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Green Skull/ Info Kiosk, 2005 installation (courtyard of Biblioteca Delfini)
This group of artists and architects from Rotterdam has always worked on the concept of mobility and sharing. Their memorable AVL Ville project consists of a community-come-town where aspects of art and life are experienced collectively. At Going Public 2005 they will present a new project: a mobile structure/kiosk/info point reminiscent of the countless kiosks dotted around the sqaures and streets of eastern European cities.

My Performance, 2005 performance (Dopo Lavoro Ferroviario)
Carrying on a tradition which places the body in centre stage, this artist from Warsaw frequently brings together political, social and religious mysticism in his performances and videos. He has prepared a new performance for Going Public together with a group of female immigrants. And it is Polish women – nurses and maids – to be found at the centre of a workshop on manual work and local pottery, using the Modenese Church of San Pietro, a key meeting place for the group.

Black Sea File, 2005 installation (Courtyard Biblioteca Delfini)
The “Black Sea File” research project is a work in progress based on the study of territorial transformation, on the movements of people and human trajectories in the light of the construction of the largest European oil pipeline. The project, recorded by the artist using video, photographs and personal accounts, crosses Europe from the Caspian to the Mediterranean seas, in a sequence of social, human and cultural lanscapes.

Shoes for Europe, 2003 video 22’ (Central Station)
The works of the artist pay homage to the slow and laborious social evolution of the passage from East to West. The film is set in Ungheni station, on the border between Moldavia and Romania, where the East European train wheels are adapted to the West European standard. During this one and a half-hour stopoff, the passengers documents are checked. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the station underwent radical changes, becoming a shrine to the past and the symbol of a two-speed society.

(Mircea Cantor, Ciprian Muresan, Gabriela Vanga)
Version Magazine, special edition 2005, tabloid
This group of young Romanian artists are the originators of the “Version Magazine” project, a tabloid made up of texts, interviews, articles, images on issues such as freedom and revolution, borders and territories, etc… For this year’s Going Public, the artists (togeter with a number of Modenese gradutes), have carried out research into post-1998 (the fall of Ceausescu) newspaper articles both in Italy and in Romania each dealing with the other country. The result shows two societies trying to understand the other, without always managing. Distributed at the exhibition venues.

Sample City, 2003, video 12’ (special screening at the Cinema 7B)
Sample City explores the multi-layered reality of the Bucharest cityscape, using the contemporary impersonation of a character from an old Romanian folk tale as a guide. A sort of Balkan Tijl Uilenspiegel, he carries a door on his back, thus representing a sort of migrant architecture wandering endlessly through the city. The original sound track is a club mix of various subcultures, from Gypsy lautar (peasant migrating into café concert) orchestra, to manele (urban folklore with Oriental influences), to local hip-hop and drum ’n’ bass.

Monuments & Ruins, 2005, installation (Railway Underpass)
The artist thought up this project for Going Public with his own arrival in Holland (the West!) in mind, and his initial curiosity about supermarkets, the quantity of goods (unthinkable in the East) and the groupings of products by type and colour. He realises that many of the labels bear the names of famous people and politicians. He then starts to elaborate images from his own collection of labels, and – like the outlines of architectural ruins by Piranesi- the background of each image is provided by the shadow of the “pigeon”, the urban invader and symbol of decadence. The result is a series of large-scale posters to be placed in public spaces around the city.

Critical Factor (Razvan Ion and Bodgan Stanciulescu),
"Recycle Mentality", 2005, installation (Ketucon Phone Center)
Razvan Ion, "quite_quiet_minutes", 2003, video 1'42", (Dopo Lavoro Ferroviario)
With his great interest in the world of photography and of video in particular, Razvan Ion is in fact the founder of the first Romanian journal on art and photography entitled ArtPhoto, published entirely in English and distributed around the world. In his 2003 video, he treats the last minute of Caucescu’s public life in front of masses of demonstrators in the streets of Bucharest with bright, artificial colours typical of propaganda. Recycle Mentality, a more recent video, shows how the East/West divide is still based dominantly on economic factors, on consumerism and on the “brainwashing” carried out on consumers.

The Frunze Project, 2003-2005 installation (Central Station)
Mr. Frunza is a Russian revolutionary from Transnistria, (historically the Romanian region of Bessarabia), which is the birthplace of the idea to annexe Moldavia to the USSR. Frunza (which means “tree leaf”) provides the basis from which to retrace both the recent and distant past of the country from its civil wars, to the fall of the Eastern Block, to the Balkan wars. Through the Green Brotherhood Movement, the artist founds a pacifist movement to safeguard the green areas in the East of Moldavia, following in the footsteps of Frunza himself. This is a new approach to the territory, one driving out the winds of war and ushering in those of peace.

Flag for Democracy, 2005 workshop (P.zza Castello, Formigine)
The artist teaches at the Danzica Academy of Fine Arts and is the founder of the cultural centre The Wyspa Progress Foundation, in the shipyards of the city. For some time now, he has been examining national phobias: hymns, flags, emblems etc… He has therefore created a series of altered flags: a flag may be honoured and defended as well as being a basis for discussion, exchange and the redefinition of symbols. With this is mind, the artist will hold a workshop on the theme of multiple identities and the symbols of the “New Europe” together with young artists and students from Formigine. The works produced will be on display throughout the course of the event.