Art Opening 8 (on trains)


Art Opening invites you to bring works (any medium), practices or just yourselves. The event might go towards exhibition, performance, workshop, intervention, or more likely, a mix of them. It aims for temporary zones of possibility, for deviations from conventions and protocols, for art openings at the levels of formats, contents and aesthetics. It appears in art and non-art spaces (museums, shops, airports, trains, parks, homes), creating openings in their ordinary function.

On Romanian trains in the past you never knew what you would encounter, usually an interesting mix of people, stories, situations, a convivial atmosphere, or the possibility to meditatively escape in a dreamy slowly changing reality outside the windows. Now people are more and more into a car type mentality of just being transported efficiently to the destination. The journeys are emptied of the potential of exploration and excitement, they're definitely not anymore as important as the destination. The change in atmosphere corresponds to a capitalist self-enclosed subjectivity, but it is also brought by the obsession with the moving dead spaces that cars are. Cars destroyed not only the social spaces that streets used to be, but they extended their anti-social closed atmosphere everywhere. Counterintuitively they damage the travel, but also the travelers. There is even research showing that the more you drive your car, the more your IQ shrinks, something that you can easily feel on a long drive on the highway. Romania invests 12 times less in train infrastructure than in the ecological disasters called highways, the least in Europe by far. Art Opening 8 is also an escape to the nearest mountains from the capital with the highest density of cars, one of the most polluted in Europe, with the intention of bringing again experience in the journey, and some openings, for us and the fellow travellers on those trains.

As usual, you don't have to agree with this text to join us. At you can add your name to the list of artists. Or you can just pop up, with or without a proposal, at Art Opening.

2024 June 8 on the trains: 10:22 Bucharest - Sinaia; 16:52 Sinaia - Bucharest. 

With Eliza Trefas, Adriana Gheorghe, Cătălina Gubandru, Giles Eldridge, Cosmina Moroșan, Vlad Anticorp Solar, Mathis Pfäffli, Diana Rosca, Victor Podeanu, Dan Roșca, lypkhan, Daiana Sargan, Florin Flueras, and a parallel opening by Antonija Livingstone on the trains in Brooklyn NY.

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