Asociatia Tinerilor Artisti Oberliht
(Oberliht Young Artists Association)
description of organisation
Oberliht Young Artists Association is a non-governmental, voluntary, non-profit and politically non-affiliated society constituted as a Public Youth Organization that has its goal the public benefit.
Founded in 2000 and based on rather long working experience as an independent cultural actor, "Oberliht" aims to interconnect dispersed artistic scenes and build an artistic community making use of public spaces. The Association aims to provide support to young artists and contribute to their professional development. It develops and maintains interdisciplinary platforms and projects aiming to connect the local and international contemporary art and culture initiatives, and advocates for a strong and independent cultural sector in Moldova and in the region.
Issues related to built environment and city development are often present in our projects due to the role which urban planning and architecture have in projecting public space, and thus fostering or diminishing social cohesion or increasing/decreasing opportunities and representation for most of the people. We have interest to discuss what forces and processes are shaping the public space today, if the inhabitants take part in this process and how did this process evolve during the last three decades.
The whole activity of Oberliht Association is based on voluntary work and follows the principles of self-organization and non-profit activity.
Oberliht Association promotes both creative work and theoretical thinking through exhibitions and projects on one hand and conferences, roundtables, symposiums and workshops on the other hand.
In the course of almost 2 decades Oberliht provided support to local and international artists by organizing exhibitions, residencies, supporting them to produce their works and promoting them in our publications. We are constantly informing the artistic community about different opportunities to participate in various local and international programs, exhibitions, residencies etc., thus acting as a resource center.
Oberliht Association is also active in creating and maintaining various platforms that serve as base for the new cultural infrastructure needed for producing and presenting contemporary art - starting with different mailing lists, websites and blogs, but also publications and periodical magazines, and finishing with physical spaces like Flat Space (cultural information point / platform for public participation: http://chiosc.oberliht.com/apartament/) and Zpace - a space conceived for independent cultural organizations, artists collectives and initiatives: http://zpatiu.wordpress.com/. These platforms are used by Oberliht and other independent organizations and this is how a new type of relationship between these actors is being created.
Aiming to educate new generation of cultural workers our projects always include non-formal educational activities like public presentations, seminars, workshops and summer schools. We regularly organize presentations and invite artists, architects, researchers to meet the students of Art Academy and of Technical University / Architecture department in the frame of organized seminars and workshops.
We also run a residency program for international artists, architects, curators, researchers. So far many participants had the possibility to work in Chisinau, within the local context: http://chiosc.oberliht.com/air/
We have been also developing new partnerships with art and culture organizations from Moldova and from abroad, collaborating in the frame of different projects, sharing resources, and we are also running the European Voluntary Service program: http://www.oberliht.com/evs/, actively involving international and local volunteers to contribute to the aims of the Association.
Participants in our projects are usually emerging and established artists, architects, curators but also people with an academic background (like sociologists, historians and other researchers), or citizens engaged in activists movements, but also students and teachers, local and national authorities, media representatives, most of them showing interest for their neighborhood and city, and for public space / sphere topics.
- Students of art, architecture, sociology/anthropology, cultural management faculties in Moldova, by engaging them in the frame of various non-formal educational activities (workshops, seminars, presentations etc.) and through internships.
- Researchers and experienced activists groups along with other civic organizations dealing with unequal distribution of public space in Chisinau but also in other cities from the region (Yerevan, Tbilisi, Kiev, Bucharest, Budapest etc.)
This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:
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