City ............................. Bucharest
Category .................... Theory
Recommended by monochrom
Period of stay ............ Oct 05 - Nov 05
Born in 1976, Valenii de Munte, Romania
1983-1994 German High School Herman Oberth in Bucharest.(formerly known as Industrial Lyceum 34)
1983-1989 studies piano at the Musical School Nr. 3, Bucharest
1992 studies at Parsberg High School, near Regensburg, Germany.
1994-1995 graduates from Steller Alternative High School in Anchorage, Alaska
1996 graduation from the German High School in Bucharest
1997 Summer Academy for Architecture Focus on Wood Murau, Austria
1999 Italian State Scholarship in Rome
1996-2001 studies History and Theory of Art at the Bucharest University of Fine Arts
1994 teaches the History of Piracy as a Quest Study for a semester at the Steller Alternative High School
2001 History and Theory of Art Assistant at the Bucharest University of Fine Arts
2002 Visiting Lecturer at the University of Ulster, Faculty of Art and Design, Northern Ireland
Exhibitions, Publications and Projects
1991-1993 The Reservation independent film project (together with Tudor Mircea, Andrei Ciubotaru, Stefan Cosma, Filip Alexandrescu, Pompiliu Radulescu, Rantz Octavian, Vlad Basarab, Nir Weiss), the project was screened in Romania, the U.S. and Germany
1994 ‘Autobuzul 368’ graffiti at the Steller High School (with Vlad Basarab and Andrei Ciubotaru)
1995 founding of the independent Magazine The American Corsair at the Steller High School
1997-2001 collaborations with the Noesis Cultural Society: releasing the first Microsoft Reader e-book in Romania and other e-book releases (Virtual Books series) and the participation at the Noesis stand on the Bucharest Book Fair
1996-2001 participates in a series of art performances and celebrations at the University of Art (Picasso event, Van Gogh event), Exhibition openings at the Bucharest Goethe Institute, Toaca Foundation performance (with Andrei Ciubotaru and Theo Pelmus)
2000 art installation (with Stefan Cosma and Daniel Gontz) in the toilets of the Underground Club
2000 club performance & happening (with Stefan Cosma and Anda Runtag) organized by the House Society at the Web Club in Bucharest
2002 Zugger Stiftung Landys & Gyr Jahresstipendium in Berlin for History & Theory of Art
2002 Eludus column about the cultural impact of Video Games on the webzine Agora Net
2002 Europa Seminar 2002 in Brandenburg, SOUSAPHONE sound installation
2002 BOSC open air Symposium 2002, France – BONOBO DINNER party
2003 Contemporary Product Design performance (with Stefan Cosma) at the 2020 alternative Gallery, Bucharest
2003 Hybrid ONE performance (with Andrei Ciubotaru, Theo Pelmus, Bogdan Pelmus)
2003 One Day indie T-shirt Show (with Alina Serban) at the Atelier 35 Gallery in Bucharest
2003 street-art action youaremymatrix in front of the Meta Gallery, Bucharest
2003 Hybrid Two performance www.hibridaction.com/
2003 attendant at the Romanian Pavilion, The 50th Venice Biennale
2003 Urban Textures/2020 site-specific intervention (with Vlad Nanca, Kate Smith, Ion Contenescu) at the
Performing Places festival organized by the British Council in Bucharest www.hardisco.com/vlad/2020/ut/
2003 Hybrid 3 ‘Life on Earth’ (with Andrei Ciubotaru, Dragos Botezat, Bogdan Pelmus and Cotenescu Ion) short presented at the Docu-Fiction Festival in Bucharest (curated by Alina Serban)
2003 Ex Post Facto context specific posters – the Tura_bar covers in Iasi, Romania a project by Tim Vize-Martin
2003/2004 Hotel Gontz concept (with Casa Gontz and Vlad Nanca) – a mobile art hotel
2003/2004 2020/Flohmarkt/Special Guest (with Vlad Nanca and Stefan Cosma) – organizing an annual fair for the alternative scene in Romania
2003/2004 the CYBER Zoot suit - fashion design collection
2004 co-curator together with Wolfgang Kopper, Hans Groisz und Peter Rantasa of the moving patterns bukarest festival.04 part of the Wientage Bukarest, due in May www.zilele-vienei.ro
2004 curator as curator with Calin Man (curator as interface) and concept for the Romanian Young Guns at the RRF network by Agricola de Cologne www.v2.nl/revoltaire/rrf
2004 Spoiler-TV concept for a net-based TV-station (with Casa Gontz) www.sptv.org
2004 curator of the Grand Prix – Nicolae Comanescu exhibition and catalogue at 3/4 Gallery, Bucharest
2004 26 February Hybrid 4 absent performance (with Bogdan Pelmus and other hybrid members)
2004 co-curator of the first number of the DIY fanzine incepem (together with Vlad Nanca)
2004 moderator on the incepem yahoo net list groups.yahoo.com/group/incepem/ and on incepem.sptv.org
2004 29 April-9 May invited by the British Council at the 5th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast
2004 9th July invited curator at the Shake Night event at Kalinderu Medialab(together with Alina Serban and Mihnea Mircan), part of the Bucharest Shake the Limits exhibition curated by Maria Rus Bojan
2004 17th July Subatomic Space Drone Experience session during the Display event by Nita Mocanu at the Protokoll Gallery, Cluj (also featured - Dyslex, Szilard Miklos and Alergische Platze)
2004 catalogue collaboration for the National Museum of Contemporary Art opening event at the House of the Parliament on 29th of October www.mnac.ro
2004 Noise Trip in the Universe- lecture at the Truc Sperique/Stanica Zilina (Slovakia), as part of an event curated by Lia Perjovschi
2004 Curated the Extreme Asian Sessions(Yutaka Makino, Dill, Dj Sniff, Vivian Lin) travelling experimental music event (Arad, Cluj, Brasov, Bucharest) with live PAs, presentations, workshops, video screenings, the Manga INC fanzine release
2004 Co-curated(with Ion Cotenescu) the Crash Landing experimental music event(Twice club) as part of the first Youth Art Biannual in Bucharest
2004 Coordinator with Wolfgang Kopper(mica), Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer(springerin), Vlad Nanca, Lia Perjovschi, Aurora Kiraly and Casa Gontz of the Formate/moving patterns Bukarest ca. 2004 in Vienna
2004 participation and intervention at the Université européenne “De la critique…” organized by the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg and Apollonia échanges artistiques européenes
2004 AVmotional (pilot edition) experimental audio-video festival (organized with Mihaela Kavdanska), CIAC/Toaca, Bucharest www.avmotional.com .
2004 became part of the Galeria Noua consultative board (together with Gorzo Dumitru, Alexandra Croitoru, Aurora Kiraly and Iosif Kiraly) www.galerianoua.ro
2004 collaborator on the independent news platform www.alternativ.ro
2005 I.F.A Rave Stipend in Stuttgart
2005 Co-curator at the On Difference project of the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
2005 Guest at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart
2005 BÄR on Air radioshow with Andreas Bär at the Freies Radio Stuttgart
2005 Lecture at Decoding Romania at the International Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam
2005 lecture at Sharing Solitude at the Goethe Institute Bucharest
2005 co-organizer(with M. Kavdanska and others) of second edition of AVmotional in Cluj at the Casa Tranzit, release of the second manga zine Mecha Revolution (curated by Bogdan Gorganeanu)
2005 curator of the Time Machines exhibition (organized by Agnes Lukas) at the De La Hoya Festival in Cluj
2005 collaborating at the first number of the Omagiu magazine
2005 sound performance with Dyslex at the Harghita Visual Art center
2005 curator of the 18 + Adults Only events at the Galeria Noua Bucharest
2005 co-curator(with Raluca Velisar) of the Kinema IKON retrospective at the MNAC, Bucharest
2005 curator of the sound event at the IN between (curated by Alina Serban), Schönberg/Dealu Frumos, Romania
2005 Quartier 21 residence at the Museumsquartier Wien, invited by Monochrom
Writes currently on the subjects of music, clubs, comic books, fashion, movies, Japanese underground, mass and popular culture for the following periodicals and platforms: Arhitext Design, Octogon Art & Architecture, IDEA Art & Society, the parasitic mag Tura_bar, Noise.ro, Re:publik, Imago, Archis, Praesens, Springerin, Target Trash, Observatorul Cultural, Igloo: habitat si arhitectura, Games on three inches, Cotidianul Weekend supplement, Rocka Rolla, Intermedia, Artelier, SUNETE, Underconstruction (Berlin Database), alternativ.ro, conset.org, groaza.ro, e-wac.org, monochrom.at
Speaks the following languages: German, English, French, Italian.
He is also a member of the following profit-free Associations and Societies - 2020, Noesis Cultural Society, Tura Foundation, Hybrid, Convivialis Club and various anime-manga communities.
Here is his new joint blog(with Vlad Nanca) vladotron.blogspot.com
URBAN INFILTRATION PROJECT 1 – the identity of the society: alternative_identities?
Urban infiltration projects use already existing visual information in the form of posters, flyers, small paper-pads or stickers.
This form of home-made, cheep advertising is used in Bucharest by different educational institutions – the so-called ‘Popular Universities or Popular Schools’ which offer a schedule of their activities to the interested individuals. These are the so-called alternative (private, state- or otherwise) schools offering workshops, teaching classes for the following: alternative medicine, ufology, storytellers talking about exotic voyages (in Asia , Africa or Oceania), alternative histories (Atlantis, the Mu continent, Piramidology), Buddhism, Popular Science, etc.
The Urban Infiltration project 1 aims to infiltrate their means of visual communication by the means of mimicry (a very effective infiltration tactic used both in human and natural environments). The project aim is to enhance the availability of so-called alternative interpretation and to show how these remain entrenched and fixed inside the boundaries of pseudo-scientific, para-normal research. The project will also chart the distribution of such alternative knowledge and hunt down the various preferential themes, subjects, meeting-places, and other specialized areas inhabited by these institutions. Eventually the project will use sociological conceptual tools (such as age groups, class and gender groups).
The working hypothesis is that alternative views/interpretations (whether scientific, artistic or religious) are available in Bucharest but they always seem to border on the paranormal and sensationalist dimension. Actually we are witnessing the rising support for these same views as presented by ‘scientific’ TV channels such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. During the last years, we have witnessed how responsive these channels are to every whim of popular demand. ‘Controversial’ subjects seem to abound, together with crime-busting forensic specialists, unidentified species, monstrous architectures, lost civilizations, futuristic technology, nearly miraculous healing, exotic travelogues. All of these seem to cover the same areas of interest familiar to the Bucharest ‘alternative’ institutions. In spite of the rise of such trends, their history shows links to the Ceausescu era, when Yoga, Dacic astronomy, UFO sightings, paleoastronautical ‘science’, biological extremes developed as a kind of permitted ‘alternative’ to the hegemonic state power. Last but not least it aims to research into the origins and future development of all alternative identities.
Mimicry methods use the already-existing layout, graphic design, letter font of the original to infiltrate and further on to change the message while slightly or radically altering the content. At the first glance, the ‘copy’ will seem to be the same as the original; with the same ‘look’, the same texture, paper, etc. at a closer inspection it will reveal slight or major differences. These differences are ‘hidden’ away inside the similar graphic matrix but they bring on a change in signification and style of the message.
False, or seemingly-correct information will be transmitted using invented or very obscure domains of knowledge(Tarzanology for example) with the help of ‘hijacked’ terminology. In fact we will use the same tactics used by the ‘alternative’ institutions who actively ‘hijack’ scientific, philosophical, religious terminology in order to communicate. Even slight familiarity with terms belonging to these domains of knowledge should make the message more attractive and suitable.
The Area is a geographical and architectonic zone inside the city of Bucharest. Bucharest is the main center of gravity during this investigation, so all of the ensuing research and infiltration will take place in Bucharest. More specifically infiltration will take both in the center area at the border; in the city downtown and the communist flat zones.
Taken their borderline situation alternative pedagogical institution are likely to be located inside old, partially abandoned buildings or ‘hijack‘ official institution where they ‘sleep’ for long periods of time. Some of them are supposedly mobile, often changing their location and address.
Infiltration tactics also involve ‘faking’ addresses, giving ‘false’, ‘wishful’ clues about their whereabouts.
Website mit mp3 Aufnahme aus der Reihe Homolka: www.monochrom.at/homolka-fragt/