Pavilion & BB3: Temporary Structures (at Stockholm)

Monday November 05th 2007, 3:13 am
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Bucharest Biennale – Bucharest International Biennial for Contemporary Art – generated by Pavilion, integrates the city in its curatorial project, proposing both a spatial and temporal, itinerant trajectory to the visitor, which leads to the discovery of hidden geographies.
Despite being in a rather introductory stage, the Bucharest Biennale has already positioned itself internationally, and the third edition is expected to express the growing potential of this type of artistic encounter. BB3 questions cartography and proposes a remapping of contemporary art, in extending the art concept towards discursive manifestations with a sociopolitical impact.

Between 23-28 October 2007, at the invitation of Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm, we visited several spaces in Stockholm and Goteborg and we lectured about BB3 and Pavilion.


24 October 2007
ICR Stockholm, Skeppsbron 20, Stockholm

18.00 h
The Magazine as a Temporary Structure
A lecture by Eugen Radescu (RO) on the structure of Pavilion � contemporary art & culture magazine.
The magazine is a structure, which is mainly located in the present, although it sometimes deals with the recent past and is often used as a source of reference for the future � in the future as a reference to the past – and it sometimes presents clairvoyant visions of the future. The mission of a magazine for contemporary art and culture is to analyze the present and to make a statement about what this present could be � the decision of �which present� to display comes with certain responsibility.
It is no longer possible to make a clear distinction between politics and art/aesthetics. Therefore, it could be viewed as one of the main missions of a contemporary magazine to have a clear vision of the present and to make an analysis of the strategies of representation by means of aesthetics, ethics and politics. This undertaking can only be successful, if the magazine maintains its temporary structure.

BB3. Being Here. Mapping the Contemporary
Live talk on the topic of Bucharest Biennale 3.
Participants: Maria Lantz (SE), Jan-Erik Lundstrom (SE), Razvan Ion (RO), Eugen Radescu (RO).
Mapping is, in fact, not a mimetic exercise, a process of analogue imitation by way of reduction and abstraction, a means towards the splendid and refractory lives of copies and reproductions. Maps are, rather, parallel worlds, rich and powerful out of their own specific properties, producers of other spaces and alternative geographies. And exactly because of this: resourceful and productive and beautiful instrumentalities for the contemporary moment, for navigation ? or withdrawal? In these strange times, in the midst of the landscapes of terror, fear and loss, of the territories of restricted movement, control and surveillance, of borders which are walls, of globalization with its promises and defeats.
Curated by Jan-Erik Lundstrom & Johan Sjostrom, BB3 (23 May � 21 June 2008) attends to the geographical turn in contemporary creativity and current representational practices.
Bucharest Biennale is proudly supported by Pilsner Urquell.

Launch of the latest issue of PAVILION “What Was Socialism, and What Comes Next”.
Open buffet.

25 October 2007, 12.30 PM
Galleri Mejan, Flaggmansvogen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm (in front of Moderna Museet)

Political Statement of the Biennale
Open lunch talk with Eugen Radescu (RO) & Razvan Ion (RO)
Participants: students of the Royal University College of Fine Arts and the public.


Maria Lantz
Artist and teacher at the Royal University College of Fine Arts. She is also editor of Motiv magazine. She has exhibited widely and in 2008 will be part of Bucharest Biennale 3.

Jan-Erik Lundstrom
Born in 1958, Jan Lundstrom is the director of BildMuseet, Umeo University in Umeo Sweden, a museum of contemporary art and visual culture. He is equally involved in curating, organizing, giving lectures and writing. Previously, he was the curator of the Tirana Biennial, as well as the Thessaloniki Biennial. Furthermore, he is a guest professor at HISK in Antwerp, Belgium and at the Kunstakademie in Oslo, Norway. Jan Lundstrom is a prolific international lecturer and writer, having contributed to various international symposia and to cultural magazines such as Glonta, European Photography, Paletten and tema celeste. He was appointed curator of Bucharest Biennale 3 together with Johan Sjostrom.

Razvan Ion
Theoretician and political activist. Co-editor of Pavilion and co-director of the Bucharest Biennale. Razvan Ion has given lectures at University of California, (Berkeley), Headlands Center for the Arts, California, O3one, Belgrade, Facultatea de Stiinte Politice, Cluj, Facultatea de Arte, Timisoara, etc. His studies and texts have been published in various magazines. Razvan Ion is living and working in Bucharest.

Eugen Radescu
Curator, theoretician and co-editor of PAVILION. Eugen Radescu has produced art projects and mixed media performance, and has given lectures at the Art Academy in Timisoara. He was appointed curator for the 1st Bucharest Biennale, where he produced the exhibition “identity_factories�. Eugen Radescu writes for various art magazines and is currently working on the curatorial project “How Innocent Is That?” and his book “Moral Relativity and Ethics”. In 2006, he was appointed co-director of the Bucharest Biennale (together with Razvan Ion). Eugen Radescu is living and working in Bucharest.

The visit happened because of: Dan Shafran, Stefan Constantinescu, Giorgiana Zachia, Maria Lantz, Jan-Erik Lundstrom, Raluca Mihu, Corina Truta and all the team of ICR Stockholm + Bucharest.


AK28 (independent artist-run-space)

Candyland (independent artist-run-space)

Moderna Museet

Goteborg Konsthall

Goteborg Biennial

And we met the curators of Goteborg Biennial, Joa Ljungberg and Edi Muka (which is also the director of Tirana Biennale).



From right to left: Eugen Radescu (co-director BB3), Henrik Eriksson (artist and member of Ak28), Johanna Gustafsson (artist and member of Ak28).


Magnus Liistamo (director of FrontierGoodies, member of AK28) and Johanna Gustafsson.


Jan-Erik Lundstrom (the co-curator together with Johan Sjostrom of Bucharest Biennale 3) during his presentation at Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm.


From right to left: Eugen Radescu (co-director of BB, co-editor of Pavilion), Dan Shafran (director of Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm), Giorgiana Zachia (deputy director of Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm.), Razvan Ion (co-director of BB, co-editor of Pavilion).


One night we went out. In the window of a shoe maker, a surprise: water proof shoes made in Romania. A special brand we never heard of.


One morning we had another surprise: someone stuck a flyer with the BB3 in the street.


Virpi Nasanen (director of Goteborg Biennial) visiting the biennial with Eugen Radescu.


Stefan Constantinescu (Swedish artist of Romanian origin), one of the initiators of BB3 at Stockholm.

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