Co-funded by Creative Europe Program and with partners Apollonia Art Exchanges, Strasburg, CONA Institute for Contemporary Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, ODA, Kosovo and Out of the Box Athens/London, VITAL program aims to create an innovative artistic ecosystem that respects the environment and contributes in its own way to the fight against global warming and atmospheric pollution.
Duration of the Program: June 2022 – July 2024
VITAL aims to create an innovative artistic ecosystem that respects the environment and contributes in its own way to the fight against global warming and atmospheric pollution. Concretely, Strasbourg will be offered four artworks integrating living plants and technologies using renewable energy, designed for public space with active participation of citizens. VITAL network, thanks to its knowledge of the European artistic milieu, was able to choose a certain number of artists who are sensitive to environmental issues with concrete ideas in line with the programme’s objectives and priorities.
Apollonia, European art exchanges (Coordinator), 23 rue Boecklin, F-67000 Strasbourg;
CONA zavod za procesiranje sodobne umetnosti, Peričeva ulica 7, SI-1000 Ljubljana;
Out of the Box Intermedia, 157 Skiathou, St. GR-11255 Athens;
Teatri ODA, Pallati I Rinise, 10030 Pristina, Kosovo.
Concretely, Strasbourg will be offered four artworks integrating living plants and technologies using renewable energy, designed for public space with active participation of citizens.
VITAL network, thanks to its knowledge of the European artistic milieu, was able to choose a certain number of artists who are sensitive to environmental issues with concrete ideas in line with the programme's objectives and priorities.
Thus, Marco Barotti captures the fluctuations of atmospheric CO2 thanks to the living plant moss that covers his sound installation, while Klitsa Antoniou dreams of a garden, created from the burnt elements of the great fire in Cyprus and animated by the public. Thibault Honoré invents a sculpture whose palms are activated by wind energy, which in turn allows a series of activities and functions such as lighting and watering. Finally, the artists Irena Pivka and Brane Zorman are inventing a sound application linked to the biodiversity of a public space.
In VITAL’s working method, the citizens play an extremely important role and participate in all the stages of the artistic process, i.e. design, production, operation and perpetuation, entirely based on the principles of co-production.
In addition to raising awareness among artists and the targeted and wide public, our aim is to create a European dynamic and a network for production and promotion of environmentally friendly works in public space, with the involvement of local authorities.
Apollonia is a non-profit association of general interest founded in Strasbourg in 1998. Their main goals are the promotion of the contemporary artistic creation and the stimulation of artistic exchanges in Europe; the association also aims to put forward the role of the artist in the society. Since its creation, Apollonia implemented over 60 research travels in Europe and Central Asia, set up more than 250 exhibitions and artistic projects (residences, workshops, etc.) and thus supported not less than 1.300 artistes from France, Europe and beyond.
CONA creatively connects artistic research practices and creativity and promotes contemporary works of art in connection with nature, technology, space and sound. They are known in the domestic and international public for the production and promotion of projects that include works from the fields of bioacoustics and acoustic ecology, location media and sound art.
Out of the Box Intermedia is a non-proft interdisciplinary arts organization actively committed to the research, development and presentation of location-driven and intermedia projects. The organization aims to promote international exchange of practice and knowledge in the arts (visual
and sound art, dance, architecture, theatre), to research on the methods used in theatre and curatorial practices and to investigate points of intersection between the arts and the public sphere by means of interventions, collective actions and educational programmes.
The independent theater ODA was founded at the end of 2002 on the initiative of Lirak Çelaj - actor, and Florent Mehmeti - director. And on March 1, 2003, the first premiere of ODA was shown with the show "Monologët e Vagina". Many artists and art lovers have welcomed the opening of this theater and continue to support it as much as possible. ODA Theater is the only independent theater in Kosovo with its own space.