Projektraum Donau is a project of exchange initiated by the Kulturreferentin für Südosteuropa am Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum Ulm and the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst des Landes Baden-Württemberg Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum Ulm. Artist groups, collectives, off spaces from regions along the Danube get together and share experiences of working as a group, artistic practice and working conditions in the different countries. After seperate exhibitions in Hungary, Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, Romania and Croatia POPUP has been invited to exhibit at V8 in Karlsruhe to a joint exhibition.
Art is not only a means of communication but also the multifacetted cultural heritage of humanity. Europe’s values have always included the diversity of cultures and the wide spectrum of its languages. This kind of diversity of the Danube area and especially the artistic richness of this region are at the center of this project. Stretching over 2,850 kilometers, the Danube is a truly European river—and “a European river demands from us that we know each other,” said former Austrian Vice Chancellor Erhard Busek. Built on the positive experiences of the artists and curators network that emerged from the project “The Human. The River. Paintings from Danube Countries” (2011-2014), this platform offers young artists opportunities to meet and get to know each others work environment and their work as well as deepen their knowledge and experience of the Danube area. Project spaces have become effective means for artists to network, exchange ideas, and showcase art. Project spaces are used for exhibitions, workshops, and individual artistic performances. Within the span of a year, project spaces from the Danube countries will engage in an exchange of experiences and function as multipliers by bringing their experiences back to their countries of origin and circulating them there. Existing networks will be strengthened and supported and current developments in art presented to a broad audience. The project is made possible in co-operation with the Ministry for Science, Research, and Art of the German State of BadenWürttemberg, the Cultural Liaison for South East Europe at the Danube Swabian Central Museum Ulm and supported by the Danube Office Ulm/Neu-Ulm and the Hungarian Cultural Institute, Stuttgart.
Dr. Swantje Volkmann Swantje
The Approach Art Association / Pecs, Hungary
The Approach Art Association’s main goal is to help and integrate young artists (painters, sculptors and media artists), curators, essayists, aesthetes into the national and international art environment. At present the membership is around one hundred, but this number increasing year by year. In the name of this aim we made many art-workshops, educational programs, seminars, symposiums and festivals, lot of national and foreign exhibitions, exhibition-exchange-programs for the members of our association during the last 20 years. In 2008 we started the first Artist in Residence Program in Pécs. We would like to run this project as an exchange program in the future. Hereby we would like to give opportunity to Hungarian artists to take part in the international artistic communication. In the last few years we had the opportunity to work with notable foreign organisations and art institutions. The office of our organisation works as an information center and gives support to the local organisations. The association runs two exhibition halls: the Approach Gallery and the Swan House Exhibition Hall.
Atelier Kafeto / Sofia, Bulgaria
Coffee-House Workshop or Atelier Kafeto is a former small coffee-house based in the very center of Sofia (56, Boulevard Dondukov) in the one-time compound of the king’s horsestable and garage. For 45 years the National Academy of Arts is using a part of this historical real estate. Atelier Kafeto became a projecting room for artists, masters and doctors. The long term Substories project is one of the main occupations of Bozhidar Boyadzhiev, Vasil Abadjiev, Georgi Passev, Emil Zheliazkov, San Dokan and numerous invited participating artists. “In a post-modern context the project contains rather more subjective ‘small stories’ into which the single “big story“ that was so typical for the previous age has disintegrated. In short, this is about the statement and realization of individual artistic programmes which, in an atomised world of degrading social connections, have become the main driving force and engine of the individual artistic energy” (Prof. Chavdar Popov, PhD) Bozhidar Boydzhiev
FRIDAY EXIT / Wienna, Austria
FRIDAY EXIT offers to the young artists and students a platform to implement projects of various artistic approaches and give more visibility. We are a non-profit working association, consisting of an open collective of artists and curators from the environment of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna . Together with young artistic, curatorial and scientific positions, FRIDAY EXIT is interested in topics of contemporary art production to develop. We see this collaboration as diverse and dynamic process of exchange. FRIDAY EXIT is part of xperiment, a collaboration between the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and an open collective.
NOIMA / Timisoara, Romania
NOIMA Group was founded in 2003 by the artists Sorin Scurtulescu, Andrei Rosetti, Ciprian Bodea, Dan Gherman, Sorin Neamtu and Sorin Oncu. NOIMA made its debut in 2004 at “The Joys Literay Café” in Arad, Rumania. During the same year, the first exhibition designated “NOIMA” took place at Galleria 28, in Timisoara. At present, the active members of NOIMA are Sorin Scurtulescu, Andrei Rosetti, Ciprian Bodea, Dan Gherman, Cosmin Fruntes. “Our main aim is to find the meaning of painting and our own role, as painters, in this world and in this age.”
POPUP / Osijek, Croatia
POPUP project is an art organization created following an alternative- exhibition concept in Osijek. When we say alternative-exhibition concept, initially it was not insisted on the offer, to use a paraphrase of a Croatian conceptual artist Goran Trbuljak, nothing „new and original“. Time has, however, showed the opposite. Starting from the initial idea of democratization of art and convergence of culture (primarily those visual) to a wider spectrum of audience, POPUP complements more qualitatively the original concept and as such presents as a very sovereign form of incubator of contemporary visual expression. By organizing seventeen, mainly art exhibitions, POPUP has started to present the audience with visual content that the city lacked. Over time, POPUP, thanks to the independence from institutional constraints, became a platform through which began the expansion of horizons of visuality in an environment that did not have much direct contact with contemporary visual language. A further aim is to insist precisely on that Promethean role that has already begun and is now introducing mild changes in Osijek‘s institutions responsible for the arts and visual art practice.
V8 / Karlsruhe, Germany
Platform V8 was founded in 2005 by art students of the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe and is an off-space art gallery. Since its founding it has become an important component of Karlsruhe’s arts and culture scene. V8 presents stimulating and multi-facetted contributions to contemporary art in a framework beyond the established cultural institutions. With approximately ten exhibitions per year, V8 showcases the variety and significance of this vital cultural domain that exists alongside Karlsruhe’s museums and galleries. Platform V8 sees its role in supporting young artists and providing a well-known space for exhibitions.