Agora Experiments projects selected

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Projects from 10 countries have been selected to be included in the Agora Experments online exhibition. This selection was done based on the entries received at the public open call addressed both to arhitects and artists living and working in one of the 26 countries composing the East and Central European region*.

The exhibition aims at showcasing a diverse range of experimental installations / structures.

Accordingly the selection of projects followed the aim of creating an inclusive and much needed space of discussion upon a very diverse range of recent projects which share a common aim. They address, research and test possible solutions for re-activating the public spaces by means of temporary built structures, involving the citizens / users in participatory interventions along with the architects and / or artist.

The Agora Experiments exhibition is part of the homonymous cultural projects which insinuates itself whitin and after the three main modules of the 2016 edition of East Centric Architecture Triennale („Drifting Architecture”, „East Centric Arhitext Awards”, „Critical Discourses”).

Thus the curatorial team of the exhibition was exited to discover that the selected projects also give another key of understanding the theme of this year’s Triennale – “Drifting” – which is not aestheticized, discursive, political, social or economic, but rather a flow-through all these fields, a simultaneous closeness and deviation in order to retrieve a consistent and significant body of connections and landmarks.

Selected projects and authors

Coming online starting September 16th, the Agora Experiments Exhibition will also feature a number of additional projects, recommended during the last months by the special guests of the project – Sami Rintala and Barbara Holub, the consultants – Dragoș Dascălu, Alex Axinte and Cristi Borcan and the curatorial team members – Arhitext magazine editors. So we await you to discover them online on the 16th of September.

The open-call also had a second section, which addressed the experiences gained while creating the above experimental projects in public space. This second section was optional and opened the possibility of participating as guests to one of the two “dialogues in progress” debates. The registration for this section was based on completing a mini-interview which gave a more in-depth sense of the process behind the realized projects. The curatorial team was delighted to see the high interest shown by the participants for completing this written interview. It was actually very had to choose the two pairs of architects / artist to participate in the public debates, but in the end here they are:

The “dialogues in progress” public debates will take place in-between online and offline, on the 7th of October (18:00 – Impact Hub Bucharest) and on the 8th of October (11:00 – National Theater Bucharest). Bridging the distances through technology, these debates will have the format of a live video conference complemented by the real-life participationof the special guests (Rami Rintala and Barbara Holub) and an active audience. Besides the different line-up of invited speakers, each debate will also have a different moderator, also present in real life in the Bucharest location of the event.

Let’s co-create a platform of dialogue and experience exchange!

*East and Central European countries: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary