City to City Exhibition – Opening

  • Kasárne/Kulturpark, Alfa Gallery
  • 22. November 2022
  • 18:00

City to City is a joint endeavour of the cities-members of the Media Arts Cluster of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, to mark their commitment with the importance of cooperation and support to art and creativity as a major force for the sustainable development. 

The project was designed in 2020, to provide artists from those cities a platform for collaborative work in pairs, online, to the co-create new digital art. 

The main idea is to promote the excellence of practice in media arts, share knowledge and skills, encourage the public and other professionals to engage in creative practices, foster sector development, and raise the profile of the work of the UNESCO Creative Cities. 

Altogether, 14 cities are participating in the collaboration: Austin (USA), Braga (Portugal), Calí (Colombia), Changsha (China), Dakar (Senegal), Enghien-les-Bains (France), Guadalajara (Mexico), Gwangju (South Korea), Karlsruhe (Germany), Kosice (Slovakia), Sapporo (Japan), Toronto (Canada), Viborg (Denmark), York (United Kingdom) 

The opening of the exhibition will be part of this year’s Art & Tech Days on November 22 at 18:00 in the Alfa Gallery in Kasárne/Kulturpark and will focus on the artworks done by Slovak artists who took part in collaborative co-creation productions of artworks. 

Reminiscence path, 2020 

  • Artists: Beáta Kolbašovská (Košice), Junichi Oguro (Saporro)
  • Topic: Human Responsibility

Artwork is based on data tracking of experiences from people during the pandemic. The main idea was to create an audio-visual installation using data which reflect the lives of people during the COVID-19 pandemic. In times when traveling was not possible, the online cooperation of artists across continents enabled them to overcome the geographical distance of two cities, at least in a virtual form. 

Artists were gathering information on pedestrian and cyclist paths in both cities using GPS data obtained from various applications and topographic maps. With digital technology, they got direct access to our memory. The word “path” carries the meaning of life and route. What will we think when we look back on this work in a few years? Where did we go during the lockdown? Where did we feel safe? Where could our minds breathe? 

PlaceHolder, 2021 

  • Artists: Ivana Durkáčová (Košice), Lucian Rodriguez Arredondo (Guadalajara)
  • Topic: Play! 

PlaceHolder is a web-based experimental experience that uses terrain data and sounds from downtown of the cities of Guadalajara and Kosice to generate a multilevel maze, explore the concepts of globalization and simulated reality. It invites the user to explore the open-world environment in a playful manner with different outcomes depending on the decisions made while wandering. The PlaceHolder is a virtual space you get into once you press PLAY.  PlaceHolder represents a city that does not really offer any essential information and therefore needs to be filled by the real ones. The visitors of the virtual space are the source of that information. 

Born & Raised, 2022

  • Umelci: Mišo Hudák (Košice), Faiza Kracheni (Austin)
  • Téma: Behavioural Change 

Two artists through their artwork reflect on what changes does technology bring to our understanding of moral, social, and political actions? How does it affect the body of action itself, the perception of activity, the horizon of perceived possibilities – what is possible, what is moral, what is desirable, and how are we expected to act, interact, and engage in our lives and lives of our communities, because of technology and by technology? Their work focus on the memory of people and places, and the gaps and limitations, that are now created by arising power of technology. 

See the festival webpage Art & Tech Days for more information.

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The event is held in collaboration with the Košice 2.0 project, which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.