New video-art creations within Zoom In/Out. Immaterial performance project

Developed by 4Culture Association in partnership with Romanian Order of Architects - Bucharest branch, National Heritage Institute, Life Long Burning European network and Bucharest Architecture Annual 2020,  “Zoom In/Out-Immaterial performance” project invited contemporary artists active in the visual arts, cinematography and the performing arts, in an approach to research the theme of housing and the effects that the deprivation of direct contact with the environment – the market, the office, the nature, have on the perception of time and body.

In times when the routine of a program that keeps the time-space relationship in the same framework like we were used to, by providing precise landmarks, is expanding, making room for a gray perception area, the project proposes an artistic introspection approach on our position in society, on the roles we play and on the absurd of living when space becomes singular. These have been translated into practices that aims to modify or even change what determines the body ecology and the experience of living, through a series of video art creations that spread a message of hope that things can be different.

The performing spaces are contemporary achievements of Bucharest architects, works awarded by international juries within the Bucharest Architecture Annual. Photos realized by Diana Păun, visual artist.

The video creations were premiered, within the dialogue between Emil Ivănescu, Bucharest Architecture Annual’s curator, OAR Bucharest president and Andreea Căpitănescu, curator and artistic director eXplore festival. The dialogue was broadcasted online in the frame of eXplore festival #15, on October 25, 2020. 

Event details and the recorded dialogue here ->

Emil Ivănescu is architect and president of the Romanian Order of Architects – Bucharest Branch. In 2004, he graduated Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism and in 2011 the PhD in architecture, with the work: „Corpul postorganic și arhitectura ambiguității” (”The Postorganic Body and the Architecture of Ambiguity”). In 2012 Emil won the contest for designing the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and in 2014 the design for the Romanian Cultural Institute Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

4Culture, WASP Studios and OAR Bucharest / Architecture Annuală started their partnership within Ergonomica project in 2017 and continued with Performance, Architecture and Landscape (2019). 

Andreea Căpitănescu is a Ph.D candidate at National University of Arts in Bucharest, artist, choreographer and performer, president and co-founder partner of 4Culture Association. She initiated and developed several international projects, as cultural manager, curator and artist: eXplore festival - International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival (since 2005), European projects Life Long Burning (2013-2018, 2018-2022) and Jardin d'Europe (2008-2013), EEA Grants Foreign bodies (2014-2016), WASP - Working Art Space and Production, Bucharest (independent space for contemporary art, founded in 2012), curator and artistic director of WASP Studios (since 2015), curator for performaning arts programme of Europalia Arts Festival (2019-2020).

Artistic team:

Andreea Căpitănescu, curator

Ilinca Hărnuț, Diana Spiridon, Flavia Giurgiu, Geta Corca, Vlad Benescu, choreography and performance

Alexandru Mihai, cinematography, edit and color grading

Andrei Raicu, sound design

Diana Păun, visual artist

Emil Ivănescu, architect


Zoom In/Out. Immaterial performance

Producer: 4Culture Association

Co-Producer: WASP Studios

Cultural project co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund and Life Long Burning – Towards A Sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Partners: Romanian Order of Architects - Bucharest Branch, National Heritage Institute, 2020 Bucharest Architecture Annual, The National Romanian Literature Museum

Media partners: Radio România Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, Revista ARTA, Designist,, IQads, România Pozitivă

The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.