Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan have been working collaboratively since 2011. They work deals directly with the issue of cultural difference, exploring the caustic imprints on subjectivity of identity, history-writing and law-making. Their practice spans different media, cultural registers and disciplines to reflect on society as being a tissue of conventions that can and must be permanently re-imagined. They co-founded the Centre for Visual Introspection in Bucharest, where they generated a series of workshops, public art projects and publications.
OPEN STUDIO – AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM OF STUDIO IN, DEPARTMENT OF INTERMEDIA, ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN, BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
The Atelier IN at the Department of Intermedia focuses on the overlaps of different media and emphasizes creative approaches while specifically focusing on socially engaged politically sensitive conceptual art practices. An essential feature of the studio is its openness to a wide range of media and experiments in the field of contemporary art.
Since 2011, the educational program OPEN STUDIO has been part of the study at Atelier IN. Every month throughout the academic year the program brings established and renowned artists and theorists as short-term tutors for the students of the studio, and also for other students of the Department of Intermedia and the Academy.
The Open Studio has become a platform for practical and theoretical considerations reflecting on the historical, social and intellectual assumptions of visual art production. The word “open” in the title suggests openness to new stimuli, opinions, reflections, criticism,
communication and ultimately the formation of openness, which is achieved through inviting significant figures of the international art-scene into the studio and academic environment.