[spectre] Fwd: exh. Periferic 8 - Art as Gift, Iasi/Romania

Andreas Broeckmann ab at mikro.in-berlin.de
Sat Sep 13 14:26:41 CEST 2008

From: Periferic Biennial 
Date: 2008/9/10
Subject: Periferic 8 - Art as Gift, opening 3 October 2008
To: <mailto:suhebator at gmail.com>suhebator at gmail.com

Periferic 8 - Art as Gift

Biennial for Contemporary Art

Iasi, Romania

3-18 October 2008

Curated by Dora Hegyi (project leader of tranzit. hu/ Budapest, Hungary)

Organized by the Vector Association (Iasi/Romania)

Main partner: Banca Comerciala Romana


3 October 2008, 4pm

National Theatre "Vasile Alecsandri" Iasi

For further information on detailed program, 
travel and accommodation, please visit: 

Periferic initiated in 1997 by the Romanian 
artist Matei Bejenaru started as a performance 
festival, which organically developed into an 
international art biennial organized in Iasi, the 
second university city in Romania.

Periferic 8

The 8th edition of Periferic Biennial for 
Contemporary Art attempts to re-address the 
question regarding the conditions and 
possibilities for producing art events in 
Romania, in the new situation created by the 
recent economical developments.  The event 
proposes self-repositioning and the involvement 
of different layers of public in order to grant a 
dynamic and democratic access to contemporary art 

Concept - Art as Gift

The concept of the biennial proposes an 
alternative model of exchange and raises the 
question "can art be regarded as a gift?". While 
Periferic Biennials have always challenged the 
market-based mechanisms of contemporary art, 
Periferic 8 directly analyzes the speculative 
methods that influence the realization and social 
value of art. The social practice of gift-giving 
in an everyday sense is experienced as a positive 
gesture, since everybody enjoys receiving and 
giving gifts. The exchange can be mutual, but it 
reflects a complex system of different 
motivations: power relations, dependence, as well 
as desire for prestige. Gift-giving is also used 
as a metaphor for describing the economics of art 
from creation/production through 
sharing/distribution to reception/consumption. 
Periferic 8 deals with the question how the 
values and commodities of art are created, which 
are in transaction on the intellectual and 
commercial art market. The two end poles of the 
survey are art strongly connected to the market 
and being commercialized and gift economies 
suggesting alternative economic models.

Periferic 8 wishes to play the role of a 
mediator, thus fortifying the dialogue between 
various cultural fields. On the one hand it 
presents alternative models of education by 
activating the already specialized audience, 
artists, art critics and theoreticians, on the 
other hand it involves other segments of local 
intellectuals and people interested in the 
processes of reception and mediation. The project 
seeks to strengthen local cultural consciousness 
in order to form a dynamic civil community that 
feels responsible for its own context and 
suggests that contemporary art is a 
transdisciplinary field where social and 
political issues that affect a wide range of 
people can be discussed.

Projects and Participants: 

Markus Bader / Raumlabor Berlin (DE)

Joseph Beuys (DE)

Johanna Billing (SE)

cARTier / Vector Association (RO)

CCCK - Center for Communication and Context Kyiv 
/ Ingela Johansson (SE), Inga Zimprich (DE) with 
Sonke Hallmann (DE)

Stefan Constantinescu (SE/RO)

Guillaume Desanges (FR)

Veaceslav Druta (FR/MD)

Roza El-Hassan (HU)

Miklos Erdely (HU)

Tatiana Fiodorova (MD)

Dora Garcia (ES)

Felix Gonzalez-Torres (USA)

Institute for Wishful Thinking / Maureen Connor, Gregory Sholette (USA)

Christian Jankowski (DE)

Daniel Knorr (DE)


Yuri Leiderman (RU)

Little Warsaw / Andras Galik, Balint Havas (HU)

Aniko Lorant (HU)

Aurelia Mihai (DE/RO)

Hila Peleg (DE/ISR)

RO-MD (Moldova in 2 Scenarios) / Vector Association (RO), KSA:K Chisinau (MD)

Mladen Stilinovic (HR)

SZAF / Judit Fischer, Mikos Mecs (HU)

Rasa Todosijevic (SRB)

Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor (RO)

Tirdad Zolghadr (TXL)

Mediation Projects:

Creative Mediation Project / Studio for art 
practices and debates (RO), coordinated by 
Catalin Gheorghe and Cristian Nae (RO)

Contemporary Art for Young People / Coordinated 
by Ana Maria Iftimi, Alexandru Bounegru, Oana 
Nicuta (RO)

S-video IN / S-video OUT. Made in Iasi / Video 
program curated by Catalin Gheorghe (RO)

MINIpoint - Info Point program / Coordinated by 
Daniela Palimariu and Dan Basu (RO)

An illustrated publication in English, Romanian 
and French and a free guide leaflet will 
accompany the biennial and will be available in 
each location.


Vector Association, Iasi

Main Partner:

Banca Comerciala Romana


tranzit. hu - tranzit contemporary art program is 
supported by the Erste Bank Group

KSA:K - Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau

Centre Culturel Francais, Iasi

Goethe Zentrum, Iasi

University of Arts "George Enescu", Iasi

Supported by:

Periferic 8 is made possible, in part, by a 
special grant from the American Center Foundation 
in support of Vector Association's exhibitions 
and programs

Administration of the National Cultural Fund - AFCN Romania

Municipality of Iasi - "Iasi 600" Cultural Program

Seacex - Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior

ERSTE Bank Group

ACAX - Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange, Budapest

Hungarian Cultural Center, Bucharest

Ambassade de la Republique Francaise a Bucarest

Iaspis, International Artists Studio Program in Sweden

Romanian Cultural Institute, Stockholm

Student House for Culture in Iasi

The National Theatre "Vasile Alecsandri", Iasi

Romanian Literature Museum - Casa Pogor, Iasi

Media Partners:

Romanian Television Iasi

IDEA / arts + society


Observator Cultural


Suplimentul de Cultura

Radio Guerrilla

Ziarul de Iasi





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