“Intersections – Art, Knowledge and Society”

01.06. – 31.12.2023

The Art Encounters Foundation and PRAKSIS co-organized 6 online workshops (1–2.11.2023 & 28 – 29.11.2023) and an international conference (15.12.2023) with the aim of generating a dialogue between students, artists, and cultural operators. Through mapping exercises of the Romanian and Norwegian art scenes, these workshops focused on collective activity and exchanging ideas, skills, and information. The maps resulting from these interactions will be included in a dedicated handbook. The international conference addressed the topic of cultural mediation as a theoretical construct describing practices and systems, models of action, and training.

Established in 2015, PRAKSIS is a non-profit centre for art, research, and learning in Oslo. PRAKSIS’s programs foreground collective activity and the exchange of ideas, skills, and information, generating a dialogue between artists, thinkers, and organisations locally and internationally, at all career stages, and across diverse cultures and disciplines. PRAKSIS collaborates with partners to place its activities within the broadest possible contexts. Since its founding in 2015, it has worked with over sixty partners ranging from national museums, universities, and leading art centres to wrestling clubs. Its core activities include: Organizing and running artists’ residencies; Staging public events; Youth programming; Online and in-print publishing;

Established in 2015, the Art Encounters Foundation aims to deliver an institutional model tailored to the needs of the local context and which is equally engaged in contributing to the international art scene. Founded by art collector and entrepreneur based in Timișoara Ovidiu Șandor, the Art Encounters Foundation is an initiative aiming to enrich and support the development of the contemporary art scene in Romania. Its core mission is to foster dialogue, learning, research, and experiment. The Foundation’s activities are carried out over the following main directions: organizing the Art Encounters Biennial in Timișoara and the exhibition program taking place at its permanent space in Timișoara or other sites; fostering education and audience development through public programs; developing a solid series of artistic and curatorial residencies. In conjunction with the permanent programs of the Foundation, the private art collection of Ovidiu Șandor, president of the Art Encounters Foundation, functions as an open resource for exhibitions, institutional collaboration, and research.

The project “Intersections – Art, Knowledge and Society” benefits from a grant for 63. 010 euro from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway through the EEA and the Norwegian Funds.