artMUSE - A European Culture Project

2011-2012 Funded by the European Union

LWL Industriemuseum Textilmuseum Bocholt, Germany
Gdańsk City Gallery, Poland
Museum of Bitola, Macedonia FYROM
Supported by the M2C Institut für angewandte Medienforschung Bremen, Germany


during the upcoming weeks of summer there are plenty opportunities to find out more about the latest developments in media arts and urban culture. come and join international operating artists as they are remapping local spaces in Macedonia, Poland and Germany! take part in the construction of future visions of European urbanity and become witness of mobile utopias for a dialoguous preservation and transformation of European cultural heritage ∞


20.08.2012 artMUSE Festival in Bitola

24.-26.08. 2012 artMUSE Festival in Bocholt

31.08. & 01.09.2012 artMUSE Festival in Gdansk


M2C Institute Bremen presents the artMUSE 2012 European Media Art Festival in Gdansk, Bocholt and Bitola: installations, performances, media sculptures, sound art and digital share jam sessions of 20 international artists transform the three European cities into open labs.

There is no cultural center, there are thousands of creative brains walking through it. artMUSE.

Curators: Iwona Bigos, Martin Koplin, Liljana Hristova, Irena Ruzin, Patrycja Ryłko, Nadine Schober, Hermann Josef Stenkamp
Artists: Snezhana Altiparmakova (MK), Jürgen Amthor (DE), Maria Apoleika (PL), Erik Binder (SK), Roman Bromboszcz (PL), Aleksandra Chomicz (PL), Adam Ćwiek (PL), Stefan Demming (DE), Ingo Dietzel (DE), Oleg Dziewanowski (PL), Sylwester Gałuszka (PL), Elena Gjeorgievska (MK), Michael Globisch (DE), Aleksandra Grzonkowska (PL), Mikołaj Jurkiewicz (PL), Andrea Kalinová (SK), Flo Kaufmann (CH), Tomasz Kopcewicz (PL), Jacek Kornacki (PL), Kasia Krakowiak (PL), Popesz Csaba Láng (HU), Katherine Liberovskaya (BG/US), Małgorzata Maciaszek (PL), Stefan Malbasich (MK), Andrzej Egon Miastkowski (PL), Krzysztof Miękus (PL), Bärbel Möllmann (DE), Katarina Morháčová (SK), Michał Moravčík (SK), Phill Niblock (BE/US), Judith Nothnagel (DE), Martin Piaček (SK), Krzysztof Polkowski (PL), Ole.Collective (PL), Emilia Orzechowska (PL), Tomáš Rafa (SK), Marek Rogulski (PL), Rogulus (PL), Ursula Scherrer (CH), Vladimir Simonovski (MK), Robert Sochacki (PL), Magda Stanová (SK), Urszula Szkudlarek (PL),Tomasz Szwelas Szwelnik (PL), Igor Tosevski (MK), Ania Witkowska (PL), Elwira Wojtunik (PL), Wojciech Wroński (PL), António Xavier (P)



02.03.2012 artMUSE Festival in Bitola - 02 March 2012

Join us @ the NI Institute and the Museum of Bitola on Friday Night!

artMUSE arts festival will proceed in the Museum of Bitola and the National Institution Institute in Macedonia. Further cultural workshops will follow in June.

14.6.-17.6.2011 artMUSE Festival
The art event 1 in the artMUSE-Project took place as European Festival “artMUSE – facing the future – from industrial to post digital revolution” as public art events simultaneously in the Spinnery of the Textilemuseum in Bocholt and at the Gdańsk City Gallery. In early 2012 also in the Museum of Bitola. Associated partners of artMUSE from the European Project MaX – Museums at Public Access and Participation in Delmenhorst, Gent and Sofia connected their cultural and art activity around the European Corner for the time of this event with the artMUSE festival activities. The networking lead to e.g. a public talk at the event through the senior scientist for media-aesthetics, Thomas Goldstrasz, from the University of Applied Sciences in Dusseldorf. Information about artMUSE and some art works were distributed over the European Corner to the three museums at these places. In Bocholt and in Gdansk the artists, creative activists and cultural stakeholders were invited to contribute to the artMUSE Festival. New forms of cultural expressions were requested related to the artMUSE project issues, the festival locations and their special characters and historical background and the related topics of today.
The curation of the whole festival program was in the hands of an international voluntary group of experts: Jürgen Amthor (DE), Iwona Bigos (PL), Eline Chalmet (BE), Svetozara Kararadeva (BG), Martin Koplin (DE), Ann Van Nieuwenhuyse (BE), Hans-Hermann Precht (DE), Lívia Rózsás (HU), Irena Ruzin (MK), Nadine Schober (DE), Hermann-Josef Stenkamp (DE), Ekatarina Tsekova (BG).
The participating artists (e.g. Ursula Scherrer & Flo Kaufmann: Spinnerei, Nina Czeglédy, Márton András Juhász, László Kiss, Bettina Schülke: Aurora/Aura, Nicolas Wiese und Yoav Pasovsky: Mill, Agatha Michowska: Pure Gothic Style, Elektro Moon Vision: Mapping, Eric Dunlop & Forward Motion Theater: Somiglia, Simon Pfeffel: Unbelebte Bewegung, KEPP Showroom, Bernadett Jobbágy, László Kiss und Eduárd Sík: Noisy Coat, etc.) were encouraged to exchange before, while and after the events. The opportunity for networking, team-working and active exchange were offered and used. Media artists from Poland and Hungary showed their artwork and reflections to industrial and digital revolution and extended it in there team-work together with artists from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and other countries to put the artMUSE topics into a new context. The pan-European artMUSE events created a new access and offered an exchange on the European level.  The focus on the topic „facing the future  – from industrial to postdigital revolution“ that contains historical and actual ideas about social, cultural, ecological and design dimensions of the “industrial and textile” field was recombined in a completely new way and picked up in the different works of media art. All artMUSE activities, as well as the exhibited artworks and the live performances are documented and will be (some already are) uploaded into the European Corner’s of 5 European museums, to make them permanently available in the participating institutions after the festival. The artMUSE festival was a great success for all participants, their goals, the visitors and the institutions.

On the 16th and 17th of July more than 20 artists from 7 countries presented their video installations, live-performances and interactive sculptures in the historical spinning mill, built in 1907, and open to public for cultural reasons the first time in history. The old construction of the spinning mill in Bocholt was also an initial point and inspiration for the artist work related to textile and textile industry. The program and the open share jam - the art participation event F.6 and implemented from artists from Krakow under the participation of local artists and others, showed new incentives for the liaison of industry , textile, music and media art – but also for the sort of creative “energy” that can arise from these collaborative “jams”.

An audiovisual installation “CityWalk” by Robert Sochacki and others was presented on- and offline in the Gdańsk City Gallery and outside of it. The installation is an audiovisual performance of new media. The Polish video painter, VJ, performance artist and also reality explorer Robert Sochacki was the initiator of the CityWalk project. On the big gallery screens, like the three dimensional children books with the spacious illustration, where presented a 3D projection accompanied with sound. CityWalk was a dynamic juxtaposition of image and sound. It presented the blend of space narration, sound, actual and virtual trajectory as well as our own projections of events and places.

The art event 1 in Bitola will take place in early 2012. We started the work on it together with the Museum of Bitola through implementing a meeting at the Museum of Bitola from 13.09.2011-15.09.2011 where all relevant cultural institutions of Bitola have been invited to support this process, e.g. the Municipality of Bitola, the University, the Gauss Institute, the German-Macedonian Association, the creative-scene, creative-sme, media artist, artists, etc.. We are looking forward to realize the next workshop in Bitola in spring 2012.

Open Share Jam – Public Participation at artMUSE
In addition to the artMUSE festival in Bocholt Polish artMUSE artists presented a specific media art performance where visitors and artMUSE artists could participate live together in a digital “open stage” jam. Especially local media artists and fine art people followed the invitation to participate. But even non-artists gave their best in the jam. The invitation for this part of the event was separated published in local and regional newspapers. This kind of performance has its origin in special aspects of theatre, modern art and jazz jam sessions. In the context of participative art and interactive media art events like this proceeded in the last few years in different European cities like Bremen, Warsaw, Prague, Lyon, Budapest and Berlin. The open media art session in kind of an interactive audio-visual jam session was guided by the Polish artist group Share:Krakow. This event was the foundation for a new interdisciplinary cultural and art centre with focus on the European exchange.

Cultural workshop 1: 23.-24.11.2011
Due to the ongoing renovation of the LWL Textilemuseum we shifted the workshop from October to November. The topics are: European prospects, current topics and cultural heritage in context of artMUSE. In a time were more financial difficulties are dominating the public discussion and mass media, we more then ever believe in the importance of culture, the cultural heritage, European exchange and its´ power for tomorrow’s life. Private communication with digital media, the public exchange of opinions, new sorts of cultural expressions or the cultural content production is practised through communities and individuals all over Europe. There is a huge demand by citizens all over Europe to get involved into the process of designing the environment we live in, we learn in, we communicate with each other and that constitutes our life-circumstances. Cultural institutions are interested to become precursors on this sector but very often do not know how to facilitate this process. In museums, learn and infotainment environments focus not any longer on the improvement of the technical visualization of available information, but rather the integration of the new "cultural techniques". This user-cultural aspects involves a multitude of communications, processes of knowledge generation and content productions resulting e.g. from a redesign of accesses to the museum in a cultural context or from the relations between the visitors and the meaning of culture itself. The goal of this workshop is the professional exchange and the development of new ideas, perspectives, co-operations and networks for to link old and new, history with the next steps into future.

Research and Conferene Participation of artMUSE
The research, archive-study and literature review were carried out through the project partners. A first practical result was the contribution of artMUSE at the ISEA2011 Istanbul Conference in the section Media Art in the panel Museum, Archiving, and Interactivity on 20.09.2011. artMUSE was mentioned as well in two other talks of the ISEA2011: one was „Interactive Technotextiles - The hybrid between Textiles and Technology“ of Bettina Schülke who was participating artist at the art event 1 in Bocholt. artMUSE was also presented in the Think BETA panel at the ISEA2011 Istanbul Conference and in a talk at the EVA 2011 Berlin. Artmuse implemented additionally its own panel at the Think BETA International Symposium Bremen 2011.

Future-workshop - A„living“ institution in the artMUSE project
The first concrete results is the networking and exchange with the think tank „Think BETA“ and their 30 European member institution from art, culture, creativity and research.

Next activities in artMUSE
New Cultural workshops and Future-workshop will be implemented in spring 2012 in Bocholt, Bitola and Gdansk. The art event artMUSE 2 will be realized in summer 2012.