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

26 June – 5 July 2023

As part of the ABC project,ști hosts the residency of Jaana Kokko.

Jaana Kokko is an artist, filmmaker and educator based in Helsinki, having her background in arts and economics. In her practice she is now in the search of the common: the emergent need for the change that is starting from our practices of art making, learning and being together.

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Earth Architecture Workshop

Participatory workshop on traditional building materials, presentation and observational walks of local architecture.

Facilitated by Jelica Jovanović (architect)

Saturday, 17 June 2023, 12 to 6 p.m.

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

The earth architecture workshop is organized in the framework of ABC project to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and skills related to the possibilities of using traditional building materials and techniques and local material resources through a sustainable and ethical practice. With hands-on activities of preparing, mixing and testing earth materials (mud plasters, mortars, adobe and hybrid construction techniques), along with discussions and walks in the nearby area, the workshop is intended to create a space for sharing technical knowledge, experiences, and working possibilities, drawing from the work of The Summer School of Architecture in Rogljevo and the plan of building the Experimental Station. The Summer School is an informal alternative educational platform developed in 2010 by Jelica Jovanović and the Group of Architects (GA) to restore and preserve cultural assets (wine cellars) in Serbia together with the involvement of a group of students and with the active cooperation of the local community.

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Field trip and workshop with the POST MA Programme from the Latvian Art Academy

13 June 2023

The Experimental Station for Research on Art and Life
Siliștea Snagovului is welcoming a group of students and their tutors, from one of the most experimental MAs in the Baltic countries, the POST programme at the Latvian Art Academy in Riga. During their trip to Romania, facilitated by curator and tutor Corina Apostol, they will spend one day at the Station, exploring the surroundings and discussing topics formulated by the Station’s context, such as water scarcity, biodiversity preservation, migration of plant and animal species, sustainable food systems, as well as models of collective ownership and self-management. The Cosmos Garden at the Station will serve as a case study for some of these topics.

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Forever – is composed of Nows –

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

In this present in which the future is almost cancelled, #solarpunk imagines a way to be together based on other options than denial or despair. In this speculative imaginary, manifested as sci-fi literary and artistic forms, and rapidly expanding in multiple forms of popular culture, the solar, understood as renewable energy, meets punk as form of self-organisation, thus representing a trend in discontinuity with genres like cyberpunk, dieselpunk or steampunk.

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ABC project – Mapping Session

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

May – July 2023
With Iuliana Dumitru and Adelina Ivan

The Experimental Station is slowly growing – with more than 80 species planted in the Cosmos Garden; with Demeter, a bread oven made by poet and gardener V. Leac using found and gifted local bricks; with raised beds of vegetables and medicinal plants; and with an invasion of turnips. Despite unpredictable weather conditions, our frequency to commute between the city and the project site increased, together with a familiarity of the surroundings and closeness with our (non)human neighbors.

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ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit:

ERSTE Stiftung