All Museums Are Virtual

Public Conference with Discussions

19/20 September 2001
at the Euro-Bulgarian Cultural Center, bul. Al. Stamboliiski 17, Sofia

part of the microMuseum of medi@terra .01
De-globalizing / Re-globalizing
Athens >> Lavrion >> Sofia >> Belgrad >> Maribor >> Frankfurt
(14 September-15 October)

co-organized by the curatorial team of Communication Front and medi@terra, in collaboration with the Euro-Bulgarian Cultural Center, Sofia, and the ArtToday Foundation, Plovdiv.


Wednesday, 19 September 2001

10:00 - 11:20 Culture of Resistance
Lecture and discussion with Dr. Rossen Petkov
R.P. is the president of SCAS – Students’ Computer Art Society, Sofia. Director of the “Computer Space” festival for computer art, Sofia. Teaches at the Technical University, Sofia.

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11:30 – 12:50 Museum of Places
Lecture and discussion with ass. prof. Dr. Ivaylo Ditchev
I.D. is assistant professor of cultural history and theory at the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Author of scientific articles and reviews. Author of the books “Eroticism of Authorship” (1992), “The Gift in the Age of Its Technical Reproducibility” (1999), among others.

12:50 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 15:50 The Artistic Collection in the Age of Its Digital (Re)Production
Lecture and discussion with ass. prof. Dr. Irina Genova
I.G. is art historian, researcher, critic and curator. Works at the Institute of Art Studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Science and teaches at the New Bulgarian University. Author of scientific articles, reviews and criticism. Scientific editor, with Angel Angelov, of the compilation “Afterhistories of Art” (2001), which reviews the difficulties in the face of the history/histories of art through the debate on the “end of art” from the 1980ies on. Assistant professor at the New Bulgarian University at the Department of Cultural History.

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16:00 – 17:20 My Museum – My Fortress
Lecture and discussion with ass. prof. Dr. Svilen Stefanov
S.S. is art historian, critic, curator, artist and writer. Teaches theory of contemporary art at the National Academy of Arts, Sofia. Has curated, over the past ten years, exhibitions that have been important for the development of contemporary visual arts in Bulgaria. Author of the books “The Bulgarian Press of the 20ies (Peculiarities of Visual Language)” (1994) and “Cultural Dimensions of the Visual (The Dynamics of New Bulgarian Art)” (1998).

17:20 – 18:00 Coffee break

18:00 – 20:00 microMuseum, De-globalizing / Re-globalizing
Medi@terra.01 International Art and Technologies Festival, Athens, Greece
Maria X
M.X. is curator, co-director of the Center for Media Art and New Technologies “Fournos” and the Medi@terra festival.
Manthos Santorineos
M.S. is the artistic director of the Medi@terra festival and director of the Center for Media Art and New Technologies “Fournos”, Athens, Greece.

20:00 – 21:00 Cocktail

21:00 – 22:00 microMuseum, De-globalizing / Re-globalizing
Medi@terra.01 International Art and Technologies Festival, Athens, Greece
Maria X
Manthos Santorineos

Thursday, 20 September 2001

16:00 – 17:10 All Museums Are Virtual
Lecture and discussion with Dimitrina Sevova and Alain Kessi
D.S. is an artist and curator. Founder of the TED Gallery for contemporary art, Varna. Curator of the annual international project for electronic and media art and theory Communication Front, based on her idea and concept.

A.K. is a journalist, media activist and theorist, and programmer. Curator, with Dimitrina Sevova and Emil Miraztchiev, of Communication Front.

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17:20 – 18:30 Bulgarian Art on the Internet
Lecture and discussion with Vladimir Petkov
V.P. is editor-in-chief of the server for culture and art <>.

18:30 – 19:00 Coffee break

19:00 – 20:10 Hackers Between Literature and Visual Arts
Lecture and discussion with Yordan Efftimov
Y.E. is a poet, theorist and critic. Senior assistant of literature theory at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia. Teaches history of antique literature at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Author of about 30 scientific articles and over 100 reviews. Last collection of poems “Opera Nigra” (2001).

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20:20 – 21:30 The Body As A Museum
Lecture and discussion with Virginia Zaharieva
V.Z. is a poet, psychoanalyst, editor-in-chief of the P.S. magazine on questions of gender, theory and literature, and journalist. Author of poetry and theoretical articles. Last collection of poems “Quadrille One Late Afternoon”. (1996)

We have just received confirmation that Dimos Dimitriou, artist from Athens, Greece, will come to the conference and hold a lecture. The program will be slightly adapted to accommodate his lecture.

The organizers reserve the right to change the program as published here for reasons that are outside their influence.

Concept: Dimitrina Sevova & Alain Kessi <>

The curatorial team of Communication Front <>
Dimitrina Sevova, Alain Kessi and Emil Miraztchiev
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