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PARASITES AND PROPHETS - conference organized by ArtLeaks and Bucureşti

International Conference on Artistic Production, Organization and Struggle
25-26 October 2013, 5-9 pm Bucureşti, Str. Gazelei nr. 44, sector 4
Participants: Tatiana Baskakova, Simona Dumitriu, Palo Fabuš, Joanna Figiel, Fokus Grupa (Iva Kovač, Elvis Krstulović), Vladan Jeremić, Marko Miletić, Márton Pacsika, The Presidential Candidate (Florin Flueraş, Ion Dumitrescu), Jiří Ptáček, Ştefan Tiron, Vesna Vuković

Graphic intervention: Zampa di Leone

Moderators: Corina L. Apostol, Vjera Borozan, Raluca Voinea

Artists today:
- the State instrumentalizes them;
- the corporations employ them to whitewash their image;
- galleries and collectors look at them as at a hen with golden eggs;
- the wider public expects to be entertained by them;
- the activists wait their helping hand in saving the world;
- the cultural institutions legitimize their very existence through them, under the more noble mission of emancipation and education;
- their colleagues rely on their inexhaustible humour, intelligence and creativity;
- they themselves are most often struggling for survival.

We are using the word “artist” here in a very general sense; “cultural worker” is lately replacing the much-tainted-by-Romantic-mythology “artist”. To change the word is not enough though. To change the perception upon them as a group which contributes to society, that is a task which first needs self-awareness. Then it needs organization and affirmation.

The conference “Parasites and Prophets” aims to initiate a dialogue among the cultural workers community in Bucharest and their peers from Europe, mostly in the former East, about precarious working conditions, unpaid project work, economic situation and incomes, public funding, collaboration, solidarity, labour struggles. How to fight against precarious conditions in contexts where labour struggles are more difficult to localize? Which tactics and models of organizing already exist? How can they be enacted and expanded collectively and publicly?
The public programme of the two days, Friday, 25th and Saturday, 26th of October 2013, from 5 in the afternoon till 9 in the evening comprises short presentations by the participants, discussions, references to the local context of Bucharest and to the artists’ struggle in a wider climate of social unrest and accumulated political demands, collective drawing, informal exchange and hopefully optimistic projections for the near future.

More information on the event and participants you can find on the websites: and or by emailing at: or, or by phone: 0728503012.

Conference organized by Bucureşti & ArtLeaks in the frame of the project “Close-up: creative tools for new criticism”.

With the support of the Culture programme of the European Union

Partners: Academy of Fine Arts in Prague,, Czech Centre Bucharest

Main partner of ERSTE Foundation

Related Bucureşti - ArtLeaks Workshops - part III - with Dmitry Vilensky

Biographies of conference participants (pdf, 130 kb)


With the support of the Culture programme of the European Union