A.C.T in Cluj

A.C.T in Cluj


10.4 – 10.27 2013

Get Up

Bertille Bak, Julien BerthierVlad NancăMircea Nicolae,
Guillaume Robert et Nicolas Coltice, BIP – Bureau d’Investigation PhotographiqueLes Frères RipoulainSociété Réaliste.

“Get Up”, Les Frères Ripoulain, 2013.Photo: Roland Váczi.

What would seem to be important in rethinking the implementation of democracy is cutting free of our main image of it – the political regime – as an aggregate of procedures and institutions, and returning to its definition as a set of values and a real mode of collective living. To make artistic experimentation a core part of the debate, the exhibition “Get Up” is presenting poetic and political works of urban origin that summon us to self-questioning. The agora was once the cradle of community practices, but is it still the locus for popular expression and representation?

Ann Stouvenel, curator & visual arts director at Mains d’Œuvres,


Location Fabrica de Pensule, Cluj, Romania
Opening Friday October 4th 2013, 7 p.m.
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Visible City 2012, AltArt. Artist: Cristina Curcan. Photo: Roland Váczi

10.5 2013

Urbanism and Freedom – A political approach to the contribution of artists and creatives to urbanity.

With artist Julien Berthier [FR], Onomatopee artistic and managing director Freek Lomme [NL], artist Philémon [FR], architect / urbanist Eugen Pănescu [RO], sociologist Norbert Petrovici [RO], artist Ştefan Tiron [RO], curator Attila Tordai [RO], curator Dubravka Sekulić [RS], sociologist Anca Simiona [RO], curator Ann Stouvenel [FR], Altart Foundation president István Szakáts [RO]

With the new modes of production urbanity should naturally become the place of political organizing. Then with the relocation of political antagonisms to the cultural arena it would seem artists and creatives have an ever more notable part in contributing to urbanity and hence, have an effect on urbanism. Cluj – a city of self-contradictory social processes, but open for social experimentation – seems a productive locus for the rebirth of sociality as a political agent shaping the city.

István Szakáts, President of the AltArt Foundation, coorganisator ofA.C.T.

The seminar will be followed by the screening of a documentary film : My name is Janez Janša, 2012, Slovenia


Location AltArt Foundation, Fabrica de Pensule, Cluj, Romania
Seminar 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Documentary film 6 p.m.
RSVP office@altart.org
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“This side up Rennes Students”, Fieke van Berkom, 2013. Featuring Axel Benassis.

10.4 – 10.13 2013

EESAB and AKV│St. Joost at the UAD

During 10 days teachers and students from the École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne (EESAB-site de Rennes, France) and the Art School Kunstacademie St. Joost (AKV, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands) question the notion of cultural identity in Europe and confront their practices with the community of the University of Art and Design (Universitatae de Artă şi Design) of Cluj-Napoca.

By producing work and expanding research, by actively connecting with the students, artists and researchers forming A.C.T. in Cluj, the French, Dutch and Romanian students and teachers will formally and informally push forth to reconfigure Europe’s future.


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FRANCE / RennesLa Criée center for
contemporary arts
European Higher School
of Art of Brittany
Onomatopee Research Centre
ROMANIA / Cluj-NapocaAltart FoundationUniversity of Art and DesignFabrica de PensuleSERBIA / BelgradeKulturni Centar Beograda



Exhibition: Jan.—Mar. 2013
Residency: Nov. 2012
Seminar: Feb. 2013
Exhibition: Oct. 2013
Residency: Oct. 2013
Seminar: Oct. 2013



Exhibition: May.—Jun. 2013Residency: May 2013Seminar: May 2013 Exhibition: Jan.—Mar. 2014Residency: Feb.—Mar. 2014Symposium: Mar. 2014
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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