AREAS OF CONFLU(x)ENCE, SIBIU / LUXEMBURG (2007)
Dates : October 5 – November 4 2007.
Sibiu :*.ARTLABS Centrala termica 3, Hala Balanța, X Future Gallery.
Luxembourg : Galeria Konschthaus beim Engel, LX5 Homebase.
Organizers : absl Arscenic Luxemburg and 2580 Association Cluj.
The European Union put forward during 2007 two geographical areas as European Capitals of the Culture, Luxembourg and the surrounding area, as well as Sibiu in Romania. These two places, one part of the European Community from the very beginning, and the other one on way to become it, are distant of almost 1700 km. The choice of these two entities reflects, in our opinion, the evolution of the European Union by promoting at the same time its past, but also its future. Thus, it seems fundamental to us to highlight the latter – the process of European construction, as well as its “cultural and topographic landscape” seen through its artistic and digital dimension, process which gains today more and more importance.
The new ways of communication cause major transformations in our societies, working out new forms of creation, mixing reality and virtuality, altering concepts like distance, temporality, space delimitation, and modifying in-depth the behavior of the individuals. Technologies develop the so difficult to carry out until now transdisciplinarity and generate innovative practices. In this way, the freedom of flow between the various media and the progressive obliteration of the borders between artistic forms, can be compared with the currently being set up process of European Union.
The selected topic in order to better illustrate our remarks is that of landscape, understood as the image of a country seen from one perspective. By offering a panorama of the young European creativity, by choosing works that highlight aspects of artists’ existence, we try to offer a global vision of the present Europe. The intention is to bring into the light 2007’s Europe, expressed at the same time as a common territory, but also like juxtaposition of distinct elements, by taking as support the two “areas of confluence” represented by Luxembourg and Sibiu.
By connecting real spaces, by imagining new forms of representation, by attaching importance to the urban landscape, but also to its peripheries, the project “Areas of Conflu(x)ences” intends to offer a complex image of a reality in the process of being constructed and which is in search of its global identity. It is about creating an exhibition with off-line and online works, linking up the three areas (Luxemburg, Sibiu and Internet) that will find themselves in a constant relation (interactive one not), by combining urban and peripheral spaces and by presenting projects of young European artists questioning our daily reality. Thus, the finality of the project consists in building a permanent dialog between the public of various cultures and origins, close by or afar, around the questions posed by a united Europe.
Exhibiting artists in Sibiu: Guillaume Bruere (FR/DE), Dusan Fiser(SLO), Filipe Jensen & Nuno Costa(PT), Hannes Nehls(DE/RO), Claudia Robles(CO/DE), Scenocosme – Grégory Lasserre & Anais Met Den Ancxt (FR), Colectiv MU (FR), WJ’s – Anne Roquigny, Karin & Marika Dermineur (FR).
Exhibiting artists in Luxembourg: Janez Janša (SLO), Vincent Levy (FR), Florian Grond (AT), Julien Clauss (FR/DE), Collectif QUO (FR), Lynn Pook (FR/DE), Effie Wu (TW/DE).
The Romanian part of the project was realized with the financial support of the Romanian Ministry of Culture in partnership with the French Embassy in Romania, French Cultural Institute Bucharest, KIBLA Multimedia Centre Maribor Slovenia; Ille et Villaine Association Sibiu; *.ARTLABS Sibiu; German Cultural Center Sibiu, Planwerk Association Cluj, German Cultural Center Cluj, Czech Center, Bucharest.