Curated by Marius Babias and Sabine Hentzsch, the Spaţiul Public Bukureşti | Public Art Bucharest 2007 project represents a trans-disciplinary discourse on art, architecture, urban development, education, and youth culture, in society and the public sphere. Spaţiul Public Bukureşti | Public Art Bucharest 2007 includes a series of artistic projects, public debates, and media interventions, and it aims at confronting the public with social developments, initiating discussion, and emphasizing the cultural contribution to the development of democracy.
In Romania under the double influence of globalization and post-communism, public space is an indicator of the state of society and democracy, as well as of the social relations between the inhabitants of a city or country.
The way in which a city is structured, and the ways in which “living”, “work”, “commerce”, and “leisure” are combined reveal aspects of social parameters from the past, and allow a conclusion on the conditions of life under post-communism. Public space reflects the general situation of the city and of society. The public space of a city is defined, first of all, through the social interaction of its inhabitants as well as through the way in which people living in the city perceive, experiment with, and inhabit their city. The public space is an active mode for the real experience of the city by its inhabitants.
Spaţiul Public Bukureşti | Public Art Bucharest 2007 is a pilot project organized by Goethe-Institut Bucharest in partnership with Institutul Cultural Român (ICR) and Allianz Kulturstiftung. The following artists have been invited to take part in the first stage of the project in 2007: Mircea Cantor, Anetta Mona Chişa | Lucia Tkáčová, Nicoleta Esinencu, H.arta, Daniel Knorr, Dan Perjovschi, and Lia Perjovschi.