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Prophetic Corners

Different venues, Iasi

The 6th Periferic Biennial. Prophetic Corners explores the concept of 'dealing with the future'. The title is borrowed from Walter Benjamin's 'A Berlin Childhood Around Nineteen Hundred'.

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Iasi, Romania, May 30-June 14, 2003

Iasi in northeastern Romania (ca 350.000 inhabitants) is a former capital (of the now-defunct Principality of Moldova) and an important centre for culture and learning, with seven universities. Romania suffered physically and psychologically from the Ceausescu regime. Now the country has begun a process of serious economic and social recovery. The people of Iasi predict that their city will soon become an outpost of both NATO and EU.

The Periferic Biennial exists since 1997. It is initiated and organized by the Vector Association and its chairman Matei Bejenaru. The first editions were centered on performance. This year's exhibition is the most extensive international contemporary art initiative in Romania after the fall of communism

Palace of Culture, Turkish Bath, city locations
Opening: Friday, May 30, 17:00

Hüseyin Alptekin, Liliana Basarab, Erick Beltrán, Pavel Braila, Miriam Bäckström, A K Dolven, Annika Eriksson, Ion Grigorescu, Róza El-Hassan, Haraldur Jónsson, Carsten Höller, Joachim Koester, Henrietta Lehtonen, Matts Leiderstam, Ieva Mediodia, Aydan Murtezaoglu, N55, Joao Penalva, Lia Perjovschi, Quasar, Arturas Raila, Nina Roos, Bruno Serralongue, Praneet Soi, Mika Taanila, Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson, Dré Wapenaar, Erwin Wurm

Curator: Anders Kreuger

Prophetic Corners explores the concept of 'dealing with the future'. The title is borrowed from Walter Benjamin's 'A Berlin Childhood Around Nineteen Hundred':
'This corner of the Zoological Garden showed signs of something about to come. It was a prophetic corner. Just as some plants are said to have the power of letting us see into the future, there are locations that have the same gift. [...] In such places, everything that really lies ahead of us seems like a past.'

Prophetic Corners articulates different relations of time (the non-utopian future) and place (the non-hierarchical site). The project accommodates both 'activist' and 'contemplative' artistic approaches. It will be documented in an extensive catalogue, available from the Vector Association in Iasi.

A selection of the works from Iasi is shown at the National Museum of Contemporary Art-Kalinderu Media Lab in Bucharest, June 27-July 25, 2003.


Video and sound ambient show
Friday, May 30, 22:00 at the Public Bath, Iasi

Seminar at the Goethe-Zentrum, Iasi
Saturday, May 31, 14:00-18:00

Vasif Kortun (director, Proje4L and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul);
Maria Lind (director, Kunstverein Munich);
Ciprian Mihali (lecturer, University of Cluj)
Irina Sandomirskaja (professor, Södertörn University College)

Moderators: Matei Bejenaru, Anders Kreuger


Young video artists from Romania and the Republic of Moldova
Opening: Saturday, May 31, 11:00 at the French Cultural Center, Iasi


Opening: Saturday, May 31, 20:00 at the 'Cupola' Gallery, Iasi

Iasi City Hall; Södertörn University College (Stockholm); Nordic Cultural Fund; IASPIS; Romanian Ministry of Culture; FRAME; Mondriaan Foundation; DCA; Rompak-Pakmaya Ltd. (Istanbul / Pascani); Office for Contemporary Art Norway; Swedish Institute; Rijksakademie (Amsterdam); Moderna Museet International Programme; Sindan Cultural Foundation (Bucharest); Kultur Kontakt Austria; Swiss Cultural Programme in Romania-Pro Helvetia; AFAA; Finnish Central Art Commission, Icelandic Ministry of Education and Culture; Embassy of Sweden (Bucharest); Royal Norwegian Embassy (Bucharest); Nils Staerk Contemporary Art (Copenhagen); Galleri Nicolai Wallner (Copenhagen); French Cultural Centre (Iasi); Goethe-Zentrum (Iasi); 'Moldova' National Museum (Iasi); ICCA (Bucharest); National Museum of Contemporary Art-Kalinderu Media Lab (Bucharest); Romanian National Radio 'Romania 3'; Romanian Billboard Company (Iasi)

Image: Bruno Serralongue, N 25 series ''Fais divers'', 1994, 80 x 100 cm

Matei Bejenaru
tel. +40 723 508738
fax. +40 232 225333

Periferic 8
dal 2/10/2008 al 17/10/2008

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