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MATTER & HISTORY – Anca Benera

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Envisioned and initiated by the artist Anca Benera, the project Matter & History documents in the form of book the exceptional state in which public monuments exist, searching how, in what way and why such representations survive in public space. The book brings together a series of case studies, presented in the form of individual files, which describe, logically and chronologically, the cultural and social conditions that led to the building of monuments; a collection of theoretical texts which highlight the historical behaviors, artistic practices and collective realities; and an audio CD that provides the listener with a fictional tour of 13 monuments around Bucharest, some of which no longer exist today. From collective forgetting to physical disappearance, from the perpetuation of classicizing artistic traditions to the incorporation of monumental ambitions, from the flamboyant rhetoric of the political to the loss of public credibility, from idolatry to vandalism, the book presents the various metamorphoses of public monuments showcasing the complex relationship between matter and symbol, between the political and historical order, between discourse and image.

Editorial concept: Anca Benera & Alina Serban
Language: Romanian/ English
Number of pages: 318
Published by: Romania Cultural Institute
Author: Anca Benera
Texts by: Ioana Beldiman, Ellen Blumenstein, Reuben Fowkes, Duncan Light, Ciprian Mihali, Deborah Schultz, Alina Serban, Ioana Vlasiu
Design: Arnold Estefan
ISBN 978-973-577-621-3
Year: 2011
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EVICTING THE GHOST. ARCHITECTURES OF SURVIVAL - studioBASAR

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The book Evicting the Ghost. Architectures of Survival examines a specific phenomenon of recent Romanian social history: nationalisation, retrocession, eviction. The study carried out by the studioBASAR architectural group (Alex Axinte & Cristi Borcan) presents the multifaceted reality of forced evictions and includes information about the legislative history of these evictions, the uncertain status of private property owners in Romania over the last one and a half centuries, the stages of eviction, the stories of a number of families subjected to these measures and a typology of the dwelling places developed by those evicted, expressions of nowadays urban survival.

Editorial concept: Alina Serban
Language: Romana/ Engleza
Number of pages: 240
Published by: Asociatia pepluspatru/ Centre for Visual Introspection
Author: studioBASAR
Texts by: Ole Bouman, Catalin Berescu, Liviu Chelcea, Yona Friedman, Stefan Ghenciulescu, Iulia Modiga, Damiana Otoiu, Doina Petrescu, Lavinia Stan, Kai Vockler, Filippo M. Zerilli & Marie- Benedicte Dembour, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss
Design: Catalin Rulea
ISBN 978-973-0-09406-0
Year: 2010
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ARS TELEFONICA

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The publication Ars Telefonica accompanies the homonym project, organized by Centre for Visual Introspection during September 23rd -27th 2008 in Bucharest. The book gathers a series of critical texts by a diverse group of art and architectural theorists, philosophers, critically engaged in debating the current conditions of social and cultural practice in Romanian public sphere. The body of texts introduces a glossary of themes, sub-themes and concepts which relate to the questions launched by the project and opens, as well, multiple directions of interpretation regarding the passive/ active relationship between cultural producer and audience. The publication contains images, short descriptions of the artistic projects and of the lectures taken place within the event's framework, as well as an audio CD which documents the works of studioBASAR, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jiri Skala, Luca Frei, Iratxe Jaio & Klass van Gorkum, Dorte Meyer, Bernhard Schreiner, Nasan Tur, son:DA.

Editorial concept: Alina Serban
Language: Romanian/ English
Number of pages: 156
Texts by: Liviu Chelcea, Stefan Ghenciulescu, Bogdan Ghiu, Ciprian Mihali, Doina Petrescu, Roland Schony, Dana Vais
Published by: Asociatia pepluspatru/ Centre for Visual Introspection
Design: Arnold Estefan
ISBN 978-973-0-06315-8
Year: 2009
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