FLUCA: Austrian Cultural Pavilion season 2016

A shipping container transformed into a performing installation and an interdisciplinary open platform.

17 September – 15 October 2016

38 Otets Paisiy Street, Plovdiv


Catrin Bolt, Petja Dimitrova, Fabiana Faleiros, Nikolaus Gansterer, Katharina Gruzei, Marlene Hausegger, Katrin Hornek, Anna Jermolaewa, Suzie Leger, Sonia Leimer, Johann Lurf, Lazar Lyutakov, Luisa Kasalicky & Siegfried Zaworka, Elvedin Klacar, Vikenti Komitski, Christian Kosmas Mayer, Female Obsession, Ben Pointeker, Barbis Ruder, Marusa Sagadin, tat ort (Alexandra Berlinger Wolfgang Fiel), Kay Walkowiak, Anna Witt, Ina Wudtke, and others.


Curator: Ursula Maria Probst
7° intervention of the container as installation: tat ort (Vienna) – Alexandra Berlinger and Wolfgang Fiel
Implementation and construction: Atelie Duo (Plovdiv)

Producers: BKA/Austrian Federal Chancellery, Austrian Embassy Sofia
Organizer: Open Arts Foundation
Partners: Municipality Plovdiv, FLUC (Vienna), artnewscafé

The project is part of the official program of NIGHT/Plovdiv, 2016

“Making objects and marks is also about making possibilities, making choices – and that is one of the last freedoms we have. To provide that is one of the functions of art”. (Mel Chin)

Going beyond discussions of post-net productions in the digital realm, the Austrian Cultural Pavilion – FLUCA with the project “Get Involved: Focus Direct Urbanism” functions as a mobile intervention of the artists group tat ort (Alexandra Berlinger, Wolfgang Fiel) and as a framework for interdisciplinary projects, performances, screenings and concerts in the heart of Plovdiv. This is how art in public space creates essentially new spaces as if in passing: a space to think, a space with leeway to act, to remember, to sit, a social landscape – a place of encounter.

The starting point of the project curated by Ursula Maria Probst is the use of a shipping container which is encacpsulated with a reflective surface. Through a number of alternations and adaptations the container as a performing installation/sculpture is able to gradually transform into an open platform for a wide number of public events while retaining its primary quality as a mobile and compact spatial entity. It is developed in collaboration with the local architects from Studio Duo. The partners SARIEV Contemporary, Open Arts Foundation, artnewscafé, and FLUC Vienna will invigorate the Austrian Cultural Pavilion with an exchange program by Bulgarian and Austrian artists throughout the autumn.

17 September – 15 October 2016

36 Otets Paisiy Street, Plovdiv


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6.00-6.30 pm – Opening: Presentation of the Intervention tat ort 7° and Sonia Leimer’s Sculpture Platzhalter
6.30-7.30 pm – INTRO: We trust in art: Discussion with tat ort, Katrin Hornek, Kay Walkowiak, Katharina Gruzei and Fabiana Faleiros about art in public space, architecture and urban dynamics in different cultural contexts, moderated by Ursula Maria Probst
7.30-8.30 pm – Get Involved: Focus Direct Urbanism, Screening #1
8.30-9.10 pm – Live-Performance Fabiana Faleiros (Brazil), Lady Incentivo
9.30-11.00 pm – DJ set by Johann Lurf (Vienna)
11.00 pm -01:00 am – DJ set by Martin (artnewscafe)

4.30-5.30 pm – This City Belongs To Us, Kids workshop for urban hip-hop with Female Obsession
6.30-7.30 pm – Keep in Touch: Flows of Glocaliziation. Discussion with Johann Lurf, Barbis Ruder, moderated by Ursula Maria Probst
7.30-8.30 – Get Involved: Focus Direct Urbanism, Screening #2

23.09. (part of the program of the Night/Plovdiv 2016 festival)
9.00-9.30 pm – Official presentation of the Austrian Cultural Pavilion
9.30-10.00 pm – Practice direct urbanism: Presentation by Catrin Bolt (Vienna) about her 10-days reserach and art project in Plovdiv
10.00-11.00 pm – DJ set by Bintoro (Vienna)
11.00 pm – 1.00 am – DJ set by Omery (Sofia)

24.09. (part of the program of the Night/Plovdiv 2016 festival)
7.00 pm – 1.00 am – Performative artist action with the audience by Nicolaus Gansterer, Objects yet to become, TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND THINK OF AN ACTION ACTIVATING YOUR SURROUNDIG SPACE WITH ITS OPPOSITE!, (ongoing the whole evening)
8.00-8.30 pm – opening of a poster exhibition by Petja Dimitrova (Bulgaria/Vienna), Let´s collect / ivize progresive actions, 2015 presented by Ursula Maria Probst
8.30-9.00 pm – presentation of the video impassenger & artist talk by Ben Pointeker (Vienna)
9.30-10.30 pm – Get Involved: Focus Direct Urbanism, Screening #3
10.30 pm – 1.00 am – DJ set Phonoteka Eletrika (Sofia)

September 25th
6:00 pm – Presentation of The IN SITU at FLUCA led by Ariane Bieou – IN SITU network coordinator
IN SITU – European network for artistic creation in public space
The IN SITU platform is one of the first to have been selected by the European Commission under the Creative Europe programme, and aims to highlight and promote these emerging artists who are working outside conventional venues and contributing to the transformation of our territories.
The IN SITU brings together a group of programmers who are passionate about new forms of art and public space. They have been working together since 2003 to develop joint European projects. To date, IN SITU has supported over 150 European artists and gathers 21 partners from 14 countries.
September 30th
8.00 – 11.00 pm – DJ set Melformator at FLUCA (DJ set Sayulke)
October 1st
8.00 – 11.00 – DJ set Melformator at FLUCA (DJ set ATNS)
October 5th
7:00 pm – Reflections on prefab apartments – discussion led by One Architecture Week team аt FLUCA
This year`s topic of the international festival for contemporary architecture and public space ONE ARCHITECTURE WEEK is citizens` action in public space. Inspiration and main location of the event is the Plovdiv quarter “Trakia”.
October 7th
7:00 – 11:00 pm – Dérive with The Wa – artistic talk with The Wa (Berlin).
The Wa is a street walker and an Urban poet.
His usual audience is the street passer by and his works address directly the establishments of control in society, often turning their own infrastructure into a critical statement. Bars preventing the homeless from sleeping in public are turned in to deck chairs, those anti pigeon spikes into a nest. Billboards are being hunted and their skin hanged as trophies.
The Wa exercises the transformative power of the artist in numerous Situationist like actions charged with humor, contextual interplays and a light-hearted discussion on heavy topics.
Moderator: Vikenti Komitski

Силвия Георгиева

October 8th
7:00 pm – One Dance Week festival presented one of the key guests of this year`s event – the choreographer Stephen Petronio at FLUCA
Тhe artistic talk Petronio started with a story about his artistic path and details about the project BLOODLINES, that opened the 9th edition of the festival.
October 9th
7.00 – 8.30 pm – Focus Direct Urbanism #4
Selection of the curator Ursula Maria Probst of Austrian art videos about art in public spaces, architecture and urbanism.
Landscape, 2016 – Catrin Bolt
Windows, Open, 2010 – Marlene Hausegger
Good Night Government, 2008 – Marlene Hausegger
Apropos Of Logic – Suzie Léger
October 13th
6:00 pm – Art criticism as political practice
Oliver Basciano, international editor across ArtReview and ArtReview Asia magazines traces the social and political role of the critic in the artworld and wider society through ArtReview’s 67 year history (and ArtReview Asia’s three).
October 15th
FINISSAGE of FLUCA – Austrian Cultural Pavilion
7.00 – 8.00 pm – Focus Direct Urbanism #5 – screening of video art films from Vienna
8.30 – 9.30 pm – Kimberly & Clark (Vienna), concert
9.30 – 11.00 pm – Martin (artnewscafe), dj set