Benera and Estefan

CIV 2008-2010

Founded in 2008 in Bucharest by artists Anca Benera, Arnold Estefán, Catalin Rulea and art historian Alina Serban, the Centre for Visual Introspection (CIV) is an interdisciplinary, collective-run institution, conceived as a nomadic structure to produce research-based exhibitions, public art actions, performative lectures, and publications. By emphasizing “introspection” as a method of research, CIV aims to produce new patterns of artistic and institutional behavior, foreground connections to various local historical and social conditions, and link a collective imaginary to conceptual notions of subjectivity.

curator Ana Janevski
15 Ianuary - 14 February 2009

The exhibition "As soon as I open my eyes I see a film“, which opened in the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in April 2008, explored critical and new media perspectives in artistic productions in Yugoslavia of the 60s and 70s from a new angle. The Bucharest project offers a selection of films produced in cine clubs Split, Zagreb and Belgrade in the 60s, of video experiments from the 70s as well as the selection of films of the Croatian artist and filmmaker Tomislav Gotovac.

Ahmet Ogut / Jakup Ferri
curator Alina Serban

5 March- 15 April 2009Today in History opens the first solo exhibition of the artists Ahmet Ogut and Jakup Ferri in Romania. The works, present in the Bucharest project, are subtle investigations of the habitus which regulate the contemporary everyday existence, meanwhile allowing imagination enough space to get involved. Being closer in their artistic approach with sociological investigation or to the language of performance, the drawings, films and artists-books presented in the exhibition offers a subjective picture upon the current condition of the private and the public space. Each work transforms into a medium of negotiation and analysis of the present institutional reality where the work with collective memory, the economy of power and the identity factor are the key-points.

Babi Badalov, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Rene Gabri + Ayreen Anastas, Lise Harlev, Anibal Lopez, Peggy Meinfelder, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Anggun Priambodo, Artur Zmijewski
curators Vít Havránek & Zbynek Baladran
30 September – 13 November 2009

While researching transformation processes, the two curators abandoned the reductive theories of the region that we come from and that they represent. They extended research to artistic and theoretical outputs that reflect the transformations in Spain, South Korea, Indonesia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Germany, and Albany, Poland. The attempt to newly formulate trans-local specifics of transformation meant to abandon the stigmatic construction of so-called "Eastern Europe" and opt for a differentiated, authoritative and new map of the world of transformation.

31 March - 30 April 2010
Opening: Wednesday, 31 March 7pm
curator: Alina Serban

Dan Perjovschi S.A. * constitutes a first chapter of a series of exhibitions-concept, generically grouped under the title 1990-2010, whose source of investigation is the art scene condition in Romania and the manner in which the art scene has (re) presented itself and is still (re) presenting itself in this interval. During April, the space of CIV is transformed by Dan Perjovschi in a school board. The structure of visual edit of the documents and the drawings in chalk reflects a process of data transcription, theories exposure, providing the audience with a radiograph of the Romanian art scene dynamics.

JUNE 13-15, 1990, HEATED MINDS
5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of May, 2010, 8 pm
text Michaela Michailov, performer Alexandru Potocean, video Cinty Ionescu, sound Catalin Rulea, prop design Adrian Cristea, director David Schwartz

June 13-15 1990 is a recent history research and performance project, wishing to offer its audience an act of restitution of collective and subjective memory. June 13-15 events marked a time of major social and political conflict with major negative consequences in the ongoing depreciation of an already fragile Romanian democracy, by further dividing civil society and adulterating civic commitment.

PUBLIC MOVEMENT: Actions 2006-2010
Lecture by Omer Krieger
Thursday 7 October. 2010, 7pm

Public Movement explores the political and aesthetic possibilities residing in a group of people acting together. The movement operates in public spaces, studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order, overt and covert rituals.