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About „Compost”

Recent scientific studies have comprehensively assessed the world's biomass for the first time, determining the weight of every class of living creature on Earth: plants represent 82%, bacteria 13%, and all other beings, from insects to fungi, fish and animals - 5%, of which the human species only 0.01%. People seem insignificant compared to all other species... There are more plants on the terra firma than the neurons in the human brain or the stars in the Milky Way. However, since the dawn of civilization, mankind has caused the disappearance of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants, increasingly affecting the biodiversity of the planet concurrently with the demographic explosion of the last centuries. It is estimated that the current consumption rate will require three planets by 2050 to secure the specie's life resources. The future of the Earth is more uncertain than ever for all living systems; a feeling of rot floats in the air.

There is, however, hope. The hope that we are just composting, fermenting waste to reach a new fertility, a new space for coexistence and growth. In order to activate the energy and nutrients from this compost we need to think and test. We need to start talking with other sentient entities in the world - plants, bees, termites, bacteria - to learn from the way biological systems work rather than forcing on them the ideas of nineteenth-century industrialization. To fertilize our knowledge with forms of architecture, art, and agriculture from their "civilizations", cross the sensibilities and abilities of the non-human universe with those in the microcosm of our body and the harmony of the spheres in a symphonic, trans-species dimension. Let us imagine new practices of metamorphosis and simbiogenesis, of resistance to Capitalocene's cynicism and the certainties of Progress, of nutritious alliance and interaction between different forms of life, art and knowledge.

Taking into account recent research and literature about the ecological deadlock, manifest also in the massive floods that impacted Slănic area this summer, In Context Residency proposes, through the regenerative metaphor of compost, an experiment meant to reconsider knowledge and creativity from a wider perspective than the human one and aiming to transform the mountain resort of Slănic into a fertile ground for investigating and testing what could mean to be with or think with, in a time when the idea of ​​"simpoiesis" becomes essential for survival in non-colonizingarts, sciences, and politics. Compost acts here both as a commentary on the ecological crisis and as a metaphor for art's metabolism, artists cannibalizing their own experiences as well as others'. Through transdisciplinary approaches, dialogues and alliances between artists and specialists in various fields, the Compost edition of the residency ultimately seeks to embrace the condition of the possible in the process of redefining and expanding the idea of "us" for a living earth.

Project Manager
Alina Georgiana Teodorescu
Project Assistant
Gabriel Leascu
Project Assistant
Anastasia Roncea
Adi Bulboaca
Lavinia Cioaca
Vlad Catana
Simona Nastac


Agnes Ársælsdóttir

Ana Maria Micu

Anna Andrea Winther

Mihai Vereştiuc

Smaranda Ursuleanu

Gallery & Artworks

The Urban Plant Agenda - Agnes Ársælsdóttir

No Pink, No Green - Smaranda Ursuleanu

Probable meeting with a bear: from dusk to dawn - Smaranda Ursuleanu

Another world is still possible - Smaranda Ursuleanu

0.67 m³ beech wood => 0.44 m³ sculpture, 0.206 m³ chippings, 0.024 m³ sawdust - Mihai Vereştiuc

The Insufficiency of Self - Ana Maria Micu



10 August

Deschiderea ediției “Compost”, Centrala În Context

11 August - 18 August

Vizitarea unor clădiri cu relevanță istorică, momentan închise, ce pot funcționa ulterior ca spații de expunere temporară și acțiuni artistice punctuale.

16 August

Vizită la Salina Târgu Ocna și la Moinești, locul natal al lui Tristan Tzara.

17 August

Vizită la Tescani, casa memorială George Enescu

27 August

10:00 - 18:00 - Centrala În Context - Ziua atelierului deschis: locuitorii orașului Slănic sunt invitați în spațiile de atelier ale artiștilor pentru a vedea proiectele în lucru.

27 August

Vizită participanți program Erasmus - Asociația de Tineret Onestin

31 August

10:00 - 11:30 - Atelier „Parking” cu Irina Bălan, Agnes Ársælsdóttir și Mihai Vereștiuc, copii 3-4 ani

31 August

12:00 - 14:00 - Atelier „Vegetal Self Portraits” cu Irina Bălan și Ana Maria Micu, copii 10-12 ani

31 August

14:30 - 16:30 - Atelier „Food Sculpting” cu Irina Bălan, Anna Andrea Winther și Smaranda Ursuleanu, copii 12-14 ani

03 September

Atelier „Înapoi în Pământ” cu Elena Dinga.

06 September

„Compost” - vernisajul expoziției finale ce prezintă lucrările produse pe durata rezidenței, plus o secțiune de muzeu temporar constituită din lucrări realizate la edițiile din 2017 și 2018, locație: Centrala În Context, 16:00 - 20:00

06 September - 08 September

Music In Context - serie de concerte, DJ-sets și workshops susținute de artiști români, vestici și islandezi.

08 September

Vizita In Context a elevilor de la Cercul de artă contemporană, Școala Gimnazială nr. 2 Târgu Ocna