Art and Solidarity. The Perspective of the Self-Organization of Art Workers

Art and Solidarity. The Perspective of the Self-Organization of Art Workers (Oct 18, 2012, Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR)) In the framework of its project “Labour, Artist as a worker, Artist’s Role in the Society” Utopiana presented: Art workers, as all other workers, face exploitation, non-favorable working conditions and environment, violations of their human rights. Creative and art work has its peculiarities in terms of labour relations, considering that (a) in most cases artists are self-employed, (b) art workers aren’t often involved in wide-scale productions,...

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Recitando

Film Screening (Sep. 14, 2012) / Lecture (Sep. 15, 2012) within the framework of the VIII International Gyumri Biennal by Romana Schmalisch & Robert Schlicht Cinema began by filming “workers leaving the factory” – but when did cinema actually enter the factory? Whereas in early Soviet cinema, the factory served as a model of society – meant to render visible economic developments, social changes, power relations, deficiencies, and political movements – today the production process has become almost invisible. On the other hand, the sphere of labour has had significant impacts...

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Utopiana at Gyumri Biennial

At the 8th Gyumri International Biennial of Contemporary Art Utopiana.am will present several of its projects developed and supported in 2011-2012. Style Gallery 14-21 September, 2012 ___ In 2011-2012 Utopiana.am initiatied the project “Artist as a Worker; Artist’s Role in the Society.” The project looks at contemporary art, taking into consideration the direct connection between current global issues and the public life. While contemporary art is viewed as a tool to reveal those problems in the society of which people are often unaware, the artists are considered to be creative...

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Nation & Negation

Nation & Negation-Presentation/Discussion by Romana Schmalisch & Robert Schlicht August 31, 2012,  ICA (8 Shara Talyan, Aygestan, 0070 Yerevan, ARMENIA) Nations exist. Or do they? What constitutes a nation? Passport? Language? Tradition? Or the political interests behind nation-states? The notion of the nation, as commonplace as it seems, remains the subject of constant negotiation, be it among states or within the community that considers itself a “nation”. We want to engage in historical narratives and discourses, reflecting them upon each other, in order to examine how past...

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Master Class for Cameramen

In April 17-21, 2012, the students of the MediaLab educational program took part in the Master Class for Cameramen project, initiated by  the “Internews” media support NGO. The classes were led by Mikhail Lebedev, a cameraman and director from Ukraine as well as the  co-author of  the book “Profession -Media Operator.” During the 5-day workshop, the participants focused on the following topics:  composition, working with light, virtual studios, modern...

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Workshop with French artists Agathe Lepoutre and Antoine Janot

  In May-April 2012,  Utopiana.am’s Medialab students participated in a series of workshops initiated and led by French artists Agathe Lepoutre and Antoine Janot, which took place at the “Bridge of Hope” NGO with the support and participation of its Mediaclub  students.  During the meetings the students learnt to make pinhole cameras using different boxes and took photos with photosensitive materials. The results of the workshops were displayed at the...

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