Borderland, border experiences, war experience, the heritage of differing cultures and the same political system, belonging, foreignness and identity are key terms and common elements of the east- and south European home regions of our partner institutions. These experiences have an impact on the practise of contemporary art, where they are reflected or continued, and create something new and shared.
The project promotes exchange between artists through residential programmes in Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Yerevan (Armenia) Tbilisi (Georgia) and Bratislava (Slovak Republic). The results of the programmes are presented in country exhibitions. Furthermore, the partners implement five cross-linked exhibitions in Potsdam, Plovdiv, Tbilisi, Chisinau and Bratislava. The project includes: a workshop in the run-up to the Biennale, which aims at promotion of the exchange of practises; furthermore another workshop during a cruise between Varna and Poti on the Black Sea; a seminar which will take place in Yerevan, and conference in Potsdam in addition to an opening as well as a closing workshop.
The aim of the conferences and workshops is to contribute to an exchange between the curators and artists. At the event, held in each partner country, the foreign partners will present and discuss their curatorial practice. Beside network partners other curators will be invited as guests and speakers. The Partners will jointly present themselves at the Biennale 2011.
The projects work will be documented in a book, which shall ensure international public access. The Network will be presented on an interactive, participatory web-platform.