Wolfgang Obermair artist - in - residence at press to exit project space, Skopje

West Balkan Calling | Artist-in-Residence Exchange Programme | organized by < rotor > center for contemporary art Graz and press to exit project space | artist Wolfgang Obermair | press to exit project space | 22 August – 22 September, 2016.

press to exit project space is pleased to announce that the artist Wolfgang Obermair during the months of August and September realizes residential stay in Skopje, Macedonia, as part of the art residency project WEST BALKAN CALLING. His residencial stay in 2016. will be organized by press to exit project space in collaboration with < rotor > center for contemporary art Graz.

Wolfgang Obermair (born in Germany) is an artist and curator in the field of art and architecture based in Vienna, Austria. He studied geography, painting and media art in Dresden, Nuremberg and Karlsruhe and worked as lecturer and assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg and the Viennese Art School. Currently he teaches at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the department for Transmedial Art. Obermair´s work was shown in various cities including Moscow, Beijing, Porto, Zagreb, Vienna. Moreover he has been curating exhibitions for the Nuremberg art association kunstbunker – forum für zeitgenössische kunst (http://www.kunstbunker-nuernberg.org). Since 2012 he is member and coordinator of the Viennese non-profit art space Schneiderei (http://seeyounextthursday.com). Obermair is co-editor (with E. Shaipiro-Obermair) of “Das Große Moskau, das es niemals gab” (The Big Moscow that has never existed. 2008, Vienna: Schlebrügge), which examines the position of constructivist architecture in today´s Moscow.

Passion: Fan Behavior and art

External activity | Yane Calovski | exhibition “Passion: Fan Behavior and art”  | Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin | curated by Christoph Tannert | the exhibition travels to the Kunsthaus im KunstKulturQuartier, Nuremberg, the Mùzeum Ludwig, Budapest, Hungaryand the Stadtgalerie, Kiel | 9.08.2015 – 9. 09. 2016

The exhibition “Passion: Fan Behaviour and Art” focuses on the realm of rock music. It explores fan behaviour bearing in mind that before the advent of the Internet and social media music fans communicated among each other by writing letters, exchanging pictures, designing posters, publishing magazines, taping concerts and radio broadcasts or decorating cassette covers, often interweaving rumours and fictional accounts with poems and declarations of love in an effort to keep the distance between artists and fans as small as possible.

Youth culture is known to manifest itself in a variety of ways. One of its most appealing forms of commonality is fandom: young people feeling aligned with any of the subcultures whose cohesion relies primarily on a fixation with a sports team or popular entertainment (music, film, TV, Internet, digital gaming culture, fashion, literature, comics) and is nurtured by body art, raves, moves or theatrical performances as experimental spaces. Fantum should not be equated with the interest of the “normal” public in pop culture; rather, it takes the shape of a heightened form of popular culture and seeks to differentiate itself. Incidentally, very few visual artists would unequivocally describe themselves as fans of a given band or style of pop music.

Work In Progress #1

External activities | press to exit project space | Jovanka Popova | Work In Progress #1 Festival | organized by FRABAAC, Prishtina | 19 – 31 July, 2016.

Jovanka Popova, program coordinator of press to exit project space participated with the presentation of press to exit project space activities at Work In Progress #1 Festival. Work In Progress #1 is a festival of talks and artworks’ presentations. It is about artists run projects/ spaces and the “part” of artists, curators and cultural activists in the protection and revitalization of cultural heritage.

Work In Progress #1 is the first project implemented by FRABAAC (non-governmental organization created in Kosovo in December 2015). The idea of this project is to propose to artists, curators and cultural workers an occasion to share their experiences in the organization of exhibitions, cultural projects, or in the management of art spaces. The goal of FRABAAC is to take part in the process of empowerment of the artistic and cultural community of Kosovo through the presentation of practices and the organization of encounters and exchanges. FRABAAC also aims at presenting the work of artists and create connections between artists and curators from different regions. For its first project, FRABAAC will focus on one medium, the video which is used by artists in different ways. 

Artist in Residence / Sculpture Space

External activity | Hristina Ivanoska & Yane Calovski | Artist in Residence |  Sculpture Space, Utica, NY | Works in Progress Reception July 25, 2016
The public is invited to attend a free Open Studio Reception on Tuesday, July 26 from 5:00 to 7:00pm, at the Sculpture Space studio, 12 Gates Street, Utica. The reception provides an opportunity for local residents and supporters of the organization to meet current artists-in-residence, view their artwork in progress and learn more about their creative process. Current Artists-in-Residence are Dalia Baassiri (Beirut, Lebanon), Yane Calovski & Hristina Ivanoska (Skopje, Macadonia), Lewis Colburn (Philadelphia, PA), Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford (Chicago, IL), Jack Pavlik (Minneapolis, MN) and Omri Zin (Tel-Aviv, Israel).

Urban Art: Creating the Urban with Art

External activity | Jovanka Popova's presentation at the conference "Urban Art: Creating the Urban with Art" | Humboldt University Berlin | 15 – 16 July, 2016.


The conference is dedicated to new forms of art and activism in urban spaces. The challenge for a scientific approach towards Urban Art consists in its heterogeneity. Like the current forms of urbanism, Urban Art is in itself ephemeral, mobile, virtual, entertaining and at the same time often political. Here the transitions between art, architecture, city planning, urban design and politics are in constant flux. The workshop aims at the discussion and exploration of these interrelated topics and their contradictions.