Str. Mihai Eminescu nr. 2a, etaj 4, Cluj
Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu
Mimi Ciora & Sergiu Sas
Workshop on ‘Working Fictions’ with Cristian Grecu
PPM#5 @the workplace
PPM (pages-per-minute) has become our annual copy art show, inspired by campus copy
shops and focused on exchanges between young artists. But as the city is rapidly gentrifying,
moving from a youth student city into a young urban professionals city, we are using this
opportunity to reflect on the changes.
The promise of the Romanian Silicon Valley story drives many new developments, and brings
new work models and corporate cultures, from horizontal co-working environments to
managerial hierarchies, work-from-home shifts or office-space ‘architecture.’ With them, work
dynamics are also changing. With PPM#5 we are looking at these new ‘working conditions’, the
relationships developed at work, the ‘friendship and family’ fictions corporate cultures entertain,
how they affect life and living models. Notably, corporate culture nowadays aims to trigger
emotions, meaning it runs on affect, on how employees are ‘made to feel’ and the cohesion of
the company. This, of course, becomes problematic since employees’ behaviour gets to be
treated as a sort of commodity, where niceties are expected and creative input blasted.
PPM#5 stages an office ‘copy room’ – a space for meeting peers, gossip and critique. We’ve
invited artists, writers and workers that, through different artistic positions, take on the issue of
office environments and together build a sort of a playful, but critical pamphlet.
The event is accompanied by a practical workshop where the copy machine will become the
main tool. The workshop is addressed to artists, writers and workers who want to put together
their own pamphlet of ideas and create new narratives for what these ‘work environments’ could
be. The number of participants is limited, for more information follow the workshop event. The
workshop will be held in romanian. Sign up here.
PPM#5 is part of Aici Acolo‘s 2020 program, Fictions of Tech & Life – Aici Acolo exhibitions
explore fiction as an instrument of reframing the every day, our mediation through technology,
encounters, and the narratives that shape our contemporary society. The extended curatorial
project brings together exhibitions, micro-residences, and connected conversational – events to
better grasp and ask how do we connect with technology from the warmth of our bodies
Project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration. The project does not
necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not
responsible for the content of the project or how the project results can be used. These are
entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.
Aici Acolo is a curatorial collective by a group of friends, artists, and curators, that organize Pop
Up exhibitions in unused or abandoned spaces in Cluj-Napoca.
Parteneri: Centrul Cultural Clujean, Centrul Cultural German Cluj-Napoca, Fabrica de Pensule,
Universitatea de Artă şi Design din Cluj-Napoca / UAD, Spam-Index.com , MATCA artspace.
Design credit: Flavius Augustin