This section of Open Art Files aims to document, preserve and present a series of events, programs, discussions and stories for which the video archive media is most appropriate, namely live public meetings and those in a virtual online environment. Here are the leading initiatives accompanying Open Art Files, part of the educational platform "Introduction to Contemporary Art" of the Open Arts Foundation. They aim to give an additional current look at the history, perception, distribution and processes behind contemporary art.
Introduction to Bulgarian Contemporary Art
"Introduction to Contemporary Art" is a long-term initiative of the Open Arts Foundation to promote and enrich the story of Bulgarian contemporary art. Over the years, the initiative has met many partners and engaged representatives of Bulgarian contemporary art, including curators, art critics and artists from the country and abroad.
The video channel "Introduction to Contemporary Art" is a video archive of the lectures and meetings. Sometimes they are in the form of interviews, such as the series "Conversations with Artists" or "Artists talk about art", panel lectures entitled "Introduction to Contemporary Art" with speakers such as Vessela Nozharova, Vera Mlechevska, Boyan Manchev, Ani Vaseva, Diana Popova, Krassimir Terziev, Miglena Nikolchina and many others, and sometimes in the form of tours, such as the series "Lecture tours with Luchezar Boyadzhiev".
The recordings are accompanied by video and photographic material that illustrates each of the topics and reflects the specific event. Thus, the meetings, which are open to the general public, remain open and accessible in the form of a video document.
Collectors' Forum is a platform existing since 2011 as an initiative of the Open Arts Foundation, which aims to present leading collectors, trends and practices in the country and abroad. Over the years, it has had different focal points, corresponding to both the specific circumstances of the art market and the leading creative practices and new trends. The forum also manages to meet representatives of various private galleries and give a snapshot of their practice, needs, expectations and upcoming programs.
Future Unforgettable is an ongoing initiative conceived by Veselina Sarieva. The title is based on the work of the same name by Krassimir Terziev. Future Unforgettable, in Sarieva's words, "is a curated multi-genre situation in the field of visual arts." The thematic focus of this multi-genre situation is polyphonic and multifaceted.
The individual time phases of Future Unforgettable, which include exhibitions, discussions, presentations, video archive and an online platform, focus on the possibility of dialogue, as in the “Communities” series, focusing on the spaces and collectives behind them, the role of institutions and previous experiences, through interviews and by creating a discussion laboratory environment. This series brings us to artists and representatives of the cultural sector in Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Varna, Sofia and Plovdiv.
The documentary and video archives collected on the Future Unforgettable website provide an opportunity to relive and reinterpret and are a tool against the hardening of history into something necessarily past.
Critics in Space
Critics in Space is a platform of the Art - Affairs and Documents Foundation for short video films that present how art communicates with the public in an environment other than the gallery, what is the idea behind a work and what are the themes that motivate artists to work nowadays. The platform aims to open a field for criticism and conversations on current exhibitions or trends in the social life of art.