The Expanded Space public art programme has been initiated in 2011 and seeks to bring the urban public space to life through temporary interventions which may vary from sculpture or installation to performance. Organized in different spaces in Bucharest and having a temporary span, the programme aims to support the new public art projects, which distance themselves from the “classical” monuments and memorials through the theme, the artistic expression and the type of intervention in the public space.
The fourth project in the framework of the Expanded Space programme has been opened on the 30th of July, 2014, bearing the theme of “Insider and Outsider”. Drawing on the belief that art does not only become public through its placement, since the public dimension has social and political connotations and is given by the choice of the questions it investigates or brings up, this year, the organizers have suggested the artists to question the issue of social definition of the individual through the lens of access to a particular group, community, position or culture.
The choice of theme was closely bound to the place suggested for the achievement of the interventions, Izvor Park, Bucharest, since the organizers wished that one of the directions of exploring this theme would regard one of the most controversial buildings of Romania, which is the “House of the People” and which today is known as the Palace of the Parliament.
Insider and Outsider brings into the public space of Bucharest four artistic interventions: “The House of the People style armchairs,” author Mihai Balko, “Uranus chronic(le),” accomplished by the team made out of Ioana Ciocan and architects Bogdan Ciocodeică and Diana Roşu, “Dead Megaphone with a Swing,” author Adela Iacoban, and the work of subREAL group “ Mulţumiţi, nemulţumiţi” (Content/Discontent).
Situated in the immediate vicinity of The House of the People, in an area where the Uranus-Izvor neighbourhood had stood before the demolitions from the eighties took place, the artists’ interventions question and place the spotlight in equal measure on the past and on the present of this place, situated under the shadow of one of the greatest buildings in the world, built for the people, but which was and still is, actually, separated from the people by a thick wall, whose existence speaks about the true relationship between the locus of power, which is inside and the people, which are outside.
Dead Megaphone with a Swing by Adela Iacoban
The House of the People style armchairs by Mihai Balko
Uranus chronic(le) by Ioana Ciocan and architects Bogdan Ciocodeică and Diana Roşu
Content/Discontent by subREAL group