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Bachelor and doctor in psychology from the University of Bucharest, Vintilă Mihăilescu is actually professor of anthropology at the National School of Political Studies and Administration in Bucharest, and vice-dead of the Faculty of Political Studies. He has conducted personal and collective fieldworks in rural and urban settings in Romania for about 40 years, and has been involved as project manager in many national and international research projects. Mihăilescu founded the Romanian Society of Cultural Anthropology in 1990, was director of the Museum of the Romanian Peasant between 2005 and 2010, and a visiting professor in different universities from France, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Suisse and Germany. He is also a columnist with Dilema Veche since 1998, where he recently proposed an approach of “public anthropology”. His main fields of interest are rural and urban community studies, material culture and theoretical anthropology.
He published Fascinația diferenței (The fascination of difference – 1999/2014), Antropologie. Cinci introduceri (Anthropology. Five introductions – 2007), Povestea maidanezului Leuţu. Despre noua ordine domestică şi criza omului (A stray dog story. The new domestic order and the crisis of Man – 2013), and edited En/Quaite d'identité, Civilisations (1993), ROMANIA – La construction d'une nation, Ethnologie Française, numéro spécial sous la direction de Jean Cuisenier et Vintilă Mihăilescu (1995), Vecini şi Vecinătăţi în Transilvania (Neighbors and Neighborhood in Transylvania, 2002), Studying Peoples in the People’s Democracies (II) Socialist Era Anthropology in South-East Europe (with Ilia Iliev and Slobodan Naumovic – 2008), Cotidianul văzut de aproape. Etnografii urbane (Urban ethnographies – 2010), Etre ou ne pas être balkanique, Civilisations (with Marianne Mesnil – 2012), Condiția romă și schimbarea discursului (The Roma Condition and the change of discourse), (with Petre Matei – 2014), and De ce este România astfel? Avatarurile excepționalismului românesc (Why Is Romania this way? Stories of Romanian exceptionalism – 2017).
”Miloš Jovanović is my name and I am a designer/ publisher/ inventor/ futurist/ anxious/ biker/ gamer/ dj/ writer/ lost-with-ducks-who-came-from-the-trucks/ hacker/ shitty-basketball-player/ fixer/ samizdat/ gadjo/ activist/ no-style/ misfit/ shadow/ fame-without-fame/ lazy/ fontaddict/ autodidact/ smoker/ neue/ miculparizer/ pioneer and father.
And the best is yet to come.”
Mădălina Marcu is a strategic philanthropy adviser.
”I believe this world is about love and trust. Love for our selves and the human kind. If we have at least one of those two , the other is bound to happen. For the last 15 years I have been working to find the most efficient ways for companies, organizations and donors to transform Romania. This is not a task for lonely fighters. I am in this with my colleagues from ARC Romania and hundreds of people who choose to do good by using their head and their heart at the same time.”
Cristian Neagoe (1984, Bucharest) studied Philosophy at the University of Bucharest, specializing in Applied Ethics and European Studies. He has worked as a librarian, PR, publisher, curator, producer and event organizer in Bucharest and New York for organizations such as Cărtureşti, Romanian Cultural Institute, British Council, Goethe Institut. He is the founder and organizer of Street Delivery and Train Delivery, the most popular festivals for public space and urban experiments in Romania. He has written about art, activism and ethics in magazines in Romania and abroad, including Dilema Veche, Suplimentul de Cultură, Decât o Revistă, Liternet, Șapte Seri, Playboy, FHM, TABU, Republik, Omagiu, Hardcomics, Aooleu, Țâțe și Ţaţe, Umelec (Czech Republic), Circostrada (France).
In 2008 he organized in New York one of the most discussed and controversial Romanian exhibitions of the last decade, Freedom for Lazy People, which invited street artists from Romania to represent the New York realities through a local underground filter, and exhibited a work that will become emblematic for the conflict between traditionalist and contemporary Romanian art: the Pink Pony.
He was the senior editor of the weekly Șapte Seri for three years. He has translated into Romanian the works of Art Spiegelman (Maus), John Kennedy Toole (The Neon Bible), John Pinder (The European Union), Patrick Marber (Closer), poems and short stories by Charles Bukowski for Polirom, ALL and ART. He is performer and PR of The Institute of Change, a contemporary dance performance produced by the National Dance Center of Bucharest.
He coordinated the communication strategy of the Darwin’s Room project by Adrian Ghenie, who represented Romania in 2015 at the Venice Biennial of Art. He was a communication and PR strategist for Making Waves, the Romanian Film Festival in New York, within the Film Association ETC. presided over by former Culture Minister Corina Şuteu, as well as 42 Km Film (Ana Szel, “Burta Balenei”, 2010), Strada Film and Metropolis Film (Cătălin Mitulescu, “Dincolo de calea ferată”, 2016), Aparte Film (Anca Damian, “Perfect sănătos”, 2017). He was a cultural communication consultant for Red Bull Romania and guest curator of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest and Active Watch (“Normalitate, ce cuvânt brutal!”, 2016).
David Schwartz is a theatre artist and theoretician based in Bucharest. He is interested in: counter-hegemonic perspectives towards local and global history; the social and human impact of the post-socialist transition. He is the co-founder of the arts&politics magazine/website Gazeta de Artă Politică, co-initiator of the Political Theatre Platform, member of the self-organized artist and woker collective MACAZ – Bar Theatre Coop. In 2016, he finished a PhD at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj, developing a research on the political and ethical aspects of the interactions between artists and subaltern groups.
Photo credits: First - Cosmin Bumbut; Second - Viviana Ball; Third - Anya Dimitrov.
Doru Trăscău is a Bucharest born self-taught musician, motorcycle addict, and father of two. He started playing guitar at 17 and didn’t stop ever since. 2000 marks the year of his debut band, AB4. Toxic, the band’s first release, tops the charts and the band will rapidly establish a name. With the very same band Doru wins the M.T.V. European Awards - Best Local Act - in 2003. In 2008, AB4 stops its activity and Doru starts a new project: The Mono Jacks. The newly formed band quickly makes an impression and becomes a reference for the local indie scene.
Doru is actively working as a graphic designer. For the past 7 years he has been an interface designer for FIFA, the very famous EA Sports game.
He’s currently writing new material for The Mono Jacks’ upcoming album.
Photo credits: First - Petrică Tănase; Second - Svetlana Cârstean
Iulian Tănase was born on 3 September 1973 in Moinești, Bacău. He graduated from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies in 1999, and from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Bucharest in 2010. He was an editor for the satirical magazines Academia Cațavencu (1997-2010) and Kamikaze (2010-2011). A radio producer at Radio Guerrilla since 2004, he is currently hosting a weekend morning show entitled Războiul Sfîrșitului Săptămînii (The War of the End of the Week).
He is a creative writing teacher and storytelling trainer for children and adults.
Among the volumes published in Romania: Îngerotica [Angelo-erotica] (1999), Poeme pentru orice eventualitate [Poems Just in Case] (2000), Iubitafizica [Loverphysics] (2002, 2003, 2013), Sora exactă [The Precise Sister] (2003), Ochiul exploziv [The Explosive Eye] (2006), Trusa instalatorului de umbre [The Shadow Plumber’s Toolbox] (2006, together with Dan Stanciu), Abisa [Abyssa] (2007, 2016), Adora (2009), Cucamonga (2011), Oase migratoare [Migratory Bones] (2011), Manualul Îmblînzitorului de Cafele [The Coffee Whisperer’s Handbook] (2013), Teoria tăcerii [The Theory of Silence] (2015), Experimentul MAMATATA [The MUMANDDAD Experiment](2015).
He has published the following abroad: Balkanische Alphabete (together with Constantin Acosmei and Vasile Leac), translations by: Sabine Küchler, Hans Till and Ernest Wichner, Wunderhorn, Heidelberg (2009), Aimétaphysique (la science des amours imaginaires), translated by Valentina Butoescu, Éditions Le Coudrier, Belgia (2010), La Demonadologio, translated into Esperanto by Ionel Oneț, Eldonejo Bero, Rotterdam (2013).
He was the coordinator of the collective volume Pentru Gellu Naum / For Gellu Naum, Editura Vinea/ICARE, 2002. He coordinates the publication Athanor. Caietele Fundaţiei Gellu Naum with Dan Stanciu and Sebastian Reichmann.
He has participated at the International Writers Workshop, Hong Kong (2008) as a visiting writer and at the London International Festival of Surrealism (2007, 2008) with various works. His texts are published in reviews and anthologies in Romania, Germany, Austria, UK, the United States, Hong Kong, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and France. He has given public readings in China, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Romania.
In 2009 he was awarded the Hubert Burda Prize for young Eastern European poets (Offenburg, Germany), and in 2011 he received the 1+1+1=1 Trinity / Literature Prize (Graz, Austria).
Photo credits: First - Vlad Roman, Second - Ciprian Hord.
Lavinia Braniște was born in 1983 in Brăila. She studied foreign languages and literatures in Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest and now she lives in Bucharest, where she translates children’s literature and sometimes writes.
She started writing poetry when she was in primary school and grew up listening to her grandfather’s stories, who used to make her cardboard toys and colourful kites which they flew “on the railway”. Together with her grandfather she would crawl under a wire fence and into the nursery garden near the railways, where they would gather grass for the chickens and yellow dandelions for her mother. With her grandmother, she would pick up thistles to put on the house roof on Whit Sunday, and the next morning they would inspect them to see whose luck had grown the most. “Children’s books fell on me out of the blue after a twenty-year break, during which I changed jobs and rents and learned to live on my own,” Lavinia Branişte confesses. “I write because I like it. And it took me twenty years to admit to this openly.”
She published Povești cu mine (poems, 2006), Cinci minute pe zi (short stories, 2011), Escapada (short stories, 2014), Rostogol merge acasă (short novel for children, 2016) and Interior zero (novel, 2016).
First photo by Radu Afrim. Second photo by Angelique Surrel.
Gianina Cărbunariu – theatre director. Among recent performances: Vorbiți Tăcere?/ Sprechen Sie Schweigen?, Oameni obișnuiți and Solitaritate at the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu, Artists Talk, producer Arcub, co-producer of Piese Refractare, De vînzare/For Sale and Tipografic Majuscul at the Odeon Theatre, X mm din Y km at Fabrica de Pensule in Cluj – producted by Colectiv A, and Sold Out at the Kammerspiele Theatre in Munchen. In 2014, she was invited with the Solitaritate performance in the official selection of the Avignon Festival, and in 2016, she was again present in the festival selection as the playwright of the Tigern performance produced by the Swedish company Jupither Josephsson. In 2015, De Vînzare/For Sale performance has received the UNITER award for the best performance of the year. Artists Talk is nominated at UNITER in the Best Performance of the Year in 2016 category.
Other participations at international festivals: The International Liège Festival, New Plays From Europe Wiesbaden Biennale, Wiener Festwochen, Festival TransAmériques in Montreal, International Theatre Festival Dialog-Wroclaw, International Theatre Festival Kontakt in Torun, Konfrontacje Festival in Lublin, Divadelná Nitra Festival in Slovakia, LIFT Londra, New Drama in Budapest, Mladi Levi in Ljubljana, New Drama in Moscow etc.
Her plays were also mounted by other directors in European theaters such as the Royal Court in London, Schaubuhne Berlin, Munich Kammerspiele, the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, and also in the USA, Canada, South America, Japan, Israel, Istanbul etc.
Adi Bulboacă was born in the summer of 1988 and sixteen years later he started taking photos. In all the cities he goes, he always knows where to find two things - the theater and the train stations.
He seeks to capture the patina in all the environments he interacts with, because he believes that the goal of photography is that of encapsulating time. ”Time passes over objects, and it’s the more or less subtle trail it leaves behind that interests me with every frame.”