House of The Arts
str. Augustin Pacha nr. 8


Contrasens Assn. is an Romanian NGO founded 2015 that operates with Art, Culture and Education through culture for children, youth and adults. Contrasens Cultural Association is a hub for local and emergent contemporary art and artists, a platform for education, training and growth through culture. We support and document the production of Romanian contemporary art and promote it in Romania as well as abroad and act as an interface between artists, public and sponsors in order to make the cultural space accessible, inclusive and to engage new publics with contemporary art. In the past years Contrasens has trained young graduates in cultural management, cultural criticism and journalism. Our expertise is in mediation and art-based non-formal education programs, including critical thinking through art, in curating and producing visual art projects with a declared political and social dimension built on art as shaped and shaping the social and the political. ART AS POLITICAL PRAXIS. Our organisation aims to engage in projects that focus on socially engaged art, on education through art and on new approaches to engaging diverse audiences with contemporary art, that are built on the synergy between local & international cultural society, between art, research and education, between public and private stakeholders.

WE TRANSFER: Art and Politics in Appropriate Hands


Tip eveniment
Perioada Expozitie
01.08.2019 - 15.11.2019
  • 19:00 - Deschidere
  • 22:00 - Concert Utopus
  • 02:00 - Inchidere

Today we know that the concept of art in the public space is perceived as being a little redundant, reputation that dates back from the end of the 1990’s in what at that time was known as ‘Western culture’ as well as in Central and Eastern Europe. However, bringing back this concept is not only useful, but necessary. In order to make its way from usefulness to necessity we should look back at what the concept of art in public space meant before its apparent fall. The term public space as a place in which art can manifest itself came into being from the end of the 1960’s and the beginning of the 1980’s as part of contemporary art theory as well as part of the curatorial mediation practices, from the translation of the term public sphere (Jürgen Habermas) and by applying it to the domain of the displaying practices. After being symbolically thrown out from museums by the avantgarde, art is now called for again to assume its educational role to shorten its distance from its audience, and get closer to the public by removing from its reception range any institutional influence that until then could not do anything but make it harder for art to reach its public, at the same time making the display a privileged place of bourgeois contemplation.