18 November 2010 Iasi, Romania
A conference organised by Vector - studio for art practices and debates (the critical research platform of Vector Association) and the Art History and Theory Department (Faculty of Fine Arts, Decorative Arts and Design, Iasi Universiity, Romania)

Supported by:
Austrian Cultural Forum
British Council, Iaşi
French Cultural Center, Iaşi
University of Arts “George Enescu”, Iaşi

Participants:

1. Cătălin GHEORGHE
moderator; university lecturer, curator and editor, Vector Studio and University of Arts, Iasi (periferic.org/studio.html)

2. MÉLANIE BOUTELOUP (France)
director of Bétonsalon - a multidisciplinary art and research centre in Paris (betonsalon.net) and coordinator in France of the global project "The Public School" (paris.ecolepublique.org/about).

3. KATHRIN RHOMBERG (Austria)
curator of the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (what is waiting out there) in 2010 [bb6.berlinbiennale.de/], co-curator of Former West project (BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht) [formerwest.org/], and an advisor and corresponding member of Secession, Vienna.

4. ALFREDO CRAMEROTTI (United Kingdom)
co-curator (as Chamber of Public Secrets) of Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art (Murcia & Cartagena, Spain, 2010-2011) [manifesta8.com/manifesta/manifesta8.cps_en and cpsman8.wordpress.com], curator at QUAD Centre for Art, Media and Film in Derby, editor of Critical Photography at Intellect Books, Bristol, UK and Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. [alcramer.net].

In the last 10 years, in Iasi, an urban center with universitarian and cultural tradition in Romania, there was a process to build the foundations for a critical contemporary art scene, interested both in the promotion of the emergent and professional artists, and in the connections with a contemporary art network from Central, South-Eastern, Nordic and Western Europe.

These new tendencies for promoting and articulating the importance and relevance of the new media and the research with art criticism and theory tool-boxes for improving the understanding, insights, knowledge and instrumentalisation of the contemporary visual culture could contribute to a professional upheaval in visual arts, an increased visibility of the local art scene, a reinforcement of the partnerships between local cultural institutions and a connection of the local initiatives in the critical research and production of the visual culture with similar initiatives from European countries, by exchanging ideas and cultural practices with a direct social and professional impact.

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