Ştefan RUSU

public space / workshops

Transformation of Public Sphere in the frame of Drifting Identity Station

Seminars and workshop: by Gulsen Bal and Stefan Rusu

Location: Institut für Kunst und Gestaltung, TU Wien
Period: 11 – 18 October 2011

LVA: 264.019 Kunst als Architekturpraxis UE 2.0h

Where: Institute of Art and Design, Karlsgasse 11, Hochparterre, Seminarraum 2, 1040 Wien / Open Space – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Lassingleithnerplatz 2, 1020 Wien
When: workshop seminar 11.-18. October 2011; 1st class: 11. October 2011, 10AM-2PM, Karlsgasse 11, Seminarraum 2
Based on collaborative project work, this two part course in the Visual Culture programme at Vienna University of Technology is geared towards direct interaction and exchange with international architects, artists and curators. In the first leg of the course, Gulsen Bal, who is the director of ‚Open Space – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte’ in Vienna, will introduce the current field of contemporary artistic engagement with changing spatial and cultural realities.
The second leg will comprise a four-day workshop (11-19 Oct 2011) with the artist/curator Stefan Rusu, including lectures, discussions and conceptual designs for Open Space – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte.

Bal's contention resides in line with Deleuzian reading by exploring the problem posed by an insistence on the productive nature of theory in an understanding in which “the concept is not given, it is created, or to be created; it is not formed, it posits itself in itself [...] The two imply each other, since what is truly created, from the living thing to the work of art [...] The more the concept is created, the more it posits itself. What depends on a free creative activity is also what posits itself in itself.” This introduces perhaps a call for an expanded notion of what art practice is.

Transformation of Public Sphere in the frame of Drifting Identity Station

 Along side, Rusu aims to explore the residual traces that re-articulates the post-socialist condition of the societies that are EU members (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, etc.) as well as very recently integrated ones (Romania, Bulgaria) to EU in which what happened after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of Soviet Union within the given context. His approach is based on recent artist and curatorial projects that explores the political dimension of the public space as well the use of habitat as a platform for democratization of the cultural discourse of post-socialist societies in the public sphere. Stefan’s artist and curatorial agenda is closely connected to undergoing processes and changes occurred in the post-socialist societies after 1989.

During the seminar and workshop, we will discuss urban transformations and the changing aspects of the public sphere on the example of curatorial project - CHIȘINĂU - Art, Research in the Public Sphere (2010) – a cross-disciplinary platform that investigated the connections between political and cultural symbols and explored the dominant institutional and political discourses that have shaped the society and the urban landscape of the city of Chisinau in the course of its recent history. The other examples of his artistic practice included a number of interventions dealing with investigating, defending and re-activating public space, among which is Flat Space - a functional replica of socialist apartment commissioned by Oberliht Young Artists Association for KIOSK project (Chisinau, 2009) and Block 89 – a real scale sample of socialist habitat realized in the frame of KNOT project for Ursinov district (Warsaw, 2010).  

The participants, mainly MA students (about 20-22) from Vienna University of Technology worked in 5 groups and presented their final projects at the end of the working sessions titled:” Let’s meet half way”, “In-BETWEEN-ness”, “Praying children” and “Monotonous Tunnel”. For more information check: http://www.openspace-zkp.org
First seminar meeting: 11 October 2011, 10AM, Institute of Art and Design, Karlsgasse 11, 1st floor, Seminarraum 2