Public Events 2024

25th April 2024 18:00

Pause / Play: Culture under Pressure
Talks & zine launch

Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 11/13, 10178 Berlin

The closing event of the Pause / Play: Culture under Pressure, presented activities of the project and addressed current socio- political issues in the South Caucasus. Overall the evening programme focused on migration processes, presenting cultural and artistic strategies of self-organisation in the region of South Caucasus and challenges of integration in Georgia, Armenia and Germany.

The programme included a zine launch, a public talk and a screening of a virtual exhibition. The project captured the intricate dynamics of the contemporary art and culture scene in the (post)pandemic era, interwoven with political repressions, wars and transitions in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus. The project started in 2022 in Tbilisi, Georgia and continued in Yerevan, Armenia in 2023. The second public talk of the evening brought together art and queer organizations from the South Caucasus region. The speakers shared their own experiences in community-building during turbulent times, and spoke out about the importance of regional solidarity.

18:00 – Doors open

18:30 - 20:00 Presentation of the zine “Pause/Play - art communities in migration” Introduction to the digital exhibition “Translating Transition“

TALK: Art communities in migration

20:00 – 20:15 Break

20:15 – 21:45 TALK: Mutating Caucasus

more info about this event here

The publication is available for the price 10 Euro.

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Online version is free of charge and accessible under the link
You can also visit the VR exhibition here

Public Events 2023

10th — 12th November 2023

Translating Transition

Exhibition of the artworks,
produced within Pause / Play: Culture under Pressure Project

Opening: November 10th, 2023, 19:00
Goethe-Zentrum Eriwan

1 Mher Mkrtchyan St, Yerevan, Armenia

The process of translation entails finding the correct way to convey meaning from one language to another. The title, both metaphorically and in practice, alludes to the perpetual need to discover new methods of translation to adapt to the evolving circumstances of life in exile, particularly for those who recently had to leave their homes due to political and geopolitical reasons. People who were forced to leave their home countries, to cut a lot of ties, both professional and personal, facing the challenges of the need to 'translate' not only the language and new semiotic system in everyday life as immigrants, but to make everyday efforts to get to know and comprehend the otherness, to integrate into the new cultural context and social structures and re-evaluate their own identity in these new circumstances. The projects presented at the exhibition primarily reflect or are influenced by the struggles and the process of discovering new grounds and means to forge fresh ties and get new meanings.

The exhibition consists of the art projects realized by participants of the «Pause/Play: Culture under Pressure» project from the previous year, as well as from work-in-progress from this year.

Anton Alter, otar (Narek Buniatyan), Oleksii Chumak with Olya Makhno, Anna Mariia Filippova, Cobalt urban think-tank, Lena Holub, Nino Khundadze with Eagle, Maramora, Maria Kremer with Vasiliy Sochinsky and Nvard Yerkanian, Diana Meyerhold and Anastasia Marochkina, Albert Petrosyan,
Gray Cake (Katya Pryanik, Alexander Serechenko), Anna Ghazaryan, Jane Rzheznikova,
Elena Slobtseva with tmp_space collective and B.Petrov, Serafima Truevtseva

Exhibition curator:
Anna Titovets Intektra

November 11th, 2023
17.00 – 19.00

Art Communities on the Move

Open discussion with experts, curators and participants of the project
//Pause/Play: Culture under Pressure Project

CSN Lab, 29 Mesrop Mashtots Avenue, Yerevan

Freedom of movement is a basic human right unless it is a forced migration. In recent years we have been facing an increasing number of wars and political escalations worldwide. Art communities become one of the groups suffering from the new challenges that migration brings.

Open discussion invites representatives of different cultural initiatives, artists and curators to talk about their own experiences, stories and methodologies on how to adapt to the new realities or to fight against them.

Public Events 2022

FABRIKA, 8 Egnate Ninoshvili St

Hybrid talk. Digital tools for self-organisation: activists to artists

Keynote speakers: Anna Shvets arts manager, producer; Sara Culmann visual artist, designer, researcher; Bahdan Khmialnitski cultural activist ; Ivor Stodolsky, Marita Muukkonen (Artists at Risk), Yasha Maksymenko (OSSS).
//moderated by Giorgi Rodionov

Anna Shvets will talk about the communication and management strategies of the project- production for decentralized teams and communities; Sara Culmann will introduce digital platforms and speak about user statistics, and Internet and game reports; Bahdan  Khmialnitski will present the example  of the Belarusian art field, and remap constellations of emigrated artists and actors from the cultural sphere of emigration: communities, institutions and digital spaces. The Artists at Risk collective will speak about their own mechanisms for creating networks, art-residencies and supporting infrastructures for artists under pressure. Yasha Maksymenko will be talking about the importance of opening the new residency spaces for the digital artists in exile based on their own experience.

Untitled Gallery, 1/12 Iunkerta St, Tbilisi

Artist talk with Pari Banu Asgar & Artists at Risk

Moderated by Giorgi Rodionov

Speakers: Pari Banu Asgar, Ivor Stodolsky, Marita Muukkonen

Pitching session

Untitled Gallery, 1/12 Iunkerta St, Tbilisi

Pitching session
The participants of Culture under Pressure will present the concepts and prototypes which they have developed during the programme.

During the project, the participants will have time to develop projects which focus on the topics of digital art, digital art management and building a network online. The projects will be presented on Sunday 13th of November. The selected projects will then be funded by Culture Under Pressure. These projects will go on to be realized in 2023.
Hybrid talk. Digital tools for self-organisation: activists to artists