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Ovidiu Hrin was born in 1977 in Timisoara, Romania. He studied architecture at the Polytechnics University in Timisoara and graphic design at the Art University in Timisoara. In 2001 he founded Synopsis, a versatile graphic design studio, focusing on design projects ranging from complex communication systems to exhibition design and graphic design for a wide range of clients in both cultural and corporate realm. Throughout his career, Hrin has held lectures and workshops on graphic design at schools and events in Romania and throughout Europe (DMY in Berlin, Vienna Design Week, European Design Conference in Zurich). In 2011 Hrin launched Typopassage Timisoara (the first international extension of the original Typopassage, Vienna), an open-air typography micro-museum intended as an exhibition platform for showcasing Romanian and international designers/typographers side by side, a place of dialogue between the artists themselves, but also a place where new dialogues can be generated between the public and the exposed artists. Hrin has been published in numerous international design books and periodicals, and his works have been awarded and featured by: European Design Awards, Zgraf International Graphic Design Triennale, Golden Bee – Moscow Global Biennial of Graphic Design, Graphis Annual, New York – The International Competition of Visual Communication. A selection of his posters is part of the permanent collection of the Museum fur Gestaltung in Zurich. Ovidiu Hrin is also a member of AIGA (The American Institute of Graphic Artists), TDC (Type Directors Club, New York) and Graphis International.



2015 - 400 Years of Shakespears posters - Exhibition & Book - Steven Heller & Mirko Ilic (Princeton) NY // Chaumont Poster Biennial - catalogue FR // 23rd Wilanow Poster Design Biennial – 2x posters selected for the award catalogue PL // World’s Best Poster Designers - Shenzen Biennial CHN // Toyama Poster Triennial - official catalogue -JP 2014 - Graphis Poster Annual 2014 – USA 2013 - A Bunch of fives – The Designers Republic – UK // GoldenBee 10 – Global Moskow Design Bienniale – award & catalogue RU 2012 - Graphis Design Annual – USA (Worlds’s 1oo best designers in 2012) Zgraf 11, Triennial – exhibited, published 2x posters / catalogue & The festival honorary mention, Zagreb HR // 100 Beste Plakate – finalist // Typopassage Wien Micromuseum – Museumsquartier Q21 – Vienna - AT 2011 - Graphis Poster Annual – 3x Gold // Graphis Design Annual – 1x Gold // European design Awards – 2x Bronze 2010 - Golden Bee – Moskow Poster Biennial – exhiibited, published 6x posters // RKI Wien – poster exhibition 2009 - Trnava Poster Biennial – exhibited, published 4x posters 2008 - European Design Awards – finalist // Zgraf 10, Triennial – exhibited, published 3x posters 2007 - European Logo Design Awards 2x awarded // Museum fuer Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland - exhibition 2006 - European Logo Design Awards 3x awarded

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Logo Now, Iulius Wiedemann, Taschen, UK // Fashion Identity, Pedro Guitton, Indexbook, ES // Invitation & Promotion, Linea Editorial, ES // Design and Design vol2, IndexBook, FR & ES Stereographics, Victionary, Hong Kong // 100 to watch catalogue, ICR, RO // Die Presse Newspaper, Vienna, AT // Logo Masterclass 2 – Rockport Publishing, UK // Design and Design Book of the year vol4., IndexBook, ES // Typography Sketchbooks, Steven Heller & Rita Talarico, Thames & Hudson, USA // The Designers Republic, Bunch of Fives Book, UK // Logo Design 3 – Julius Wiedemann (Taschen) DE // The Best Of Cover Design (Rockport Pub) UK Selected B, Europe’s Best Graphic Designers ( Index Book ) SP



Computer Arts (UK) // Digit magazine (UK) // HOW Magazine (USA) // Creative Review (UK) // Metropolis magazine (USA) // SHIFT Magazine (JP) // Etapes Magazine, FR // Etapes International, FR

Attlila Kim grew up in Târgu Mureș, where he spent a lot of time at home imagining and exploring construction possibilities with Lego bricks. After studying Architecture and Urban Planning at the Technical University in Cluj Napoca, he attended several scholarships in Europe and the United States, and got his Doctor of Liberal Arts degree at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest. He is also founding member and partner of Studio Kim Bucșa Diaconu (SKBD) and Lundi Et Demi.

With extensive experience in the design of cultural exhibitions, restoration and architectural projects, Attila has won various architecture and design awards – the Arhitext Awards, Bucharest Architecture Biennale in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, to name just a few – and has been nominated two times for the European Union’s Prize of Contemporary Architecture. Furthermore, he has served as jury at numerous competitions.

His work potofolio covers several categories, but the most significant ones are those of small and medium-sized architecture, contemporary art exphibition architecture, and renovation and rehabilitation projects, such as: Larix Guest House (Sălciua), Romanian Design Week (2013 and 2014 editions), Mircea Cantor: Q.E.D (MNAC, Bucharest, 2013-2014), Transformation. Romanian Sculpture 25 Years After the Revolution (Beelden aan Zee Museum, Hague, 2014) European Travellers: Art from Cluj Today (Kunsthalle, Budapest, 2012), and many many others. It’s also worth mentioning that Attila is the mastermind behind the redesign of Elvire Popesco Cinema Hall, which kindly hosts our Creative Mornings events each month.


”I wear hats because, this way, I aknowledge the origins of the old Văcărești slums, out of which my family and I come. In addition, it is a sign of love and appreciation for my grandparents and great grandparents. For the same reason, I wear perforated T-shirts and flip flops, because my family has spent summers on the Bucharest sidewalks and, incidentally, I do and express the same thing.

I own Maradona printed T-shirts because when I was a child and strolled along the Văcărești Road, from my grandparents to my parents, back and forth, between numbers 206 and 302, at some point I began to think that at the center of the Universe there is a boy who is walking. Obviously, as a child, I didn’t realize that it was about me and about my personal universe. Instead, I associated this idea with Maradona. It was a build up which, years later, I found to be funny and I tried to interpret in some way.

I take street photographs of only certain segments that interest me and are related to me because, as I’ve said already, everything is about my personal universe, about self-becoming, and about the observation and analysis of this process in real-time, while it happens, only with a phone camera and nothing else. All my photos are self-portraits, taken using a mobile phone and a timer. Since I’ve mentioned them, the socialist and realist images are on the subject of a social class I identify with: the middle class. I’m talking about that clean middle class, not cosmeticized or thicken up, of the man who gets a 15 million salary. I’m not interested in minorities, homeless, or rich people of any kind, just in people who travel by public transport, shop at Lidl, carry plastic bags and so on.

I write stories in various forms, Facebook statuses, articles for different websites, or for a magazine, here and then, I have a tumblr with 14 stories and mixed-media, and now, a blog. Everything has to do with me and with my universe, they are like extensions of my personality, similar to the self-portraits, distorted, in detail, repetitive, with large spaces, visually powerful, at different times, on several levels.

The quest for and the manifestation of the self happen through means of expression specific to a period. A shirt, some pants, an object that you bought or that you found, a dance at a fair, a concert, a meeting, an event, or a text, in the center of everything is you. With every step taken in a new frame, in an absolutely random moment of some day, something adds up to your individual universe in the larger picture. This way you generate nostalgia and insights, memories and expectations, regrets and desires, that, often, are encoded in concrete things: a ball, some shoes, and so on. Who are you in relation to those objects, and them in relation to you? What would you think about yourself, from a different point, level and time of your discovery? Maybe you forgot, maybe you’re scared, maybe you’ve learned certain things, or maybe, simply, you miss yourself.”

Mihnea Mihalache-Fiastru was born in 1982 in Bucharest. Since 2001 he writes articles for various magazines. In 2012 he began taking self-portraits with a webcam at first, and then, in 2013, with his mobile phone camera.



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Port pălării pentru că cred că, astfel, îmi recunosc originile vechii mahalale Văcărești din care eu și familia mea venim. În plus, e un semn de drag și apreciere către bunicii și străbunicii mei. Din același motiv port și maieuri cu găurele și șlapi, pentru că familia mea și-a petrecut verile pe trotuarele din București și, întâmplător, același lucru îl fac și eu și îl și exprim. 

Am tricouri cu Maradona pentru că, atunci când eram copil și făceam drumul pe Văcărești de bunici la părinți sau invers, între numărul 206 și 302, la un moment dat, m-am gândit că în centrul Universului e un băiat care se plimbă. Evident, fiind copil, nu mi-am dat seama că era vorba despre mine și despre universul meu și am asociat, fără să-mi explic cum, această idee cu Maradona. A fost o construcție care, ani mai târziu, mi s-a părut amuzantă și pe care am încercat s-o interpretez într-un fel.

Fac fotografii de stradă doar pe anumite segmente care mă interesează și care au legătură cu mine, pentru că, așa cum am spus, deja, e vorba despre un univers personal, despre devenirea sinelui și despre observația și analiza acestui aspect și proces în timp real, atunci când se întâmplă, doar cu camera telefonului mobil și nimic altceva. Toate fotografiile sunt autoportrete, realizate cu camera telefonului mobil și timer. Pentru că tot le-am pomenit, imaginile cu aspect social, realist, au ca subiect o anumită clasă socială cu care eu mă identific momentan, anume clasa de mijloc. E vorba despre acea clasă demijloc curată, deloc cosmetizată sau îngroșată, a omului care are un salariu de 15 milioane. Nu mă interesează minoritățile, boschetarii, bogații de orice fel, nu, doar oamenii care circulă cu mijloace de transport în comun, fac cumpărături de la Lidl, cară plase și așa mai departe.   

Scriu povești în diferite forme, status-uri pe facebook, articole pe diferite site-uri sau în vreo revistă când și când, am un tumblr cu 14 povești și mult mixed-media, acum am și un blog. Toate au legătură cu mine și cu universul meu, sunt ca niște extensii ale personalității mele, la fel ca autoportretele, distorsionate, în detalii, repetitive, cu spații largi, puternic vizuale, în timpi diferiți, pe mai multe planuri.

Căutarea și manifestarea sinelui se întâmplă prin mijloacele specifice perioadei.  O bluză, niște pantaloni, un obiect pe care ți l-ai cumpărat sau pe care l-ai găsit, o horă la un târg, un concert, o întâlnire, un eveniment sau un text, în mijlocul cărora ești tu. Cu fiecare pas făcut într-un nou frame, într-un moment absolut întâmplător dintr-o zi oarecare, universului individual i se mai adaugă ceva în cadru de ansamblu. Astfel se creează nostalgii și perspective, amintiri și așteptări, regrete și dorințe, care, de multe ori, se codifică într-un lucru concret: o minge, niște încălțări etc. Cine ești tu în raport cu acele obiecte și ce sunt ele în raport cu tine ? Oare ce crezi tu despre tine, dintr-un alt punct și dintr-un alt nivel și moment al descoperirii tale ? Poate ai uitat, poate ți-e groază, poate ai învățat anumite lucruri sau poate pur și simplu ți-e dor. 

Artskul is a community of streetwise scholars and learners that surf together, hand in hand, the peaceful waters of arts, crafts and science.

Launched in 2011 at the upper floor of a tattoo saloon, the Bucharest based school primarily aimed to change the perspective in which we were looking at arts: something that you’re not allowed to touch in a museum. With the strong belief that you should just stick your finger in it, it might be a dark hole, we recruited some of the best commanders - the artists, the practicians - to guide us on this road to Zion.

In Artskul’s past three years we held classes such as sound design (Victor Popescu), mixing & turntablism (DJ Undoo), sampling (Matze), journalism (Rise Project, Vlad Ursulean of Casa Jurnalistului), practical philosophy (Constantin Vica), art direction (Mircea Mocanu), writing (Iulian Tanase), video art (Mitos Micleusanu), trumpet (Sebastian Burneci), canto (Luiza Zan), drums (Piti), violin (Flora Pop) & so many other beautiful ones.

Our students are the ones that create, this is what they’re being taught, the ways to get straight to the point they should be brave enough to jump in the deep waters of creation. They make songs, mixes, poetry, judgement, movies, parties, life changing experiments.

Come on the school’s side, we have cookies!

On 16th Paris street (Victoriei Square).




Cristian Lupşa is the editor of Decât o Revistă (DoR), a quarterly magazine covering the stories of modern day Romania. A native Transylvanian who didn’t turn out to be the doctor his family hoped he’d become, Cristian graduated from the University of Bucharest in 2003, and then, in 2005, earned an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, the world’s oldest journalism school. He was a researcher-writer on the second edition of Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel’s The Elements of Journalism, a book he considers his personal bible, and then a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor. 

He returned to Romania in 2007, and started working as an editor for the local edition of Esquire, freelanced for various outlets inside and outside the country, and taught narrative journalism to students and professionals. In 2009, Cristian and a group of rebellious journalists started DoR, a magazine predicated on the idea that good nonfiction storytelling can change people and communities. Under his supervision, his staff has won multiple national writing awards. Since 2011, he oversees an international storytelling conference in Bucharest, and continues to teaches journalists, and other professionals about the power of well-told stories.

He spent the 2013-2014 academic year as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. When he’s not on duty, he pays close attention to World Wrestling Entertainment.

Ivana Mladenović was born in Serbia in 1984. After studying Law in Belgrade, she moves to Romania where she graduates in 2010 Film Directing at the National School of Film and Theatre (UNATC) in Bucharest. In 2011 she finishes her MA studies in Film Directing at the same University. Her short student films were shown at various film festivals around the world.

She started working on her first feature documentary, Turn Off The Lights, in 2009, finishing it after three years of work. The film follows the destinies of three young ex-convicts after their release from prison. The film was developed in the frame of the workshops on acting organized in the Jilava prison by the director Florin Șerban (known for his film When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle) who invited her to join the project and encouraged her to continue working with prison boys. Turn Off The Lights premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012 and won the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Documentary and Gopo Award for Best Romanian Documentary.

In 2013 she was selected for a seven months scriptwriting residency in Berlin, in the frame of Nipkow Programm. Ivana currently lives and works in Bucharest, developing her first fiction feature film.

Photo credits: Vlad Catana for Decat o Revista

After graduating from UNATC, Vlad Petri, photographer and documentary director, has worked as a freelancer on many documentary projects both locally-based and international, in countries such as Afganistan, Syria, Jordan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Albania.

Since 2008, he has participated as a trainer and organized various photography workshops: Atelier de fotografie (Sângeorz-Băi), Atelier de poveşti ale locului (Petrila), Căminul Moses Rosen (Bucureşti), Ideo Ideis (Alexandria) to name just a few. His projects are an interesting blend of documentary filmmaking and journalism, and focus on social and political issues.

He has documented the 2012 protest, as well as the 2013 one against the Roșia Montană mining project, capturing their local color and uniqueness through regular online video and photo postings. The former resulted in ‘București, unde ești?’, his first long-form documentary that premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and was the Public’s Award winner at the European Film Festival in Bucharest.

Vlad is currently doing a Masters in Visual Anthropology at Freie Universität in Berlin.

ComsiCosma is a smart loser, or at least pretends to be, that dedicated his last 10 years of existence to creativity in various forms. He constantly believes you just have to do things different then the others, even if it’s just cooking with ingredients that nobody dared to combine before or pool & garden cleaning at private villa parties in Ibiza while being in a psychedelic state of mind. Behaving in such a manner is constantly a huge risk because many times you can go into the wrong direction and usually it’s to late when you discover the ‘faux pas’, but there’s always a new chance to say:

I did it my way!

So here’s he’s experimentaliving lifestyle in brief.

In 1997, after 7 years of German Highschool in Mannheim, with fresh memories of Goethe, Patrick Süskind or Bertold Brecht he returned to Bucharest where he studies for 2 years at the Fine Arts Academy (Photo-Video Department) enjoying lunch at Moxa and going to classes with his greyhound Gorki.

After many failures in love life and a growing depression, in 2001 the world famous institution FABRICA, (Benneton’s Center for Research and Communication founded by 80’s and 90’s capo di tutti capi in advertising, Mr. Oliviero Toscani) decides to officially recognize his fantastic creativity and offers him a 1 year scholarship in the recently finished ‘betonbijoubuilding’ of Japanese architectural living legend Tadao Ando. After this exciting and as well enriching experience, ComsiCosma declines any corporate career and goes instead on an European tour that brings him into the most bizarre situations like hitch-hiking from Bucharest to Paris and back, working as a barman in London though having no experience at all or partying on Puff Diddy’s yacht in Ibiza.

Fed up with all that jet set Bling-Bling lifestyle, he celebrates a huge comeback exhibiting in October 2004 an interactive installation at the opening of the Museum for Contemporary Art in Bucharest and then dedicates the upcoming month to the most challenging project in his life so far. The remix culture magazine “Omagiu” was for ComsiCosma a lifetime dream come through. A platform for contemporary creation and unique advertising that many young people could identify with.

In 2006, he quits the project and started a new career as TV presenter. His weekly Wednesday midnight appearance on TVR2 presenting the advertising culture show ‘Registered Trademark’ went on from September 2006 till recently when the production manager suddenly fired him because of insufficient sex-appeal that lead to a very very low rating. Today he recalls it one of the most shitty experiences in his life.

In 2008 he’s the author of the photo album 100% Bucharest and the collaborator on different cultural projects of the French Embassy in Romania, celebrating a huge success with the debut of the ‘Pasarela’ Fashion Festival.

Since 2009 he enjoyed the freedom of a freelance art director, developing a highly creative collaboration with Madison Perfumery for whom he organized several events and also designed window cases. Slightly, his growing interest for interior design and gastronomy, lead to the opening of ‘NUNU’ - a combination of wine bar & object gallery for sophisticated snobs. In this lovely universe he sells 20th century design furniture and objects, as well as contemporary art. In the same time, he spends many hours in the kitchen organizing conceptual dinners for friends & strangers.

Recently he realized his entire existence of 35 years was clearly divided into rather independent chapters of 7 years, so this fact gave him the last impulse to leave Bucharest and start yet a new one in Rio de Janeiro where he hopes to find true love and happiness.

After spending 3 month in Rio de Janeiro where he worked as a creative consultant for the advertising agency “Biruta - Medias Mirabolantes”, ComsiCosma turns his back to the beauties on the Ipanema beach and decides to go back to Europe for a more decadent, sophisticated and nevertheless more artistic environment. During an afternoon walk through a beautiful favela he starts dreaming of Paris, the city where he decides to return after 10 years. At the same very moment he has flashbacks of that days in 2001 when he used to work as an assistant at the famous ‘Pin-Up Studio’.

2012 is almost gone and for sure Apocalypse is close, he thinks…

Paris was soon burning, burning him down.

Back in Bucharest in early 2013, restlessly seeking to promote quality vintage design from the second half of the XXth century, he opens up a new gallery called Eclectico Studio. One year later, for the first edition of the Romanian Design Week, ComsiCosma curates “Hotel Discret”, an exhibition dedicated to graphic design, volumetric letters & other forms of design in public spaces (1950-1990)

Currently he’s on vacation in Montenegro.

In parallel with his early art practice Vlad Nanca was an active participant in the coagulation of the young artist scene in Bucharest, Romania. In 2003 he was one of the founding members of 2020 initiative, under which among other events, he hosted the Home Gallery started the “incepem” emailing list and the “incepem” fanzine. Utilizing different mediums his varying personal projects employ political and cultural symbols, often using word-play to evoke nostalgia and referencing Romania’s recent history and challenging the social and political climate. Vlad Nanca’s recent interests evolve around (public) space and its use and functions, materializing in sculptures, objects and installations.

From 2013 Vlad Nanca has partnered up with Nona Inescu to run together Ping Pong Shop, a 20th century design shop that sales mostly european and Romanian product design.

Nanca is currently working on a solo exhibition to take place In October at Bocannera Gallery in Trento (Italy), an artist book featuring the „readymade punk sculptures” that people build to keep parking spots occupied in Bucharest and, together with a groups of architects, artists and journalists a documentary book on socialist romanian architecture.

Vlad Nanca lives and works in Bucharest, Romania.







Tom Wilson is a British journalist and movie director based in Bucharest since 2002. After graduating in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University, he worked as a print and radio journalist for Time Magazine, the BBC, Deutsche Welle, The Guardian, and The Independent. His directing work includes short films for the BBC (Ion Barladeanu, Romanian artist, Gypsy Walls, The Last Leper Colony), The Times Newspaper, and commercial clips for various clients and agencies. His most recent project, and his first feature film, The Bucuresti Experiment, recently won the 2014 Gopo Award for Best Documentary. It was shot entirely independently and on a minimal budget of reportedly 250 EUR.