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01 Jun 2011

'From Contemplating to Constructing Situations' at PAVILION UNICREDIT Bucharest

Image: Ciprian Homorodean, page from 'Survival Strategies. Take the Book, Take the Money, Run!, 2010
100 pages, hand made book, ink on paper, 24,4 x 32,4 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



June 02 - July 31, 2011 Opening hours: 12.00-19.00 (T-S), M - closed


+4 021 310 54 69
+4 021 310 54 69

Sos. Nicolae Titulescu nr. 1 (Piata Victoriei)
Bucharest 011131

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Curator: Razvan Ion

Participants: Francis Alys (BE/MX), Minerva Cuevas (MX), Ciprian Homorodean (BE/RO), Jason Loebs (US), Wilfredo Prieto (CU), Sabine Rethore (FR), Temporary Services (US), Abdellah Taia (MA/FR), Erwin Wurm (A)

'From Contemplating to Constructing Situations' with texts by Lars Bang Larsen, Rosi Braidotti, Felix Guattari, Razvan Ion, Internationale Situationiste, Mikkel Bolt, Gunalan Nadarajan.

Publication can be downloaded in PDF format from

Kant was the one who launched the interrogation on our knowledge's conditions of possibility and the one who explicitly understood this interrogation as being a critical act. From now on, we can say that the modern reflection is either critical - in this auto-reflective sense- or it is not modern. (Boris Buden) But, the freudian, foucaultian, postmodern, stalinist, leninist repression etc. is identical, and what can make a difference is the astonishment of the self and the possibility to say 'no' to the oppressive state (without transforming this into an anarchist wailing ).

The reader and it's physical projection, the exhibition, deals with different generations of artists and thinkers which refuse to participate in the tired prescriptions of marketplace and authority and instead create radical new methods of engagement. The concept try to develops an indispensable, contemporary conception of political change—a conception that transcends the outmoded formulations of insurrection and resistance. I believe too much blood and ink has been shed for the art machines and the revolutionary machines to remain separate.
The move from the contemplation of a situation to its representation, must be made immediately. (Extras from the text by Razvan Ion)

OPENING: Thursday, June 02, 2011, 19.00
Beer by Grolsch.
After-opening Jason Loebs will play a special DJ set @ Control Club, Str. Academiei 19. Will be subtitled by the film critic Dan Angelescu in front Control.
Before, a special gig by Soviet Soviet and Uma Swan at 21.00 organised by Chambre du Chat.

Exhibition supported by PAVILION - journal for politics and culture, Austrian Cultural Forum in Bucharest and Grolsch.

The exhibition and the publication wouldn't have been possible without Eugen Radescu, Andrei Craciun, Stefan Voicu and Cristina Bangau.

Our deepest gratitude to all artists and writers who helped me in this.

Special thanks: Karin Cervenka, Gabriela Cretu, Mihai Fuiorea, Tudor Ghiurca, Dan Mares, Anca Nuta, Paul Tomi Rus, Alex Simionov, Anton Vidokle, Laura Barlow.