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EXHIBITIONS

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Haunting Monumentality II

CEP Craiova

11.04. - 24.05.2014


Haunting Monumentality II
-The impossibility of the collective-

Mihut Boscu Kafchin, Igor and Ivan Buharov, Csaba Kis Roka, Svatopluk Mikyta, Beatrix Szorenyi, Adam Ulbert

curator: Aron Fenyvesi

11.04. - 24.05.2014
Opening: Friday, April 11, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Craiova
56 Calea Bucuresti

This project has been realized with the support of ERSTE Foundation
Partners: “Colibri” Children and Youth Theatre, illy

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Navid Nuur: Treasured Tensions

CEP Craiova

14.11. - 23.12.2013


Navid Nuur

Treasured Tensions

14.11 - 23.12 2013
Opening Thursday, November 14, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Craiova
56 Calea Bucuresti

This project has been realized with the support of ERSTE Foundation
Partners: Colibri Children and Youth Theatre, illy

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FAMED: I feel mysterious today

CEP Bucharest

04.10. - 15.11.2013


FAMED

04.10. - 15.11.2013
Opening Friday, October 4, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Bucharest
16 Biserica Enei

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ReTURo Tourism Agency

CEP Bucharest

12.07. - 30.08.2013


RETURO TOURISM AGENCY

an artistic and curatorial project by Aurelia Mihai

Artists: Gudrun Boisseau, Coate Goale, Dörte Eißfeld + Theo Janßen, Vlad Nanca

12.07 - 30.08.2013
Opening Friday, July 12, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Bucharest
16 Biserica Enei Street

Club Electroputere Bucuresti opens the exhibition entitled "Agentia de Turism ReTURo" ("ReTURo" Tourism Agency), an artistic and curatorial project by Aurelia Mihai. A series of artistic presentations which reminds of touristic marketing are on display through the modification of the exhibition space related to a tourism agency. Aurelia Mihai and her guests to this event - Gudrun Boisseau, Coate Goale, Vlad Nanca, Dörte Eißfeld and Theo Janßen - bring photographs, texts, travelling diaries, videos recorded in the 70s, during various holidays in Romania,
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A Tour of Romania in 7 Days 2/2

CEP Bucharest

15.01. - 28.02.2013


A TOUR OF ROMANIA IN 7 DAYS 2/2

Martinka Bobrikova + Oscar de Carmen, Larisa Crunteanu, Bogdan Ghiu, Teodor Graur, Olivia Mihaltianu, Dorin Moldoveanu, Alexandru Niculescu, Lala Panait

15.01.2012 - 28.02.2013
Opening Tuesday, January 15, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Bucharest
16 Biserica Enei Street

Club Electroputere Bucuresti invites you on Tuesday, January 15, at 7 pm, to the opening of the second and last exhibition entitled "Turul Romaniei in 7 zile - TR7Z" (A Tour of Romania in 7 Days).
The two exhibitions reproduce, in different phases, various works that speak about a Romania where the contrasts and the searching build up the normality. During the tour, the artists encountered destructive contrasts which then were to be analysed; here, one may speak about the tricolour symbolism which presence has become a trace of a past
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A Tour of Romania in 7 Days 1/2

CEP Bucharest

23.11.2012 - 10.01.2013


A TOUR OF ROMANIA IN 7 DAYS 1/2

Mihai Barabancea, Tudor Bratu, Coate-Goale, Claudiu Cobilanschi, Cristina David, Vlad Nanca

23.11.2012 - 10.01.2013
Opening Friday, November 23, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Bucharest
16 Biserica Enei Street

Club Electroputere Bucuresti invites you on Friday, November 23, at 7 pm, to the opening of the first exhibition entitled "Turul Romaniei in 7 zile - TR7Z" (A Tour of Romania in 7 Days).
The exhibition represents the final phase of the project TR7Z, which took place during 4-10 of September. The project was conceived as a dynamic workshop of alternative creation, where artists as well as individuals involved in the current artistic context were invited. TR7Z had an experimental feature, pursuing for the participants to disconnect from the ordinary rhythm through interaction and creation
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Place for the Photo I

CEP Bucharest

14.09 - 13.10.2012


PLACE FOR THE PHOTO I

Rudolf Bone, Alexandra Croitoru, Cristina David, Mihai Iepure Gorski, Ion Grigorescu, Nicu Ilfoveanu, Miklos Onucsan, Gheorghe Rasovszky

15.01.2012 - 28.02.2013
Opening Friday, September 14, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Bucharest
16 Biserica Enei Street

Place for the Photo is a photography exhibition that gathers together self-portraits of artists from different generations. The theme is identity and self-representation.
In a society where art is more and more often disregarded, and has become distanced from the priorities of everyday life, the artist – in order to engage with the present – returns to images of his or her own identity. It is then possible to speak of the status of artists, and of their understanding of the surrounding reality.
This project reveals the enormous distance between the ideal
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Club Electroputere Bucharest

CEP Bucharest

28.06. - 01.10.2012


CLUB ELECTROPUTERE BUCHAREST

28.06. - 01.10.2012
Opening: Thursday, June 28, 7 pm

16 Biserica Enei Street, Bucharest

Dear friends, The Centre for Contemporary Culture - Club Electroputere will also be functioning in Bucharest.
After intense two year activation in Craiova, Club Electroputere is pleased to announce the opening of a branch in Bucharest. The official opening will take place on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 19.00, at 16 Biserica Enei Street.
On this occasion we will present a video project about the Club and we will also initiate two other projects entitled Dictando and The Tour of Romania in 7 days. Dictando is an educational and informational project focused upon contemporary art, destined to the general public, especially to students coming from colleges and universities. Artists from Romania and abroad will be
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Teodor Graur

CEP Craiova

12.10. - 12.11.2012


TEODOR GRAUR

12.10 - 12.11 2012
Opening Friday, October 12, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Craiova
56 Calea Bucuresti

Club Electroputere presents the personal exhibition of Teodor Graur.
To invent new conceptual instruments and to have a subtler perception of the present, Teodor Graur has become interested in the changes and transformations that operate today in the social and artistic fields.
His guiding beliefs shift between two spatial and temporal coordinates: a local and ordinary one, reflected by his pursuit of the present, and a transnational, Eastern and/ or Balkan one, expressed by the identity interrogative discourse. The fusion of these two results in what he entitles "The Balkanian", man from the Balkans, survivor of the totalitarianism which is the individual who defines and determines himself in front
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Piggy Bank

CEP Craiova

21.09. - 09.10.2012


PIGGY BANK

Daniel Knorr and Coate-Goale

21.09 – 09.10 2012
Opening: Friday, September 21, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Craiova
56 Calea Bucuresti

Club Electroputere presents the exhibition Piggy Bank realised by the artist Daniel Knorr for the Salonul de Proiecte space.
The exhibition is conceived as an installation which includes the intervention of the young artist Coate-Goale; thus, a dialogue is established between the works of these two artists.
Challenging the conventions regulating the modus operandi of the art system, as well as those delimiting the conflict-ridden field of the public space, Daniel Knorr has often adopted a critical perspective, without producing however mere conceptual ”gestures”, liable of unequivocal interpretations. He transforms and resizes the object found/the urban detritus by recycling
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Punk, Ash and Holocaust

CEP Craiova

25.05. - 06.07.2012


PUNK, ASH and HOLOCAUST

Punk Movement from Craiova, Cristian Comosteanu, Romeo Tiberiade

Curator: Electroputere

25.05. - 06.07.2012
Opening Friday, May 25, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Craiova
56 Calea Bucuresti

“Punk, Ash and Holocaust” is a project that highlights events and situations displaying different modalities of subjectivisation, freed from any form of cultural fetishism or artistic engagement. This project – exhibition documents three situations deeply rooted in the local history of the city of Craiova (Romania) which create broader scopes of interrogation. “Punk”: in the years that followed the 1989 revolution, a couple of hundred young people form an organized group trying to build an identity in a society devoid of role models and marred by a crisis at the level of social relationships. “Ash”:
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The Last Analog Revolution, a Memory Box

CEP Craiova

27.04. - 22.05.2012


THE LAST ANALOG REVOLUTION, A MEMORY BOX

Stefan Constantinescu, Peter Forgacs, Zuzanna Janin, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Liliana Moro, Deimantas Narkevicius, Yves Netzhammer

Curators: Stefan Constantinescu, Xandra Popescu

27.04. - 22.05.2012
Opening Friday, April 27, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Craiova
56 Calea Bucuresti

Bringing together artists from former Eastern and Western Europe the project reflects on the evolving concepts ofrevolution and geo-political division.
The exhibition will present, under the form of a cardboard installation a series of video works by Stefan Constantinescu, Péter Forgács, Zuzanna Janin, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Deimantas Narkevicius and Yves Netzhammer, and a soundwork by Liliana Moro.
If the wave of changes sweeping North Africa and the Middle East have been referred
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Knowledge Museum and other happenings

CEP Craiova

18.10. - 20.11.2011


KNOWLEDGE MUSEUM (LIA PERJOVSCHI) AND OTHER HAPPENINGS (DAN PERJOVSCHI)

Dan and Lia Perjovschi

18.10. - 20.11.2011

October 18-19, 11am - 17pm
Performance (drawing on the building façade)

October 20
Motivational workshop

Opening Friday, October 21, 7pm

Club Electroputere Craiova
56 Calea Bucuresti

Lia Perjovschi builds research platforms and institutions for intellectual resistance. After 2000, CAA, the Contemporary Art Archive later transformed into a centre for art analysis, was included into KM – Knowledge Museum. KM incorporates all the artist’s cumulative projects (globe collection, bags collection, the “multiples” archive) and her research practices (Subjective Art History, Mind Maps, Timelines) besides other objects purchased from various museum shops of all kinds, from all
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Mihail Trifan and Ion Grigorescu

CEP Craiova

22.09. - 17.10.2011


MIHAIL TRIFAN and ION GRIGORESCU

22.09. - 17.10.2011
Opening Thursday, September 22, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Craiova
56 Calea Bucuresti

Club Electro Putere brings together 2 experimentalist artists from the same generation but with different formation and development trajectories.
Mihail Trifan (born in 1946) graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Bucharest and currently lives and works in Craiova.
Without being in relation with a broad and pertinent cultural artistic environment in which the exchange of ideas can take place frequently and constantly, Trifan’s art has remained partially isolated from the western cultural discourse and sometimes even from the national one.
His works combine with ease painting, performance, installation, object and sound, functioning as devices producing subjectivity for a personal and
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Romanian Cultural Resolution - documentary

54 th Venice Biennale

31.05. - 27.11.2011


Romanian Participation at the 54th Venice Biennale

Romanian Cultural Resolution - documentary

Adrian Bojenoiu, Alexandru Niculescu

31.05 - 27.11.2011
Opening Tuesday, May 31, 7 pm


The Last Analog Revolution, a Memory Box

Stefan Constantinescu, Peter Forgacs, Zuzanna Janin, Via Lewandowski, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Liliana Moro, Deimantas Narkevicius, Yves Netzhammer

Curators: Stefan Constantinescu, Xandra Popescu

01.09 - 27.11.2011
Opening Thursday, September 1, 7 pm

New Gallery of the Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research
Palazzo Correr - Campo Santa Fosca, Venice

Romanian Cultural Resolution - documentary represents a transfer of the activities carried on by the Club Electroputere from Craiova to Venice on the occasion of
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Here and Then

CEP Craiova

15.04. - 06.05.2011


HERE AND THEN

Alexandra Croitoru + Stefan Tiron in collaboration with Vasile Pop Negresteanu, Ion Grigorescu, Julian Mereuta, Aurelia Mihai, Ciprian Muresan, Miklos Onucsan and Marina Albu, Razvan Botis, Stefan Sava

Curator Magda Radu

15.04. - 06.05.2011
Opening Friday, April 15, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Craiova
56 Calea Bucuresti

Here and Then is a trangenerational exhibition that explores the topic of 'artist at work', bringing forward such issues as the relation between past and present, the question of national identity and the entanglement between artistic agency and political context.
Most of the works featured in this selection assume an autobiographical stance, and they reveal - through self-representation and performativity - the condition of the artist in a problematic environment.
The
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Figurative Painting in Romania 1970 - 2010

CEP Craiova

01.10. - 12.11.2010


FIGURATIVE PAINTNG IN ROMANIA 1970 - 2010

Ioana Batranu, Corneliu Brudascu, Sorin Campan, Constantin Flondor, Adrian Ghenie, Gheorghe Ilea, Victor Man, Gili Mocanu, Serban Savu

Curator: Mihai Pop

01.10. - 12.11.2010
Opening Friday, October 1, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Craiova
56 Calea Bucuresti

The exhibition presents an overview of figurative painting in Romania in the last 40 years. It features artists with a particular commitment to the medium: works by Ioana Batranu, Corneliu Brudascu, Sorin Campan, Constantin Flondor or Gheorghe Ilea preserve their pictorial intensity and could contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the period before 1989. They make visible a double removal: created at a distance from the official painting of those times, they also do not partake in
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An Image Instead of a Title

CEP Craiova

01.09. - 12.11.2010


AN IMAGE INSTEAD OF A TITLE

Mircea Cantor, Anca Munteanu Rimnic, Ciprian Muresan, Ioana Nemes, Miklos Onucsan, Cristian Rusu, Serge Spitzer

curator: Mihnea Mircan

01.09. - 12.11.2010
Opening Friday, October 1, 7pm

Club Electroputere Craiova
56Calea Bucuresti

The 'Gospel of St. John' is transcribed on copy-sheets, seemingly in preparation of a most difficult exam (Ciprian Muresan); posterity - and the artist's inscription in a future art history - is invoked through a memorial plaque destined to erosion (Miklos Onucsan). Ioana Nemes tells the dreadful history of the Tanacu exorcism in terms that engage an ampler greater social space and render the process of finding the 'guilty ones' much less straightforward; Cristi Rusu designs rigorous plans for unstable architecture, a poetics that built architecture does not
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Fetish Factory

CEP Craiova

18.06. - 16.07.2010


FETISH FACTORY

Pavel Braila, Stefan Constantinescu, Daniel Knorr, Alexandru Niculescu, Dan Perjovschi, Alexandru Solomon

Curator: Adrian Bojenoiu

18.06. - 16.07.2010
Opening Friday, June 18, 7 pm

Club Electroputere Craiova
56 Calea Bucuresti

The concept proposes the partial simulation of the cultural field for recent Romanian history. The title "Fetish factory" is the expository name of this cultural field, allusively appointing the producing mechanisms of the post communist allocution, implicitly involving the contemporary culture. With the fall of the iron curtain the post communism opens a cultural space of identification and rediscovery of the "democratic" subject divided by communism. Thus the cultural speech of recent history, builds up its` identity and generates the cultural product at the limit pf
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Romanian Cultural Resolution

Werkschau Spinnerei Leipzig

01.05. - 01.06.2010


ROMANIAN CULTURAL RESOLUTION

Ioana Batranu, Pavel Braila, Corneliu Brudascu, Mircea Cantor, Sorin Campan, Stefan Constantinescu, Alexandra Croitoru + Stefan Tiron in collaboration with Vasile Pop Negresteanu, Constantin Flondor, Adrian Ghenie, Ion Grigorescu + Matei Lazarescu, Gheorghe Ilea, Daniel Knorr, Victor Man, Julian Mereuta, Aurelia Mihai, Gili Mocanu, Anca Munteanu Rimnic, Ciprian Muresan, Ioana Nemes, Alexandru Niculescu, Miklos Onucsan, Dan Perjovschi, Cristian Rusu, Serban Savu, Serge Spitzer

Curators: Adrian Bojenoiu, Mihnea Mircan, Mihai Pop, Magda Radu

01.05. - 01.06.2010
Opening Saturday, May 1, 11 am

Werkschau Spinnerei Leipzig

The Centre for Contemporary Culture Club Electroputere (Craiova) and The Romanian Cultural Institute Titu Maiorescu (Berlin) announce the opening of the exhibition "Romanian Cultural
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PROJECTS

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VITAMIN COMPLEX

CEP Craiova / Bucharest

2010 - present


Vitamin Complex

Vitamin Complex is a workshops, debates and conferences program which contains a varied area of domains. Starting from the fact that the possibilities of development of the human relations in the contemporary society are limited through the creation of multimedia communication channels and spaces specially created to serve the market of consumerism and control, the “Vitamin Complex” programme tries to shortcut this state of facts, aiming to create an educational alternative space for debates and socializing. VC wants to share with its public, through the selection of the guests and through the particularities of the presented themes, both aspects of daily life that escape criticism and also a kit of ideas with an important practical component.

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Vitamin Complex 7

Why I do not believe in the democratic deficit

15.03.2014


This cultural project is supported by ERSTE Foundation.

Partners: The Theatre for Children and Youth Colibri; illy

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CINEMA

CEP Craiova

2010 - present


CINEMA

Club Electroputere Cinema is an alternative, non-profit cinema in Romania. The project is aimed at all age groups and constitutes a cultural-educational and non-commercial pursuit. By means of the activities organized within the cinema, we seek transforming the spectator from consumer into observer, activating his aesthetic and critical sense. From a cinematographic perspective, the films selected for screening in CEP Cinema delimit themselves, in form and content, from the offers of regular cinemas. Preference will be given to films tackling unconventional topics and outlining a specific filmic aesthetic. Unlike most cinemas, which favour commercial feature films and Western productions, CEP Cinema encourages the affirmation of films with a reduced commercial aspect. It promotes short films, art movies, documentaries, experimental and animation films.

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Cinema 9

Romania through the eyes of Sahia

21.02.2014


This cultural project is supported by ERSTE Foundation.

Partners: The Theatre for Children and Youth Colibri; illy


A TOUR OF ROMANIA IN 7 DAYS

“A Tour of Romania in 7 Days” has been conceived as a mobile workshop for alternative creation and put into practice through a seven day journey throughout the country. Having a cultural and educational character, TR7D aims to disconnect the participants from the uneventful quotidian by means of interaction and by producing a relational context. The theme of this project focuses on the Romanian geographical space in its various aspects which is able to generate working topics concerning urbanism, economy, architecture, regional development, landscape, folk culture etc. The project is organized each year and includes various participants from Romania and abroad.

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Publications

Catalogue

2011


Romanian Cultural Resolution

published by Hatje Cantz

The catalogue is structured according to the four curatorial themes devoted to twenty-seven artists. The project focuses on the political and social transition triggered by the end of communism following the fall of the Iron Curtain and perpetuated within the context of the eastward expansion of the European Union. Developed by young curators, the concept combines approaches of both artists and critics. The catalogue has been conceived in the form of a cultural resolution and analyzes the contemporary discourse and the period of “postcommunism” through art. It was the elementary experience of radical change in Romania that brought about such a cultural discourse.


INTERVIEW

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Portrait with Hands

CEP Craiova

2011 - present


Portrait with hands

“Portrait with hands“ is an ongoing process, initiated in 2011 when Club Clectroputere participated at the Vennice Art Bienalle and it includes a video archived based on interwies with Romanian artists and curators. The project can be regarded as a basis for documentation and research of the Romanian contemporary artistic context, focusing upon the recent tendencies in visual arts and the solutions offered over the last years. It discusses not only the renaissance and reformulation of the contemporary artistic discourse but also the articulations of an entire set of problems and situations that illustrate the precariousness of the status of the artist within the local context. The series of interviews emphasizes issues related to identity, consume, production and functions that art manages to own in the present.
Supported by ERSTE Foundation


ABOUT

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Club Electroputere

Craiova / Bucharest

est. 2009


CLUB ELECTROPUTERE

Club Electroputere (CEP) is a Craiova based center for contemporary art, founded in 2009 by Adrian Bojenoiu and Alexandru Niculescu. The centre for contemporary culture Club Electroputere works as an independent structure, flexible and connected to the community’s life, mediating a new status of culture through a constant dialogue between the cultural producers and their public. The centre’s activity focuses on producing and researching contemporary cultural manifestations. CEP promotes especially alternative art, new creative media, multiculturalism and interdisciplinarity, attempting to create connections between the local context and the international cultural environment. Basically, Electroputere is the name of a plant of electrical transformers of high voltage and locomotives.

Founded in 1949, at Craiova, the plant used to be considered - until 1989 - one of the greatest success of industrialization. During the communist time, Electroputere became a concept that designated the industrial power and the social evolution.

CEP is active in Craiova and Bucharest.


 

SUPPORT




Since 2012 Club Electroputere Craiova is supported by ERSTE Foundation