tranzit.ro/ Iași - Visuality degree 0. Exhibition design workshop
On Friday, 12th of April 2013 (16.00-20.00) and on Saturday, 13th of April 2013 (10.00-16.00), tranzit.ro/ Iaşi hosts Visuality degree 0, a workshop of exhibition design. This workshop was initiated and coordinated by Oana Maria Nae following an invitation by tranzit.ro/ Iaşi addressed in November 2012 to the young teachers in the frame of the event Young Artists Teaching Art.
“The Romanian artistic education system preserves a disciplinary separation, inherited from a socialist-modernist structure of thinking and completely enslaved today to immediate profit. Topics such as exhibition design are still missing from the curricula, considered too unattractive for the Romanian market with an underdeveloped artistic infrastructure. Assuming this deficiency, the exhibition design workshop addresses the students from the departments of Art History and Theory and Design from G. Enescu University of Arts and the Faculty of Architecture from Gh. Asachi Technical University in Iasi, offering a space for interaction and for critical reflection on the rhetoric and aesthetics of exhibition spaces and curatorial practices. The workshop will use Cezar Lăzărescu's works to identify and explore modalities of aesthetic thinking that undermine or tame the critical discourse and to recover the political dimension of visuality. By a re-contextualization of these works, it aims to raise questions such as: how can the performative effect of ephemeral interventions be recaptured by recourse to documentation? What results from the spatial re-contextualization of site-specific artistic practices? How can the discourse of institutional critique regain its efficiency by avoiding to replicate forms of authority specific for the place where the exhibition is organized? What is the place of the viewer in the exhibition apparatus?” (Oana-Maria Nae)
Concept and coordination: Oana Maria Nae
Guests: Cezar Lăzărescu, Cristian Nae, Elena Şoltuz, Horia Ţundrea
Participants: Students form Art History and Theory and Design Departments, Faculty of Visual Arts and Design, G. Enescu University of Arts, Iaşi and students from G. M. Cantacuzino Faculty of Architecture, Ghe. Asachi Technical University, Iaşi.
Oana Maria Nae is PhD Assistant professor in Art History at the Faculty of Visual Arts and Design, Iaşi. She has also a degree in Mural Painting at G. Enescu University of Arts and Design. She is interested in art mediation as well as installation art. Oana Maria Nae had a research residency at CGAC, Santiago de Compostela (Spain), at the artistic mediation department (2010); she coordinated a mediation program in the frame of Biennial for Contemporary Art Periferic 8 (2008) and published several articles in professional journals.
Cezar Lăzărescu is a renowed Romanian artist living and working in Iași. He graduated from G.Enescu University of Iași and is a founding member of Vector Association, since 2001. Among many others he participated in exhibitions such as: ”OPEN AIR CINEMA – DEMOLITION”, Chișinău, 2012, "Salon Video", ALERT Studio, Bucharest , 2012 -”The City Menace - a critical view of urban space”, Iași, 2012, "Friends of the Divided Mind", Royal College of Art, London 2009. In 2012, tranzit.ro/ Iași organized its first solo show and retrospective Cezar Lăzărescu: I like Periferic 3. “Using incredible easy means (sometimes exclusively conceptual) I try to overpass the intellectual prejudices and stereotypes, being aware of the place I hold in the world and as well as of the fact that I can use and I can be used.” (Cezar Lăzărescu)
Cristian Nae is an art critic and theorist, currently working as Ph.D. lecturer at G. Enescu University of Arts in Iasi. He is a former NEC and Getty-NEC fellow of "New Europe College" Institute of Advanced Studies in Bucharest and a postdoctoral researcher at UAGE Iasi (financed by CNCS). He was the recipient of a Patterns_Lectures research and teaching grant financed by ERSTE Foundation. He is also a former editor of Vector Magazine (2006-2008) and he is collaborating with several journals and reviews (such as IDEA, ARTA, Artmargins). He is interested in aesthetics, contemporary art history (especially in Eastern Europe), cultural and visual studies.
Elena Şoltuz graduated in 2005 from the BA Program in Design at G. Enescu University of Arts, Iaşi, in 2007 from the MA Program in Industrial Design at Ion Andreescu University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca and in 2013 she finished her PhD thesis at the Faculty of Visual Arts and Design, Iaşi. Now she is Assistant Professor at the same Faculty. She participates in some research projects, such as Eco-Design and published several articles in professional journals.
Horia Ţundrea graduated in 2009 from the BA program at the G.M. Cantacuzino Faculty of Architecture, Ghe. Asachi Technical University, Iaşi and in 2010 from a MA Program in Conservation, Restoration and Rehabilitation at the same Faculty. Now he is PhD student and Assistant Professor at the G.M. Cantacuzino Faculty of Architecture, Iaşi. He works also as architect in some companies, such as S.C. OSIRIS PROJECT. He also participates at some exhibitions and coordinates some student projects.