Documentation of a public program. Courtesy Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest
The Centre for Visual Introspection (CIV)—an initiative of artists Anca Benera, Arnold Estefan, Catalin Rulea, and art historian Alina Serban—is a self-organized, independent platform dedicated to the artistic production at the borders of cultural theory, research, architecture, design, and sound experiment. The term “introspection” points to CIV’s role as an “observing agency” that advocates specific, self-reflexive methods of interlinking the social space with the art space.
The initiative is a process-based, collaborative project engaged in an ongoing survey on the condition of the individual within the sphere of arts and politics. CIV functions as a mobile and mediating structure, connected with community life, which assumes the task of articulating new forms of cultural pedagogy that would differently shape the discursive space shared by cultural producers and their audiences.
Particular attention is dedicated to the research and theorization of local artistic practices and discourses, addressing their specificities and cultural subjectivities in light of recent political and social shifts that have taken place in Central and Eastern Europe. In this direction, CIV seeks to develop collaborative projects with a variety of partners, and attempts to engage in a dynamic exchange with different local and international cultural producers.