You Are Here | Actions and Places: Urban Detectives at FABER

de-a arhitectura workshop at the Performing 89 exhibition

In September we go back to school and, along with this, to a time that’s full of energy and lots of activities. At the invitation of the Institute of the Present, in connection to the Performing 89 exhibition hosted by FABER in Timișoara, De-a Arhitectura’s workshops bring together urban detectives to find out everything they can about familiar places and things we see all around us, which are turned into art to help us understand everyday reality. Inside the Performing 89 exhibition venue, but also wandering through the FABER site, students aged 9-10 from 3 schools in Timișoara will have the opportunity to look for clues to discover the history of the place during the workshop “Actions and Places: Urban Detectives at FABER.”

Titled YOU ARE HERE, the educational programme aims to offer participating students a series of experiences starting from works, places and ideas from the PERFORMING 89 exhibition, to generate a context and understanding from various perspectives concerning the period the exhibition refers to and the life and actions of the artists of that time. The artists who lead the workshops were invited to develop a content inspired by artworks in the exhibition, but which could also function independently in future workshops once the exhibition closes.

The workshop programme is specially designed for students in Timisoara, to facilitate a better understanding of recent history and the urban space they inhabit. Three student groups participate in the programme, from Secondary School no. 30, Nikolaus Lenau Theoretical High School and Babel High School in Timișoara.

De-a Arhitectura workshop is led by architect Maria Sgîrcea.
Development and coordination team: Bianca Băilă, Nicușor Duma, Ștefania Ferchedău, Bianca Floarea.
Many thanks to FABER and Ambasada forthe support in the organisation of the events associated to the Performing 89 exhibition.

PERFORMING 89 weaves together some of the intricate storylines of the nineties which emerged in the light of political and social turns occurring after 1989. Engaging with the decade’s legacy and geographically circumscribing its research to the otherwise contrasted historical paths followed by countries like Romania, Hungary and Serbia, PERFORMING 89 traces the intersecting lines of these diverse realities which experienced euphoria and defiance, loss and transformation, war and demystification. The exhibition features a diverse range of medium-based artworks that, retrospectively, lie between documentary and subjective artistic investigation. The exhibition is on show through October 22 at FABER (4–5 Spaiul Peneș Curcanul, Timișoara) and can be visited on WED-SUN between 12:00–20:00. 

Artists: APSOLUTNO, Balázs Beöthy, Nikola Džafo, Miomir Grujić Fleka, FIA Art Group, Teodor Graur, Róza El-Hassan, Big Hope, Iosif Király, LED ART, LITTLE WARSAW, Dan Mihălțianu, Saša Marković Mikrob, Csaba Nemes, Vesna Pavlović, Lia Perjovschi, Dan Perjovschi, Škart, subREAL, Újlak, Sorin Vreme. Curator: Alina Șerban

Funders: Cultural project co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. This project is supported by the Romanian Order of Architects, from the Architectural Stamp Duty.
Sponsors: Köber Industries, Crama Dealul Dorului, Siniat
Supported by: Goethe Institute Bucharest, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants
Main Partner: FABER
Partners: Art Encounters, La Două Bufnițe, Romanian Order of Architects Timiș County, Beta (Timișoara Architecture Biennial)
Logistic Partners: Galeria Plan B, Salonul de Proiecte, Muzeul Cineastului Amator, Kodex, EUROTRANS Foundation
Media Partners: rfi România, Cărturești Timișoara, Radio România Cultural, Empower Artists

The project is part of the national cultural programme “Timișoara—European Capital of Culture in the year 2023” and is funded by the Municipality of Timișoara, through the Center for Projects.

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Uncensored Act 2023

Uncensored Act 2023