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[Nettime-ro] Galeria Plan B Berlin - Electroputere

Galeria Plan B  

Opening: Friday October 26, 18 - 22 h
October 26 - December 15, 2012Â
Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 18
Potsdamer Strasse 77 - 87. 10785 BerlinÂ

Galeria Plan B is pleased to announce the opening of the
exhibition of Club Electroputere Craiova, center for Romanian contemporary
art founded in 2009 by Adrian Bojenoiu and Alexandru

The exhibition presents a documentation about the place and
activities of Electroputere and introduces to the Berlin public the
publication Romanian Cultural Resolution,a research into the post-1990 Romanian contemporary
Club Electroputere operates in the âoutskirtsâ of the
arts stage â Craiova â a Romanian city perceived as peripheric
on the cultural map of contemporary culture. In spite of the lack of
material resources Club Electroputere opens up new artistic grounds and
generates a powerful creative message. This situation reminds us of the
effervescent years when Berlin was animated by the ideas of creating a type
of Do it yourself context, of engendering a spirit of desinhibation
and dynamism that enjoyed the immense support of the local public. From this
perspective, differences between the âcentreâ Berlin and the
âperipheralâ Craiova are insignificant; the exhibition
suprisingly brings back Berlin as a point of reference through analogy with
a remote geographical space, different in terms of mentalities, with a
different history, animated by an authentic spirit of initiative.
What is currently happening at Club Electroputere in Craiova
confirms the fact that the real generator of the artistic discourse and of
the nuanced research into local ingredients are not the cultural politics of
the states, but the deep confidence in the self-generating interior force of
the communities.

Electroputere was originally the name of a Romanian factory that
used to produce heavy duty power transformers and locomotives. Founded in
Craiova in 1949, the factory was considered one of the greatest achievements
of the industrialization process only to become, during the communist
regime, an ideological emblem symbolizing the social evolution wrought by
industrial power.

The activity of the centre for contemporary art is carried on in a
building meant to function as the cultural club of the independent trade
union of the Electroputere factory. The building was raised in the 70s as a
place destined to house cultural activities for the employees of the
factory, at the same time functioning as a propaganda platform for the
Communist Party until 1989. After the Revolution, the number of activities
organized at the centre dramatically went down until the complete cessation
of these artistic events. Starting with 2000 the space was successively used
as a pub, a nightclub and a fitness centre, being afterwards closed until
2009 when the building became a centre for contemporary art.

The artistic practices of Club Electroputere combine problems
specific to the local context with issues pertaining to the contemporary
artistic and critical thought, and place themselves at the intersection of
artistic production, research and publications. Urged by the lack of an
institutional infrastructure and of an active critical environment that
would censor contemporary reality and resist the pressures of the present,
Electroputere currently develops new formulas of adaptability that mainly
address the local context. Consequently, the programmes initiated by the CEP
have a predominantly experimental nature and research related dimension,
short-circuiting the boundaries between criticism, curatorial activity and
artistic practice. With no pretension to proposing artistic events that
exclusively promote newness and innovation, Electroputere aims at adjusting
subjectivity to the temporal dimension of real experimentations.

Club Electroputere organized the project entitled Romanian
Cultural Resolution (a research into the post-1990 Romanian
contemporary art), presented in Werkschau Spinnerei Leipzig, in 2010 and in
Craiova between 2010 and 2011, followed by the ensuing launch of an
exhibition catalogue published by Hatje Cantz. In 2011 it represented
Romania at the Venice Art Biennale and in 2012 it opened a new branch in

Adrian Bojenoiu (born in 1976 in Craiova) studied philosophy at
âBabes-Bolyaiâ University in Cluj and at Charles de Gaulle
University, Lille 3.

Alexandru Niculescu (born in 1979 in Craiova) studied art at the
University of Arts, Bucharest and at HGB Leipzig (âTheodor Amanâ
Postgraduate grant)
For more information, please contact the gallery at contact@plan-b.ro.

Galeria Plan B

Str. Henri
Barbusse 59-61
400616 Cluj
Tel +40.740.658555
 Â Germany:
Potsdamer Strasse 77-87
10785 Berlin

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