:d stage for contemporary street art

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Every year as a part of Balkan Youth Festival there is d stage for contemporary street art that I coordinate also as participate. This year we had few EVS volunteers interested in participation also as some local street artists and d kids from the city that on d end had opportunity all together to make one graffiti.

Besides d painting as part of d stage for contemporary street art there are d brake dancers. We design a special stage for them where they can compare there style of dancing also as gain some new tips and tricks. Proper music absolutely: Hip – Hop, R&B & some brake bits.

Regularly we make this event in d evening while before the start of d night concerts and there are crowds of people and tourists that are interested in that what we do and d whole atmosphere that we create in d front of hotel Sandanski in Sandanski is amazing and unique.

The brake dance groups were amazing, they were playin more then two hours and in that time Erika [Italy] done her amazing painting. Desi [Bulgaria] draw amazing eye on her wooden board, the Turkish & Polish girls made fantastic play with d colors and their ideas. Ina [Bulgaria] experiment with d materials and d techniques that she include in her work and Toni [Bulgaria] paint for this year stage for contemporary street arts some fashionable, stylish painting.

There were few more people including me that were participating and made creative energy during Balkan Youth Festival and as coordinator of this activity I can say that we’ve done pretty good job. Later, during d festival days we show our works on few places around d city and also use them as a part of d Eco- Happening that followed in d program.

We had one tattoo master that drawn to our bodies temporary tattoos also as few jugglers that animate d kids that were in the city park ally. We finished the paintings & we set them around the trees in the ally of the park. Different levels of light from the street lights was giving different perspective on the pictures that makes them more attractive.

The people that were going to the BYF – Concert had the opportunity to see the setting of the Night Street Exhibition.

It was good to learn how to work in team with the EVS volunteers on d festival. We bring d materials and build d whole stage together and after, when the activities were off and d people from Sandanski were preparing for d night concerts @ d Theater we collect all d things and clean d space.

..interesting for me was d group of 10 kids with BMX [bikes] that were with us during d whole time,  from time to time asking if there are some colors or sprays that they can use. ..In d first one hour I was trying to convince them that they are pretty small to paint on this big boards but after a while I decide to give them d opportunity to learn more about d street art and to take active participation in our activity.

After I explain them shortly how can they use d sprays, they decide all together to write BYF [Balkan Youth Festival] and colored d letters together. I hope that this was good experience for them and that they will want to continue with d art in general and be my real participants in d next years.







.The Stage for Contemporary Street Arts was successfully covered by the media – most of the participants gave an interview and the process of their work was shot by the photographers of the BYF.

:if u’re interested to see more pics u can check the BYF fb profile and their album ~

What about Con.Tempo.rary arT?

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In the wireless connection I found colors on the top of the TV. The youth in the box were speaking about art. Modern or contemporary?
If you still can’t find the difference between these two periods in the creative era don’t worry because the line between those is not very good defined, except that the artist in the contemporary period can use the telephone, video, TV, and all the modern technology we have now. In the modern period the artists still didn’t have some of those materials/ products.
If we are looking for the right definition about the word Contemporary we know that it means “art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes”. In other words, contemporary to us.
It is a period that started in the 60’s and the beginning of the 70’s. As we saw that after the postmodern there where still new things coming and the designers and artists show totally new ways of expressing themselves.
The difference in this last period of the evolution of art is that you can write on the paper and it is not necessary something to be written at all. It is also not necessary to be explained to the audience what does that mean. It’s all about the human eye and how it accepts these works of art. Usually nowadays we can find groups of artists gathered in community, creating conceptual stuff which are difficult to be explained and are observed only from small circles of people who are into art. Over the past 40 years we saw what kind of shapes and forms this period can create to evolve into today’s level where the reception of art is crystallized till moment of refinement.
Every different period brings new waves in different fields of the normal day living. We live in      time when we wait for new application and upgrade of the old one everyday, when good commercial, advertisings and designs take our attention. We want to enter in objects that bring us new way of thinking and combine the elements and the knowledge from the classical ages till now. Exactly that is living in contemporary environment.
There are new lines in the forms of the architecture that starts building in the last 30 – 40 years, different relation with the theatre, painted art, photography, literature, movie and all other brunches of the art as a whole.

New forms were born like art installations, multi media, visual art etc. There are different issues with which the artist or the groups connect with, such as feminism, multiculturalism, globalization, bio-engineering and AIDS and cancer awareness. Most of the time, contemporary art is closely related to the modern, postmodern and avant-garde period of art. In today’s art, materials which are used in the creation of an art-work are collection of information that the materials carry by themselves and their combination is aimed to convey a specific thought / paragraph for a particular condition.

Ones of the best presenters of this period who border with the postmodern are Marina Abramovich (performance artist), Banksy (graffiti artist), Yoko Ono (musician, artist), Laurie Anderson (performance artist), Slaven Tolj (performance, installation artist), Richard Wilson (sculptor), Philip Pocock (internet and installation artist), Kenneth Noland  (painter), Charles Bukowski (writer, poet), Takashi Murakami (sculptor and painter), Santiago Calatrava (architect)  and so much more situated in a lot of different categories like feminist art, neo-conceptualism, neo-expressionism, multiculturalism, graffiti movement, neo-pop, futurism, minimalism and so on.
Contemporary art is art in action. As a whole, it is very difficult to analyze it, mostly because of all those groups and subgroups in which artists define their expression. Groups create art that is engaged, which is protest or support of a political process, a revolt against a global problem, poverty, discrimination, gender inequality, environmental problems etc..

Nowadays, art is taking part of everything. When you buy products you choose those who have better form and design, on TV and internet we more often stay on some programs and pages that bring something unique and not seen before. The things that we can see in the galleries are based on deeper concept that is the main point on which we should put attention.
Contemporary artists are here to bring progressive ways of understanding the life like sustainable and innovative living with use of organic and recycled materials. When mother Earth is more respected, all her resources can be used in more creative way.
Everything what we do in present time can be seen as a contemporary way of living and the works that we produce can be seen as contemporary art. 🙂
On this exchange we are going to talk about contemporary art and we will share our knowledge about art during this modern age of living. We are also going to discuss about the materials which are used by the present artists in order to create their works and what kind of message they bring.
There will be workshops where we will express our ideas via all those different ways.


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Во периодот додека во посета на младинскиот центар Акција и Различност каде што работам како проект координатор беа три Американски студентки кои требаше да работат на десет дневен проект со роми ( кои на крај излегоа дека се турци ), бевме во посета на едната куќа домаќин (host family) на едната од девојќите- Alex. Додека една од девојќите беше сместена кај мене, другата кај една фамилија од мојот град, Алекс требаше да биде сместена кај некоја од ромско – турските фамилии кои всушност и беа целна група за овој проект.
Еден ден после официјалното завршување на работните обврски кои ги имаа девојќите ( работа во групи со деца од турска националност), Алекс ни кажа дека имаме покана да ја посетиме нејзината фамилија и да пиеме кафе. На ова сите одговоривме потврдно и заедно со децата од групата тргнавме кон нивното маало. Прошетката беше забавна затоа што сите оние делови од градот кои досега ми беа познати, дури и премногу сега за прв пат ги гледав како непознати и со одговорите што ги давав на американките повторно ми се отвараа, и на моменти се чувствував исто како странците што беа во нашата група. Освен американките во посета на мојот дом беше и еден мој пријател Бас (Бастијан), кој го запознав додека бев на еден младински фестивал во Република Бугарија, а дојде од Холандија и ме посети како дел од неговата предвидена турнеја низ југоисточна Европа. Сите заедно како една весела група полека стигнувавме кон местото каде што требаше да го испиеме нашето попладневно кафе. По пат не застануваа и не прашавуваа од каде сте, што правите овде, каде одите, сите деца и млади од Турска националност кои живеат во делот од градот каде одевме. Моментите ги искористивме за да ги запознаеме нивните манири, начинот на живеење, како и односот што го воспоставуваат со нас. Кога сакавме да направиме фотографии од нивното место и од нив тие како професионални модели позираа и беа најсреќни на свет дека некој им посветува внимание. Поради тоа што децата со кои работевме во центарот беа навистина познати во нивното маало колку повеќе се наближувавме кон куќата каде што беше Алекс толку повеќе бројот на деца што не придружуваат се зголемуваше. На крајот на нашата прошетка стигнавме до куќата на Алекс каде бабата која беше домаќин не пречека со раширени раце, не покани да влеземе и ни даде на знаење дека е премногу среќна што има шанса да ги запознае сите што во моментот се околу Алекс затоа што ја прифатила како вистинска ќерка каква што нема, а има тројца синови кои живеат во Германија. Куќата гром, најпрво помислив дека или живеат повеќе од дваесет луѓе таму т.е. цела фамилија или пак е станбена зграда. На крај излезе дека во куќата живее само бабата, а ја изградил нејзиниот сопруг во периодот додека живееле уште во Германија. Но откако тој починал и нејзините деца уште живеат во Германија, таа сама живее во таа огромна и целосно средена куќа. Стануваше збор за една навистина добра жена, домаќинка која сите работи поврзани со неа и нејзината фамилија ги држеше под контрола. Сите седнавме во дворот на нејзината куќа и нејзините внуци не послужија со секакви слатки, сок и се разбира турско кафе. Турското кафе и навистина беше такво, мало и многу јако, баш како што го пијат турците додека ние го правиме не толку јако и пиеме по повеќе. После пријатната попладневна прошетка и гостито кај бабата Јаша ако не се лажам (или можеби јаша на турски знаши баба), ја оставивме Алекс во пријатната атмосфера на нејзина фамилија домаќин да завршат со вечерата, а јас со моите гости Бас, Изабел- мојата home sister (девојката што спиеше кај мене) и Ленче колешката која беше одговорна за овој проект отидовме кај мене затоа што беше време за вечера за сите. Така се заврши пријатната прошетка која траеше и траеше ако не повеќе – цел ден.

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