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Gathering into the Maelstrom

17-20 April 2024

in Venice at Sale Docks is a four-day programme curated by Institute of Radical Imagination (IRI) and Sale Docks

'Gathering into the Maelstrom' – at Sale Docks Dorsoduro 265 in Venice – is an invitation to learn to inhabit the vortex of our contemporary moment, rooting artistic production in ecological struggles, and transforming the field of contemporary art into a political territory. To generate a Museum of the Commons we must both question the toxicity that permeates institutions and, at the same time, build non-capitalistic, non-colonial, non-patriarchal, and non-anthropocentric alliances., as a partner organisation in the Museum of the Commons project, participate to two of the events at the gathering: the Climate
17-20 April 2024
Assembly (through the presence of Adelina Luft, Eduard Constantin, Delia Bulgaru, Livia Pancu, Ovidiu Tichindeleanu and Raluca Voinea), and the Art for Radical Ecologies Manifesto book launch and panel (through the participation of Ovidiu Tichindeleanu and Raluca Voinea), both on Friday, 19 April 2024.

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OPEN CALL Flowing Streams

The Experimental Station for Research on Art and Life is one of the seven local organisations to host the multi-residency project Flowing Streams taking place in the rural areas of Romania between June-September 2024, developed by EUNIC Romania in collaboration with curator Adelina Luft. It involves seven cultural institutions operating in Romania – the British Council, the Czech Centre, the Embassy of the Netherlands, the Goethe-Institut, the Italian Institute for Culture, the Polish Institute and Fundația9, each engaged in supporting one residency.

The call is open to interdisciplinary and socially-engaged artists, architects/landscape architects, hydrologists, anthropologists, community organisers from Czech Republic, Italy, UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

Submission deadline: 7 April 2024

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Hiwa K – artist in residency in Bucharest and at the Experimental Station for Research on Art and Life, Siliștea Snagovului

15 - 29 of March 2024

We are very happy to welcome artist Hiwa K in a residency in Bucharest and at the Experimental Station for Research on Art and Life. In the frame of the "Museum of the Commons" project, he will give a presentation for the participants to the course "Non-Western Technologies for the Good Life", led by Ovidiu Tichindeleanu.

Hiwa K was born in Kurdistan-Northern Iraq in 1975. His informal studies in his home town Sulaymaniyah were focused on informal knowledge in a vernacular language. After moving to Europe in 2002, Hiwa K studied music as a pupil of the Flamenco master Paco Peña in Rotterdam, and subsequently settled in Germany. His works escape normative aesthetics but give a possibility of another vibration to vernacular forms, oral histories (Chicago boys, 2010), modes of encounter (Cooking with Mama, 2006) and political situations (This lemon tastes of apple, 2011).

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Nicoleta Moise: The Blue Dream

tranzit. ro/București and The Last Archive present:

Nicoleta Moise: The Blue Dream

21 December 2023, 4-7 p.m.

A temporary intervention at the Experimental Station for Research on Art and Life

Access: by car via DN1 or A3; by bus no. 446, departure from Piața Presei Libere, arrival at Pescari stop

Since 2012, when the Maya apocalypse did not exactly happen on a planetary scale as predicted, we have witnessed instead an agglomeration of gradual apocalypses, usually inflicted on those who don’t have back-up plans, with bunkers and rifles and know-it-all-scenarios, protect-your-family infrastructures. The world is falling apart, not only in its physical condition, but also in its very reason for existing as a space that allows breathing and thriving of the spirit, be it human or other. As we write these lines, we are watching the erasure of people, of humanity, of common sense, of any sense, of reason and empathy altogether, of the will to live, confronted as we are with the capitalist-colonial-military apparatus. Destruction and doom, repression and censorship, chemical weapons and threat of nuclear escalation, on top of the existing wars, and the countless disasters that the media only reports for a limited time, on the backdrop of lifestyle advice, with gym exercises and nutritional advice, cooking and gardening recipes, pictures of cats and babies, watch the apocalypse from the cosy, fireplace-heated living room.
With tranzit. ro/București, every year on the 21st of December we gather to celebrate we survived for one more year. What about those who didn’t survive? Not because they were old and their time on this earth was peacefully coming to an end, but because of so many other reasons that we find hard to come to terms with?
We cannot fight death, no matter who inflicts it. We can, however, remember those who tried to live.

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Non-Western Technologies for the Good Life

Non-Western Technologies for the Good Life

The experimental course Non-Western Technologies for the Good Life (November 2023 - May 2024) celebrates as its starting point the anniversary of 50 years since the publication of Tools for Conviviality, considering that Ivan Illich’s call is as relevant as ever.

Modernization is an all-conquering force, yet it is never enough. The climate crisis looms large, while extractivism and the war against life are pressing on. Illich called for a “multidimensional balance of human life”, for finding a balanced scale to the growth of anything, and for identifying the convivial tools needed to rethink technology and the relation to the world. Relying on convivial tools would enable communities and societies to exit the trap of the paradigm of infinite accumulation, to develop self-sufficiency outside globalization, and to regain an ethical life outside extractivism, exploitation and impoverishment.

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Eastern European artists to participate in the main exhibition of Biennale Jogja 17 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

6th of October - 25th of November in partnership with Jogja Biennale Foundation invites 12 participants and initiatives from Romania, Serbia, to Ukraine and Slovakia in the main exhibition of Jogja Biennale 17 under the project “Reclaiming Sociality around Land and the Rural” co-financed by The Romanian Cultural Institute through the Cantemir Programme. The biennial runs between 6 October and 25 November 2023 in various venues across Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Invited participants: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Anca Bucur, Dan Vezentan, Eduard Constantin, Ilona Németh, Jelica Jovanović, Nikita Kadan, Ovidiu Țichindeleanu, Raluca Voinea, Raluca Popa, The Experimental Station for Research on Art and Life. Curated by Adelina Luft.

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Freestanding Course at the Experimental Station For Research on Art and Life,
Siliștea Snagovului, Romania, 2023-2024.

Course leader: Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (

* Wood Ladder, ~5.2m, dated 400-180 BC, Salt Mine Băile Figa

In 1973, based on collective research developed at CIDOC in Cuernavaca, Mexico, on the monopoly of the industrial mode of production, Ivan Illich argued that “two thirds of mankind still can avoid passing through the industrial age”; he also proposed the concept of a “multidimensional balance of human life” as the framework for rethinking technology and re-evaluating one’s relation to tools. Illich showed that it is possible to identify a balanced scale to the growth of anything, and raised the challenge of doing the work at identifying such scales and convivial tools. Such work would enable communities and societies to exit the trap of the paradigm of infinite accumulation, to develop self-sufficiency outside globalization, and to regain an ethical life outside extractivism, exploitation and impoverishment.

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Greywaters Phytoremediation

Eco-prototype design: atelier d'architecture autogérée

Participatory workshop within the project Architecture, Biodiversity, Culture [ABC]
Saturday, 26 August 2023, 10 am – 6 pm

The Experimental Station for Research on Art and Life, Siliștea Snagovului
GPS Coordinates

Phytoremediation is a term that groups different technical processes of removal or toxicity reduction of pollutants in the environment, based on the plants use. Among these techniques are the phyto-filtering of grey waters (used waters from the kitchen and shower), which involve installing natural filters, where botanic species called macrophytes are planted, which favour the activity of pollutant-eating bacteria, thus ensuring the cleansing of the water. Following this process, the water can be dispersed into the soil and used for irrigation.

Within the project Architecture, Biodiversity, Culture [ABC], funded by the European Union, Association and its partners, atelier d'architecture autogérée, Drenart and Nedeea Vâlceană Association are realising a series of architectural and infrastructural eco-prototypes, appropriate to be used by cultural institutions. The phyto-filtering of greywaters is such an eco-prototype, already put into practice by atelier d'architecture autogéré (aaa) in the projects they developed in the region of Paris, as well as at TERRRA Brezoi, one of the sites where ABC project operates.

Alongisde the actual greywaters remediation, the eco-prototype conceived for the Experimental Station will help water the Cosmos Garden, a biodiversity garden initiation at the Station in Autumn 2022.

We invite you on Saturday, 26 August, to participate in a practical workshop of the construction of the phyto-filtering system. The workshop comprises a technical briefing, the practical part of installing the system and a collective lunch. Participation is free, for additional information you can write to

Access: by car via DN1 or A3; by bus no. 446, departure from Piața Presei Libere, get off at Pescari stop, Siliștea Snagovului village.

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Residency of Elena Vlădăreanu at the Experimental Station for Research on Art and Life, Siliștea Snagovului

26-28 July 2023

With a minimal infrastructure, a garden invaded by Jerusalem artichokes and temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, the Station is hardly the place ready to host artistic residencies. Nevertheless, following one of the objectives for the Station, to make its construction a transparent process, accompanied by events, workshops and other occasions for participation, invited Elena Vlădăreanu to test the idea of research and reflection residency at the space of the Station.

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European Forum for Advanced Practices - EFAP

Meeting of Workgroup “Contexts”, in the Azores Islands
17-20 July 2023

The European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP) is an open and inclusive research network originating from universities, NGOs and community-based organisations, independent research entities, museums, and a wide range of arts academies. EFAP’s broad goal is to establish a dialog across the boundaries that often separate these contexts and to promote exchange with a focus on emergent forms of artistic- and practice-based research. EFAP proposes an open notion of Advanced Practices that deliberately combine methods and practices from numerous disciplines.

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Carrier Bag Walks III: Snagov Forest

with Aslıhan Demirtaş, KHORA

Saturday, 8 July 2023, 11 to 5 p.m.
The Experimental Station for Research on Art and Life, Siliștea Snagovului
GPS Coordinates

Gathering has been and still is a steady and peaceful act which makes the world go round. In gathering, one practices the “arts of noticing” (Anna Tsing). It involves the noticing of seeds, roots, growth, transformations, decay, cycles, beginnings and ends, differences and diversity. A container, a bag, a vessel is made to hold everything together – entangled, assembled and collected.

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Now the impulse is to live! Timișoara Edition

An exhibition organised in the frame of the project C4R (Cultures for Resilience), by, in collaboration with Atelier d'Architecture Autogérée (FR), Casco Art Institute (NL), Nethood (CH), in partnership with Minitremu Association (RO) and supported by the Creative Europe Program of the European Commission.

2 – 15 July 2023
Riverside Pavilion / Children’s Park Ion Creangă, Timișoara

A research exhibition comprising documentation produced in the C4R activities, as well as artworks and documents related to a localised understanding of resilience. The first edition of the exhibition took place in July 2022 in Bucharest, moving to Sofia in September 2022 in an adapted version and with some works presented in premiere. The third edition in Timișoara shows a selection of works from the previous two editions, alongside new contributions that respond to the context of the project and to Minitremu Art Camp #8 intended for high-school students.

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ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit:

ERSTE Stiftung