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Friday

02

Oct 2020

OPEN ACCESS Showcase Experimenting with performing arts and transmedia creation

/ ora 16:00 /

Artists: Clara Chabalier (France), Raluca Croitoru (Netherlands/Romania), João Estevens (Portugal), Olinda Favas (Portugal), Adrian Ganea (Romania), Alison Neighbour (United Kingdom), Mateja Stanislava Rot (Slovenia), Marion Thomas (France)

Technological and digital changes are profoundly changing our daily lives and the use we make of them. Both artists and institutions are affected in their working methods and the processes of creating and producing works. These issues, re-balanced in the context of the current health crisis, change the connection with the public. Colectiv A is proposing to the Cluj audience to be part of this reflection by actively participating in the presentation of the European project Open Access –  Experimenting with performing arts and transmedia creation. Having a collective and collaborative logic, creating a new shared story, interdisciplinarity and participation of the audience is embedded in the matrix of the project that has as a result the creation of eight artistic prototypes. The experimental process chosen was to integrate transmedia creation in the various disciplines of the performing arts. 

Due to the current coronavirus crisis which prevents us from being able to maintain artistic mobility within the project, we invited international artists to adapt their prototypes. Their installations in Cluj will present work in progress of the artistic work, the audience being invited to give feed-back in order to integrate it in the final version of the projects.

The Cluj showcase takes the hybrid format of these pandemic times and provoque the international artists to work remotely from their countries but in the company of local guides or to mediate their live presence through live streaming or video installations. 

It will be a matter of sharing a privileged time with the public, during which each artist will propose a contribution, an experience, a moment of sharing and of immersion in his project. The prototypes sometimes occur in the form of a game, a more or less fictional narrative, a poetic sensory encounter, and various other forms. The feedback from the public will be included in the creation process, so, each spectator will be associated, if desired, with the creation.

What is transmedia?

The experimental process chosen was to integrate transmedia creation in the various disciplines of the performing arts. Transmedia allows artists to tell a story using everything that makes up our daily lives through different media. Each media used develops its own and different content, not just a duplication but rather an enrichment of the story, to offer a global experience to the public through the multiplicity implicit in its development. It thus becomes a „playing field” for artists in the „living arts”, contributing to the development of new aesthetics, but also so that the public that can experiment, play a role, contribute, choose and also tell stories.

We hope that this form of cooperation and new methods of production and sharing can raise questions about the social challenges we face and possible future paths.

 Programme

2- 11 Oct, „Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden, Republicii St., no. 42

Visiting times: Monday to Thursday: 10:00-16:00, Friday from 16:00 to 19:00, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 18:30. Entrance ticket for the Botanical Garden required.

• Neutral Buoyancy, Raluca Croitoru | sound installation 

• The bloodless shades shed tears, Adrian Ganea | transmedia installation

9- 11 Oct, „Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden, Republicii St., no. 42

Visiting times: Monday to Thursday: 10:00-16:00, Friday from 16:00 to 19:00, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 18:30. Entrance ticket for the Botanical Garden required.

• Sprites of Meadowlands, Mateja Stanislava Rot | urban game 

9 – 11 Oct, ZIZ – Art and social area, Paris St., no. 5 

Friday from 16:00 to 20:00 Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 19:00. Free entrance.

• The Defense Beyond Survivor, Clara Chabalier |  installation, performance, and human/machine dialogue device

• uncanny valley, João Estevens | performative video-installation 

• Untitled,  Olinda Favas | installation and performance 

• The (Future) Wales Coast Path. A journey and encounter in public space, Alison Neighbour | installation 

• Survival Kit in Male Territory, Marion Thomas | transmedia soundtrack in public space

Visits are individual and made by appointment only. Please book your place at least 1 day prior: office@colectiva.ro.

WORKS

Neutral Buoyancy, Raluca Croitoru

sound installation

2 -11 Oct, „Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden 

The installation proposes a soundscape that connects bodies in water with bodies of water through physical, technically-mediated and speculative immersion. A dialogue emerges between corporeal sounds, terrestrial and underwater ones, in which fluidity replaces predilections for the solid and the fixed. 

Raluca Croitoru’s project is partially supported by CBK Rotterdam.

Raluca Croitoru

Raluca Croitoru is a visual artist and performer originally from Constanta, currently based in Rotterdam. Her artistic practice merges multidisciplinary approaches from the fields of fine art, choreography and performance. She is interested in the relationship between the body and power structures, especially the specificities of the body under capitalism.

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The bloodless shades shed tears, Adrian Ganea

transmedia installation

2 – 11 Oct, „Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden 

Based on recent studies in biology related to the theory of symbiosis, Adrian offers an installation of automated puppets and a computer simulation of symbiotic life forms. It is about questioning through technology, the conditions of „living together” and the possible means of coexistence of organisms, whether biological or not.

Adrian Ganea

Adrian Ganea is an artist born in Romania in 1989.

He is drawn to the unreal, intrigued by the magic of the intangible and the ethereal, he seeks the sorcery that incarnates the virtual into solid matter. He is fascinated by the ways the bodiless nonmaterial subject can materialize and transpire into the real world. In his work, he aims to enact the production of fiction, often reflecting on its increasing automation.

His practice ranges from designing scenography to programming CG simulations and composing videos. He graduated at UDK Berlin, receiving a masters degree in Set Design with his project “Cyborgia” based on Paul B. Preciado’s essay: “How Pompeii invented Pornography, The “Gabinetto Segreto” and the Sexopolitical Foundations of the Modern European Metropolis”.

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Sprites of Meadowlands, Mateja Stanislava Rot

urban game 

9-11 Oct, „Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden 

Changing the scale, moving the eyes, Sprites of Meadowlands addresses the exploration of hidden spaces in the botanical garden. It starts with a walk and all the details that can characterize the morphology of the garden. Viewers are invited to participate in a game designed to activate a specific urban location, in this case the garden. Playing with what is hidden and what is shown, Teja questions our perception of reality and social practices in the city. 

With special thanks for Flaviu Petean’s precious help and insights in creating this game. 

Mateja Stanislava Rot

Urban innovator based in Slovenia.

Works at the intersection between urbanism, architecture and activism.

She is particularly interested in the creative transformation of public spaces and in regaining the right to spaces, seeking to contribute to the sharing of public space as a common good.

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The Defense Beyond Survivor, Clara Chabalier 

installation, performance, and human/machine dialogue device

9-11 Oct, ZIZ – Art and social area

“The Defense beyond Survivors” proposes the audience to follow the writing process of « The Invention of Morel »’s narrator: fascinated by Neo-malthusian theories of overpopulation, he wants to gather the arguments that would defend our generation in the court of the following ones. And if he had to take into account not only the living ones, but also the pictures we create and that haunt us – ghosts of technology? 

Project inspired by “The Invention of Morel”, a novel by Adolfo Bioy Casares.

With the artistic and technical collaboration of  Johan Lescure. 

And the participation of Gérard-François Dumont, demographer, editor-in-chief of “Population & Avenir”, Rector at University Paris La Sorbonne; Camille Alloing, Professor at Social and Public Communication Department of University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), author of several books about e-reputation; Fanny George, Maitre de conference in Science of Information and Communication at La Sorbonne University – Paris, a researcher in numeric representations; Charlotte Debest, Doctorate in sociology, author of “The choice of a Life without child”. 

This project received a development grant from DICRéAM (CNC).

Clara Chabalier

Director and actress based in France. Creator of transdisciplinary works and contemporary theater.

Graduated from the Regional Actors School in Cannes and CNSAD.

The theatrical space is for her a place where virtuality is initiated into reality, through dance, music, photography and visual arts. 

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uncanny valley, João Estevens

performative video-installation 

9-11 Oct, ZIZ – Art and social area

uncanny valley is a performative video-installation (work in progress) that follows the migration of the performer and the performativity from the physical world to the digital one, aiming to understand how digital tools and interactions affect our perceptions. 

João Estevens

João Estevens (PT) is a performance maker and researcher based in Lisbon. His artistic practice focuses on new dramaturgies and hybridity, combining performing arts and multimedia. He is interested in topics as the fragility of the human condition, power, and cyberculture to create his work.

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Untitled,  Olinda Favas

installation and performance

9-11 Oct, ZIZ – Art and social area

Olinda proposes an oneiric journey from a gallery of real or fictional portraits of dreamers, apprehended in a mysterious transition between vigil and sleep. It is in this material-immaterial threshold and in the unconscious-conscious dialogue that the subject dreams. It is this realm of symbol and memory that the viewer can explore here.

Olinda Favas

Actress, performance artist, teacher and director based in Portugal.

Olinda finds magic in the expression: „What if …” This simple formulation opens up possibilities in life and art … It is also the reflection of her multidisciplinary work in which error, fragmentation, multiple voices and presences unfold in a poetic and performative intersection.

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The (Future) Wales Coast Path. A journey and encounter in public space, Alison Neighbour

installation

9-11 Oct, ZIZ – Art and social area

Responding to the slow crisis of sea level rise unfolding around the world, Alison invites the audience to take a journey through the landscape and to consider what we might lose, and what we might gain. How do we adapt and welcome change?

Alison Neighbour

Artist and Scenographer from Wales, Alison creates socially engaged and site responsive installations and performances. She is interested in scenography as a starting point for storytelling and seeks to offer space for audiences to become co-creators of the work. 

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Survival Kit in Male Territory, Marion Thomas

transmedia soundtrack in public space

9-11 Oct, ZIZ – Art and social area

Marion gives us a different view of feminist struggles: that of the enemy.

The public, equipped with headphones, is guided on a walk in the urban space to explore the world of Incels *. This experience mixes a personal story with that of an incel. During this tour, each spectator will be able to personalize their experience to enter the mysteries of masculinists.

* The incel subculture (English neologism for involuntary celibacy) designates misogynist online communities whose members define themselves as unable to find a romantic or sexual partner. Those who claim to be incels are almost exclusively men who gather on the internet around a common cause: hatred of women.

Marion Thomas

Author, director and performer, divides her time between Nantes and Lausanne.

She studied staging at the Factory (Haute Ecole de Théâtre de Suisse Romande).

Seeming the reality very disappointing, she meets on the internet with bizarre people. From these virtual errances, Marion draws points of view later integrated into broader narratives to create spaces of friction and conciliation. She likes video games, constructivism, horses and feminist science fiction.

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Partners in the co-creation of the project: Le Granit (Belfort, France), leader of the project, the National Theater of Wales (Cardiff, Great Britain), Duplacena (Lisbon, Portugal) and Colectiv A (Cluj, Romania).

Local partners: ZIZ- Art and Social Area, Alexandru Borza Botanical Garden, Clujotronic, Goethe Centrum, The French Institute, The Paintbrush Factory

Project supported by Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

A cultural program co-financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.

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