20.06, Saturday, 18:00 – 23:00 – OFFICIAL OPENING AT TRAM DEPO
SOFIA, Blvd. Maria Luiza 84
Antonio Mas (SP) Woodworm – video projection/видео прожекция
Danica Bićanić (SR)Transformation – video installation
Delphine Reist, Laurent Faulon(CH) – video installation – supported by The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Chelsea Coon (USA) Untitled/ Breathing – performance
Ilina Konsulova (BG) Trapped [The Sims Game Art Experiment] – projection
Lale Altunel (TR) One-Sided Love – video loop
Stanley Février (CA) Under the colour of law- installation
Josh Field (UK) – installation
Wai Kit Lam (Hong Kong) Awakening Memory – video projection
PARTY 21:00 – 23:00 - with DJ LONGEVILO & Ad usum delphini LIVE
Cinematic Psych-Out Grooves… From The Garage Daze To The Outer Limits And Beyond!
Sleazy listening of every description with LONGEVILO !
Longevilo is behind some of the legendary underground clubs in Sofia: Chaos (The Punk, Muddy) (1993-1995) and Тri Ushi (1999-2001).
Ad usum delphini – “The soul of the Machine” Sibila Seraphim and Emil Valev
Sibila Seraphim and Emil Vylev offer experimental music with loads of machine and visual effects, as Ad usum delphini- LIVE . Their compositions will be inspired by this year’s festival motto “Towns In Need of Love”.
Ad usum delphini project starts in October 2012, with electro base and guitar (Emil Vylev) and vocal improvisation, analogue synth (Sibila Seraphim). Emil Vylev has graduated in experimental art and painting in Paris. Sibila Seraphim has studied different vocal techniques and piano, and graduated in experimental theater at New Bulgarian University. Sibila and Emil had worked together earlier in the 1990s, as part of the new generation of contemporary artists in Bulgaria.
21.06, Sunday, 18:00 – 20:00 OFFICIAL OPENING LAVELE GALLERY OSNOVA
14 Lavele str., Sofia
Anna-Maria Bogner(AT)/Each Оbject Talks About Space – drawings on paper/Ана-Мария Богнер (Австрия) рисунки на хартия
Domingo Pino (SP)/Доминго Пино – installation/инсталация
Lora Azza, Dimitri Dimov (BG/FR)/Barcode/Лора Аза, Димитри Димов (България/Франция) ”Баркод” – installation/инсталация
Oussama Tabti (DZ)Food for Thought//УсамаТабти (Алжир) ”Храна за размисъл” – photo series/фото поредица
Simon Ingram(NZ)/Саймън Инграм (Нова Зеландия) – ineractive graffiti installation/интерактивна графити инсталация
Violeta Tanova (BG)/Виолета Танова (България) – drawings/рисунки
Elitza Korueva/ Елица Коруева (CA/BG) - installation “Diagnosis”
19:00 – 22:00 CERVANTES INSTITUTE/ИНСТИТУТ “СЕРВАНТЕС”
Sveta Sofia 3, 1000 Sofia/ ул. Св. София 3
Adriana Cerecero(Mexico) Project Ritual/ Адриана Сересеро, Мексико, Ритуален проект
Leticia Muñoz (SP) – Performance 21:00/ Летисия Муньоз Испания- Пърформанс
Marcos Vidal (SP)- installation/ Маркос Видал – Испания, инсталация
PERFORMANCES AT PUBLIC SPACES, SQ. NEDELYA & STREET SOFIA/ ПЕРФОРМАНСИ В ПУБЛИЧНИ ПРОСТРАНСТВА ПЛ. СВ. НЕДЕЛЯ
Catarina Diedrich (SP) Eleven Trees /Катарина Диедрих (Испания) „Единадесет дървета” – installation/инсталация
Fito Valencia (MX)/Фито Валенсия(Мексико) – stencil art/шаблонно изкуство
Qing Sonnenberg (CN) Colorful Star//Кинг Соненберг (Китай)”Цветна звезда” – interactive live art/интерактивно изкуство на живо
Mariano Equizzi (IT/BG)/Мариано Екизи (Италия/България) K-Sofia/”К-София”
Ingebjørg Torgersen(NO) – Sleep and Sheep /Ингебьорг Торгерсен (Норвегия) ”Сън и овце” – installation/инсталация
Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre(AU)/ Всичко е валиден танц театър(Австралия), performance/пърформанс When We First Met/”Когато за пръв път се срещнахме”
1 audience member per performance/ from Monday to Friday 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm from the foyer of Lavele Hostel duration 35 min/ перформанс за 1 човек от Понеделник до Петък от Лавеле хостел в 11ч, 12,14,15 и 16 – времетраене 35 мин.
Mariko Hori (Japan) “In the end what is left behind is love”/ Марико Хори(Япония) “На края всичко което остана е любов” интерактивна инсталация на различни локации
22.06, Monday/Понеделник, 21:00 – 22:30 SCREENING NIGHT LAVELE HOSTEL GARDEN/ФИЛМОВА ВЕЧЕР В ГРАДИНАТА НА ХОСТЕЛА
ADDRESS/АДРЕС: 14 Lavele str., Sofia/ ул. Лавеле 14
Katya Stoycheva (BG)/Катя Стойчева Love By Analogy/”Любов по аналогия”
Kim Dotty Hachmann (DE)/Ким Доти Хакман KünstlerinMutter/
Maia Iotzova (CA/BG)Film Green Dream
23.06, Tuesday/Вторник, 18:00 – 20:00 OFFICIAL OPENING SAMSI/ОФИЦИАЛНО ОТКРИВАНЕ САМСИ
2 Cherni vryh Blvd., Sofia/ бул. Черни връх 2
Daria Tchapanova(AT/BG)/Дария Чапанова (Австрия/България) Love for the detail/”Любов към детайла” – photography/фотография
Delphine Reist, Laurent Faulon(CH)/Делфин Райст, Лорънт Фолкон (Швейцария) – installation/инсталация
Iskra Ivanova (BG)/Искра Иванова (България) – Communication Project/проект ”Комуникация” – photography/фотография
Kalin Plugchiev(BG)/Калин Плугчиев(България) More Likes/”Повече харесвания” photography/фотография
Lars Åsling(SE)/Ларс Аслинг(Швеция) The Bureau of Holistic Investigation/”Бюро за Холистично разследване
Niclas Hallberg(SE)/Никлас Халберг (Швеция) – prints/отпечатъци
Nia Pushkarova (BG)/Ния Пушкарова (България) – photo project/фото проект
SOFIA WORKSHOPS & TALKS AT THE FRIDGE/РАБОТИЛНИЦИ В СОФИЯ И БЕСЕДИ В THE FRIDGE
8 Madrid blvd., Sofia/ бул. Мадрид 8
22.06- 23.06, Monday,Tuesday, 14:00
Wai Kit Lam (Hong Kong)/Уай Кит Лам (Хонг Конг) Reshaping Sofia/”Преобразявайки София” – 2 days photography workshop/двудневна фотографска работилница
Equipment (by student): ‘Point and shoot camera’ or smart phone
Knowledge requirement: Basic knowledge of using camera or smart phone
camera/Оборудване (от ученика): Любителски фотоапарат или смартфон
24.06, 18:00 Wednеsday/Сряда
Dagmara Gieysztor (PL/AU)/Дагмара Джиейстор (Полша/Австралия) Forum about site specific art projects/Форум за спецификата на художествените проекти в среда
19:00 Serena Chalker – Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre (AU)/Серена Чолкър (Австралия) A discussion on the meaning and terminology associated with site specific performance/Дискусия за значението и терминологията, свързвани със специфичното представяне в среда
OFFICIAL OPENING PERNIK” TO PERNIK WITH LOVE”/ОФИЦИАЛНО ОТКРИВАНЕ В ПЕРНИК”ЗА ПЕРНИК С ЛЮБОВ”, 17:00 – 20:00, MINING MUSEUM/МИНЕН МУЗЕЙ
Pernik, Fizkulturna St 2/ ул. Физкултурна 2, Перник
*** (В деня на откриването – 25.06. и на 26.06 специален минибус на фестивала ще пътува до и от Перник: тръгване 16:00ч. – от Лавеле Хостел, последен курс на обратно 23:00ч.;
At the day of opening 25.06 and 26.06 a special minibus will travel between Sofia and Pernik starting 16:00 at Lavele Hostel – last return from Pernik 23:00)
Lale Altunel (TR)/Лале Алтънел (Турция) One-Sided Love /„Едностранна любов”– video loop/видео луп
Lyubomir Ignatov (BG) – photography/фотография
Eeva-Liisa Puhakka(FI)/Еева-Лииса Пухака (Финландия) Smell, memory, sound/”Мирис, памет, звук – installation/инсталация
Radostin Sedevchev (BG)/ Радостин Седевчев (България) – installation/инсталация
Petra Hudcova(CZ/UK)/Петра Худцова (Чешка република/Обединено кралство) – installation/инсталация
Qing Sonnenberg (CN)/Кинг Соненберг (Китай) Colorful Star – interactive live art
Adelina Ivanova (BG)/Аделина Иванова(България) A Water Tower on the Way of Time/”Една водна кула на пътя на времето” – photo exhibition
Elizabeth Coleman-Link(UK/DE) - Wanderlust Collection – Mail art presentation “To Pernik with love”
Mariano Equizzi (IT/BG) – “K-Sofia”
21:00 – 22:30 “STRUMA” PERFORMANCES
Fabian Schalekamp Hess(SP/NL) – Vegetable bumps – installation
María Uribe(SP) – installation
Nicholas McArthur(UK) – “This concrete is rotten, but I can use its ghosts”– performance
Lars Åsling(SE)/Ларс Аслинг(Швеция) The Bureau of Holistic Investigation/”
Ina Weise, Nima Keshtkar, Danielle Kourtesis, Iva Kirova (DE/BG) Pernik is for lovers – installation at the Struma factory
Katrin Stoichkova(BG), Albena Budinova(BG), Borislava Kadiiska(BG), Evelina Velichkova (BG)
’Woven memories” – installation at the WaterTower, Pernik
26.06.Friday – 18:00 -21:00
PERNIK WORKSHOPS & PERFORMANCES FORRTESS “KRAKRA”
Dagmara Gieysztor (PL/AU) ARTS PARTICIPATION WORK – PEOPLE MAPPING
Heidi Seppälä, Andi Pils (AT/FI) – dance performance – mapping – tracking – workshops In a Different Light
Mariko Hori(Japan) “In the end what is left behind is love” – interactive installation with paprika spices
Simon Ingram(NZ) – ineractive graffiti installation
27.06 Saturday – FORTRESS KRAKRA, PERNIK
II.Group, two workshops /„ Kiss with a stranger”-11.30ч.
„How does Love Affect Us” -14.00 ч.
III.Group – Theatre workshop – 18.00ч. – MINING MUSEUM, PERNIK
- Theatre workshop – discussion panel theatrical sketches
Our map of venues 2015
*All works are for sale, just ask the organizers for more info
** Changes may occur in the program beyond our control, check our site and FB profile for any amendments
The event is officially part of Cultural calendar of Sofia Municipality and Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria
Organizer NGO IME
Design In.Vento R
©All rights reserved Water tower art fest 2015
thanks to all of you who proposed those wonderful projects, which are inspiring to us.
Now we are entering the selection procedure, which is not going to be easy, believe us.
Stay tuned on our site and facebook profile for further news, we also will be contacting you via email shortly.
Good luck and thank you
FOR NEXT EDITION OF
WATER TOWER ART FEST 2015
20- 28 June 2015
Water Tower Art Fest is an artist run initiative and the biggest international contemporary art festival in Sofia, incorporating alternative spaces in series of exhibitions in June each year since 2006.
The festival now has developed as a platform of exchange of national and international artists working in all disciplines within contemporary visual art. It gives the opportunity to share ideas and to question the sociopolitical situation with its socially engaged works done especially for the venues and showcase of contemporary artworks with notion of overcoming the paradigm of our age, dominated by economic structures that obstruct our very prime right to exist.
Part of the festival this year will take place in the city of Pernik, (very close to Sofia ½ h) which in the 1980s boasted more than 80 working factories with heavy industry – now, nearly all shut down, abandoned and in ruins, especially after the earthquake 3 years ago. In the face of this visible product of post-communist catastrophe, the notion of being politically correct is no longer satisfactory and we take a stand with the unquestionable power of art. The hunches we follow this year are mere ideas to be where needed, as artists and fully aware of the function art has in society nowadays.
We are calling for revival, trying to bring back hope and sense in hopeless places and senseless time.
You are invited to contribute towards the revival trial and searching for sense during the 9th edition of Water tower art fest 2015. The general theme this year is:
“Towns in need of love”
Public spaces around the city of Sofia – 20 – 28 June
Old tram station DEPO – one day action only
SAMSI – ARSENAL museum of contemporary arts
Lavele hostel art gallery
Square of St. Nedelya and Cervantes cultural center
City of Pernik 25- 28.06.2015 “To Pernik with love”-
Old fortress “Krakra”,
Old Machine factory “Struma”
Different public spaces
Click on link to view venues in separate folders: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2gqDgNTx6J-Rk52SjdLSm44dm8&usp=sharing
Note: The team of WTAF preserves the right to change, add or replace venues destinations, due to unforeseen circumstances, beyond our control.
Open call launch – 25th of February, 2015
Deadline for proposals – 01.04.2015
Announcing the results – 15.04.2015
Festival dates 20-28th of June 2015
Chief curator: Nia Pushkarova (BG)
Maddalena Mauri (IT)
Niclas Halberg (SE/Serbia)
Marcos Vidal (SP)
Who can apply?
Anyone, working in the fields of contemporary visual arts, with no restriction to age, race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or education!
We accept proposals on the basis of our proposed venues being site specific or according to our theme. We also accept proposal topics for our discussion panels during the festival and workshops.
Selection committee consisting of prominent art figures in the world of art is invited to assist us in choice of artists.
NOTE: Artists are responsible for their own travel and shipping of artworks, unless otherwise arranged, under third parties relations made in advance. What we can do is send an invitation to be used for applying to available funding and grants at selected artist’s countries of residence.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR APPLYING:
Please send in a proposal, consisting of:
• a detailed explanation and concept of your proposed art work, including visuals (photos) or sketches
• specific technical requirements and material needed for its implementation
• Short CV or resume mentioning name, country of origin, gender and past artistic history and/or general interest in the arts sphere
What you can expect from us during WTAF 2015:
— Free access to all events of festival
— Extended coverage in media and official catalogue of the fest and site along with publications in different medias with links to websites
— Assistance in finding affordable accommodation – hostel or private based with discount being part of the festival
— Recommendations and invitations for travel funding
— Technical and other assistance during the festival, assistance in finding materials and equipment, if not exceeding certain amount, is covered by festival
— Overall guidance and assisting in production of work by our volunteers and professional technical team
— Possible airport pick up and accompanying to hotel or accommodation by team and/or volunteers
— In case your artwork requires special equipment hire, please state this in your application, so further arrangements can be made, if possible
— Great time interacting with different artists, both local and international, a chance to get valuable contacts for your professional and personal life
— Generally meeting great people and experiencing festival’s frenzy in its full
Please distribute or repost this open call freely.
P.S. The festival is under the Cultural Calendar of Sofia Municaplity for 2015 and National
P.P.S. Also the festival is in close partnership with Nomadic village which has its own open call and program within the festivals program in Pernik 2015: http://nomadic.cd/
Water Tower Art Fest Team
9 Bogatica Street, app. 12
* Special sending requirements will follow if needed.
Director of NGO IME and organizer/chief curator of Water tower art fest
Member of Bulgarian Festival Association (BFA)
The pictogram animation „Tower to the People“ which was realized for the opening of the Water Tower Art Fest 2014 has been nominated for the German Multimedia Art Award for the young generation (Deutsche Multimediapreis). The awards ceremony takes place in the Technical Collection in Dresden on 15th of November where the project will be presented to the public during a festival of exhibitions, workshops and performances.
For more information visit mb21.de/
Temporary Protected Spaces
Water Tower Art Fest is an artists-led initiative, began as a small-scale event and grew over the years, becoming a significant international forum in Sofia and the country, representing local and international artists working in the contemporary visual arts field.
Part of the festival, now in its eighth year, will be traditionally presented in alternative spaces around the country as an act of decentralization of cultural life in Bulgaria. In Plovdiv this is the newly opened gallery space of eXAF – at 89 Ruski Blvd.
Artworks from this year’s June edition of the festival will be presented where more than 45 international artists from around the world took part. In the selection you can see presentations of video and spatial installations of artists from Bulgaria, Korea, Japan, Britain, Germany and USA.
Welcome to our “temporary protected spaces” with faith in the future and enthusiastic perseverance!
Opening: 03.10.2014 at 19:00 h.
Sat & Sun from 12:00 till 20:00 h.
89 Ruski Blvd., 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
This Pictogram Animation was screened during the opening of Water Tower Art Fest (June 2014) in the garden of the actual water tower.
Realised by students of SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk) in Berlin, Germany. Namely: Niklas Almerood, Niklas Bauer, Jendrik Drazetic, Nicolai Herzog, Mareike Heyne, Sandra Janke, Leon Jurtzik, Kalina Meyer, Dimitri Müller, Tim Pertuch. The project has been organised by assistant professor Kim Dotty Hachmann.
There is an unlikely change in this year’s edition of WTAF. The festival’s emblem, the tower, has been closed for visitors and people by the local authorities. Due to the political problems in Bulgaria this tower is just more than a closed monumental building. It is a place where change happens. A team of students from the hdpk Berlin collect information around the situation and thus visualise together an animated protest video against the prohibition. Their aim is to support and promote the claim and wish: Tower to the people.