city centre.

September 2, 7:30pm, Monster Safari by bicycle, from City Centre
September 8, 6pm, Monster Barbecue at In Hostel Veritas
September 8, 7:30pm, Monster Safari by foot, from In Hostel Veritas

Register via info@geheimagentur.net or directly in the City Centre

Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
Will-Quadflieg-Platz (September 1 - 4)
Altmarkt (September 5 - 8)
Bahnhofsvorplatz (September 9 - 11)


Daily 2pm - 7pm
WE ARE VISUAL (Felix Jung and Marc Einsiedel) | WE ARE VISUAL research and imagine the problems of tomorrow and claim to already know what’s to be done, before the problems manifest themselves. WE ARE VISUAL will host a workshop in a futuristically designed trailer that also serves as a showroom and laboratory. Here, they design and produce the tools and everyday objects to help solve tomorrow’s problems.
Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
CITY CENTRE,
Willy-Brandt-Platz 1,
46045 Oberhausen

03/09/16, 6:00pm

Panos Sklavenitis is presenting his poster series With a Little Help in public space. In the series he is presenting his friends as exemplary citizens of a new city.

Saša Šimpraga is showing „Warum wir reisen“ (Why we are traveling), a small metal badge at the train station that is quoting reason for humans to travel from an old travel guide.
Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
CITY CENTRE,
Willy-Brandt-Platz 1,
46045 Oberhausen

03/09/16, 9pm

Back in 2015 geheimagentur told the big and tragic love story of City and Industry. Now we invite you to our record release party – with Knarf Rellöm and Tillamanda!
Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
CITY CENTRE,
Willy-Brandt-Platz 1,
46045 Oberhausen

01/09/16, 7:30pm

On 1 September 2016 the new city will finally be opened!br>br> 7:30pm: Speeches and Opening w/ Daniel Schranz (Mayor of Oberhausen), Apostolos Tsalastras (city councillor in charge of cultural affairs), Juliane Stegner (Goethe-Institut Athen), Peter Carp (Theater Oberhausen) and Katja Aßmann (Urbane Künste Ruhr)br>br> 8:00pm: Destruction and a New Beginningbr>br> Afterwards: Party w/ Tillamanda and geheimagentur.
Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
CITY CENTRE,
Willy-Brandt-Platz 1,
46045 Oberhausen



31/08/16, 4-8pm
In a festival of destruction cardboard models of the former city will be eliminated. Because: No construction without destruction.
Further information:

All ACTOPOLIS events on Facebook
Greta Gallery
Ilica 92,
10000 Zagreb

Opening on 4 July 2017: 9pm
Opening hours 5-10 July 2017: 10-12 am, 19-21pm
FULL RANGE SOCIETY is a participatory audio installation by the artist duo Lightune.G (Bojan Gagić und Miodrag Gladović) and part of the Actopolis Zagreb project Invisible Belonging, curated by Ana Dana Beroš.

Conceived by Lightune.G as a "composition in the making", the work consists of two parts. The first part is the installation “Soundentity”, taking place in Greta Gallery. The second part of the project will be introduced to a global audience in September 2016 as a web application, which is based on a virtual, statistically demographic sound map of Europe.


Further information:

More information about Full Range Society can be found in the Facebook event
and on the website of Lightune.G
Hastahana Park
Sarajevo

Thursday, 07.07.2016, 9-12am
Friday, 08.07.2016, 5-8pm
Saturday, 09.07.2016, 9-11pm

From July 7th to July 9th, Haris Sahačić, a participant of the art collective behind the project Sarajevo Album will be on Hastahana Park conducting interviews and collecting stories about the city of Sarajevo with residents and passers-by.


Further information can be found on the project blog of Sarajevo Album and the Facebook page of Actopolis LAB Sarajevo.
Goethe-Institit Athen
Omirou 14-16
10672 Athens

16/06/2016, 7.30 pm, in English, free entrance
Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen of the artists’ collective Artıkişler (participants of ACTOPOLIS Ankara/Mardin) will come to Athens to present their project IMAGINATION II - THE RESIDUAL as well as the results of their research visits to Zagreb, Berlin, Thessaloniki and various places in Turkey.

Following Artıkişler's video presentation, Martha Bouziouri (curator of THE DOME project) will shortly present the projects THE DOME PROJECT:TRACES and DIARIES IN TRANSIT:AN ETHNOGRAPHIC TRAVELOGUE.

The presentation will be followed by a talk with Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen (Artıkişler collective), Martha Bouziouri and Elpida Karaba (curator of the ACTOPOLIS programme in Athens).

The video presentation “Imagination II –The Residual” by the artists’ collective Artıkişler (Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Sen) was created in two phases:
First of all, the traces of refugees (The Residual / That which was left behind) were recorded (audio)visually. These traces can be abandoned objects as well as destroyed houses or simply stories which the refugees leave with the local inhabitants after they have passed through a town.
This was followed by a documentation of the network of solidarity in the towns which was created after the arrival of the refugees in the location in question. This network consists of a digital solidarity platform from Suruç to Antep, Ankara, İstanbul and İzmir, and from Thessaloniki and Athens to Zagreb and Berlin.

The video sequences show the traces of the war and the organised autonomy in the border towns as well as new encounters and stories which have arisen as a result of these encounters - between Northern Syria and Europe.
Further information:

www.goethe.de/athen
Facebook event
Goethe-Institut Belgrad
Knez Mihailova 50
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

16/06/2016, 8pm

For the Belgrade ACTOPOLIS microresidencies Glykeria Stathopoulou, one half of the Actopolis Athens curatorial team, will talk about the curatorial concept and realization of Athens ACTOPOLIS project The Soft Power Lectures. The presentation is open to participation with the Belgrade audience.
Further information:

The event on Facebook
Full ACTOPOLIS BELGRADE programme
More about The Soft Power Lectures on theACTOPOLIS website
ACTOPOLIS Facebook page
Goethe-Institut Belgrade Facebook page
Podbrežje
(Radmanovačka ulica 10)

08/06/2016, the intervention will be opened at 21 pm.

THE ROAD TO BELONGING is a project of Nikola Bojiić on the construction site in the underdeveloped southern area of New Zagreb. But till today from the planned new social housing project only a useless one-kilometer-long road and a roundabout had been realized. On June 4th in cooperation with the inhabitants of the neighbouring small village a 2 meter high walnut tree will be planted in the centre of the roundabout, where on the same site was a garden with more than 60 trees, all whipped out during the construction works in 2009. The roundabout will become “an occupied chunk of community landscape in a sea of meaningless rubble”.

Therefore the opening is conceived as a participatory light event performed on the roundabout. A light projector will be installed next to the tree and will be pointed vertically, up to the sky so it forms a straight light stripe. Participants will be asked to write a message to the young tree. Each message will be written and archived as a regular text and will be performed in real-time as a light projection. How? The messages will be written in a simple application that transforms regular text into Morse code - combination of points and lines. The application will then send this “point-line” signal directly to a light projector which will project shorter or longer beams of light. The result will be unique light messages projected from the roundabout into a silence of a night sky.
Further information:

Project page of The Road to Belonging
The event on Facebook
tranzit.ro/ București
Str. Gazelei nr. 44,
040514, sector 4, București
08/05/2016, 7pm


As part of the microresidency programme of ACTOPOLIS | The Art of Action, the collective KURS (Miloš Miletić, Mirjana Radovanović) from Belgrade and space analyst, publicist and activist Saša Šimpraga from Zagreb will present their work at tranzit/ro.
After visits from Oberhausen (Germany), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Ankara/Mardin (Turkey), another two ACTOPOLIS participants will travel to Bucharest at the invitation of Goethe-Institut Bucharest and curators Raluca Voinea and Stefan Ghenciulescu.
Further information:

Project page of Wall Newspaper by KURS
Project page of Connecting – Seminar for Walkers by Saša Šimpraga
The event on Facebook
Park Hastahana

06/06/2016, 5pm - 9pm
07/06/2016, 3pm - 10pm
SARAJEVO ALBUM
Workshop with children – City as a puzzle
with Nardina Zubanović and Kolektiv Kreativa

SARAJEVO CLOUD
Transform the Hastahana Park as you like with the
APP Sarajevo Cloud and print out the pictures.

GREEN PAVILION
Visit the Green Pavilion that grows from public soil, rest, relax.
Further information:

Facebook page
Basketball Court, Panteion University
36 Ipponaktos St., Neos Kosmos
Athens, 117 44


31/05/2016, 7pm

For the final show of «The Soft Power Lectures» the Temporary Academy of Art (PAT) will assemble artworks produced in the context of the series on a basketball court at Panteion University that cover a wide range of media from artist books, videos, lectures, photography, installations and apparatuses. This discursive and variable material explores the “exotic Athens of the crisis and creativity”, readdresses issues of power and institutions and forms a particular narrative around the South and its subjects that counters its stereotypical depiction.


Participants and works:


Temporary Academy of Arts / ΠΡΟΣΩΡΙΝΗ ΑΚΑΔΗΜΙΑ ΤΕΧΝΩΝ (PAT): Elpida Karaba, Glykeria Stathopoulou, Sofia Dona, Constantinos Hadzinikolaou, Panos Sklavenitis, Despina Zefkili
The Soft Power Lectures, archive videos, 2016


Constantinos Hadzinikolaou
Aspa, digitized super 8 film, 4', 2014
Aspa lights a cigarette, book, 2014


Fire Walker 2, digitized super 8 film, 3', 2015
Image: Constantinos Hadzinikolaou
Narration: Elpida Karaba
Text: Constantinos Hadzinikolaou, Glykeria Stathopoulou, Elpida Karaba
Production: Goethe-Institut Athen


Sunsets, performance for film & sound, 7', 2016


Panos Sklavenitis
The Champions of Pleasure, ΗDV, 17’, 2016
Part of the ongoing project “The Poem Begins With The Unloving Sun” by Panos Sklavenitis.
Text: Panos Sklavenitis, Apostolos Lampropoulos
Video Performance: Apostolos Lampropoulos


South, ΗDV, 11’, 2016
part of the ongoing project “The Poem Begins With The Unloving Sun” by Panos Sklavenitis.
Text: Panos Sklavenitis
Video Performance: Eleftherios Keramidas


Daysign / Narratives around the Greek sun, book (limited edition of 50), 2016

Nikos Alexopoulos
PAT Photo Series, 2016



 Invited Artists:


Angelos Krallis
Workout, broadcast/radio installation, 90 min
Faggots, faggots!, poem, 2015


Yannis Papadopoulos
Installation, 2016


Thalia Raftopoulou
The Dance Floor, temporary installation, 2016


Kostis Velonis
Design of state of emergency sculpture, lecture, 2016


Further information:

Facebook event
"The Soft Power Lectures" on the ACTOPOLIS website
The Temporary Academy of Arts (PAT) / ΠΡΟΣΩΡΙΝΗ ΑΚΑΔΗΜΙΑ ΤΕΧΝΩΝ
KC Grad
BraćeKrsmanović 4
Belgrade
Serbia

30/05/2016, 7 pm

For part two of the Belgrade Microresidencies, Actopolis participants from Ankara/Mardin, Sarajevo and Oberhausen will cook together with members of the Cultural Innovators Network from Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria.

Together they will prepare food characteristic for their homes and share it with a Belgrade audience. Don't miss this cultural-gourmet treat!
Further information:

Cultural Innovators Network Webseite
Facebook Cultural Innovators
KC Grad Webseite
ACTOPOLIS BELGRADE Facebook page
Full ACTOPOLIS BELGRADE programme
Programme description
ACTOPOLIS Facebook page
Goethe-Institut Belgrad Facebook page
Actopolis Apartment Bulevar despota Stefana 36
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

29/05/2016, 6 pm

How to visualize and possibly contextualize class relations and class dynamics in the capitalist periphery?

Milikić and Kurepa’s activist research project is exploring class relations and class dynamics in the capitalist periphery as well as testing communal or institutional capacities when confronted with the realization of a critical political work in public space. For their project KAMENDYNAMICS Nebojša Milikić and Tadej Kurepa discussed the idea (and potential realization) of a mural with inhabitants and officials of Kamendin, a suburban neighbourhood of Belgrade whose social housing estates are largely inhabited by poor families, many of them are Roma.
Further information:

ACTOPOLIS BELGRADE Facebook page
Full ACTOPOLIS BELGRADE programme
Programme description
ACTOPOLIS Facebook page
Goethe-Institut Belgrad Facebook page
Matrijaršija (Đorđa Čutukovića 13)

29/05/2016, 8 pm

Aleksandra Sekulić and Ivica Đorđević are 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 through a two-day programme.
Further information:

ALTARCHIVE Website
ACTOPOLIS BELGRADE Facebook page
Full ACTOPOLIS BELGRADE programme
Programme description
ACTOPOLIS Facebook page
Goethe-Institut Belgrade Facebook page
Actopolis Apartment Bulevar despota Stefana 36
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

28/05/2016, 7 pm / The open discussion will be in English

As part of the ACTOPOLIS MICRORESIDENCIES participants from other ACTOPOLIS cities (Ankara/Mardin, Sarajevo and Oberhausen) are invited to the apartment space in Belgrade to present and discuss individual projects from other cities and the project at large.
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Actopolis Apartment
Bulevar despota Stefana 36
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

27/05/2016, 7 pm

In the form of an artist’s book and a lecture performance, Mariela Cvetić will present her project GAUDEAMUS IGITUR: SELF-ORGANIZED ARTIST IN THE STATE OF DOMESTIC AGORAPHOBIA that questions the role of (educational) institutions in the age of self-organization in art.
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Actopolis apartment
Bulevar despota Stefana 36
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

26/05/2016, 7pm

Public discussion and presentation of the project REMONT – CASE STUDY. DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION.
Marija Radoš and Miroslav Karić will present a printed text about their work on Remont, an independent art association founded in 1999. Besides the presentation and discussion, the exhibition “A Study of an Individual Case" will show drawings by EmaEmaEma, Mario Kolarić, Andrej Bunuševac and Goran Stojčetović.
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Remont – Case Study
Actopolis apartment
Bulevar despota Stefana 36
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

24/05/2016, 7 pm

For the Belgrade edition of Actopolis, KURS produced an issue of "Wall Newspaper" in cooperation with Iskra Krstić, Architect and PhD candidate in Studies of Culture and Media at the Faculty of Political Sciences. The new edition questions how cultural production, in particular creative industries, backed-up by international foundations serve the privatisation of culture. The topic is broad, many of these processes are universal and could be related to other cities in which ACTOPOLIS takes place.

These topics will be the starting point for a discussion on the broader context of cultural production, through critical reflection on dominant trends and thinking of possible alternative ways of producing content in the field of culture.
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Actopolis apartment
BulevardespotaStefana 36
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

23/05/2016, 8 pm

An As if inquiry that results in the polymedia work about modelling the self-organized cultural scene in Belgrade is Irena Ristić's art-response to the Actopolis Belgrade theme of self-organization. Her artwork evolves through several stages.

In the context of “great divides” in which Belgrade’s cultural scene reproduces the existing social relations, what is evident is the vast fragmentation and focus on different, more or less, convincing attempts of individual entities to sustain themselves and consolidate regardless, and perhaps even precisely because, of weakening eachother.

Such induced relations resulted in a high degree of disunity. Not only has this situation been radicalised; it even maintains the system from which it has evolved. In perseverance of many independent organisations we have come to negate the self-organisation in its very domain. Thus, the question of what self-organized cultural scene is, gets consequently replaced by its conditional form: what could it be? Why should it exist, what would it aim for, on which principles would it function? Can we even begin to imagine it? What would it look like if we tried?

The plan is to have multiple artists and cultural workers answer a line of questioning aimed at articulating a new construct. Their answers would then be used as a starting point for the polymedia work in which the focus would be to question the needs of involved participants, as well possible models for Belgrade’s self-organized cultural scene.

Participants: Mariela Cvetić, Igor Koruga, Tanja Marković, Nebojša Milikić, Vlada Novaković, Dragan Protić, Nikola Radić Lucati, Vahida Ramukić, Mirjana Boba Stojadinović & Noa Treister.
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Actopolis apartment
Bulevar despota Stefana 36
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

20/05/2016, 7 pm

This research by Marijana Cvetković will try to uncover reasons for the deletion from public memory of druga scena and will found its arguments in the ideology shift in the early 2000s in Serbia.

druga scena / other scene was among the first self-organized networks of organizations and individuals who were active in the field of contemporary arts. Its creation came as a response to the then articulated cultural policies of the first post-Milosevic governments and their clear liberal orientation.

druga scena, based in Belgrade, was gathered around regular critical discussions on the current policies and processes, claiming the space for independent scene.
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Plateau in front of the Faculty of Philosophy
Čika-Ljubina 18-20
Belgrade

19/05/2016, Noon-4pm

A round table with guests in the open square in front of Belgrade University, initiated by Vahida Ramujkić and Noa Treister, will consider the relation among the institutional, academic and activist production of knowledge.
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Actopolis apartment
Bulevar despota Stefana 36
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

18/05/2016 – 27/05/2016, Monday to Friday 4‒7pm

Within Belgrade’s edition of ACTOPOLIS a group exhibition gathers works by Irena Ristić, Nikola Radić Lucati, Mariela Cvetić and the Art Association U10. Besides a series of printed artworks, audio-video installations, objects and images, copies of BGD ART map by Aleksandar Nikolić and Wall Newspaper by KURS will be available in the space.

At the night of the opening a critical discussion, ricocheting among the works, the off-space of the apartment, the ACTOPOLIS project and the context of Belgrade’s cultural production will take place as well.
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Hastahana Park
16 – 18/05/2016, free entry to all events

ACTOPOLIS SARAJEVO kicks-off with set-up of CRVENA Kiosk at Hastahana Park in Sarajevo. The project “Sarajevo Album”, a collective and digital album of the city, will use the kiosk throughout the next months to collect and analyse individual memories and city narratives. Furthermore, for the opening, Berlin-based collective ON/OFF will build up their mobile and interactive installation “Kopfkino”.

16/05/2016 (6pm): Transport of CRVENA Kiosk from University Campus to Hastahana Park
17/05/2016 (all day): Setting up and preparation @HASTAHANA PARK
18/05/2016 (4-8pm): KOPFKINO by ON/OFF (Berlin) @HASTAHANA PARK

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Goethe-Institut Ankara
Atatürk Bulv. 131
06640 Bakanlıklar / Ankara
12/05/2016, 7pm

As part of ACTOPOLIS | The Art of Action, writer, curator and participant of Urban Commons, Önder Özengi will present his ongoing research on worker donkeys in the city of Mardin. The donkeys are officially registered as workers under the Mardin Artuklu Municipality and collect garbage in the narrow streets of the historical town.

Özengi's visual site research focuses on the notion of labor in public and urban space from the perspective of the relation between human institution and animal. With a speculative materialist approach, he critically examines the fundamental assumption of a separation between "nature" and "human" in the concept of labor.

The presentation will discuss the labor division and the labor process between man and animal through observation, experience and testimonies. Followed by a discussion on animal labor.
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Panteion University
Institute of Anthropology
Raum G3

Leof. Andrea Siggrou 136,
Athens
12/05/2016, 11 am
www.goethe.de/athen

The maps, the way we read them: the North at the top and the South at the bottom. Ok. Now let’s think about what that might mean.

If we try to locate the connotations of the «up» and the «down» it is easy to realize that the top is used exclusively with a positive sign and the bottom with a negative. We use the upper and the lower as qualitative indicators of discrimination to characterize anything. From the economic progress of a country, to the level of someone’s education or the design flair of some subject. [ ... ] The North is indeed/of course/really and inevitably higher than the south on all levels. It enjoys an undeniable economic, social, cultural and political supremacy, that even though that supremacy was fairly won, at the same time it has also been bestowed on. This natural superiority of the North has in any case a geopolitical scenario. When we finally stop sucking at the candy of the higher geopolitical importance supposedly enjoyed by Greece due to its geographical location, we may be able to discern the obvious. Consider the famous Dorian invasion or the impetuous manner in which the Indo-European gushed from North to South, and now try to think of any great historical route that has happened the other way round. Right, there aren’t any.
Goethe-Institut Athen
Omirou Str. 14-16
106 72 Athens, Greece
Phone: +30 210 3661 000
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www.goethe.de/athen
tranzit.ro/ București
Str. Gazelei nr. 44,
040514, sector 4, București
9/ – 12/05/2016, Opening hours from 3 to 7 pm.
www.goethe.de/bukarest

During his short residency in Bucharest, artist Seçkin Aydın will realize an intervention in the space of tranzit.ro. This work consists of human silhouettes made by shoelaces and shoes which are found after any disaster. The silhouettes, imagined by the artist, are the image of the owner of the shoes whose stories just scattered or were interrupted. There are several silhouettes in the exhibition planned for Bucharest. Some of the shoes were found in Sur where there was a war in last months. Others were found among the boats and life vests on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Opening: 9 – 12 May 2016
The exhibition can be visited from 9th to 12th of May, from 3 to 7 pm.
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Goethe-Institut Bukarest
Str. Tudor Arghezi 8-10
RO-020945 Bucharest
Phone: +40 21 3119762, +40 21 3119782, +40 21 3120231
Fax +40 21 3120585
info@bukarest.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/bukarest
tranzit.ro/ București
Str. Gazelei nr. 44,
040514, sector 4, București
9/05/2016, 7 pm.
www.goethe.de/bukarest

A presentation about the city of Sarajevo held by Armina Pilav and Katarina Bošnjak. They are both members of the Actopolis-team in Sarajevo (curated by Danijela Dugandžić). The presenation takes place in the framework of the exchange between the cities participating in the project Actopolis.
Presentation on Monday, 9 May 2016, 7 pm
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Goethe-Institut Bukarest
Str. Tudor Arghezi 8-10
RO-020945 Bucharest
Phone: +40 21 3119762, +40 21 3119782, +40 21 3120231
Fax +40 21 3120585
info@bukarest.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/bukarest
Bulevar despota Stefana 36
11103 Belgrade

06/05/2016, 8 pm, pre-registration required
www.goethe.de/belgrad

City Guerilla invites you to their event DA:SEIN.

Being, space, time, merge in the term “da:sein” which aims to invoke the re-assessment of the most prominent existentialistic questions that WE, as part of an inescapable collective of constantly shifting values, carry within ourselves.

A group of individuals placed within a space, “deprived” of any previously mentioned values, as an anomaly within the existing system, become an active-reactive organism, without any expectations of a predefined outcome. Tangible, intangible – a product, as a result of the six hour happening, propels the need of rethinking the process of appearance, formation and existence of a collective being as well as the idea of how we affect and change the given habitat around us for later engagement with the public.

In collaboration with Andreja Rondović, Faculty of Technical Science, department of Scene Architecture, Technology and Design in Novi Sad. If you are interested in participating in the event, you can apply by sending your full name to city.guerilla@gmail.com. The number of participants is limited to 25.
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Goethe-Institut Belgrad
Knez Mihailova 50
Poštanski pregradak 491
11000 Beograd, Srbija
Phone: +381 11 4427100
Fax +381 11 2636746
info@belgrad.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/belgrad
Kallitechnio Acharnes
Athanasiou Chiliou 16
136 71 Acharnes

23/04/2016, 8 pm (Free of charge, in Greek)
www.goethe.de/athen

From sunset to sunrise

On Saturday the 23rd of April at 8 pm a lecture on cinema with the title “From sunset to sunrise” will be held at the Kallitechneio (cultural center) in Acharnes in the framework of the series “The Soft Power Lecture” by the Temporary Academy of Art (PAT). Starting with the opening scene of “India Song” by Marguerite Duras and along with short stops in films that chose the hardness in the gaze, Constantinos Hadzinikolaou will attempt to connect them with the permanent collection of the Historic and Folklore Museum of Acharnes, where a tour will precede at 7.30 pm as part of the evening program.

Time schedule:

6.30 pm: Meeting at Larisa Station (Stathmos Larissis) in Athens
6.40 pm: Departure suburban train to Acharnes

7.30 pm: Tour at the Historical and Folklore Museum of Acharnes (Central Square
in Acharnes, also known as Ag. Vlasios Square)

8 pm: Lecture at the café of the Kallitechneio in Acharnes
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Link venue: www.kallitechnio.org

Goethe-Institut Athen
Omirou Str. 14-16
106 72 Athens, Greece
Phone: +30 210 3661 000
prog@athen.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/athen
Goethe-Institut Belgrad
KnezMihailova St. 50
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

20/04/2016 // 7pm
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Belgrade edition of Actopolis "FORMALLY INFORMAL. Belgrade Self-organized Cultural Production" will be launched with an evening of presentations and a discussion among the project participants and the audience. The discussion aims to give an overview of Belgrade different artistic and cultural practices included in the project, their roots in local and international scenes as well as their critical examination.

For the project launch all Actopolis Belgrade participants will gather to introduce themselves and their projects. Furthermore they will take part in a critical discussion on key aspects of self-organized cultural production in Belgrade. Members of the audience are invited to take an active part in the discussion.

The Belgrade edition of Actopolis, which calls for a study of the self-organized cultural scene in Belgrade, gathers 14 artists, artist groups and cultural practitioners working in very different directions. They are all gathered to respond to the questions how, why and for whom to produce urban culture in times of crisis, which has been ongoing in Serbia for over twenty-five years. What is marking the economy of cultural independence fifteen years after the beginning of this century? What are the capacities and what does it mean to self-organize and thus secure autonomy for thought and action? What is the institutional response to self-organization?

Participants of Actopolis Belgrade include: Aleksandar Nikolić, Aleksandra Sekulić and Ivica Đorđević, Anica Vučetić, City Guerilla, Irena Ristić, KURS, Mariela Cvetić, Marija Radoš and Miroslav Karić (Remont), Marijana Cvetković, Nebojša Milikić and Tadej Kurepa, Nikola Radić Lucati, U10 Art Collective, Urban Incubator, Vahida Ramujkić and Noa Treister.

Besides artistic productions in various media, research projects, exhibtions, workshops, urban interventions and artist publications, Actopolis Belgrade also includes a number of public discussions. Some of the FORMALLY INFORMAL art productions are to happen in the open, others in closed alternative cultural spaces and some of the productions are to happen in space 'conquered' particularly for this occasion.

Most of the programme will take place in May 2016.
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Goethe-Institut Belgrad
Knez Mihailova 50
Poštanski pregradak 491
11000 Beograd, Srbija
Phone: +381 11 4427100
Fax +381 11 2636746
info@belgrad.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/belgrad
tranzit.ro/ București
Str. Gazelei nr. 44,
040514, sector 4, București
11/04/2016 // 7pm (free of charge // in English)
www.goethe.de/bukarest

As part of the ACTOPOLIS microresidencies, geheimagentur, the curators of the Oberhausen project will travel to Bucharest to give a presentation at transit.ro/ Bucharest.
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Goethe-Institut Bukarest
Str. Tudor Arghezi 8-10
RO-020945 Bucharest
Phone: +40 21 3119762, +40 21 3119782, +40 21 3120231
Fax +40 21 3120585
info@bukarest.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/bukarest
Strossmayer Promenade (next to the State Meteorological and Hydrological Service and Geophysics Institute).
02/04/2016 // 12.00 pm (opening public installation) // 1pm (public walk)
www.goethe.de/zagreb

In early April 2016 Saša Šimpraga’s intervention „Povezivanje – Connecting“ will be installed at the Strossmayer Promenade in Zagreb as a showcase for possible temporary improvements in public space through simple creative solutions. The guided walk “Familiar and Unfamiliar Paths and Passages in the Lower Town of Zagreb” will follow the opening of “Povezivanje – Connecting” on April 2nd.

The intervention will be opened at 12 pm, the walk starts at 1 pm. The tour is open to the general public and will be held in Croatian.

The walk is part of "SEMINAR FOR WALKERS", a project initiated in early 2016 by Saša Šimpraga in Zagreb as an activist platform that aims at creating a new activist group via open calls. The group participates in a number of less ordinary city themed walks that are also open to the general public. Its objective is to gain a better understanding of Zagreb’s urban spaces and foster identification with them. Furthermore, it initiates both small and large scale initiatives in order to improve the city of Zagreb. The group focuses on public space and urban commons.

Two initiatives connected to the first walks have already been commenced. One aims at improving a public square, while the other is targeting the establishment of an entirely new public park.
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Goethe-Institut Kroatien
Ulica Grada Vukovara 64
10000 Zagreb
Tel.: +385 6195000
info@zagreb.goethe.org
Athens School of Fine Arts
(Linear Drawing Room)
Piräus Str. 256,
18233 Athen

12pm (open to public // in Greek)
www.goethe.de/athen

The Soft Power Lectures (3/6): «Where will you go after this?» aims to bring forth the exotic view on Athens as a southern experiment of creative sustainability in times of crisis. Can we problematize the emphasis that is placed only on the positive aspects of characteristics such as flexibility, sustainability, performativity, resourcefulness, creativity, informality, etc. which lately have become fixed points of reference for both institutions and the art scene? Athens is outlined as a body of resistance that can educate, suggest strategies of survival and a novel way to make art without money, through alternative economies and communitarian practices. What problems does this image create, viewed through the lens of a European landscape of precarity, of cuts in funding for cultural programs and the humanities and the establishment of art as an unpaid hobby?
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Goethe-Institut Athen
Omirou Str. 14-16
106 72 Athens, Greece
Phone: +30 210 3661000
info@athen.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/athen
Circuits and Currents
Notara 13 & Tositsa, Exarcheia
10683, Athens, Greece

19/03/2016 // 6pm
www.goethe.de/athen

In this additional event to the Soft Power Lectures, The Temporary Academy of Arts (PAT) is inviting participants of the ACTOPOLIS program from four cities to talk about tactics of professional survival, promotion mechanisms and the role of networking and synergies in the art world.

«How much do I enjoy listening to people ascending in the elevator speaking Romanian» (L. Platonos, Romanian Emigré)

Attempting to examine the practical and pragmatic aspects around the narratives of the crisis and creative resilient cities, PAT organises parallel lectures, inviting partners from countries that participate in the ACTOPOLIS program. The lectures aim at creating a network and exchanging knowledge on the ways one can deal with the instrumentalization of the symbolic artistic capital as it relates to the normalization of contemporary cities and survival of the workers of the art field.
Participants:

Ana Dana Beroš (ACTOPOLIS Zagreb), Yelta Köm (ACTOPOLIS Ankara/Mardin), Mirjana Utvić (ACTOPOLIS Belgrade), Danijela Dugandžić Živanović (ACTOPOLIS Sarajevo).
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Goethe-Institut Athen
Omirou Str. 14-16
106 72 Athens, Greece
P.O.B. 3 03 83
100 33 Athens, Greece
Phone: +30 210 3661000
Fax +30 210 3643518
info@athen.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/athen
Coffee-Bar
A Coffeehouse at Omonoia Square
42 Socratous Street (inside the arcade)
Athens 104 31,
Greece
18/03/2016 // 6pm
www.goethe.de/athen

The Temporary Academy of Arts (PAT) is organising a series of performative interviews with various “creative” subjects that focus on the city. The interviews will discuss artists and activist groups that: occupy the city and active or inactive joints, participate at the Biennale, work for the Documenta, do not participate at the Biennale and do not work at the Documenta.

More about The Soft Power Lectures (2/6): "Interviews"

Here and now the energy of the city seems to be very high. A “youthful” left government claims that it signals a paradigm shift for Europe while various affairs catapult this energy sky high. In anticipation of the grand artistic event of the 14th Documenta, the local art scene seems to have expectations, feelings of alertness, not only of euphoria but also of an awareness of the exoticization of the city and its subjects. In any case, the scene has already changed. Foreign visitors, official and unofficial, stroll in the galleries, trendy hangouts and the occupied spaces of the city. Simultaneously, the Athens Biennale is taking place, aptly reflecting upon its own role as an institution in a critical bottleneck both at local and international levels. Meanwhile at the occupied space of Green Park, artists and politicians, intellectuals and non-intellectuals, contemplate issues of anti/meta/institutionalism.

PAT is inviting artists, architects, filmmakers, activists and so on to participate and will ask them all the same questions. The questions are short. The answers are short as well. The invitees are not prepared. The questions might be relevant but also irrelevant (immigration, the city, do you eat while watching the news, alternative economies, sustainability, what is your salary, do you follow politics?). Every participant has 5 minutes (or let’s say 8).
Participants: 3 137, Sepake Angiama, Ana Dana Beroš (ACTOPOLIS Zagreb), Constantinos Giannaris, Fanis Kafantaris, Yelta Köm (ACTOPOLIS Ankara/Mardin), Petros Moris, Vassilis Noulas, Constantina Theodorou, Mirjana Utvić (ACTOPOLIS Belgrade), Danijela Dugandžić Živanović (ACTOPOLIS Sarajevo).
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Goethe-Institut Athen
Omirou Str. 14-16
106 72 Athens, Greece
P.O.B. 3 03 83
100 33 Athen, Greece
Phone: +30 210 3661000
Fax +30 210 3643518
info@athen.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/athen
Goethe-Institut Bukarest // Library
Str. Tudor Arghezi 8-10
RO-020945 Bucharest

09/03/2016 // 6pm
www.goethe.de/bukarest

The Bucharest chapter of ACTOPOLIS‬ will start-off with an event at the library of the Goethe-Institut Bucharest. Besides presentations and discussions, the curators of the project Raluca Voinea and Ștefan Ghenciulescu will already provide glimpses into the realities of "what is now considered the 'bad part' of Bucharest."

The programme of the launching event:

  • Presentation of the Actopolis project: Evelin Hust, director of Goethe-Institut
  • Presentation of the curatorial concept: Raluca Voinea (contemporary art curator), Ștefan Ghenciulescu (architect)
  • Preview of the urban installation: Daniela Pălimariu (visual artist) and Constantin Goagea (architect)/li>
  • Discussion with Cosmina Goagea (architect) about independent initiatives in the southern part of the city
  • Reading of the first story in the series about people and places in the area: Mihai Duțescu, writer and architect
More on the Bucharest project here.

Goethe-Institut Bukarest
Str. Tudor Arghezi 8-10
RO-020945 Bucharest
Phone: +40 21 3119762, +40 21 3119782, +40 21 3120231
Fax +40 21 3120585
info@bukarest.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/bukarest
State of Concept
Tousa Botsari 19
Athens

27/02/2016 // 7 pm
Free of charge
In Greek
prog@athen.goethe.org
www.stateofconcept.org/

“Athens-Oberhausen. The energy of two cities” is the first in a series of six performative lectures, organized by the Temporary Academy of Arts (PAT).

The curators Elpida Karaba and Glykeria Stathopoulou will begin their mobile academy with a self-reflexive and critical exploration of the conditions in which art, culture and discourse take place as well as their own journey to the ACTOPOLIS production lab in Oberhausen.
In their first event, the curators will raise a number of questions:

Where does the assumption that the crisis produces creative subjects and “creative cities” come from? How are narratives of contemporary urban centers as “energies” constructed, cashed in the symbolic capital market and conform to regulatory urban projects?

The first part of The Soft Power Lectures will take place at State of Concept, Athens first non-profit gallery and consultancy for young artist.

Besides PAT’s performance lecture, artworks by Constantinos Ηadzinikolaou, Panos Sklavenitis and Anastasia Douka will be presented.

The poem begins with the unloving sun
Panos Sklavenitis:

Fire Walker 2
Constantinos Ηadzinikolaou

Apparatus: Queen Makita
Anastasia Douka
Former Kaufhof building
Marktstraße 52-60
46045 Oberhausen

29.09.2015 // 8 pm
Free of charge

There is only a limited amount of tickets available.
Please register at www.urbanekuensteruhr.de/de/anmeldung-actopolis-auftakt

Joint open lecture performance with a presentation of outcomes from the two-day workshop.
Former Kaufhof building
Marktstraße 52-60
46045 Oberhausen

28/ – 29/09/2015

A transnational workshop with artists, curators, urbanists involved in the project. ACTOPOLIS is intended as a call to action and seeks to promote new ways of configuring urban life, in the Ruhr Region and in the metropolitan areas of southeast Europe. Alternative communities, publics, and platforms can open new spaces of possibility in and between cities. The project is designed as a three-year production laboratory. Beginning with a transnational workshop phase in 2015, local artistic urban projects will follow in 2016 and a joint wandering exhibition in 2017.

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