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Art Today Association is searching Approaches to Happiness

The festival Days of Happiness, which was launched in 2012 in Sofia by the Credo Bonum Foundation, is the first project of this kind, which combines series of lectures, film screenings, exhibitions and workshops devoted to the topic of happiness. This year, with their partnership, the festival is for the first time in Plovdiv too, organized by the Art Today Association.

The edition will start on June 10 with the exhibition "Approaches to Happiness" and the degustation of Pavlina Chakarova’s "culinary” work at the Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv in the Ancient Bath, from 18.30 pm. The exhibition includes photographs, videos and installations of 22 authors from Spain, Austria, Lithuania, Serbia, Israel and other countries and will continue until 3 July. "Approaches to Happiness" aims to inspire us to recognize our own happiness, or to create new, perhaps more authentic and realistic ideas about it. Curator and manager of the project in Plovdiv is Evelyna Kokoranova from the Art Today Association.

Happiness is the main theme of reflection for millennia now. For some, happiness is a pleasure rather than a search for meaning and self-knowledge, for others it is a commercial product of globalization. These and other impressions will share the artists who are represented in the international exhibition "Approaches to Happiness". Their views are caused by the search of meaning, which begets creativity and leads them in different directions. Often provocative, some of them flaunt with the use of "artificial" happiness in the advertising blocks, with the aim of breaking the conventional thinking. Others seek how happiness can be realized within the borders of the urban context or just share part of their happiness with others.

Events in the framework of the Days of Happiness in Plovdiv will be workshops of the Art of Living Foundation (the seminar the Secret of Breathing with the Indian teacher Dymple Gad?vani оn 12 of June – in introduction for the following workshop the Art of Living from 28 to 30 June), a demonstration of Contact Improvisation (14 June) and workshop of this dance (16 June), Laughter Yoga (16 June) and the screening of the documentary film "Happy" (20 June).

The project Days of Happiness in Plovdiv is supported by the Credo Bonum Foundation (Sofia), Robert Bosch (Germany-Stuttgart), Association MitOst (Berlin), the Art of Living Foundation (Sofia), Shanti Yoga Art Studio (Plovdiv) and our media partners: Programata Plovdiv, Darik Radio and Darik News.

For more information and the full program:


ataArt Today Association
Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv
The Ancient Bath


20.10 - 30.11.2012

URBAN DREAMS consists of two project modules:

1. Artistic interventions in public space

Based on manifold perspectives of diverse artists URBAN DREAMS explores public and semi-public spaces. Through URBAN DREAMS art becomes a research strategy and the city changes into a laboratory. Arts, the city and everyday life confront each other. Reactions and interactions with the inhabitants will join the continuous process of research. Since the attained insights stem from urban spaces, presentation opportunities are to be found in precisely these spaces. Connections will be generated directly at the place of origin. Recipients turn simultaneously into objects of observation and observers of objects, into the investigated and the investigators. The act of (re-)search becomes an artistic performance itself.

2. The exhibition as an “archive” of dreams
26.10 - 26.11.2012

For this project the exhibition space of the Centre for Contemporary Art changes into an archive and reading room of (mainly Eastern) European artistic urban research saving dreams expressed in explicit, such as in implicit manners. Beside the results of the latest artistic urbanism in Plovdiv and in other partner cities of the HEICO network, this archive will also present international projects from the last twenty years by different forms of media, based on material provided by partner organisations and artists.

Curator: Emil Mirazchiev


20/21 October 2012, 11 am - 6 pm. HAMALOGIKA - Artistic interactive intervention in public space.
Place: The Water Mirrors next to the City Park

26 October 2012, 7 pm. Opening of the interactive exhibition, library/archive of the European artistic urban research.
Place: Centre for Contemporary Art – Plovdiv, The Ancient Bath

28 October 2012, site-specific installation. Artist: Tilmann Meyer-Faje
Place: In front of the Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv, The Ancient Bath.

27 October 6-8 pm. 29 October 1-6 pm. KISS - two channel video installation. Artist: Sevdalina Kochevska.
Place: Roman Stadium

7 November 2012, 2-3 pm. FOOOOTBALLLL – Football game between 4 football teams, 4 football gates and 1 ball. Artist: Veronika Tsekova
Place: Stadium Plovdiv

17 November, 6-9 pm. Space 0 Space – Storm - Artist: HR-Stamenov.
Place: City Art Gallery, Plovdiv, Old Town.

22 – 29 November 5-6 pm. successively opening of SPACE FOR CULTURE.
22.11. – Museum of Film and Photography, above house of Hr. Danov in Old Town.
27.11. – Museum of Architecture, Museum of Contemporary Art - ул. Ivan Vazov str., Tobacco storages.

30.11. – 5 pm. Opening Center for New Media Art, house in Old Town above Monday market, 6 pm. Opening Center for Unlimited Art, Cinema Kosmos.
Artist: Emil Mirazchiev.
Place: different locations in Plovdiv - Tobacco storages, abandoned houses in Old Town, Cinema Kosmos.

A project funded by: European Commission
This project reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project partners in Bulgaria: Goethe Institute Bulgaria, Municipality Plovdiv, Robert Bosch Foundation, Foundation Plovdiv 2019.

Media partners: BNT Plovdiv, Katra FM, Darik Radio. Darik news.

URBAN DREAMS is a series of public events organized by the Art Today Association, Plovdiv/Bulgaria in the frame of HEICO, in partnership with the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation Brandenburg/Germany, SPACES/Slovak Republic, the Art&Cultural Studies Laboratory/Armenia, GeoAIR Association/Georgia and the KSAK-Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau/Moldova.

The event is part of the initiative "Plovdiv - Candidate for European Capital of Culture 2019»

26.10 - 26.11.2012
Working hours: 11:30 – 18:30.
Closed on Monday

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Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv
The Ancient Bath


Facade Video Festival 2012, Plovdiv
Art Today Association - Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv, The Ancient Bath is pleased to invite you to the third edition of the annual Facade Video Festival, which will take place from 12 until 16 September, 2012, at the Lapidarium and other selected locations in the Old Town of Plovdiv.

Facade is one of the annual projects of Art Today Association - Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv. The festival organizers seek to promote and support the development of video art in Bulgaria as their aims are to explore the interaction between the urban environment, the city residents and the video as a medium.
The festival was established in 2010 and traditionally within its conducting films are projected on the walls of the Old Town of Plovdiv. Despite its short history, the Festival has enjoyed great popularity among video artists worldwide. Out of the 270 applications, the international jury selected 84 video works by 67 artists from 22 countries.
The festival will be inaugurated on 12th September at 20.00 at the Lapidarium next to the Balabanov House. The program will be accompanied by the audio-visual performance "Facet" by Petko Tanchev and Atanas Dinchev.

The winner of the Facade Prize (one-month residency at the multimedia lab of the Art Today Association in 2013) will be selected by the jury:

Ren? Beekman (artist and curator, Netherlands / Bulgaria)
Baptist Coelho (video artist, India, winner of the Facade Prize 2011)
Sevdalina Kochevska (video artist, Bulgaria)
Nadia Genova (artist, Bulgaria)
Emil Mirazchiev (artist, director of the Facade Video Festival)

The festival is organized with the support of the Municipality of Plovdiv, Goethe Institute Bulgaria, Plovdiv 2019 Foundation and media cooperation BNT, BNT Plovdiv, Katra FM, Darik Radio, Radio Plovdiv, Maritsa newspaper.
The event is part of the initiative "Plovdiv - Candidate for European Capital of Culture 2019»

The program, the catalogue and more information on:

Archive page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32

Annual edition of the Week of Contemporary Art:

Art Positive:

Communication Front- new media art and theory

Critique of Pure Image – Between Fake and Quotation


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