Opening Our Closed Shops - residency program

AIR Project "Opening Our Closed Shops"

Since 2008 the program has been extended with the two–year project "Opening Our Closed Shops", supported by the Allianz Cultural Foundation. Its main aim is to counteract the imbalance of artistic exchange between Eastern and Western European countries. Through intensive interdisciplinary cooperation between the Akademie Schloss Solitude with its five partner institutions in Warsaw, Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia, and Novi Sad.

During this period creates a Council which also included several external experts who work on the selection of the artists for the program 'Opening Our Closed Shops'. During this period also develop more intensive collaboration with the Culture Institute of Vojvodina (a government body) in order to create more sustainable conditions in the future.

List of participants:

Goran Radovanović spent his residency in Budapest, in 2008. Goran Radovanović was born in 1985, BA at University of Arts in Novi Sad in 2004, to New media department. He has participated in several group exhibitions, and workshops concerning video and illustration. Special interest in comic books, experimental electronic music including experimental video, and the relation between sound and image. The proponent of recycling and ecological awareness (which is on a very low level in his surroundings), and is interested in the concept of ecological cities. Interested in experimenting with outdoor graphics.

Darinka Pop-Mitić artist from Belgrade spent her residency in Warsaw, in 2009.

Nataša Vujkov, an artist from Novi Sad, spent her residency in Sofia, in 2010. Born in 1983 in Novi Sad, Serbia. Natasa graduated from Art Academy in Novi Sad, Serbia; new media department. Working in different artistic fields, mainly using video, photography, and other multimedia tools as mediums to express herself. She has taken part in numerous group exhibitions and international workshops, of which most important are: Alternative Film and Video Festival, SKC, Belgrade, 2005 – Video selected for the List of special achievements of the festival History of video game development – research project for the exhibition “Play Cultures”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, 2007 Videoskop, Illectricity festival, Zagreb, Croatia, 2009  Solo exhibition - documentary video project & video installation, Artist in Residency program, the Fridge, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2010.

Karol Radziszewski, an artist from Poland, spent his residency in Novi Sad and Belgrade, in 2008. Born 1980 in Bialystok (PL). Lives and works in Warsaw. Studied painting at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (1999–2004). Author of paintings, murals, drawings, installations, actions, photographs, and videos. Originator and co-founder of the Szu szu flying gallery ( Author of exhibition Pedaly (Fags) – gay’s coming-out unprecedented in Polish art (2005). Founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of the DIK Fagazine – the first and the only artistic periodical from Central and Eastern Europe concentrated on arts, homosexuality, and masculinity ( Holder of a Ministry of Culture scholarship (2002, 2006). Main prize winner: III Samsung Art Master (2006). Nominated to Deutsche Bank Foundation Award Views 2007.

György Vári, a writer from Budapest, spent his residency in Novi Sad, in 2009. Born in 1978 in Budapest, Hungary. journalist and a literary historian. He holds his BA and Ph.D. at the University of Pecs. He spends a one-year academic program at the Paideia Institut for Jewish Studies in Stockholm in 2004-2005. As a journalist, he deals with Hungarian politics. As a literary historian, my main fields are the History of century Hungarian poetry, prose, and history of criticism. He works as a lecturer at the Budapest University (Faculty of Media Studies), also at the Veszprém University (Faculty of Anthropology and Ethics). Since 2008 he is a lecturer of the University of Fine Arts in Budapest, teaching literary history and Philosophy of Art. I have a part-time job in the Holocaust Memorial and Educational Centre.

Partners in the project:
Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart

Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Jozsef Attila Circle, Budapest

InterSpace Media Art Centre, Sofia

New Media, Novi Sad

Program of Artists’ Residencies Opening Our Closed Shops, supported by