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Europe Day 2014: Dialogue Between Local and European Artists

21 May 2014
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A set of masterclasses have been organised by artists from several European countries to supplement the cultural timetable of Europe Day Information Week. These masterclasses were aimed at establishing connections between local youth and guests from the European Union. They shared ideas, their world views, and learnt new things about European Union member states through individual experience.
On 18 May a masterclass on “public spaces” was held by artist Petra Hultman in Lovers’ Park in Yerevan. Interdisciplinary cultural operator of the EU-financed “SPACES” project Taguhi Torosyan gave a speech on the concept of public spaces, telling participants about the term itself and providing an overview of their emergence.
Hultman followed Torosyan’s speech with a lecture. She is a visual artist from Sweden with experience in animation, installation, video art, craft and performance. ‘One day I realised that creating something is not enough for me too feel complete. I need to make things happen. That was when I left my comfortable studio and began creating some movement that combines art and activism,’ she stated.
The key event of the masterclass was “remapping” Yerevan city centre. Hultman gave all the participants coloured pens and ribbons; participants then sketched and stitched their vision of the city centre on paper maps.
The works made by the participants of the masterclass will be exhibited on 24 May at the closing ceremony of the Europe Day Information Week on Freedom Square.
Another masterclass by Spanish artist Guillermo Rojas was held on 19 May at “Aeon anti-café” in Yerevan. Before Rojas started the class, Vahe Budumyan, the Head of the “Utopiana” initiative implementing the EU-funded project on public spaces for cultural expression, introduced the event, giving some background on the initiative. Utopiana was founded in 2001 to fight against the isolation of Armenian artists from the global context. After several years of successful activity in 2009-2012, Utopiana focused its projects on four main themes: archives, work, sustainable development and public spaces.
Rojas, a Granada-based photographer, painter, graphic designer and sculptor, introduced some elements of audiovisual art and explained about an innovative tool that he uses in order to prepare and present his works in .gif format. While presenting his recent works inspired by poems and stories by Armenian contemporary writers, he involved the public into a vivid discussion on art, its interpretation and cultural contexts, as well as on technical aspects of his works. Rojas also noted that every country should pick up something useful for its citizens through cooperation and bilateral relations with the European Union. For instance, he believes that Spain could teach Armenians to be more open minded and to get a better grip on contemporary life.
Rojas spent several years working as an architect, interior designer and graphic designer. Later he turned to new tools in order to express his ideas – drawing, painting, sculpture, engraving, photography, and cinema. Currently he is participating in the “Art Commune Residency” programme in Yerevan.

Europe Day 2014: Dialogue Between Local and European Artists

A set of masterclasses have been organised by artists from several European countries to supplement the cultural timetable of Europe Day Information Week. These masterclasses were aimed at establishing connections between local youth and guests from the European Union. They shared ideas, their world views, and learnt new things about European Union member states through individual experience. On 18 May a masterclass on “public spaces” was held by artist Petra Hultman in Lovers’ Park in Yerevan. Interdisciplinary cultural operator of the EU-financed “SPACES” project Taguhi Torosyan gave a speech on the concept of public spaces, telling participants about the term itself and providing an overview of their emergence. Hultman followed Torosyan’s speech with a lecture. She is a visual artist from Sweden with experience in animation, installation, video art, craft and performance. ‘One day I realised that creating something is not enough for me too feel complete. I need to make things happen. That was when I left my comfortable studio and began creating some movement that combines art and activism,’ she stated. The key event of the masterclass was “remapping” Yerevan city centre. Hultman gave all the participants coloured pens and ribbons; participants then sketched and stitched their vision of the city centre on paper maps. The works made by the participants of the masterclass will be exhibited on 24 May at the closing ceremony of the Europe Day Information Week on Freedom Square. Another masterclass by Spanish artist Guillermo Rojas was held on 19 May at “Aeon anti-café” in Yerevan. Before Rojas started the class, Vahe Budumyan, the Head of the “Utopiana” initiative implementing the EU-funded project on public spaces for cultural expression, introduced the event, giving some background on the initiative. Utopiana was founded in 2001 to fight against the isolation of Armenian artists from the global context. After several years of successful activity in 2009-2012, Utopiana focused its projects on four main themes: archives, work, sustainable development and public spaces. Rojas, a Granada-based photographer, painter, graphic designer and sculptor, introduced some elements of audiovisual art and explained about an innovative tool that he uses in order to prepare and present his works in .gif format. While presenting his recent works inspired by poems and stories by Armenian contemporary writers, he involved the public into a vivid discussion on art, its interpretation and cultural contexts, as well as on technical aspects of his works. Rojas also noted that every country should pick up something useful for its citizens through cooperation and bilateral relations with the European Union. For instance, he believes that Spain could teach Armenians to be more open minded and to get a better grip on contemporary life. Rojas spent several years working as an architect, interior designer and graphic designer. Later he turned to new tools in order to express his ideas – drawing, painting, sculpture, engraving, photography, and cinema. Currently he is participating in the “Art Commune Residency” programme in Yerevan.