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An article by Severine Grosjean

With a visionary perspective, alternative spaces bring information, enjoyment and delights to the city. They justify the production of visual art projects from around the world. There is now an urgency for alternative spaces to reflect on their existences and political agencies relative of their local community. 

Founded by the curator, artist and researcher Ellen Pau, Videotage is one of the most fundamental new media art institutions in the Greater China region with a perpetual commitment to serving artists and communities in Hong Kong. Videotage conceives new media art as a cultural movement that brings art and technology productions to nodes of intersections in the digital and network era. Founded in 1986, Videotage has evolved from an artist-run collective to an influential network, supporting creative use of media art to explore, investigate and connect with issues that are of significant social, cultural, and historical value. Dedicated to nurturing emerging media artists and developing the local media arts community, Videotage has organized numerous media arts events and programs while developing an extensive offline and online video art archive (VMAC). The network is hotbed of creativity and innovation, where artist, technologist, academia, practitioner from both private and public spheres, actively engage with technology and address contemporary social, political and cultural concerns. They continue exploring how citizen media and social media reshape humankind in the era of network culture. Videotage support to media artist and general public for the development of media art and strengthen the position of Videotage as a cultural hub of knowledge transfer for art, culture and technology in the local, regional and international regime.

13 June 2019 / by / in

An article by Severine Grosjean.

Surprise! Art can be found just about anywhere, even in the unlikeliest of places. We scour the city beyond the mainstream art galleries, to reveal the quaint shops and venues doubling up as art spaces. From independent shops to coffee shops, you can soak up some culture without venturing into high-end galleries.

TongLau Space  is an Artist Run space, founded by Noelle Ng Polin,  provides opportunities for motivated local and overseas artists to create and show case their works, create workshop for sharing skill and exchange through art.  We expect more and wait for you to make them happen!

Tong Lau which mean an old architectural residence building in Hong Kong. The reason of TongLau Space set up in a residential building,  we believe history, life and art can not be separated. We create a relax and comfort living studio workshop artist in residency exhibition+ sharing space not only for artist to stay and live but also for enhancing art and cultural exchange and sharing of ideas in contemporary art. TongLau Space is a new Artist Run association, to bring lively AIR program to Hong Kong and to create more choices and opportunities for artists from overseas.

23 May 2019 / by / in
Dasthe Art Space

An article by Severine Grosjean.

The art market in Morocco is doing much better than a few years ago. It is growing and it will grow in the years to come. It is true that it is a nascent market, but it is gaining momentum. Against all odds, the art market in Morocco is experiencing a particular boil, which could encourage authorities and professionals to take the necessary measures to develop the sector.

Dasthe Art Space is a space created by Yasmine Laraqui in 2017. Her first role is to support, encourage, promote and expose the emerging artists of the contemporary Moroccan art scene. Hybrid project, the space is an exhibition space but also an agency accompanying and advising young artists, often lost in front of the few opportunities offered at the local level. Dasthe Art Space has a golden rule. Its director wants to represent the Moroccan / African artists in all the exhibitions that are realized. She wants to engage more Moroccan emerging artists in the contemporary art scene. “First because they understand the tools and the language of the globalized market and then because the artists born in the 80s and 90s have an intrinsic” globalist “culture with which they no longer limit the resonance of their aesthetic discourse to the national level alone.

This innovative space explores concepts and themes that are often difficult to address in Moroccan society. Dasthe Art Space creates a certain dynamism in order to present to the public speeches engaging wider debates than the exhibition or the evolving art market in Morocco, even if this remains one of the main observations.

Dasthe Art Space is a cultural proposal that tries to show this wealth and artistic diversity Moroccan despite the difficulties of the Moroccan market. Morocco is experiencing a real turning point. The new wave of Moroccan painters is not left out and is also attracting the enthusiasm of specialists. The goal of Dasthe Art Space is also to make art accessible to all despite the suffering of diffusion slots (sales margins, little communication, lack of transparency, promotion of art to the general public, promotion of artists, lack of training of collectors and galleries (issuance of authentication certificates))

The vernissages follow each other and are not alike, Moroccan artists are more and more creative, offer lots of things and make them talk about them internationally, Morocco has a great story that deserves to be given the means to go around the world.

1 May 2019 / by / in
Enterprise Projects

An article by Severine Grosjean

Two young artists and curators turned an old underground garage-garage into an art gallery. In a quiet “forgotten” district, we reach a basement which houses, since 2015, the new space of “Enterprise Projects”, a new laboratory of ideas!

Artists are always looking for the next venue for their work and often turn to alternative art spaces as low-pressure experimental venues.

With the proliferation of alternative artistic spaces, it seems that the next generation of artists does not want to wait for the representation of galleries and / or curator positions. Instead, they decided to create their own opportunities. These spaces serve as a compromise between the artist’s studio and academic institutions, major museums and galleries or local art centers. Artists can experiment openly with their work, challenge their artistic practice and involve their community without the pressures of sales and expectations of mainstream curators. Alternative spaces also offer artists the opportunity to manage, organize residencies and network independently.

The works presented in these spaces are often influenced by their location and their limits. The freedom to experiment with ideas and new methods of making sparks that some artists might not have achieved elsewhere.

It all started when Vassilis Papageorgiou, a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, wanted a place to store his large and fragile sculptures. His father gave him the idea of ​​using the old private basement that once housed a garaje and had not been used for many years. They decided not to intervene actively in the field, and for practical and economic reasons among others. The fragility of the materials is a central element of the work. In collaboration with Danai Giannoglou, they decided to turn it into an exhibition and experimentation space highlighting established and emerging artists. The space is born of a need to express and share a point of view concerning contemporary artistic creation. Enterprise Projects is a self-financing space that has the freedom to experiment with formats and conservation positions.

Their first exhibition “Car Service” examined the car as a symbol rather than a functional object. The following exhibitions interact with the place. Vassilis and Danai are trying to create a method of communicating a personal experience of a territory as a commonplace. Each exhibition traces the specific elements that form the culture to create stories denied.

26 March 2019 / by / in
3137 artist-run-space

An article by Severine Grosjean

Athens has become a social laboratory that everyone wants to learn. We can not count the number of artists who settled there, fascinated by this unprecedented economic crisis which is also a crisis of meaning and of civilization which Greece seems to represent the climax. And also attracted by cheap rentals and by Documenta.

If the art scene in the Greek capital has been very dynamic and diverse, which has experienced since the beginning of the crisis in 2008, a series of fundamental changes that brought the Renaissance to the scene of metropolitan contemporary art.

Greece underwent a series of transformations that required innovations and experimental practices that could only have happened there – but with little infrastructure support under way for small organizations led by artists

3137 is an artist project space based in Athens, started in 2012 by Chrysanthi Koumianaki Kosmas Nikolaou Paky and Vlassopoulou.

His projects focus on artistic production, cooperation and hospitality, with a great interest in institutional criticism and hybrid ways of being. They looked for new ways to work together and develop their curatorial practice. 3137 describes itself as a critical small-scale position and an alternative to institutional norms.

That is, a position that allowed the group to focus its values ​​on care and friendship instead of simply developing and trying to access the art market, since it is the case for many artists’ organizations.

How to build such infrastructure and discuss it first, through art? This artistic organization can have an effect at the local level and help to think about how it could connect to larger infrastructures and networks. The flight of artists to non-profit public spaces or groups led by artists presents works of art that emphasize the need for social change through creativity. Taking advantage of other people’s creativity to express thoughts that are still raw on a shared topic, at the same time and in the same place, can be a sensitive experience.

Thanks to its versatility and structure that can be adopted by different realities and adapted several contents, 3137, is a space where participants can talk about them from the creative process

3137 combines the skills necessary for the autonomous and efficient performance of the presentation of works of art. In short, creativity needs a space where contemporary artistic creation becomes a continuous discovery to confront, speak and create. 3137 is a total immersion in a rich and varied context, populated with different talents, desires and origins. This situation related to art has turned all this experience into something more than simply collecting information, comments and networks.

13 March 2019 / by / in
La Boite à idées / Wakh’art

An article by Severine Grosjean

La Boîte à Idée is a small house nestled in the heart of a popular district of Dakar. It\’s a sharing space open to the world. The Boite à idées evolves according to the hours or according to the people it hosts. Space also evolves over time and the work that is done there. This space of life and work is open to those who are interested in culture, curious or lost people to share the world of Wakh\’art coffee time. The Boite à idées is aptly named, through encounters and exchanges, a plethora of projects was born in this space of creation. The house has become an exhibition space and houses various works by artists. “Art is a factor of development. This is the slogan of Wakh\’Art (“speaking art”, in Wolof). This association, which promotes culture in Dakar, was founded in March 2011 by Ken Aicha Sy, 29, a young designer by training. The cultural events and projects carried by this entity are held, mainly, within La Boîte à idées, a house with an arty look. “Many projects around Wakh\’Art are born here, says Ken Aicha Sy. It\’s a bit like Andy Warhol\’s Factory, no less insane, a place of passage for artists and curious eager to discover the latest trends. “

Since 2011, Ken Aicha Sy multiplies caps: blogger, cultural activist, curator, but also manager of the label WAM, founded with the rapper Moulaye. “But Wakh\’art also extends to manage    ment, programming and collaborates with digital music distribution platforms,” ​​says the young woman, before adding that her structure will soon launch in the coproduction of short and feature films. Inside, the walls, covered with graffiti, are a quilt like the activities of Wakh\’Art, both a generator of events and a megaphone for artists. Place of residence, a reservation is enough to sleep, visit the house or participate in showcases, workshops, exhibitions, performances, film screenings as monthly Sunday brunches, during which creators present their works in the context of exhibitions-sales . In fact, this house in Mermoz is constantly boiling.

The room and the studio are decorated with furniture from the Amre Gallery, located in Almadies, and with objects from a workshop in Dakar, Atelier 221. Soon, the house should accommodate another room for those present in Dakar as part of an internship or training for a period of three to six months. The temporary tenant or the visitor can also choose to offer the works of the Amber Gallery and Atelier 221: paintings, sculptures, posters and other works of art. “We do not take any percentage on the sale of works. The selling prices are those set by the artists. A “concept store” dimension that also concerns certain works exhibited in the house. We privilege the tenants with an artistic sensitivity, of passage to mount initiatives close to our cultural activities.

Another future project within La Boîte à Idées: the setting up of a digital radio that will focus on alternative culture, news from the digital sector, African cinema or the history of hip-hop. hop. An umpteenth initiative that should ensure the creative bubbling of this atypical address.



6 March 2019 / by / in
Spazio Buonasera

An article by Severine Grosjean

In 2015, Lula Broglio, Edoardo Piermattei, Ottavia Plazza, Erik Saglia, Marco Schiavone, Francesco Snote and Alice Visentin, 7 artists met on the benches of the university,  founded Spazio Buonasera

They had the desire to make their own work known by an oblique way. They wish to explore the artistic and cultural realities of Turin but also international. Spazio Buonasera is making its way into the world of art.

The activities carried out by this collective of individuals testify to a desire to decompartmentalize the artistic disciplines and consequently, to a miscegenation of the public. The space stands out thanks to a resolutely contemporary visual identity with clean lines, which under the cover of efficiency suggests a more human dimension. Indeed, located a few steps from another artistic laboratory and the most important arteries of Turin, Spazio Buonasera is anchored in a reality in Turin.

This hybrid team is enriched by this complexity known to artists-run-spaces: artists are both curators of exhibitions or critics. This space works on own funds, without touching subsidies. Beyond the financial precariousness, the team tends to ignore rather than denounce the state of precariousness that is theirs. For these artists, there remains an urgency to act, to be seen as for the young artist Edoardo Piermattei, one of the founders of Spazio Buonasera. In his exhibition, he domesticated the space of the gallery. His colorful pictorial realization, applied by hand, invades the white walls from floor to ceiling. Inspired by the Sistine Chapel, Edoardo gives birth to a condensed art history ranging from traces left on the caves to the ornate art of Italian palaces and churches. The artist has built an imaginary space with arches in which various states of mind are declined. It disrupts visual and spatial perceptions.

Spazio Buonasera gradually acquires a form of legitimacy and recognition that no longer comes from outside but also a way to meet and to see other possibilities of collaboration. The last artist on show is the young artist Giuliana Rosso. The latter shows an imaginary original declining existential disturbances, in disturbing beings. Between paintings and sculptures with elongated cut heads, and installations from which a radioactive green liquid emerges, the macabre universe of Giuliana Rosso paralyzes. Between dream and nightmare, the last exhibition proposed by Spazio Buonasera presents an Italian artist who immobilizes, torments and hypnotizes and who should continue to explore a promising universe.

The simple idea of ​​Spazio Buonasera is to create a space for common exchange and experimentation between avant-garde artists. A first collaboration took place with space in Berlin. The challenge of this new Turin area goes beyond the individual act of creation. The founding artists master the discourse, form and modes of communication as well as the ability to create international networks or redefine the relationship between art and the public. Everyone is involved in the organization of a “common” that is based on a non-hierarchical mode of operation and strong collective positions, both ethical and aesthetic, political or artistic.

Spazio Buonasera is part of this “club” of artist-run-spaces which makes it clear that the younger generation of artists are eager to participate in the development of a more open world, in which the creation, art and culture would be shared values ​​that could contribute to the emergence of new environments, new tools and new forms of citizenship.

18 February 2019 / by / in
Mucho Mas from Turin

An article by Severine Grosjean

A new space is added to the independent artistic production circuit in Turin. It’s called “Mucho Mas”. An independent and non-profit space, young founders Luca Vianello and Silvia Mangosio bring innovative learning, diversity and photographic excellence to the forefront of their concerns

This new space managed by artists is dedicated to Italian artists with a particular focus on research and experimentation in the field of photography. The space aspires to be a point of reflection and research on photography, and how it evolves within art, crossing the classic canons to which it belongs by its form and content.

Recently opened, the project is still in the sketch state but is bold. This unique research laboratory in Turin has developed around leading threads such as innovative forms of presentation and reflection on photography and more specifically its implications in all fields of contemporary society. The team is interested in all kinds of modes of production, distribution and presentation of photography. Determined by an appeal to artists, his programming in the gallery reflects the diversity of approaches that cross the current arts. The artist-run-space initiates or supports creative projects and intervenes for the development and accessibility of arts and culture within the community.

Mucho Mas must now be seen as a leading space in the presentation and exploration of photography in Turin. It plays a key role in promoting the pivotal and influential role of photography in culture and society and in maintaining its position as an important artistic form. Mucho mas and the photographic projects presented are engines of debate and new thinking about the role of the photographic image in today’s society.

9 February 2019 / by / in
U10 from Belgrade Serbia

An article by Severine Grosjean

Belgrade is known as the capital of the Balkans nightlife or as one of the central scenes of the Yugoslav war of the 90s. But it could also be known as the birthplace of the phenomenon of the art world Marina Abramovic. She is one of the few artists from the former Yugoslavia to have achieved international recognition. Indeed, the budget or the attention of the public authorities are not enough in this region, and it is a pity, because not only does it have a rich cultural heritage, but its contemporary art scene is in full swing.

Silence and noice in inter-action, Art and Science

  The art scene is small but existing. There are many spaces of exposure or experimentation. U10 is an independent art space of the most popular among the younger generations. This gallery welcomes young contemporary artists from the local and regional scene. Making the link with the need for self-organization in the local context, the artistic space U10 was created at the initiative of artists: Lidija Delić, Nina Ivanovic, Sava Knežević, Isidora Krstić, Iva Kuzmanović, Nemanja Nikolić, Marija Šević.

Space Opera, Milica Kolaric, photo Deana Petrovic 

This space was in response to the inability of public articulation and professional development of young visual artists in the local environment, as well as the need for active and visible public artistic activity through self-organization.

Silence and noice in inter-action, Art and Science

Stanja Uma_4, Marija Sevic

Its independent exhibition space is fundamentally aimed at helping young artists who are just beginning their careers by exposing their work to the public. U10 Art Space works actively to create a culture of arts education, debate and exchange between artists, curators, art theorists, writers and the general public.

A fresh and feverish creative energy is not surprising. U10 fight the frustration of new artists and the lack of connection between young artists in Serbia. The opportunities are many and changes are happening, but they are slow.

25 November 2018 / by / in ,
Cripta 747 from Turin, by Severine Grosjean

The stakes and practices of the different forms of artist residencies are places of training, businesses and art centers that mobilize artists and professionals from all backgrounds. They define and jostle each actor’s strengths and limitations through their international openings. What can art indeed do, but what can the artist’s residence in a troubled world?

The space Cripta 747 opened its space founded in Turin in 2008 by Elisa Troiano, Alexandro Tripodi, Marianna Orlotti, Renato Leotta and Fabrizio Cosenza. It is a place of research, exchange and production where artistic practices make contemporary debate. The atmosphere is independent and open

The space integrates into the local community close to craftsmen and all the materials necessary for the good practice of artists in residence. In addition, the Cripta 747 makes it possible to improve the residency experience and create an innovative brand image. The artist-in-residence programs meet a number of needs.

The Cripta747 residency program is a process-based residency open to artists, curators and researchers from all fields of contemporary culture who present a strong, coherent and recognizable research in the fields of material and conceptual production.

The various activities proposed allow to establish lasting collaborations and to immerse themselves in individual projects in touch with the creativity of the city. The available studios create a special environment favorable to work. In addition, some workshops of Italian artists are nearby inviting to develop exchanges and skills of each. Cripta747 organises studio visit, open studio and offsite projects free and open to all engaging audiences directly with artists and contemporary practices.

Cripta 747 is one of the few spaces of the cultural fabric of Turin to promote contemporary production and international mobility thus offering an audience of initiated or not an opportunity to share and address what appears to be the culture of tomorrow.

25 November 2018 / by / in