SPACES/CHIOȘC/K.A.I.R., Chisinau: If you don’t need it | Red line

Michal Moravčík / Jana Kapelová / Public Pedestal
“если вам не нужны / красная линия“ (If you don’t need it / Red line)

screening: Monday, July 29, 2013, 9 pm
intersection of Ismail str. with Cantemir Bd., Chisinau

If you don’t need it / Red line

The project by Jana Kapelová and Michal Moravčík is focused on the authenticity of the old part of the city of Chisinau. Through it the artists speculatively communicate about its possible future – planned extension of the Cantemir Boulevard. The two-channel projection is presenting the ongoing documentation process of their activities in this urban area.

Exchanging new standardized chairs on old ones (если вам не нужны – If you don’t need it), performed by the artists with local inhabitants, was related to some extent to the homogenization of the households and of the working area. The collected by the artists old and out of use furniture was redesigned and placed in the public space for being used again. It created new opportunities for redefining the relationship to the territory of the old town and “to appropriate” its authenticity once again.

Kapelová and Moravčík installed the rearranged chairs with street names written on them in three places where people usually wait for the minibuses (marshrutkas). Integral part of these three installations was also the красная линия (red line) action, which consisted in a drawing with red marker applied by the artists in a subtle way on the furniture, protecting the traced endangered parts of the city.

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This screening is the last activity organized in collaboration with Jana Kapelová and Michal Moravčík in the frame of KIOSK/K.A.I.R. artist in residency program in Chisinau. The project itself is based on the outcomes of the Mapping of public space in Chisinau workshop that had as objectives to analyze the existing public space and to conceptualize a network of public spaces for Chisinau that would offer an alternative to spaces designed during the previous regimes (representative for the political power of that moment). This is also a way to restart using the abandoned, ignored or monofunctional areas of the city, and to adapt them to the new needs that Chisinau inhabitants might have.

SPACES (Sustainable Public Areas for Culture in Eastern Countries) project assembles artists and cultural workers in four Eastern partner countries, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, who aim at reflecting societal issues in the public realm of their city. It also aims at strengthening the independent art and culture scene.

KIOSK AIR program
KIOSK artist in residency program encourages creation of new work in relation to the local context and reality. It offers the opportunity to explore various issues that relate to Moldova’s situation in general and to analyze the processes that shape Chisinau’s public space today.

K.A.I.R. Kosice Artist in Residence
K.A.I.R. is a residency programme in the frame of Kosice 2013 – European Capital of Culture to invite international artists to work and live for three month in Kosice as well as to send Eastern Slovak artists to international residencies.

This event is part of K.A.I.R./KIOSK artist in residency program organized in the frame of the EU project SPACES. The SPACES project is financed by the European Union through the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme. This residency is in cooperation with Kosice 2013 – European Capital of Culture ( and further supported by the Slovak Ministry of Culture (

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