Together with the Ruhr Region, Essen is bidding to be named European Capital of Culture for 2010. But why? The essential things, so the project “Periphery 3000 - Strategic Platform for Networked Centers,” no longer take place in the national capitals but, for some time now, wherever peripheral positions facilitate a perspective on social and cultural foundations.
Städelschule, Frankfurt meets Missing Identity, Prishtina
Confrontation, co-operation: Two art academies discover unknown territory. Students from the “Missing Identity” alternative art academy, the Contemporary Art Institute EXIT in Prishtina, and the Frankfurt Städelschule are to come together to develop individual art projects. Exhibitions in the Museum of Kosovo, Prishtina (September 2005), and in Portikus, Frankfurt (November 18 - 23, 2005), show the results.
Missing Identity, Kosovo
When attention turns to Kosovo, everyone talks
about national identity. “Missing Identity” seeks
to find out what is really missing.
The project wants to create an artistic reality of what is experienced as absent in Kosovo: cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity.
Who decides what we should remember? In response to the themes addressed in “De/construction of Monument” artists are currently developing works for display in public spaces in Berlin. These works relate the state of postwar society in Sarajevo and the function of public memory to the German capital. The works will be presented in Berlin, starting on October 20, 2005.
Mind the Map! - History Is Not Given, Leipzig
History is being made. Urgent moves to
(re-)construct European art history. "Mind the Map!" is taking up the accents set by the "East Art Map," originally stemming from the Slovenian artist collective IRWIN. "Mind the Map!" is striving to open up a space of exchange between different forms of artistic praxis, initiate concrete research projects and stimulate debate in the critical public. The ideas of young theoreticians and artists will be discussed at an international symposium to be held in Leipzig, October 13 - 16, 2005.
WILD CAPITAL / WILDES KAPITAL, Dresden
Look, it's capitalism! Post-socialist transformations in focus. "Wild Capital / Wildes Kapital" is the result of meetings and discussion rounds between partners in Sofia and Dresden which focus on developments in the utilization of urban space in the two cities.
An international symposium and an exhibition in spring 2006 examine the different manifestations of capitalism in these post-socialist cityscapes.
ALTE ARTE, Moldova
Culture on television as a window to the world: where could this ever work?
The internationally renowned artist Pavel Braila, supported by a homegrown team and relations, has developed "ALTE ARTE", a TV art and culture magazine. Launched in January 2005, the magazine is broadcast fortnightly on the state-run station TV Moldova.
Leap into the City
Chişinău, Sofia, Pristina, Sarajevo, Warsaw, Zagreb, Ljubljana
Cultural Positions, Political Conditions. Seven Scenes from Europe
The book by "relations:" In essays and reportages, in literary texts and artistic contributions, 52 authors take positions on current issues, pose new questions, and so portray a subjective tableau of their cities, the cultural scenes, and the public realms.
Zagreb – Cultural Kapital of Europe 3000, Croatia
What is the culture of civil society?
"Zagreb - Cultural Kapital of Europe 3000" is seeking to strengthen collaboration between independent initiatives who understand cultural engagement as social action and social activities as critical culture.
De/construction of Monument, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Public space is being disputed.
Monuments are cleared away, monuments are erected. "De/construction of Monument" counters this manipulation with deconstruction.
East Art Map, IRWIN, Ljubljana
The art project "East Art Map" is seeking to plot and make accessible previously unknown areas of postwar art in eastern Europe. The goal is to create an orientation aid that plots connections extending beyond national borders and enables comparative analysis.
Visual Seminar, Sofia
What happens when capitalism enters the city.
The "Visual Seminar" devotes its attention to the culture of the visual in the so-called transformation societies. Art actions in public space and discussion forums offer the broad public strategies for dealing with and deciphering the images.
Poland is opening up to globalization, Poland is
modernizing. Re:form is undertaking the attempt to re-read Polish (art) history from the perspective of the present.
Lost and Found - a film project
Six filmmakers from six countries tell six stories
on common features, differences, and new forms
of self-understanding. The opening film of the 35th Internatioanl Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival, 2005.
Since 2003, the association relations e.V. carries out exchange projects between Germany and eastern European countries: "relations" (2003-2006), "Büro Kopernikus" (2004-2006), "Bipolar" (2005-2007) and, since 2007, "Zipp, German-Czech cultural projects."
relations - a project initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation (2003-2006)
Within the framework of the German Federal Cultural Foundation's "Eastern and Central Europe program," "relations" developed art and cultural projects in collaboration with curators, social researchers and artists from eastern European countries and Germany.
In terms of content, the aim was to formulate overarching transnational questions and lines of enquiry out of the respective local contexts which connect art, everyday life, social research, politics and history with one another.
Ostsee oder Westmeer? (To the East or the West?)
From Tallinn through the Ruhr Region to Mostar – ten portraits
Artists and curators present their projects and tell their personal relations stories.
All information on relations, the publications and the projects for download.
Every present has its own background and antecedent history: listen to those from the relations partner countries.
The newspaper accompanying the project. Reading starts here!