AltArt is an NGO that promotes digital culture and aims to strengthen the Romanian cultural sector. AltArt contributes to promoting the impact of culture on societal development through research, debates, networking and policy work.
Its projects involve the development of interactive platforms, a series of mixed reality events exploring new cultural dimensions through the use of the Internet and new technologies, workshops, exhibitions, live art events etc. AltArt projects deal with topics related to public space, urban regeneration, identity and social relations in digital space. Projects include: Future Forecast – refection on urban contemporary life by artists and scientists, public art, E-Tribal Art – artistic interventions in the texture of electronic tribes, Bare Share – analysis of the culture of sharing in Romania, Synchroni-Cities – a game like platform for urban exploration in Europe, Terra Incognita – a series of interactive mixed reality exploring events, tackling social, cultural and political issues at stake, Press Repeat Sam – interactive film workshop, DIY workhops a.o.
AltArt projects have reached between 2005-2009 an audience of 60000, offered professional development opportunities for 250 artists and cultural producers.
AltArt contributed to the development of the cultural strategy of the city of Cluj and to various initiatives of the civil society in Romania to improve cultural policies. Since 2006 AltArt participates actively to A Soul for Europe a Europe wide initiative promoting the strategic role of culture for the European development.
In 2009, AltArt has established together with other Cluj based organisations and artists Fabrica de Pensule an independent space for contemporary arts.
AltArt projects have been supported by: European Union (Culture 2000, Lifelong Learning, Phare), European Cultural Foundation, Romanian National Cultural Fund, Romanian Ministry of Culture, Romanian Cultural Institute, Pro Helvetia, Goethe Institute, British Council a.o.