On Value
October 20, 2008, 2:42 am
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The online version of the catalogue text by Zsuzsa Laszlo extended with links.

With its title topic “art as gift”, Periferic 8 questions how values are created within the art world and how artworks are modeling economic systems. The question is obviously self-referential as well, since Periferic itself is an institution which seeks to create and gain value. The globalization of the art field, as manifested in the proliferation of international art biennials[1], follows the free-trade principle of global capitalism. On the contrary, such international art events that are organized in post-communist countries with rudimentary art markets can convert their local traditions of underground counter-cultures that are functioning completely independent from market principles into highly significant critical approaches to the economy of art.

The intriguing aspect of value creation is that it can be interpreted somewhere between market and institutional theory. In classical institutional theory[2] the question was how an everyday object becomes a work of art if it is placed within an art institution. As long as it was considered art, its value was not questioned. However, even if the borders of the art world cannot be drawn clearly, there is still a problem concerning how its inside is structured. The traditional distinction between high and low (popular) art[3] became highly ambiguous, context dependent and outdated when based on technical, thematic factors. Within the art world, art is a simple currency and there is nothing lofty about it. The everyday and subjective experience is that there is good art and bad art, there is mediocre, uninteresting, revolutionary, critical, engaged, superficial and fashionable art – a versatility of value assignment rarely addressed by art theory. There are artists who are invited to much more and more prestigious exhibitions than others and there are galleries and institutions whose reputation is clearly much higher than that of smaller exhibition rooms in the countryside. Some curators are invited to organize huge international shows with lavish budgets, while others work for free out of enthusiasm, and others take jobs in half-dead museums.

This slippery quality, a kind of value association, a multi-dimensional hierarchy, stands between the de-contextualized aesthetic and market value. The three-fold, indirect correspondence between aesthetic quality, the above described fame – or reputation value, and commercial success was probably first measured by the Capital magazine’s Kunstkompass initiated by Willi Bongard. Since 1971 the magazine compiles yearly a list of the best 100 artists who are the ones who get the most points according to the exhibitions and purchase of their works in the most established western art institutions as well as the reviews on them in leading international art press. Online databases like can show as well that contemporary art has many successful trends whose success can be measured independently from auction prices. assigns value to the activity of 127154 artists worldwide, according to the international art institutions (collections, galleries) they are affiliated with and the exhibitions they participate in.


Why Did The K Foundation Burn A Million Quid?

This approach is much more democratic than that of Kunstkompass, but the importance of institutional critique, personal international network, and collaborations stay invisible in this system.

The special thing about the economy of art is that it is a self conscious economy in which producers can initiate reforms and criticism. This gives the whole art world the possibility to rely on market economy, and simultaneously defy and undermine it. To say yes and no at the same time. Saying no, burning[4] or giving away[5] money and valuables, defying or inflating – for instance with multiples – the merchandisable artifact of special value is surely an indispensable and sometimes overlapping part of the art world as the “yes” of museum gift shops.

The author receives Ernő Kállai Grant from the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture.

Links to related posts:

Interview with Marek Claassen

1 A comprehensive study on the globalization of the art field: Larissa Buchholz and Ulf Wuggenig: Cultural Globalization between Myth and Reality: The Case of the Contemporary Visual Arts. In: Artefact, Issue 04, 2005.

2 It was George Dickie (Art and the Aesthetic: An Institutional Analysis, Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca, N. Y., and London, 1974.) who first described art independently from the qualities of the art object. In Arthur C. Danto’s The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: a Philosophy of Art, (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1981) the distinction between an everyday object and an art work was the central issue, while Howard S. Becker: Art Worlds, (Berkeley: University of California, 1982.) deals with Mavericks, Folk Artists and Naïve Artists but still describes a standard art world as a universal system disregarding any regional or social particularities. Another important author of institutional theory is Pierre Bourdieau, who mainly concentrates on the unequal distribution of symbolic, cultural capital based on social class and economic differences among others in the Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, London: Routledge, 1984.

3 For instance Herbert Gans: Popular Culture and High Culture. An Analysis and Evaluation of Taste, New York, Basic Books, 1974, or Lawrence W. Levine: Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1988.

4 K Foundation Burn a Million Quid: in which K Foundation (Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty) burnt one million pounds in cash on the Scottish island of Jura. The event was recorded and the video was toured around the UK inviting the audience in debate about the burning and its meaning. This action was preceded among others by K Foundation art award, which was £40,000 – the double of Turner Prize – given to the worst artist of 1993. The award was advertised using newspaper ads imitating a public vote for the same shortlist as the one for Turner Prize that year. The winner of the K Foundation prize was Rachel Whiteread, also the same as that of the Turner Prize.

5 The Swiss artist Christoph Büchel (born in Basel, 1966) with Gianni Motti made an exhibition in Zürich Helmhaus hiding a check of 50,000 SFR, the exhibition budget, to be found by the public. Another project of his reflecting directly on the economy of art was to auction on ebay his right to participate in Manifesta, which was bought by Sal Randolph for 15,000 USD


Interview with Marek Claassen, the director of
October 20, 2008, 2:40 am
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The following interview was made with Marek Claassen, the director of and served as a starting point for an online research and a series of interventions with the purpose of giving higher visibility to the participants of Periferic 8. The results of this intervention can be viewed at .

Zsuzsa Laszlo: How do you define the role of within the art world?

Marek Claassen: We introduced a quantitative method to measure how much an artist is embedded in the international art world. We start with long term relationships between artists and galleries or collections that represent them. These are very strong commitments that last very long. We count the number of countries and the number of collections and galleries. And then we look at solo and group shows. The more international artists a gallery or a museum has, the more its exhibitions value. Let’s say that we have an institution like Tate Modern where thousands of artists are collected. If you have a solo show there you get all the points from these artists and your rank will go up extremely. Biennials, group shows work like collections, their value is based on the artists whose works they show. So if there’s an Andy Warhol its value goes up a lot.

ZSL: Is this the secret of success? Do curators have to place works by Andy Warhol and other very famous artists next to the ones they would like to promote? Can these strategic exhibitions create real recognition revealing the true mechanism of the art world or do they just momentarily deceive the system?

MC: You can play the same tricks with google: by mixing famous and unknown names you can attract attention. We are in a time where there is so much information everywhere that you have to orientate yourself somehow. So even if it’s a minor work, if Andy Warhol is related somehow to the subject of the exhibition it means that many people can relate to it too.

ZSL: Can you also monitor the significance of artist run spaces, residency programs or street art?

Zsuzsa László

Banksy-copy in Iasi. Photo: Zsuzsa László

MC: We have to make hard compromises. If we had more employees, we could go deeper, and have millions of items creating a clearer picture of the peripheries of the art world. Another factor is that we only register places that are completely dedicated to art. So we don’t include exhibitions in bank branches or restaurants in our system. Banksy for instance is right now ranked only 9913 although he is very famous and I like him a lot. But he only has 15 exhibitions, which shows that he is not so much appreciated among established curators.
We introduced major changes in last autumn because we received many calls and emails from smaller galleries and artists exhibiting in biennials. Now we give bigger weight to curated shows without a collection. We will fine-tune the system now and then. It is related to the number of data we have. When we started we only had 20 000 exhibitions whereas now 130 000 are in our system. We get more and more embedded in the art world so we can get better feedback and we can reflect on it. In the end, it is only a mathematical description of the art world.

ZSL: However globalized the art world is, I think it is still a utopia – though a very ambitious and heroic one – to represent the whole world, everything what is happening in contemporary art.

MC: Our ranking is something that is good to know about, but it is not to be followed blindly. Another aspect is that anyone can have an influence on the system and can change the picture. A new feature of ours is that you can submit data. The computer is not a snob, does not know what’s Tate Modern and does not have prejudice for a gallery in Africa, so the machine handles everything the same way. That is why is an argument. 20 000 people are using over 200 times a week, many professionals look at it, many art fairs use our data.

ZSL: So could help professionals to see how a certain exhibition or biennial can affect artists’ carriers. What could be even more interesting is to see how and according to what factors the “value” of galleries and biennials is changing. How are the centers and peripheries of the art world evolving and disappearing?

MC: Biennials function in our system like collections, they receive their value from the participating artists. Venice Biennial values so much because the artists chosen by the countries are usually already well-known. Rank is only based on the number of points. Probably it is more interesting to look at the rising factor: how much someone’s rank changes.
Biennials often present emerging artists. In the case of the 2005 Beijing Biennial there was no selecting committee, in the communist fashion organizers wrote to the artist associations in each country to send one artist. They sent artists who were best represented in these associations but not best from a curatorial point of view. Many such artists appear only once in because they are teachers or interior designers but after one such show they don’t do anything again on this level.

ZSL: I think it’s not only about the level of their activity. It is a new phenomenon that curators tend to involve in their shows: not only artists, but curators or professionals from other fields. These participants, of course, won’t be collected or represented by galleries. Artists also often do curatorial work which affects greatly their carriers but that would be difficult to include in such a system. Manifesta 7 is a very good example for all these situations where curators and participants seem interchangeable in several cases.

MC: There’s a similar discrepancy between the auction prices and our ranking. An Asian art magazine asked us to do a ranking for Asian artists. was invited as well, but they only had Chinese painters in their system, while our ranking started with Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, mainly installation and fluxus artists. 80% of the private collectors want oil paintings but many of these artists vanish because they are not accepted in the curatorial environment. There’s a big hype for Chinese paintings, people spend millions on it, but it is just design. reflects the curator’s point of view. However, if we go deeper down in the art world to smaller galleries and less established artists who may still be very important regionally, it gets blurred.

ZSL: Yes, it is surly blurred in Eastern Europe. Is it because this region is not communicating well enough or because regional significance is very different from the international one?

MC: First we focused on our member galleries (who pay for their membership) because we have to have money from somewhere to be able to pay our employees, but then lots of people complained saying that you can’t do a valid ranking when you prefer the people paying you. So we stopped this, we only enter the data of our clients first, but then we process the others as well. However, we have to be careful because we are not only a program magazine, we build our ranking on these data. A show in our system can be seen like a hammer price in an auction. Nowadays maybe 5-10% of our data is mistaken, but we try to do our best, one day we find them (the mistakes). It is another question that in certain countries there is no functioning art world. Like in India, many artists can sell their works to collections, but don’t have shows.

ZSL: These artists usually only get famous abroad. It is true for Eastern Europe as well.

MC: In the art world you have to be a gypsy. There have always been centers in the art world: Rome, Paris, New York, maybe Berlin as well. So you have to go to such places. My opinion is that you are only professional, also as a curator or anyone in the art world, when you live from it, when you don’t have any other income.

Zsuzsa László
No Photgraphy sign in Iasi
Photo: Zsuzsa László

Miklos Erdely: No Photograpy, 1974

ZSL: It is also so because “western” curators are always searching for new names, emerging artists unknown but still meaningful, for economic and commercial reasons, and also being aware of post-colonialist criticism. However, if you take an important international art magazine, almost all of the exhibition reviews are from Western Europe and North America so these non-Western artists only remain export specialties and cannot make an international reputation staying in their own cultural context. Proliferating biennials in Near- and Far-East probably will counter efficiently this bias while Eastern-Europe, Hungary for sure, is yet to find forceful strategies to be on the map of the international art world.

MC: It’s like in the sports world where clubs buy and sell players to be able go one league up. In the primary art market price can only go up. If an artist is not selling galleries do not lower the price, they drop the artist. There is only one way and this is up, if you don’t go up you are out. You can drive taxis, change profession, you are out of the system. I tell you this is why the art world is a big attraction to ruling nations with a huge middle class. 95% artworks sold are for 5000 dollars. The great majority is not buying Van Goghs or Richard Prince photographs of cowboys for a million dollars. The average lawyer and doctor buy art in their local galleries. And if a country doesn’t have middle class it has a zero chance to build up its artists. The basis, a big number of galleries is missing. It’s no good either when artists are subsidized by the government. You can see what happened in Holland: artists stop working, they have fix salaries and they don’t have to really care any more.

ZSL: Isn’t the situation different in the case of artists who don’t produce objects that can be easily included in the art market?

MC: Just look at Christo, his land art is unsaleable but he is still represented by 63 commercial galleries and 62 public collections. You have to make an artifact for your collector. A collector is like a lover, admirer. You have to give them something let it be a limited number of golden dvds, and they will appreciate it. They will lift you up, talk about you and invite all their friends to show them your work. You have to have artifacts, even in extreme cases like Banksy, they sell the walls of these houses. But if there is a dictator who thinks that certain art should be promoted it won’t work, whatever money is invested. In such countries the art world will die out.

ZSL: In Hungary and Romania curators are struggling a lot to get state money for projects that are not immediately compatible with the art market. At the same time in Western Europe and the US there are many state institutions and private funds that finance non-market art projects. In Venice Biennial or Manifesta huge amounts of state money are spent and the difference between various countries’ capacities is quite obvious. Collectors only come later, when artists get established.

MC: Still, you have to make sure you find collectors and you always have to go where your art is appreciated by private collectors. To do a state funded show is a kind of pedagogic approach. If your art is so good that it should leave a footstep in the history then you have to do networking to as many people as you can, to have many people who can carry your idea, otherwise it will become forgotten. There might be exceptions but statistically this is a way, and we have to face that your show will certainly have a bigger influence in New York than in Senegal. This is how the art world is functioning. If you do good, you should speak about it.

The author receives Ernő Kállai Grant from the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture.

Conferință de presă/Press Conference
June 20, 2008, 7:43 am
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Periferic 8 – Arta ca dar

Bienală de Artă Contemporană Iaşi, România

LANSAREA OFICIALĂ A PROIECTULUI Vineri, 20 iunie 2008, Centrul Cultural Francez Iaşi

Ora 12: conferință de presă

Ora 18: prezentarea istoriei Bienalei Periferic şi dezbatere publică privind perspectivele culturii contemporane la Iaşi

A opta ediție a Bienalei de Artă Contemporană Periferic o are drept curator pe Dóra Hegyi (project leader la Budapesta,) şi este organizată de Asociația Vector (Iaşi), având ca partener principal Banca Comercială Română. Informații detaliate pot fi găsite pe site-ul oficial

Conceptul bienalei propune un model alternativ de schimb şi pune întrebarea: poate fi văzută arta drept dar?. Bienala Periferic 8 analizează direct metodele speculative care influențează valoarea socială a artei. Prin proiecte noi şi prin evenimente paralele de mediere creativă, Periferic 8 doreşte să joace rolul de mediator, întărind astfel dialogul dintre diversele domenii culturale. Proiectul caută să consolideze conştiința culturală locală pentru a forma o comunitate civilă dinamică, care să se simtă răspunzătoare pentru propriul context şi sugerează că arta contemporană este un domeniu transdisciplinar în care se pot discuta chestiuni social şi politice care afectează un spectru larg de oameni.

În cadrul dezbaterii publice privind perspectivele culturii contemporane la Iaşi, mai mulți oameni de cultură şi de presă, manageri culturali locali, reprezentanți ai administrației locale, vor identifica ce tipuri de proiecte ar da o dimensiune culturală contemporană Iaşului şi l-ar înscrie în circuitul cultural european.


Asociația Vector Iaşi

Partener principal:

Banca Comerciala Romana


Centre Culturel Français de Iaşi, Goethe Zentrum Iaşi, Universitatea de Arte “George Enescu” Iaşi, Budapesta, K:SAK Chişinău

Susținut de:

American Center Foundation, Administrația Fondului Național Cultural, Primăria Municipiului Iasi (Proiectul Iaşi – 600), SEACEX Madrid, IASPIS Stockholm

Parteneri media:

Suplimentul de cultură, Observator Cultural, TVR Iaşi, Ziarul de Iaşi, Radio Guerilla, 7 Seri,,, Intertrans

Invitație la workshopul Aureliei Mihai / Invitation to Aurelia Mihai’s workshop
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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 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.


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)


Tel/Fax: 0040 232 237486, 0040 723 508738

concept discussion
February 27, 2008, 8:01 am
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Blogosfera Periferic

Temă de reflecţie: Economia artei ca dar

Logica este una a opoziţiilor, în care capitalul în exces presupune imposibilitatea (practică) a reinvestirii profitului în vederea creşterii sistemului sau necesitatea cheltuirii, a irosirii, un debuşeu al presiunii excedentului. Darul, aşadar, ca posibilitate a consumării a ceea ce prisoseşte şi, prin urmare, ca gest (vinovat) de alocare a puterii (a celui care dă asupra celui ce primeşte), de recunoaştere a statusului social, împreună cu obligaţia de a răspunde cu un gest cel puţin echivalent – mecanica inversă a posibilităţii rezistenţei. Arta şi artistul devin actorii intraţi pe scenă neanunţat, ca ofertanţi-beneficiari ai serviciilor terţiare de lux: obiectele produse au ca raţiune de a fi tocmai consumul, realizat ca un consum de “dar” (politic, economic şi cultural) al artei şi artistului realizat pe stradă, în galerii, muzee, colecţii private, în circuitul internaţional al bienalelor şi al evenimentelor conexe etc. Aşadar, tema pe care o propunem spre reflecţie critică este cea a excedentului de capital (material, simbolic) îndreptat către artă ca dar (aparent), cu o privire asupra versantului donator (ideologia oferirii, dialectica înstăpînirii asupra simbolicului, al cărei pretext este arta ca dar), cu o altă privire asupra versantului donatar (posibilitatea accesului lărgit democratic la evenimentul de artă contemporană, dar şi instruirea ca educaţie a rezistenţei ideologice).

Desfăşurarea acestei discuţii se va face în spaţiul public virtual al blogului Periferic, care se vrea o arenă a discuţiilor libere ce intenţionează contextualizarea acestui discurs prin aplicare la posibilităţile concrete de existenţă a evenimentului de artă contemporană în România, atît cu privire la organizatori/artişti, cît şi la public. Accesul este indistinct şi gratuit, iar posibilităţile de abordare nelimitate.

Suport teoretic (în progresie): Marcel Mauss, Georges Bataille.


periferic’s new weblog
February 27, 2008, 8:00 am
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Salut, acesta este locul de unde veţi putea afla ultimile noutăţi despre activităţile echipei Periferic. Prin intermediul acestui weblog vă vom ţine regulat la curent cu privire la dezvoltarea proiectului Periferic 8 – Arta ca dar, care va atinge punctul culminant între 3-18 Octombrie 2008.

Hello, this is the place for the latest news from the Periferic crew. Through this weblog, we will keep you updated regularly about the development of the Periferic 8 – Art as Gift project, which will have its climax between 3-18 October 2008.