Culture Quest #3: Earthquake, Art, and Protest with Ana Kun & Mihai Drăgan

Joseph Beuys created two installations titled "Terremoto" and "Terremoto in Palazzo" in response to the 1980 Irpinia earthquake. Ai Weiwei designed several installations using backpacks, inspired by the devastating effects of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. These are just two of the most famous statements by visual artists who have kept the discussion about the devastating consequences of authorities' incompetence alive. The workshop on August 21 at the Timișoara Seismic Observatory presents many more examples of artistic approaches on the general theme of seismic activity, expanding the discussion to include human-made earthquakes resulting from fracking. Ana and Mihai propose using various artistic means (poetry, drawing, instruction, etc.) to understand, comment on, and prepare for earthquakes, as well as the opening of a hydraulic fracturing gas exploration.

*** The workshop is open to all young individuals interested in environmental activism, regardless of their background. Participation is free and registration-based.


10 AM ~ Meeting at Timișoara Seismic Observatory (59 Glad Street, Timișoara)
10 – 11 AM Project presentation, participant and artist introductions (tea, coffee, and snacks)
11 AM - 1 PM Workshop commencement – Theoretical presentations
1 PM – 2 PM Lunch break
2 PM - 5 PM Practical workshop – Discussions and creation of fanzines (tea, coffee, and snacks)
5 PM - 6 PM Workshop conclusion, open discussions, and farewells

Ana Kun and Mihai Drăgan are partners who live and work at home and in their studio in Timișoara. Ana is a visual artist and a member of two art collectives, Balamuc and Zephyr. Mihai is a programmer and a member of the Plan Zero workshop and Azilul de Calculatoare (Computer Asylum), an interactive collection of computing technology from the 1980s.

Cover Image: Ana Kun, No Greenwashing Here

This project is part of the national cultural programme "Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in the year 2023" and is funded by the City of Timișoara, through the Center for Projects.

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