tranzit statements for the future
Upon Us All Equally
tranzit statements for the future
7-9 November 2019
National Dance Centre Bucharest
Marathon of statements on the 8th of November, starting with 6 p.m., at the National Dance Centre, Sala Stere Popescu
Additional interventions throughout the three days
Participants: Anna Daučíková, Nicoleta Esinencu, Kitti Gosztola, Márton Gulyás, Minna Henriksson, Oto Hudec, Anna Jermolaewa, Nikita Kadan, Kapital, Franz Kapfer, Antonia Majaca, Ewa Majewska, Vlad Morariu, Bence György Pálinkás, Lia Perjovschi, Alexandra Pirici, Emília Rigova, Elske Rosenfeld, Apolena Rychlíková, Stavros Stavrides, Studio Without Master, Ovidiu Țichindeleanu, Dmitry Vilensky, Vladimir Jerić Vlidi, Martin Zet.
Upon Us All Equally. tranzit statements for the future is an event curated collectively by tranzit.org network and organised in Bucharest. The event, taking place from 7th till 9th of November 2019 is bringing together professionals of the international art and cultural world to present a marathon of visions about a shared and more optimistic future.
tranzit.org has been active as a platform in Central and Eastern Europe, and in the wider world, for almost 20 years, creating and debating local and global contexts, stimulating artistic production and engaging publics for critical, progressive reflection. All five tranzit institutions from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania got together on this occasion, inviting past and recent collaborators to share their visions about forms of resistance to the dominant neo-fascist and nationalist tendencies of the present political moment, as well as to the growing ecological crisis. More than 20 participants will be offered the stage, to voice what our societies can focus on, in order to create a version of a world to live in that is more just and inclusive.
By organising such an event, tranzit is showing that hope can become an element for social cohesion and political act. From its experience of generating communities that come together on the basis of shared values, tranzit expresses the belief that in the face of crisis these values must not be eroded. Within tranzit network friendship and trust have grown and solidified, and the energy and enthusiasm in the community can be useful to assure one another. It is now a time to come together as many in order to inspire others as well into this collective confidence in each other and in the future.
The core of the event consists in the marathon presentation of statements of cultural practitioners and theorists, who will lecture and perform from within their histories and experiences. The National Dance Centre in Bucharest (CNDB) will host this marathon in its current venue for shows, Sala Stere Popescu, on the 8th of November, starting with 6 p.m. Here, the intensity of the interventions and the diversity of the speakers' backgrounds will create a kaleidoscope vision of a future that is attainable sooner rather than too late.
The building which is set to become CNDB's permanent venue in the next years, Sala Omnia, a former conference hall of the Communist Party will function as a second venue of "Upon Us All Equally". There, the atmosphere of modernist ruin and its potential for an institution of live culture, which is yet to be accomplished, will constitute the frame for some artistic projects especially chosen and adapted for this space. (Note: this venue will be accessible by registration to guided tours only)
A third venue of the event is the space of tranzit.ro in Bucharest, where artist Lia Perjovschi will present a kit of her Knowledge Museum and where an info point about the whole event and about the activity of tranzit centres will function. Having established its identity as a space where art and life come together organically as plants do in its Garden, tranzit.ro/ București will also allow for more informal encounters between the participants and the local and international public.
The title of the event is borrowed from a work by artist Bence György Pálinkás.
tranzit.org is a network of independently working initiatives connecting Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Slovak Republic and Romania. Lead support for these non-profit organisations is generously provided by ERSTE Foundation, Austria. The activities of each branch of the group can be located via tranzit.org.
Jennifer Gelardo, Press Relations
Iuliana Dumitru, tranzit.ro/ București
Graphic design by Eduard Constantin