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Atlas of Personal Accounts


The Institute of the Present (IP) starts in 2017 its research and educational programme dedicated to the recording of artistic facts, events, objects and situations that have defined the history of visual and performing arts in Romania starting from the late 1960s until today, with the project Atlas of Personal Accounts. The Atlas… represents a long term endeavour which uses self-historicisation as a method of recording and documenting, revisiting and analysing the transfer, reception and circulation of materials and ideas in the activity of the artists with whom the Institute works.

Placing the perspective from now, the Atlas… proposes a series of multidisciplinary laboratories conceived as spoken exhibitions — The World According to…, a series of lectures — Looking Forward, Looking Back, and a collection of micro-publications — Parkour, centered in 2017 on the artists Constantin Flondor, Miriam Răducanu, Ion Grigorescu, Ioan Tugearu, Octavian Nemescu, Lia Perjovschi, Irwin. In the framework of the Atlas…, self-historicisation engages speculative utopian thoughts, highlighting almost unseen layers, forms of negotiation of socially performed roles, asymmetrical relations within the main narratives of history, acknowledging some “blind spots” and making appeal to a different knowledge perspective upon the artistic narrative.

The project activities are hosted by NEC — New Europe College and CEREFREA Villa Noël in Bucharest, and the Parkour publication series will be launched in Bucharest, Timișoara, Sibiu and Cluj.

Atlas of Personal Accounts
Partners: CEREFREA – Villa Noël (Centre Régional Francophone de Recherches Avancées en Sciences Sociales), NEC – New Europe College
Media partners: Scena9.ro, Revista Arta, Zeppelin

Cultural project co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

Cultural project funded in the frame of the cultural program Bucharest Participative City by Bucharest Municipality through the Cultural Centre of the Bucharest Municipality – ArCuB.

The project does not necessarily represent the standpoint of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN cannot be held liable for the content of the project or the manner in which the outcomes of the project may be used. These shall devolve entirely on the beneficiary of the financing.

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