Repair Talk - panel on sustainability in cultural production

HEI - House of European Institutes is happy to invite you to a panel exploring the theme of sustainability in cultural production. 

How can we reduce, reuse and repair what we use and produce? How do we plan and programme cultural events integrating ecological thinking?

Together with our three guests - Andreea Iager Tako (Embassy TM, Plai), Alice Sharp (Invisible Dust) and Alex Herberth (KraftMade), we will discuss practices and strategies for mitigating the harmful effects of artistic production and the benefits of a committed sustainability policy.

The discussion will be moderated by Andrei Popov, Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum, and is part of HEI's programme to engage the public in necessary conversations.

Andreea Iager Tako - founder of Plai, Ambasada, OneShirt

Andreea has a diverse background in both studies and practices in different organisations. She loves to discover unwalked paths searching for social impact and she stubbornly wants to connect people, ideas, projects and efforts. In her teenage years she co-founded PLAI festival (a 100% volunteer based festival, promoting diversity and community forming), then AMBASADA (the first Romanian member of TransEuropeHalles) and, more recently, FABER – together with smaller and larger teams from the local community. During the start of the pandemic, she has co-founded – a hybrid space that hosts creatives and social impact driven business. Now she is actively working on both building.a.home (affordable and inclusive temporary housing solutions), ONE.shirt (an inclusive upcycling textile social business) and joining efforts locally with peers in generating sustainable solutions.

Alice Sharp - Artistic Director Invisible Dust

Alice Sharp set up art and environmental organisation ‘Invisible Dust’ in 2009, working with leading artists and scientists ‘making the invisible visible’ producing ambitious contemporary artworks exploring our environment and climate change. Invisible Dust is also curating ‘Wild Eye’ with artists such as Ryan Gander and ‘Climate Clock’ for Oulu European City of Culture 2026. Alice is a prominent international speaker on the importance of the arts and science to climate. Currently, Alice is in Timișoara for Art Encounters My Rhino Is Not a Myth Biennial, speaking at their conference on 24th June.

Alex Herberth

Alex is a wood restorer and art-carpenter, creator of performative, unique objects using wood and metal, bones and stones. His research focus is on Transylvanian Medieval Craft Guilds as he is an archiver and transmitter of ancient wood-working techniques in Transylvania and beyond. KraftMade Research & Lab studio in rural Transylvania creates site-specific, materials exhibitions, performative (design) objects/installations and unique capsule collections/editions.  

The event will take place in Romanian and will be streamed live on HEI's Facebook page.

Free entrance.

The project is part of the national cultural program "Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in 2023" and is financed through the European Echoes program, run by the Projects' Center of the Municipality of Timișoara, with amounts allocated from the state budget, through the budget of the Ministry of Culture.

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