Mappin the Local

Intermedia interventions among Budapest, Nova Gorica, and Belgrade

Fourth-year in a row the ADRIART.CE network (CEEPUS) of art academies is bringing together dozens of students and several mentors in “Mapping the Local” workshop. This year it will start at the source of the project: the MKE/Intermedia (University of the Arts) in Budapest between 3 and 9 November 2019. Students from over a dozen countries are developing projects in realms of intermedia / new media / contemporary art and performance that not only map the city, but also seek to intervene critically into its many layers and tissues. The theme this year will be mapping the connections between food and public spaces while focusing on shopping rituals, sites, and forms of food markets.

In the second place, Nova Gorica, during the Pixxelpoint media art festival, between 15 and 23 November, an 8-day continuous intensive workshop takes place that is based on the same “Mapping the Local” workshops legacy. Participants will be invited to map the local links and phenomena through different artistic media, posing questions and finding answers provoked by something they notice as specificum around and inside them while drifting through the twin towns of Gorizia in Italy and Nova Gorica in Slovenia, and across all kinds of borders – national, cultural, social, technical, aesthetical…

In Belgrade, during the SmartArt conference, between 28 November and 4 December, the workshop will, in particular, seek to complement the artistic methodologies with the elements of the scientific. On the background of the simultaneous conference SmartArt – Art and Science Applied “From Inspiration to Interaction” the workshop participants will be challenged with inserting aspects of scientific conception, data gathering, observation, and synthesis into their artistic production process within the workshop, and beyond.

The Workshop will be held at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Kosančićev venac 29

Mentors in Belgrade MTL workshop are:

pETER Purg leads the New Media module in the Digital//Media Arts and Practices graduate//postgraduate programme at the  School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica. There he also acts as Associate Professor, coordinator of interdisciplinary projects as well as an expert across realms of digital culture and media. Having obtained a Ph.D. in media art, communication science and literature from the University of Erfurt, Germany, his scientific inquiries now include media arts pedagogy, media ecology, community art, and interdisciplinary creativity. The artistic practice of pETER Purg ranges from (lecture) performances and intermedia installations to public-space interventions as well as participatory processes. Currently he leads the interdisciplinary  MAST – Module in Art, Science and Technology project as well as School of Arts’ teams in DIVA – Art:Biz Innovation Ecosystem (Interreg, Italy-Slovenia) and  KONS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art; he is on the team for preparing the European Capital of Culture candidacy of Nova Gorica Go!2025. Acting increasingly as curator and juror across educational and cultural realms in Slovenia and abroad, pETER Purg also continues researching, consulting, producing and evaluating particularly in different fields of new media.

Dr. Allan Siegel teaches in the Intermedia Department at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and the ADRIART.CE coordinator at the university. He is the author of the book Close Encounters of the Food Kind and artistic practice includes the various forms of visual media. His work has been presented at museums throughout North America and Europe.