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Transfusion07

A project by Marjeta Lavrič, Alexandru Mihaescu, Václav Milek, Paweł Oczkowski, and Martina Vannayová

Host organizations: Literaturhaus Hamburg, Theater an der Ruhr und Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf, Springhornhof Neuenkirchen, eCulture Factory Bremen, and Schauspielhaus Hamburg

November/December 2007, Kampnagel, Hamburg (Germany)

Transfusion07 was an independent international festival that brought together critical theory, art, and media art. It involved issues of art and socio-critical theories that contribute to the discussion of contemporary social circumstances.

The festival was a platform for artistic discourse and at the same time an impetus to consider the practice of social integration as well as the nature of national and transnational identities in the age of the globalization. The platform involved an international team of artists and theoreticians and fostered sharing and discussions related to these issues via various media. At the same time, it examined artistic exchange between the East and the West - especially after the societal changes the last twenty years have brought. What is needed is a creative "transfusion." The term "transfusion" refers to an aesthetic practice that makes use of the range of possibilities new media offers and enables an interactive (or else passive) event for the spectator, as well as to the intended fusion of various art trends and working methods.

The festival program included sound and theater performances, a symposium, installations, and a presentation of works by young video artists from Slovakia, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

With support from: University of Hamburg, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stiftung für deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit, Cultural Department of the City of Hamburg, Instytut Adama Mickiewicza, Czech Center, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Hamburg