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Periferic 8 – Art as Gift
Bienala de arta contemporana
Iasi, Romania
3-18 Octombrie 2008

A opta editie a Bienalei de Arta Contemporana Periferic o are drept curator pe Dora Hegyi (project leader la tranzit.hu/ Budapesta, Ungaria) si este organizata de Asociatia Vector (Iasi), avand ca partener principal Banca Comerciala Romana.

Conceptul – Art as Gift / Arta ca Dar

Conceptul bienalei propune un model alternativ de schimb si pune intrebarea: poate fi vazuta arta drept dar? In timp ce Bienalele Periferic anterioare au pus in discutie mecanismele de piata ale artei contemporane, Periferic 8 analizeaza direct metodele speculative care influenteaza realizarea si valoarea sociala a artei. Practica sociala a oferirii de daruri in sensul ei de zi cu zi este traita ca gest pozitiv, avand in vedere ca tuturor ne place sa daruim si sa primim daruri. Schimbul poate fi reciproc, dar el reflecta un sistem complex de diverse motivatii: relatiile de putere, dependenta si dorinta de prestigiu. Daruirea este de asemenea o metafora pentru a descrie economia artei de la creatie/productie, trecand prin diseminare/distributie, si pana la receptie/consum.

Periferic 8

Periferic 8 aspira sa-si formeze publicuri locale, si astfel incetateneste o abordare paradigmatica pentru initiativele similare din regiune. Prin proiecte noi si prin evenimente paralele de mediere creativa, Periferic 8 doreste sa joace rolul de mediator, intarind astfel dialogul dintre diversele domenii culturale. Pe de o parte prezinta modele alternative de educatie, activand publicul deja specializat, artistii, criticii de arta si teoreticienii, pe de alta parte implica alte segmente ale intelectualitatii locale si persoane interesate de procesele receptarii si ale medierii. Proiectul cauta sa consolideze constiinta culturala locala pentru a forma o comunitate civila dinamica, care sa se simta raspunzatoare pentru propriul context si sugereaza ca arta contemporana este un domeniu transdisciplinar, in care se pot discuta chestiuni sociale si politice care afecteaza un spectru larg de oameni. In cadrul bienalei Periferic 8, va fi dezvoltat un proiect de mediere creativa de catre Studioul de practici si dezbateri artistice, platforma de cercetare critica a Asociatiei Vector.

Curatorul

Dora Hegyi este istoric de arta si curator, si traieste in Budapesta. Intre 1996-2003 a fost curator la Muzeul Ludwig din Budapesta, si a initiat Project Room in Museum in 1999. Dora Hegyi a fost, printre altele, curatorul expozitiilor “Budapest Box – The hidden scene of the 1990s” (co-curator), 2002 si “Moszkva ter-Gravitation”, 2003. Din 2005 Dora Hegyi este project leader la tranzit. hu, o initiativa de arta contemporana sustinuta de Grupul Erste Bank, care organizeaza evenimente discursive. In acest cadru, ea a initiat Scoala Libera de Teorie si Practica a Artei, pentru a consolida analiza profesionista a artei si gandirea critica din Ungaria.

Periferic 8 – Art as Gift
Biennial for Contemporary Art
Iasi, Romania
3-18 October 2008

The eighth edition of the Periferic Biennial for Contemporary Art is curated by Dora Hegyi (project leader of tranzit. hu/ Budapest, Hungary) and organized by the Vector Association (Iasi/Romania), the main partner being Banca Comerciala Romana.

Concept – Art as gift

The concept of the biennial proposes an alternative model of exchange and raises the question “can art be regarded as a gift?”. While Periferic Biennials have always challenged the market-based mechanisms of contemporary art, Periferic 8 directly analyzes the speculative methods that influence the realization and social value of art. The social practice of gift-giving in an everyday sense is experienced as a positive gesture, since everybody enjoys receiving and giving gifts. The exchange can be mutual, but it reflects a complex system of different motivations: power relations, dependence, as well as desire for prestige. Giftgiving is also used as a metaphor for describing the economics of art from creation/ production through sharing/distribution to reception/consumption.

Periferic 8

Periferic 8 aspires to build local audiences and doing so establishes a paradigmatic approach for other similar initiatives in the region. Through newly developed projects and accompanying events of creative mediation Periferic 8 wishes to play the role of a mediator, thus fortifying the dialogue between various cultural fields. On the one hand it presents alternative models of education by activating the already specialized audience, artists, art critics and theoreticians, on the other hand it involves other segments of local intellectuals and people interested in the processes of reception and mediation. The project seeks to strengthen local cultural consciousness in order to form a dynamic civil community that feels responsible for its own context and suggests that contemporary art is a transdisciplinary field where social and political issues that affect a wide range of people can be discussed. As part of Periferic 8, a Creative Mediation Project will be developed by the Studio for Art Practices and Debates, which is the critical research and production platform for Vector Association.

The Curator

Dora Hegyi is an art historian, curator based in Budapest. Between 1996 and 2003 she was a curator at the Ludwig Museum Budapest, initiator of the Project Room of the museum in 1999. She curated, among many others, the exhibitions “Budapest Box – The hidden scene of the 1990s” (co-curator), 2002 and “Moszkva ter-Gravitation”, 2003. Since 2005 Dora Hegyi is project leader of tranzit. hu, a contemporary art initiative supported by the Erste Bank Group, which organizes discursive events. In this framework she started the Free School for Art Theory and Practice, to strengthen the professional discussion of art and critical thinking in Hungary.

Periferic 8 structure:

Organizator / Organizer:

Vector Cultural Association

Partener principal / Main partner:

Banca Comerciala Romana

Parteneri / Partners:

Centre Culturel Français de Iasi
Goethe Zentrum Iasi
University of Arts “George Enescu” Iasi
tranzit. hu
Studio for art practices and debates (Iasi)
K:SAK Chisinau (Republic of Moldova)

Sustinut de / Supported by:

Municipality of Iasi
American Center Foundation
Administration of the National Cultural Fund – AFCN Romania
(others will be confirmed)

Parteneri media / Media partners:

Observator Cultural
Suplimentul de Cultura
(others will be confirmed)

Contact:

Tel/Fax: 0040 232 237486, 0040 723 508738
Email: office@periferic.org,
Website: http://www.periferic.org
Weblog: http://www.perifericbiennial.wordpress.com

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