Who are we?
The Last Archive was founded in December 2012 by Vlad Basalici, an artist who lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. This archive contains newspapers from all over the world that were published on December 21st 2012, the day that had been predicted to be the last day before the Apocalypse. The newspapers were gathered after a public call with the generous support of people from different continents, who sent journals published in their countries.
The point of interest for The Last Archive is not the apocalypse itself, but rather the relationship between the end of the world and the news. We ask ourselves what the role of mass media is: to exacerbate or to exhaust the novelty of the end of all things?
These are strange times when newspapers are soon to be extinct, being replaced instead by the internet as the source for news. It isn’t yet the apocalypse for newspapers, but we can see everywhere the signs of the end for the printed era.
What is our goal?
The birth of the Last Archive is the first part of the project. For the second part of the project, we want to invite an artist who will create an art installation in relation with the Last Archive. Because we are part of the world of art, we understand how important it is that an artist to be paid for his work. We want his project to be realized and installed in proper conditions.Therefore, we want to give him proper financial support. This artist will be chosen after a public call. His work will be realized during a residency in Bucharest.
The exhibition is scheduled to be opened on December 2013, at tranzit.ro/Bucuresti , a nonprofit space dedicated to contemporary art from Bucharest. The space is part of tranzit.org, a network working independently in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania since 2002.
Who is involved in this project?
Vlad Basalici is a visual artist and a performer who lives and works in Bucharest. In his projects, he investigates how we perceive temporality. His works, as a solo artist or in collaboration, have been presented at Explore Festival, Alternative Film/Video Festival Belgrad, Dansehallerne, Copenhagen, Alert Studio Bucharest, Paint Brush Factory Cluj Napoca, Introspection Center Bucuresti, National Dance Centre Bucharest
Raluca Voinea is an art critic and curator based in Bucharest. She studied Art History and Theory in Bucharest (1997-2001) and Curating Contemporary Art in London (2004-2006). She is the curator of the Romanian Pavillion at the Venice Biennale in 2013. Voinea has been a co-editor of IDEA. Art + Society Romania, since 2008. She is one of the directors of tranzit.ro, which was recently launched in Iasi, Sibiu, Cluj and it is open from autumn 2012 in Bucharest.
tranzit.ro was founded in 2012 at the initiative of ERSTE Foundation, thus becoming the fifth member of tranzit.org, a network of independent, non-profit organisations from Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Slovak Republic.
tranzit.ro has the particularity of being itself a network activating in three permanent spaces in the cities of Iasi, Cluj and Bucharest. Through a wide range of activities, experimenting with different working and collaboration methodologies, tranzit.ro wishes to establish itself as an innovative platform dedicated to contemporary art.
How will your support be used?
In order for this to happen, we need your support. Our expenses include:
1. Artist fee
2. Accommodation during residency
3. Travel expenses
4.Production of the work of art
Other Ways You Can Help
Just because you can't make a financial contribution, it doesn't mean you cannot help us. You can also give your support by spreading the word about our project. It will be a great help for us if you would write about our project in your art magazine, blog, facebook, twitter, tumblr .etc. Please share our project.
Last Archive's initiator