Aleksi Soselia, Galaqtion Eristavi: Descriptions

By "descriptions“ we often mean to refer to objective, plain truths.
Georgian video art, which has widely developed in the undercurrent
before establishing itself as a separate medium, offers us various
descriptions – but from a very subjective and alternative point of
view. Since the 1980s, Georgian art has undergone an evolution, which
ran parallel to the predominant, hegemonic discourse of socio-cultural

The initiation of the project was caused by the apparent lack and
inaccessibility of information about Georgian contemporary art, which
implies the need of its contextualization and organization.

Since the 80s, the Georgian art scene has created artifacts in various
forms of media, which were novel to the social reality and
circumstances of the respective time, but did not trigger any adequate
analyses of these impulses. The political and economical conditions of
the 90s, which marked the aftermath of the Soviet breakdown,
complicated actions directed towards the direction of categorization
and preservation as well.

Today, the necessity of an archive, which is reminiscent and serves
the mediation of knowledge of the beginning and development of
Georgian video art, is unequivocal. Furthermore, it is the preliminary
step towards a rethinking of the latter. With time passing by, the
risk of these artifacts falling into oblivion or into irrelevance is
steadily increasing, which is why „Active for Culture“ initiated the
creation of a Georgian video art archive.

This project is the first step towards contextualization of the
respective material, which is crucial for the clarification of what we
should call Georgian art history, which stages it has undergone, and
ultimately, how it has shaped our cultural identity.

The conduction of comprehensive research about Georgian moving image
and video art as well as the setup of an archive including this
artifacts can be considered the first stage of the project. On the
one hand, this is due to the dominance of video art in the field of
contemporary art and its evident feature of visualizing social and
historical discourses, on the other hand, the financial as well as
material resources currently limit us to this stage.

Future plans include the constant update and further development of
the online archive, the selection of video artifacts and their
exhibition in various corners of the world, and the preparation and
print of a publication about Georgian video art.

The initiation of this project was made possible through the Swiss
Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

All rights of the videos collected in the archive are reserved, and
their reproduction, distribution, display or any other kind of usage
is prohibited without the written consent of the owner.


The project is realized by the independent cultural initiative ‘Active
for Culture’ , whose members are following individuals:

Aleksi Soselia
was born in 1988 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Aleksi graduated from the
informal Master program in Photography at the Center of Contemporary
Art – Tbilisi in 2011. He works in various media, which are
Photography, Graphic design, and Installation art. With his work,
Aleksi mostly approaches the urban and social aspects of the city and
its alternative spaces, as well as social and public interactions
within transformative environments. He works individually as well as
in group projects, in particular within Tetsi Group. In 2013 together
with Tetsi group team members he founded his own organization ‘Active
for Culture’. With organization Aleksi created Georgian video art
archive. Currently with his team members Aleksi works on creation of
open contemporary art space in Rustavi city.

Galaqtion Eristavi
was born in Tbilisi in 1990. In 2011, he graduated from the Tbilisi
State Academy of Art (BA degree in Photography). Next, he was a
student of the Center of Contemporary Art-Tbilisi (CCAT), graduating
the non-formal MA course in mediation and curatorial studies. As an
artist he is working in different media. Since 2011, he had shows in
different international festivals such as art fairs in Vienna and
Budapest also in galleries in Geneva, Stockholm, Warsaw and etc.
Galaqtion is an active member of the Georgian art scene, constantly
working on shows and exhibitions. In 2012, he was the coordinator of
venues at the First Tbilisi Triennial “Offside Effect” (2012) and
curetted the corresponding CCA-T school show. In 2013 with Tetsi
Group he founded organization ‘Active for Culture’ and created
Georgian video art archive. With Tetsi Group he is working on various
projects in Georgia and on creation of open contemporary art space in
Rustavi city.
Friday–Sunday 5–7 December: CARDIOSTIMULATOR – An open workshop with members of Prague Modern and Prague Modern Young
Prague Modern, a contemporary music ensemble well established on the Czech scene and abroad, is organising courses aimed at music school students and the general public. The courses will mainly take the form of open workshops focusing on ensemble playing, and are intended not only for senior school pupils and music academy students, but also for jazz musicians and keen amateurs.
During this year’s courses, entitled Cardiostimulator, we would like to invite you to discover endless amounts of new music, new scores (graphic, verbal, open, etc.), to extend your own abilities (in solo and collective improvisation), and to become acquainted with some of the most important artists and works of the 20th century avantgarde.
Our experienced teachers and leading contemporary music performers (Lenka Kozderková – flutes, Tomáš Františ – bassoon, David Danel – stringed instruments, Daniel Matej – composition, conducting, improvisation) will be at students’ disposal for both group and individual lessons, and will work towards the programme of the final concert. The programme will also feature interesting lectures and projections. The Cardiostimulator courses will take place on 5–7 December 2014 in Prague at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU) and the tranzitdisplay Gallery (under the aegis of both institutions). A grant provided by the Ministry of Culture of the CR means that the course is free of charge.

4 December 7om Aleksi Soselia, Galaqtion Eristavi: Descriptions

Tranzitdisplay / Dittrichova 9/337 / Prague 2
www.advojka.cz / www.tranzitdisplay.cz


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