Art / Environment / Citizen participation
STRASBOURG – LJUBLJANA – ATHENS – PRISTINA – NEW-YORK
The VITAL project aims to create an innovative artistic ecosystem that respects the environment and contributes in its own way to the fight against global warming and atmospheric pollution. In the working methods employed in the project, the citizens play an extremely important role and participate in all the stages of the artistic process, i.e. design, production, operation and perpetuation, entirely based on the principles of co-production. In addition to raising awareness among artists and the targeted and wide public, our aim is to create a European dynamic and a network for production and promotion of environmentally friendly works in public space, with the involvement of local authorities.
Among other events, VITAL shines a light on four innovative installations settled in the public space, engaging citizens’ participation. These works are respectful of the environment, wary of climate change and make use of renewable energies. Thus, Marco Barotti captures CO2 fluctuations in the atmosphere thanks to the living green moss that covers his sound installation, while Klitsa Antoniou dreams of a garden composed of burnt elements from the 2021 great fire of Cyprus and enlivened by the participation of the audience. Thibault Honoré & Justine Maljak imagine a sculpture on which the palms are activated by wind power, allowing for a series of activities and functions such as lighting and watering. Finally, the artists Irena Pivka & Brane Zorman create a sound-based app linked to the biodiversity of a public environment.
More information on the various steps of the VITAL project here:
- FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vital.art.in.public.space/
- INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/vital.art.in.public.space/ (@vital.art.in.public.space)
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
Apollonia, European art exchanges
Apollonia is a non-profit association of general interest founded in Strasbourg in 1998. Their main goals are the promotion of the contemporary artistic creation and the stimulation of artistic exchanges in Europe; the association also aims to put forward the role of the artist in the society. Since its creation, Apollonia implemented over 60 research travels in Europe and Central Asia, set up more than 250 exhibitions and artistic projects (residences, workshops, etc.) and thus supported not less than 1.300 artists from France, Europe and beyond.
CONA Institute for contemporary arts processing
CONA creatively connects artistic research practices and creativity and promotes contemporary works of art in connection with nature, technology, space and sound. They are known in the domestic and international public for the production and promotion of projects that include works from the fields of bioacoustics and acoustic ecology, location, media and sound art.
CONA Institute: http://www.cona.si/
Steklenik gallery for sound, bioacoustics and art: http://www.steklenik.si/en/home/
Out of the Box Intermedia
Out of the Box Intermedia is a non-profit interdisciplinary arts organization actively committed to the research, development and presentation of location-driven and intermedia projects. The organization aims to promote international exchange of practice and knowledge in the arts (visual and sound art, dance, architecture, theatre), to research on the methods used in theatre and curatorial practices and to investigate points of intersection between the arts and the public sphere by means of interventions, collective actions and educational programmes.
The independent theater ODA was founded at the end of 2002 on the initiative of Lirak Çelaj – actor, and Florent Mehmeti – director. On the 1st of March, 2003, the first premiere of ODA was shown with the show “Monolog of Vagina”. Many artists and art lovers have welcomed the opening of this theater and continue to support it as much as possible. ODA Theater is the only independent theater in Kosovo with its own space.