Tower to the People Nominated for Deutsche Multimediapreis

Tower to the PeopleThe 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.

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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.

Working hours:
Sat & Sun from 12:00 till 20:00 h.
89 Ruski Blvd., 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

More information at: and and on Facebook

Tower to the People – Kim Dotty Hachmann

Tower to the people from Kim Dotty Hachmann on Vimeo.

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.

2014 WTAF Artists & Program

Visitation, 2008
Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall
61.2 x 36.4 x 5 in (155.5 x 92.5 x 12.7 cm)
Performers: Weba Garretson, Pam Blackwell
12:18 minutes
Photo: Kira Perov




2014 Water Tower Art Fest Featured Artist:

Bill Viola (USA): Bill Viola’s video installation “Visitation”, from his 2008 Transfigurations series, will be on display in the underground Serdica venue throughout the festival. Bill Viola is internationally recognized as a leading contemporary artist and as one of the main forces behind establishing video as a valid form of contemporary art. Known for his room-sized environments that envelop viewers with sound and feature multiple screens of moving images, Viola creates sublimely romantic imagery in the tradition of painting through radically new digital media.

2014 Water Tower Art Fest Artists:

  • Andrea Coyotzi Borja (Mexico): sound installation at the Old Foundry
  • Antoni Georgiev: photo series “MYSTIFICATION: A midwinter’s Saturday fog” at Rubber Gallery, opening June 24th
  • Bill Viola (USA): video installation “Visitation,” 2008 at Serdica underground, opening June 21st at 19:00
  • Caitlin and Andrew Webb-Ellis (UK/Cаnada): video film screening “MOTHER, I AM GOING” at bar Atelieto on June 25th
  • Cathrine Constanse (Norway): video film screening “Fru. Felgens julestri.” at Hall and bar Atelieto
  • Cesar Escudero Andaluz, Spain – photo series “File_món” at Rubber Gallery
  • Dimitri Dimov and Lora Azza: installation “The //Bread Ladder//” and “Book ladder” in the garden of the water tower
  • Domingo Pino (Spain): objects installation at the Old Foundry
  • Joteva: digital photo series “Stoned Skins” at Rubber Gallery
  • Frode Jacobsen (Norway): video film screening “Winter and air” “Autumn and fire” at Hall
  • Ingebjørg Torgersen (Norway): performance “Not everybody cares about the weather” at Hall on June 22nd at 21:30 and video film screening of “Bank, bank, minibank” at bar Atelieto June 25th at 21:30
  • Ivan Petkov: interactive installation “Mattress-pipe,” a sound installation / collaborative music instrument at Hall
  • Ivaylo Hristov: installation “The last shirt has no pockets …” at Expo Bath Sofia (Roca Exposition Hall)
  • James Holland (UK): sound performance at Hall
  • Johannah Herr (US): site-specific installation at the Old Foundry
  • Katya Stoycheva : workshop “Limit_Less” at the Red House on June 25th
  • Kim Dotty Hachmann & Steffie Simen (Germany): performance workshop “Form Future” with presentation on June 23rd at the Red House
  • Lars Asling & Adrian Åsling Sellius (Sweden): sound and performance “The Holistic Detective Agency” at Hall
  • Liesbeth van Woerden and Liesbeth Bos from Kunstenaarsinitiatief Elders (the Netherlands): photography project installation “Healing injuries” at the Old Foundry
  • Lora Hristova: video “Mother tongue” atExpo Bath Sofia (Roca Exposition Hall)
  • Lorraine Kordecki (UK): installation “Lure” at Expo Bath Sofia (Roca Exposition Hall)
  • Marcos Vidal (Spain): “Trap Chairs”, Sculpture installation at the Old Foundry
  • Mariko Hori (Japan): “The airing project” interactive installation around city of Sofia and presentation at final day at bar Atelieto
  • Mery Adam: “Voyage jusqu’a Sofia planetaire” (Пътешествие до планета София) digital photo-collage at Serdika Underground
  • Micaela de Vivero (Ecuador): site-specific installation “Guardaría” at Serdika Underground
  • N.P.: audio-visual installation at Serdika Underground and mural painting at the Old Foundry
  • Niclas Hallberg (Sweden/Serbia): performance “Fundamental interaction” at opening at garden of the Water Tower on June 20th and video installation “FREQUENCY ONE” together with Stina Pehrsdotter at Serdika Underground
  • Paul Wiersbinski (Germany): video screening “Meeting of the Mind and the Machine (2012)” at Bar Atelieto.  Final day, June 25th.
  • Radina Stoimenova: performance “It happened just a while ago” at festival opening in garden of the Water Tower on June 20th
  • Raquel Esquives (Peru): installation “Silhouettes” at Expo Bath Sofia (Roca Exposition Hall)
  • Sibylle Hofter & Daniel Sellek Agnetur Sshwimer: presentation of City desk, Sofia at gallery “Atelie Plastelin,” opening June 24th
  • Soyung Lee (Korea): video film series of “the Gummybears’ town” and “Gummybears’ Picnic,” final day film screening at bar Atelieto
  • Stina Pehrsdotter, Sweden/Serbia- video together with Niclas Halberg “FREQUENCY ONE” video installation and performance workshop ”Relating objects”
  • Takako Yamaguchi (Japan): installation “Lost every day” at the Old Foundry
  • Trond Arne Vangen (Norway): film screening and installation ”The tool to create a better future” at bar Atelieto
  • Ueta Hiroshi, (Japan): Workshop of SHODO (Japanese calligraphy) on June 21st at 18:00 and June 25th at 18:00 at Expo Bath Sofia (Roca Exposition Hall)
  • Viktoria Georgieva: site-specific installation “We are looking for change” at the Old Foundry

Schedule Openings and Dates:

  • 20.06, 18:30 – 22:00: Official opening at garden of water tower with concert “The Botanix,” film screening of students from Berlin with curator Kim Dotty Hachman, and perfromance program. Address: Galitchica street, Lozenets.
  • 21.06: Exhibition at Expo Bath Sofia (Roca Exposition Hall) and Serdika. Address: Blvd Mariya Luzia 16.
  • 21.06, 18:00: Calligraphy workshop at Expo Bath Sofia (Roca Exposition Hall) by Hiroshi Ueta, Japan.
  • 21.06, 19:00: Official opening – Bill Viola “Visitation” at Serdika Underground
  • 22.06, 18:30: Official opening at the Old Foundry
  • 22.06, 20:00-22:00: Performance night at Hall
  • 23.06, 10:00-16:00: Conference and debates at the Red House
  • 23.06, 19:00-21:00: Performance night
  • 24.06, 10:00-16:00: Conference and debates at the Red House
  • 24.06, 18:30: Opening at Rubber gallery
  • 24.06, 19:30: Opening at Gallery Atelie Plastelin
  • 25.06, 10:00-13:00: Final day of conference and debates at the Red House
  • 25.06, 14:00-16:00: Workshop “Limit_Less” by Katya Stoicheva, on limits of creativity, at the Red House
  • 25.06, 21:30-00:00: Closing party with film screening and presentation at bar Atelieto

Map of Festival Venues:

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Venue Locations and Transportation

SERDICA Underground
Serdica Metro Station
Address: corner of “Ekzarh Yosif” Str. and 16 “Maria Luiza” Blvd. entrance next to Roca store (former shop “Sofia”)

Expo Bath Sofia (Roca Exposition Hall)
Address: corner of “Ekzarh Yosif” Str. and 16 “Maria Luiza” Blvd.
Metro: Metro Station “Serdica”, walking;
Trams: No. 12, No.18, No.20, No.22, tram stop “Tsentralni Hali”; walking

Water Tower, Lozenets Neighborhood
Address: Lozenets neighborhood, the corner of “Galichitsa” Str. and “Teodosiy Tarnovski” Str.
Trams: No. 10, tram stop “Energoproekt”; walking
Buses: No. 88, bus stop “Energoproekt”; walking

Lavele Hostel
Address: 14 “Lavele” Str.
Metro: Metro Station “Serdica”; walking
Trams: No. 12, No.18, tram stop “Ploshtad Sveta Nedelya”; No. 8, No. 5 tram stop “Sadebna palata”; walking

Bar Atelieto
Address: 50 “Tsar Samuil” Str.
Metro: Metro Station “Serdica”; walking
Trams: No. 8, No. 5 tram stop “Sadebna palata”; walking

Rubber Gallery (Photo Gallery “Lastitsi”)
Address: 13 “Gerlovo” Str.
Buses: No. 306, No. 280, No. 213, No. 72, No. 75, No. 9 bus stop “Voenna Akademia”; walking

The Red House (Chervenata Kashta)
Address: 15 “Luben Karavelov” Str.
Buses: No. 204, No. 604, No. 72, No. 76, No. 94 bus stop “Graf Ignatiev”; walking
Trams: No. 10, No. 12, No. 18 stop “Vasil Levski” Blvd.; walking
Trolley buses: No. 1, No. 2, No. 5, No. 8, trolley stop “Kino Odeon”; walking

Old Foundry (Starata leyarna)
Address: 1″Industrialna” Str.
Buses: No. 79, No. 309 bus stop “Hladilen zavod”; walking
Trams: No. 18, No. 3, No. 4, tram stop “Hladilen zavod”; walking

NHA Studios
NHA atelliers 56 “DONDUKOV” Bldv.

48 “Tsar Simeon” Str., 1000, Sofia, Bulgaria


Nia PushkarovaCurator and Organizer of Water Tower Art Fest, Artist. Studied Fine Art at Reading University, UK. Works with painting, installation photography and video. Became founder of NGO IME in 2004 together with small group of creative people. Lives and works in Sofia with her son Yan.
Svetlana Alexandrova – Project manager / Coordinator

Kalina Petkova – Social media

Adi Kuneva – Assistant guests

Kristin Belcheva – Assistant

Georgi Kamburov – Technical coordinator

Margarita Eneva – Part time PR

Denitsa Toneva – Chief designer

Instudio – Print production

Kayleigh Lebak – Assistant / Website Manager


20 – 25 OF JUNE 2014


Photo by Galya Yotova – all rights reserved Water tower art fest® 2013 – old train station Kazichene

It is our pleasure to announce the spectacular program for the Water Tower Art Festival as an artist-run initiative this year, including the participation of the notorious Bill Viola, in full William Viola (born January 25, 1951, New York, New York, U.S.), an American video, digital, and sound artist.  Viola was one of the pioneering figures of a generation of artists in the 1970′s who employed video art and sound technologies. Known for his room-sized environments (installations) that envelop viewers with sound and feature multiple screens of moving images, Viola created sublimely romantic imagery in the tradition of painting through radically new digital media.

The work “Visitation” from his 2008 Transfigurations series, by California-based video artist Bill Viola goes on display in our festival this year in one of our non-traditional venues – the underground ancient remains of Serdika.

The 12-minute video, which is shown vertically on a 65″ plasma screen with stereo sound, was created out of additional material from Viola’s 2007 Venice Biennale series Ocean without a Shore.

Look forward to more information on the artwork soon!

Our strong program, a hallmark of our 8-year-old festival, will be presented traditionally in our array of non-traditional venues.  These unique locations include: an old foundry and hall in the industrial zone of Sofia, the garden of a disused water tower (for reasons beyond our control the tower itself is closed by authorities this year due to safety concerns), and many other venues for displaying contemporary art installations and housing performances and talks.

Water Tower Art Fest is artist-run initiative that started as a small-scale event and grew into the most popular Bulgarian showcase of national and international artists working across all disciplines in contemporary visual art. It gives artists and visitors the opportunity to share ideas and to change the socio-political situation through its socially engaged works created especially for its unique venues.  It also strikes artists and visitors alike with the notion of overcoming the paradigm of our age, one dominated by economic structures prohibiting the inherent and divine right of existence itself.

“Temporary protected spaces” is our festival’s theme for the second year in a row.  It is rooted in the idea of home – or rather the lack of it. The need to rest, recuperate, and communicate freely is the basis of this year’s theme. We will be communicating, while using several disused and abandoned structures in the city of Sofia.

You are welcome to enter and enjoy our Temporary Protected Spaces with faith in the future and a spirit of enthusiastic perseverance.

More information to follow shortly.

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Water Tower Art Fest ®

Open call

June 20-25, 2014

Water Tower Art Fest is an artist-run initiative and the biggest international contemporary art festival in Sofia, incorporating alternative spaces in a series of exhibitions held annually in June since 2006.

The festival has developed into a platform for the creative exchange of national and international artists working in all disciplines within the contemporary visual arts. It gives the opportunity to share ideas on how to change the socio-political situation via socially engaged works done specifically for the venues or with the notion of overcoming the paradigm of our age, dominated by economic structures prohibiting the default and divine right of existence.

Our temporary-protected spaces, the encompassing theme of our festival, is derived from the idea of home – or rather the lack of it. The need for rest and recuperation, and the need to communicate freely are the basis of this year’s theme. We are to “communicate”, by using several abandoned sites/buildings in the city of Sofia, with the possibility of short residencies at some of the venues.

The touring edition of the festival’s artworks is planed for late Summer/early Fall for locations throughout Bulgaria. We do this with the aim to decentralize the cultural life from the capital, Sofia, and share ideas with the wider public that live in remote, even secluded regions.

You are openly invited to our Temporary Protected Spaces with trust for the future with enthusiastic perseverance.

Our philosophy is that art can be made for and by ordinary people and that by expressing their feelings and fears and thoughts they will learn to accept and deal with themselves and others for what they really are.

  • Thus less crime
  • Thus less corruption and greed
  • Thus more appreciation of work

The venues:

Public places around the city of Sofia from June 20-25.

Note: The team of WTAF reserves the right to change venues due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • Open call launch: 25th of February, 2014
  • Deadline for proposals: 15th of April, 2014
  • Announcement of accepted proposals: 27th of April, 2014
  • Festival dates: June 20-25th, 2014

Who can apply?

Anyone, working in the field of contemporary visual arts, with no restriction on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or education!

We accept proposals on the basis of our proposed venues, being site specific, or based on our theme for the year. We also accept proposal topics for our discussion panels during the festival.

A Selection committee consisting of prominent art figures from the art world 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. We are more than happy to send an official festival invitation for participation to be used toward the application for available arts funding and grants at selected artist’s countries of residence.


Please state a detailed explanation and concept of your proposed art work including:

  • concrete technical requirements and materials needed for its implementation
  • sketches(if applicable) including the artwork’s dimensions
  • or photographs
  • short CV of the artist

What you can expect from us during WTAF:

  • Extended coverage in media and official catalogue of the fest and site along with publications in different medias
  • 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 volunteers and technical team
  • Possible meeting at airport and accompanying to hotel or accommodation by team and volunteers
  • In case your artwork requires special equipment hire, please state this in your application, so further arrangements can be made
  • 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 listed in the Cultural Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2014, a mark in our favour, which we hope would support the consideration of our candidature for Sofia – Cultural Capital 2019.


Water Tower Art Fest Team
25.02.2014, Sofia

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Nia Pushkarova
Director of NGO IME and organizer/curator of Water Tower Art Fest
Member of Bulgarian Festival Association (BFA)

WTAF at Supermarket independent art fair 14–16 February

Water tower art fest is going to be present at Supermarket independent art fair between 14–16 February with its own stand showing the concept of the festival and its artists.
This is an unique opportunity for exchange of ideas, creating contacts and new possibilities in front of all of us. See you there.
More about the event here.

SUPERMARKET 2014 – Stockholm Independent Art Fair.
The fair that makes a difference.

SUPERMARKET will take you around the world in three days! The fair won the BUS Award in 2013 and is a platform for the newest, most vital and innovative international art. With over 80 exhibitors from 30 countries worldwide it is the largest international art event in Scandinavia. SUPERMARKET 2014 is the ninth fair and will be held at Kulturhuset (House of Culture) in Stockholm on the 14–16 of February.

Next year’s fair will be the only large international art fair during February in Stockholm. Georgia, Syria, Tibet and Brazil are new countries to be represented.

The SUPERMARKET programme will be full of interesting events, including the performance stage RED SPOT, the seminar series TALKS, and the networking meetings programme SUPERMARKET MEETINGS. Since 2011 SUPERMARKET is producing its own Art Magazine, distributed worldwide.

“As this is a site for artist-run galleries from all around the world, we want to highlight diversity and the unique experiences represented” says one of the Project Managers, Meggi Sandell. “It will be relevant, up-to-date and make a difference!”

WHEN AND WHERE? 14–16 February 2014 in Kulturhuset, floors 3 and 5.

Information about the theme, exhibitors, programme and sponsors will be published at