Art Residence: Artur van Balen (Netherlands-Germany)

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17.02 - 11.03.2015

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Program: [Art residence]

From February 17 to March 11,2015 artist Artur van Balen will be working at the NCCA Art residence in Kronstadt.

Artur van Balen is a sculptural artist, researcher and activist living in Berlin, Germany. Since 2010 he has been making inflatable sculptures for use in actions and protests around the world. The inflatable sculptures have been made in collaboration with different political art groups. Van Balen’s individual and collective work has been internationally exhibited at the Victoria and Albert’s Museum (Disobedient Objects Exhibition, London, 2014), The Media Impact Festival for Activist Art (Moscow, 2011 and 2013) and at The Truth is Concrete Festival by Steirischen Herbst (Graz, Austria, 2012), amongst other notable venues. His sculptures - ranging from 10 meter high inflatables used at protests to delicate porcelain designs - reveal a fascination with the ephemeral and the state of transformation. This transformation can take many forms both physically through inflatables and biological processes as well as socially through activism and engaging in social change. However, at the heart of everything van Balen does, there is a touch of irony and play at work. Artist’s websites: www.arturvanbalen.net/ , www.toolsforaction.net/

On March 6, 2015 at 18.30 in the cinema hall of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the St. Petersburg State University Artur van Balen will give a talk "Blow Up! The Inflatable Spectacle: From Historical Research To Art-Activism": www.ncca.ru/en/events.text

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