In a difficult time for the cultural sector, the German cultural organisations in Romania and the Republic of Moldova have joined forces in 2020 to support local artists and give them the opportunity to connect digitally with artists from Germany. This is how CoLaboratory was born: a series of digital artist residencies.
After a successful first edition of the program, the network of cultural centers, together with partners from the visual arts sector, invited artists to join a new edition. Within the CoLaboratory 2.0 program, new artistic work, dialogue and original thinking processes were to be explored and promoted.
TOGETHERNESS: HOW MUCH DISTANCE DOES CLOSENESS NEED?
Social contacts – from friendships to partnerships to family life – are among our basic human needs. The way how we interact with others and maintain our relationships is currently undergoing a profound change. Social networks are increasingly replacing the circle of friends and moments of togetherness are giving way to digital conversations. During the last few months, we have seen people who are important to us far too rarely... or far too often.
The interdisciplinary residency program CoLaboratory 2.0 invited artists to explore the theme of "togetherness" and to reflect artistically on the current changes in interpersonal relationships. The aim was to create works that explore the boundaries between art and technology.
We brought together 12 artists from three countries and paired them in tandems each consisting of one artist from Romania or Moldova and one artist from Germany. The pairs worked together for one month to create a work of digital art combining two forms of artistic expression: animation and sound.
> Intersections by Tandem Brașov: Cristina Bodnărescu [ro] + Katharina Schmidt [de]
> Ishin-denshin by Tandem Bucharest: Chlorys (Mihaela Vasiliu) [ro] + Sohyun Lee [de]
> FeǝdBackFeǝd by Tandem Cluj-Napoca: József Iszlai [ro] + u-matic + telematique (Ute Härting and Sven Gareis) [de]
> Addiction by Tandem Chisinău: Aliona Ciobanu [md] + Abel Korinsky [de]
> As soon as I open my eyes by Tandem Sibiu: Alexandra Coroi [ro] + Yotam Schlezinger [de]
> Distances throughout time by Tandem Timișoara: Bürger (Eugen Neacșu) [ro] + Ji Hyun Yoon [de]
Find more informations about the artwork in the Brochure CoLaboratory 2.0.
ORGANIZERS & PARTNERS
CoLaboratory was initiated by the German cultural organizations from Romania and the Republic of Moldova: German Cultural Center Brașov, Goethe-Institut Bucharest, Goethe-Zentrum Chișinău, German Cultural Center Cluj-Napoca, German Cultural Center Sibiu and German Cultural Center Timișoara.
The showcase of the results will take place at the festivals or galleries that have been selected as project partners:
AMURAL FESTIVAL BRAȘOV
RADAR NEW MEDIA ART BUCUREȘTI
GRAPHKIOSK, ARTCOR – CREATIVEINDUSTRY HUB CHIȘINĂU
CLUJOTRONIC – ELECTRO ARTSFESTIVAL CLUJ-NAPOCA
SIMULTAN FESTIVAL TIMIȘOARA