Progres. Paradigm Shift #5


NOVEMBER 16 – 19 2023
MX (Corneliu Mikloși Museum and the former STPT depot)

Curators Arne Hendriks and Ștefan Tiron


To conclude our cooperation with Progres. Paradigm Shift #5Work Academy, initiated by Arne Hendriks, we will stage and organize a 4-day techno opera event.

This live improvisational exercise will bring together the summoned soul of scientific management pioneer, avant-garde writer and poet Aleksei Gastev (1882-1939), the reincarnation of the nutritionist, diabetologist, and rational food promoter Iulian Mincu (1927-2015), the spirit of the former workers from the now abandoned state factories and industries and the ashes of a once imagined Hammer Museum.

From these local remnants of stories, big and small, we sing & sculpt a new vision of man as a musician, as a woman, as a fugitive from impossible ideals and conflict zones, as an artist and refugee, as a future bringer of liberation from our current state of unequal distribution.

Be an integral part of our extended counterfactual jam session, not a turning wheel in the machine, but a solid state drive, a choir of average voices, a spoken poetry podium, a rundown cinema at the outskirts of your town showing long forgotten documentaries.

This is a place of merging and emerging, of making and repairing, of celebration, of gift-giving, of memory and forgetfulness. A random moment in time and space to liberate us from the man with the hammer inside all of us.

At the same time – The Academy of Work coexists with various artistic works, as well as a theater/sequential art piece by local artists, actors, cartoonists and cultural workers that encourage us to perceive both the difficult past and uncertain future at work all around us.

Escape from Timișoara is an ongoing project also by Vlad Cadar – an actual do-it-together rafting trial & error adventure of building a capacious raft that probes the uneasy escape routes of contemporary extremophile living.
↳ Visit: Thu-Fri 19-21h; Sat-Sun 15–21h

Kosmos.DIY – a new space/intiative in Timisoara exhibits a Micro-Galleries Pavillion co-curated by Erik Kun with works by Lucian Bădărau, Ștefana Hatnean, Elena Ilin & Diana Panduru, Andrei Verdes in times of shrinking resources and budget cuts.
↳ Visit: Thu-Fri 19-21h; Sat-Sun 15–21h

Lucian Barbu will present two comics entitled OHSC CT (The Occupational Health and Safety Commission Cugir-Timișoara): a protest – that detail both personal experiences and a historical perspective on the working conditions of industrialization. 
↳ Visit: Thu-Fri 19-21h; Sat-Sun 15–21h

Ciprian Homorodean tools as TOOLS collection as intervention encourages us to trust no one but the ameliorative potential of tools and their continuous role in the betterment of humanity.
↳ Visit: Thu-Fri 19-21h; Sat-Sun 15–21h

Lighting my City Up, a premiere at The Academy of Work by Vlad Cadar and Nana Balint, with George Balint, Gavril Pop and Ilior Spătar will enact and confront Timisoara’s future predicament.
↳ Theater Performance Fri 19h; Sat 16h; Sun 17h

Miya Yoshida, Berlin based curator, lecturer and cultural practitioner, it will explore through images, sound and poetry the very act of listening – in a lecture performance entitled Mimi o Sumasu (The Very Act of Listening).
↳ Talk Sat 17:30h-18:30h

The duo Makunouchi Bento duo will conjure up on the last day The Virtual Bluescreen-Collar Choir, an omnipresent choir of synthetic beings, algorithmic helpers and machinic labor forces joining up a growing mass of ghostly and missing unionizations, incessant layoffs past, present and future.
↳ Performance Sun 19h

All these works engage at various levels with the memory of work, its deletion and loss, of drifting in and out of Timisoara under conditions for speculative investment and rising living costs.

The event also hosts a series of presentations and public discussions to be announced.

Initiated by the Simultan Association in 2020, the project Progres. Paradigm Shifts aimed to reflect on the history and industrial heritage of Timișoara, through a process of artistic research and various artistic actions and interventions.

Funded by the Municipality of Timișoara through the Center of Projects
Proudly supported by Eu-Japan Fest
Partner STPT
Media partners Revista Arta, Teletext