FLUCA in Sofia
This summer the shiny, bizarre art container FLUCA will travel from Plovdiv to Sofia. The travel is related to the consecutive presidency of Bulgaria and Austria of the Council of the EU.
The Austrian Cultural Pavilion is an innovative and long-term project in the field of contemporary art – initiated by the Open Arts Foundation and the Austrian Embassy in Sofia and supported by the Plovdiv 2019 Municipality Foundation, the Austrian Federal Chancellery in partnership with Sofia Municipality and Plovdiv Municipality.
For the first time, the audience in Sofia will have the opportunity to observe an alive and continually changing (as a content and location) platform presenting some of the most experimental and dynamic projects of contemporary visual arts, music, performance, architecture, literature and dance – the work of Bulgarian and international artists. The program is extremely intense, showing works by artists from Bulgaria, Austria, Israel, the Western Balkans, Germany, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
The FLUCA stage opens to invite the audience not only to observe but also actively participate in the creation of remarkable artistic production.
FLUCA proves that modern art is dynamics, co-experience, freedom to overcome and destroy the clichés. The progressive audience of Sofia will meet remarkable artists from all over Europe.
The opening of the season is the exhibition “Olympia” by Aldo Gianotti, organized by the Foundation for contemporary art and media. The exhibition was originally created for Kunsthaus Graz. Now it is pre-modulated for the spaces of the Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art and FLUCA. Aldo turns the museum into a fitness center, with the seemingly sporting theme of his works looking for suggestions provoked by contemporary social or political realities.
On 17 and 18 May, a Conference on cultural policies and the scene of the Western Balkans will take place at Goethe Institute. In June FLUCA will be placed in the Crystal Garden. There, the special presentation of Plovdiv 2019 – European Capital of Culture will take place. Next is the video program of the New York curator Naomi Lev, the performances of Kamen Stoyanov and Ivo Dimchev. In July, the container will appear at Sveta Nedelya square to present new ideas about Sofia’s urban environment. The program will end in early August in front of the National Theater “Ivan Vazov”. By the end of the summer FLUCA will be the main stage for contemporary art in Sofia, which will offer progressive forms of expression, forms of debates, concerts and many parties.
Partners of FLUCA for the program in Sofia are Plovdiv 2019 Municipality Foundation, Sofia Municipality and Bundeskanzleramt Österreich.
FLUCA in Plovdiv
In September FLUCA – Austrian Cultural Pavilion returns to Plovdiv after its Sofia tour – and is ready to meet 2019 – the year in which the city will be the European Capital of Culture.
But the start of events is much earlier. On 6 September, the container will become the musical box full of surprises which is being prepared for the party for artnewscafe’s birthday.
On the next day (7 September) is the opening of the FLUCA season – Plovdiv. For the opening will be presented a video installation by Reinhold Zisser, director of Notgalerie, Vienna. He is preparing a completely new work, especially for the container: a film that brings together a visual artist, a musician and an actor. The film, shot in Austria and Plovdiv, is seemingly magical and strange, but there are references in our surrounding reality.
The big news is that FLUCA will be part of the program of viennacontemporary – the largest international art fair in Vienna. This time in Notgalerie will be presented the solo show of Kamen Stoyanov titled “Fantasy is more important”, curated by Boris Kostadinov. The exhibition includes a film and photographs that tell stories about a village where a house is built with the roof down, a castle is being built next to it, and neighboring is a hotel from whose balcony Einstein is overlooking.
For the presentation of FLUCA at viennacontemporary, a special brochure will be printed with the history of the container so far.
The so-called “Enzi” (the architectural objects where the audience can sit) will be placed in front of the container at Otets Paisiy Street. They are renovated with designs by Vasilena Gankovska and Emil Kirov and will become the colorful accent of the renovated street.
FLUCA PROGRAM – SEASON 2018
FLUCA in May:
17-18 May – Western Balkans Conference, Goethe Institut. Participants: Lana Cmajcanin, Elena Petrovic, Jovanka Popova, Olson Lamaj, Isabella Anna-Maria Ritter, Katharina Schendl. Moderator: Luchezar Boyadjiev
20 May – Quantum Consciousness – Yoga in the museum – part of the exhibition Olympia
FLUCA in June:
2-10 June – Escape Room – Time Square NYC video program – curated by Naomi Lev
4, 5 and 6 June – The Complex Pussy Catalogue – a performance by Ivo Dimchev
8 June – a concert by Niya Petrova in support of the National Citizens’ Initiative 7000
10 June – Neva Balnikova – design
13 and 14 June – Performance Pizza Painting – a performance by Kamen Stoyanov
15 June – HippieLandia Festival Launch Party
16 June – 10 years Elizabeth Kostova Foundation
18-19 June – presentation of Plovdiv 2019 – European Capital of Culture
21 June – The Fountain - The Wa and Ola Bandola - film screening and discussion
more about the program in June here
FLUCA in July:
5 July – Container Party – the music of Niki Phoenix and Emil Doesn‘t Drive
13 July – Iv Toshain – video screening
14 July – performance by Michail Michailov
15 July – meeting with the Chief Architect of Sofia Municipality – Zdravko Zdravkov
16 July – presentation of the Green Line Sofia project
20 July – party with Ropotamo CO and Parsi
27 July – concert of Turumtay Zaric (experimental jazz from Vienna)
28, 29 and 30 July – video installation of Sibin Vasilev and Yoann Trellu
31 July – performance by Luiza Margan
more about the program in July here
FLUCA in September:
6 September – party 10 years artnewscafe
7 September – refugium 01 – video installation by Reinhold Zisser, opening FLUCA – season Plovdiv
13, 20, 27 September – Escape Room – video selection – curated by Naomi Lev
25 September – opening of Phantasy is More Important – project by Kamen Stoyanov at Notgalerie, Vienna, presented by FLUCA (part of the program of viennacontemporary 2018)
27 September – open talk about the project Phantasy is More Important with the artist and the curator, and presentation of FLUCA in Notgalerie, Vienna by Vesselina Sarieva (Open Arts Foundation), Thomas Stoelzl (former vice-ambassador of the Republic of Austria in Bulgaria and FLUCA initiator) and Boris Kostadinov (FLUCA art director).
27, 28, 29 септември – What is Germany – видео програма на Projektraum LS43, Berlin
28 септември – afterworks – парти с музика от Sayulke и Denitza /Good vibes/