CitiesMethodologies/Bucharest

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CitiesMethodologies | Bucharest

Universitatea Nationala de Arte din Bucuresti impreuna cu Asociatia Galeria Noua si ATU – Asociatia pentru Tranzitie Urbana va invita, in perioada 28 octombrie – 5 noiembrie 2010, la expozitia CitiesMethodologies si, pe 29-30 octombrie, la CitiesMethodologies Talks, evenimente organizate in cadrul CitiesMethodologies|Bucharest.

28 octombrie – 5 noiembrie 2010 CitiesMethodologies Expozitie

Locatie: Casa Scarlat-Ghica (din incinta Universitatii Nationale de Arte din Bucuresti, str. General Budisteanu 19) si UNAgaleria (str. Budisteanu 10)

Vernisajul expozitiei va avea loc pe 28 octombrie ora 18.00, in Casa Scarlat-Ghica.

Artisti: Wesley Aelbrecht, Irina Botea, Margareta Kern, Anthony Luvera, London in Motion, Cosmin Nicolae, Mircea Nicolae, Rastko Novaković & Ger Duijzings, roArchive (Bogdan Bordeianu, Michele Bressan, Simona Dumitriu, Bogdan Girbovan, Raluca Ionescu, Iosif Kiraly, Andrei Mateescu, Cosmin Moldovan, Larisa Sitar), Peter Sant, Alexandru Solomon, subREAL, Füsun Türetken, Eva Weber, CitiesMethodologies Workshop si o selectie de proiecte de arhitectura.

Curatori: Aurora Kiraly si Simona Dumitriu

29 – 30 octombrie 2010, intre orele 10.00 – 17.00 – CitiesMethodologies Talks

Locatie: UNAgaleria – str. General Budisteanu 10

Participa: Gruia Badescu, Catalin Berescu, Liviu Chelcea, Phil Collins, Calin Dan, Madalina Diaconu, Simona Dumitriu si Raluca Ionescu, Celia Ghyka, Margareta Kern, Iwona Kurz, Anthony Luvera, Vera Marin, Vintila Mihailescu, Norbert Petrovici, Ștefan Tiron, Varinia Taboada, Miruna Tirca, Ioana Tudora.

Coordonator: Ger Duijzings

CitiesMethodologies Workshop

Proiectele interdisciplinare initiate si dezvoltate in cadrul atelierului de explorare urbana CMW (desfasurat in perioada  9 – 23 octombrie 2010) sunt incluse in expozitia CitiesMethodologies.

Arhitecti: Cristian Balan, Marius Mitran, Mihai Motcanu Dumitrescu, Mihnea Simiras, Sebastian Stan, Emilia Tugui

Artisti: Marina Albu, Bogdan Bordeianu, Daniel Djamo, Ioana Gheorghiu, Andra Jurgiu, Andrei Radu, Stefan Sava, Zelmira Szabo

Antropologi/Sociologi: Andra Mitia Dumitru, Marius Huza, Ionut Piturescu, Viorela Strat, Mihaela Tantas, Miruna Tirca

Coordonator: Vera Marin

Pe 29 octombrie artistul britanic Phil Collins va sustine un atelier cu participantii la workshop si cu studenti ai Universitatii Nationale de Arte Bucuresti.

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Echipa proiectului CitiesMethodologies|Bucharest este compusa din: Aurora Kiraly (Asociatia Galeria Noua, UNAB), Ger Duijzings (UCL – University College Londra), Vera Marin (ATU), Simona Dumitriu (UNAB – Universitatea Nationala de Arte Bucuresti).

Proiect realizat cu sprijinul: AFCN – Administratia Fondului Cultural National, UCL (University College London), Urban Laboratory – UCL, Colegiul Noua Europa, Institutul Polonez din Bucuresti, Goethe Institut, HBO Romania, Fundatia de Arte Vizuale.

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Sumarul programului CitiesMethodologies:

Elementul declansator al proiectului CitiesMethodologies este dorinta de a crea o punte de comunicare pentru impartasirea metodelor de lucru. Proiectul doreste sa concentreze eforturile, preocuparile si competentele privind studiul si intelegerea orasului provenind din arii diferite si a caror intersectare a fost pina acum mai putin evidenta. Scopul acestuia este de a deveni o platforma de dezbatere si interactiune intre domenii, transgresind limitele disciplinare (arte, arhitectura, urbanism, sociologie si antropologie urbana, geografie urbana, literatura, studii politice).

Primul eveniment CitiesMethodologies a avut loc in mai 2009 la Londra, conceptul fiind dezvoltat de prof. Ger Duijzings, Co-Director al UCL Urban Laboratory si specialist in antropologie Est-Europeana in cadrul SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies). Datorita succesului editiei din 2009, University College London a decis transformarea evenimentului in editie anuala, intre 5-7 mai 2010 avind loc in cadrul Urban Laboratory a doua editie a CitiesMethodologies.

CitiesMethodologies | Bucharest este compus din:

1. Expozitia CitiesMethodologies (CME)

In ultima decada orasul a devenit teren de cercetare pentru multe proiecte din zona artei contemporane iar aceasta expozitie a fost un bun prilej sa reunim artisti preocupati de aceasta tema si de aspectele sociale, culturale, politice ce modeleaza contextul urban. Fie ca sunt fotografii, instalatii vizuale / audio, filme video sau documentare – lucrarile din expozitie sint exemple despre cum artistii observa, reflecta, analizeaza si isi pun intrebari despre oras, urbanitate, locuire.

O parte din proiectele expuse in cadrul evenimentelor din 2009 si 2010 de la Londra vor fi prezente si in expozitia de la Bucuresti, alaturi de contributii din partea arhitectilor, artistilor si cercetatorilor locali.

2.  CitiesMethodologies Talks (CMT) – dialoguri/colocvii, dedicate explorarii unor metodologii noi si inovative de cercetare urbana, in contextul oraselor post-comuniste, dar nu numai. Contributiile vor veni din arhitectura si urbanism, arte vizuale, antropologie, film documentar si literatura.

In cadrul CMT, timp de doua zile, vizitatorii vor avea ocazia de a se intilni cu o parte din participantii romani si straini, care vor dialoga intre ei si cu vizitatorii despre metode si dinamica propriilor proiecte, vor participa la colocvii sau performance-uri.

Credem ca este nevoie de noi forumuri pentru critica si schimbul reciproc intre metode diferite provenind din discipline variate, relevante pentru cercetarea urbana.  In loc de a privi numai produsele finisate ale reprezentarii oraselor, vom privi si analiza felul in care cercetatorii si exploratorii urbani (arhitecti, artisti, antropologi si altii) isi fac alegerile practice (si suporta greselile) in procesul acumularii de date.

3. CitiesMethodologies workshop (CMW) / Atelier interdisciplinar de explorare urbana – Temele workshopului: spatiu urban abandonat, proces si metode de lucru, visual si non-visual data. Workshop-ul a inclus intilniri si discutii cu invitati, seminarii, prezentari de proiecte etc.

Desfasurare: 8 – 23 octombrie 2010, in cadrul UNAgaleria.

4. Blogul CitiesMethodologies | Bucharest (https://citiesmethodologies.wordpress.com) este o platforma pentru relationare online a proiectelor romanesti si europene din zona cercetarii urbane.

5. Publicatia proiectului, conceputa sub format de ziar, prim numar din o serie care sa insoteasca evenimentele din anii urmatori, va fi disponibila online in decembrie 2010 urmind sa apara si sub forma tiparita la inceputul anului viitor.

Imagini atasate:

roArchive_Bogdan Bordeianu (sus)
Drobeta Turnu -Severin
2008

Anthony Luvera
Assisted Self-Portrait of John Lowans

John Lowans / Anthony Luvera,

from Residency 2006-2008

subREAL
din seria Interviewing the Cities
Framing Bucuresti, 2002

Mircea Nicolae
Globuri de sticla
2010

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CitiesMethodologies publication – call for papers

We have the pleasure to invite you to contribute to the CitiesMethodologies paper, part of the CitiesMethodologies | Bucharest event.

The CitiesMethodologies publication

The publication is designed to function in the same time as catalogue for the exhibition and interdisciplinary workshop that are part of the CitiesMethodologies project and as a first issue written platform aimed at bringing together theories and practices of urban research from as diverse fields as visual arts, architecture, urban planning, sociology and anthropology, literature, philosophy, geography etc. For that purpose , this publication was conceived as an Issue 1 of a future periodical, freely available both online (in the first stage) and in printed format, with new issues enriching each future edition of CitiesMethodologies in London and in other European cities.

We need, as your contribution to the publication, written texts (articles, essays etc. that can be (or not) accompanied by pictures (image copyright is in the full responsibility of the texts’ author) that are within the vast framework of urban research.

Due to the limited number of pages (48 pages A3 format) and the catalogue’s rich image content, we are asking for short texts of about 1000 words, written in English (3-4 pages; if pictures are included, they will be additional to the 3-4 pages).

The entire text or extended draft proposal (not shorter than 2 pages) can be sent to citiesmethodologies@yahoo.com, accompanied by a short CV.

The deadline for sending the proposal is Monday, October 11 2010, 4 p.m. If your proposal will be selected to be included in the publication, the final text should be sent by email no later than Friday, October 25, 4 p.m.

The main topics of interest for CitiesMethodologies | Bucharest and for the publication are:

–          unconventional methodologies of urban exploration

–          interdisciplinarity and complex collaboration in the fields of urban research

–          post-communism and post-industry in the exploration of Central and Eastern European cities

–          case studies, focusing on Bucharest

–          the urban void and abandoned spaces/areas

–         the flux and dynamic of cities in the contingency of the urban void and abandoned spaces/areas

–          site-specific methods of observation and intervention (in contemporary arts and urban research)

–          non-visual data – soundscapes, smellscapes etc.

Further details of our collaboration will be established after you receive confirmation of your participation by email (no later than October 14 2010). For any more information, don’t hesitate to contact us at citiesmethodologies@yahoo.com.

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Concept

The concept for CitiesMethodologies|Bucharest is taken from the first edition of CitiesMethodologies, organised and curated by Ger Duijzings and John Aiken in London in May 2009 (in the Research Centre of the UCL Slade School of Fine Art). The event comprised of an exhibition, a series of workshops and talks exploring innovative methodologies in urban research, with input from a variety of disciplines, but with a special emphasis on the arts and humanities. The starting point was the idea that the arts and humanities can bring an understanding of the subjective experience of living in cities, by zooming in on the people that inhabit these urban spaces, offering an intimate and close-up view of people’s problems, experiences and perceptions. The aim was to creatively juxtapose the methods of the various disciplines to uncover these subjective realities, from oral history, literature, photography, film-making, to public art and street art, architecture and urban planning.

This is what we would like to repeat in Bucharest in 2010 with a local and regional focus, looking at the trajectories of Central and East European cities such as Bucharest, and also with a more clearly defined thematic focus, i.e. the (socialist and post-socialist) built environment and its impact on urban mobility and movement. As the London edition had a strong East European component (with projects covering Belgrade, Berlin, Bucharest, Budapest, Warsaw, and Zagreb), exhibits presented in London will be transfered to Bucharest to be showcased as part of CitiesMethodologies|Bucharest.

The aim is to show concrete examples of new and innovative approaches which are pushing the boundaries of urban research, and which may be based in the arts, sociology, anthropology, urban planning, architecture, etc. Instead of looking at ‘end products’ of how cities are represented, the objective is to look at how urban researchers and ‘explorers’ (artists, academics, practicioners, and others) make their hands dirty in terms of the practical choices (and mistakes) they make in the process of data gathering, and the way their practices intervene in the everyday life of cities. Some of these practices may be intentional interventions to provoke public response, others may be attempts to map a particular place, or critically approach urban policies or programmes, or theoretically reflect on the concepts used to understand urban realities in the confrontation between disciplinary perspectives, etc.  We believe that new forums are needed for the critique and cross-fertilization of different methodologies in urban research across the range of relevant disciplines. Given the complex and systemic problems faced by contemporary cities in Romania and beyond, innovative and flexible multi- and interdisiciplinary research methodologies and formats are urgently required.

CitiesMethodologies|Bucharest will provide a platform to the exchange of innovative research methodologies by mimicking a specifically urban form: The Street. A walk-through exhibition, adopting the form of a ‘street’, animated by a programme of talks, readings, workshops, dialogues,  interviews, seminars, screenings and performances, in which exhibitors will guide visitors through their methods. The street, as a complex urban situation – a set form which provides the setting for unpredictable encounters – is an appropriate format for this event, embracing the eclectic mix of methods, subjects and cities, while it avoids presenting a rigid thematic framework which might over-determine the reception of the work.

Over three days, visitors will not only have an opportunity to see and study the exhibits, but also talk to artists, sociologists and anthropologists, architects and urban planners. Apart from showcasing their work, participants will be available to talk to visitors, answer questions, run workshops and give performances.

Prior to the event, young professionals as well as MA and PhD students will be invited to participate in a preparatory workshop. Together with relevant academic partners (New Europe College, National University of Art,  „Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest University – Faculty of Sociology and Faculty of Literature, National School for Political and Administrative Sciences, etc), we will issue a call for applications, to identify and select candidates who are willing to engage in a dynamic practical exercise with students and practitioners from other disciplinary fields. The task is to identify a controversial urban development project or a complex space in Bucharest and to put to work various urban research tools and practices. The objective is to juxtapose various disciplinary perspectives and explore ways of working together in a mixed team, in which at least three disciplines are represented. Over the summer and autumn, there will be small conferences and team meetings, and the participants in the workshop programme will be asked to prepare exhibits and presentations for the autumn event.

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Organizers

Universitatea Nationala de Arte Bucuresti, Asociatia Galeria Noua, ATU - Asociatia pentru Tranzitie Urbana

Project team

Aurora Kiraly (Galeria Noua), Ger Duijzings (University College London), Vera Marin (Asociatia pentru Tranzitie Urbana), Simona Dumitriu (Universitatea Nationala de Arte Bucuresti)

Supported by:

Administratia Fondului Cultural National, University College London, Colegiul Noua Europa, Universitatea de Arhitectura si Urbanism „Ion Mincu”, Goethe-Institut Bucuresti, Institutul Polonez

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Deadline call CMW – Workshop: 4.10.2010 – CALL CLOSED

Deadline call CM publication: 11.10.2010 – CALL CLOSED

Contact: citiesmethodologies@yahoo.com

Project financed by AFCN (Administratia Fondului Cultural National) Romania

Project Partner: Universitatea Nationala de Arte Bucuresti

Project Partner: ATU - Asociatia pentru Tranzitia Urbana

Supported by New Europe College Bucharest

Supported by UCL - University College London

Supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy

Supported by the Urban Laboratory - UCL (University College London)

Supported by the Polish Institute Bucharest

Supported by Goethe-Institut Bucharest