Collection Collective: Tools for Self-Representation

Website launch and inaugural public seminar at Bucuresti

Collection Collective Launches Website

Web Address

Inaugural Public Seminar
“Collection Collective: Tools for Self-Representation”

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 6 p.m. București

Str. Gazelei, nr. 44, sector 4
Bucharest, Romania


Collection Collective is a prototypical art collection established, owned, and managed collectively by its members, including artists, curators, architects, designers, anthropologists, producers, lawyers and economists. The project was initiated in 2017 in Bratislava, and continues in 2018 in Bucharest with the creation of a website, and with the public seminar “Collection Collective. Tools for Self-Representation”.

Collection Collective is rooted in three tenets that determine the current conditions for the production, presentation, and consumption of culture and art:

1. The precarity of public cultural institutions in Europe and beyond, which facing a growing wave of right-wing populisms and nationalisms, and the demands to show value for money, fail to include works that critically address the status-quo in their collections. Collection Collective represents an effort to reintroduce to the public discourse the question of political and cultural autonomy, through creating an institutional machine for empowerment, visibility, and representation.

2. The systemic conditions of cultural production, which encourage opportunism and competition between cultural workers, and whose result is the destruction of collective forms of organization, resistance, and struggle. Collection Collective responds to the urgency of articulating sustainable models of collective legitimation and representation, where collectivity is based on politics of friendship, mutual respect and recognition.

3. The humanitarian, ecological and political crises to which a culture based on private patronage is incapable of responding. Collection Collective does not only question whether collecting is possible beyond the whims, tastes and likes of the private collector; it also represents an attempt to rethink the functions, roles, and purposes of collecting as a collective practice recording and shaping our contemporary condition.


Members of Collection Collective

Alena Kunicová, Alenka Gregorič, Alexandra Pirici, Alicja Rogalska, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, András Cséfalvay, Andrei Gavril, Anetta Mona Chișa & Lucia Tkáčová, Anna Dasović, Bureau of Melodramatic Research, Chicks on Speed (Melissa E. Logan & A.L. Steiner), Ciprian Mureșan, Claudiu Cobilanschi, Dan Mihaltianu, Dora García, Eliška Mazalanová, Fokus Grupa, Igor & Ivan Buharov, Ilona Németh, Inga Chuprova, Iuliana Dumitru, Ivan Moudov, Jana Kapelová, Jozef Mrva jr., Judit Angel, Lia Perjovschi, Lucia Nimcová, Magda Stanová, Martin Piaček, Martina Růžičková & Max Lysáček, Martinka Bobriková & Oscar de Carmen, Mira Keratová, Nika Autor, Nora Ružičková (with Marianna Mlynárčiková), Oto Hudec, Pavel Brăila, Peter Lényi, Péter Szabó, Petra Balíková, Raluca Popa, Raluca Voinea, Roland Schefferski, Roman Biček, Sándor Bartha, Szilárd Miklós, The Two Gullivers (Flutura & Besnik Haxhillari), Valentina Vetturi, Vlad Basalici, Vlad Morariu, Zbyněk Baladrán


Website design: Eduard Constantin
Website programming: Vlad Dogărescu/ Organic Software
Graphic design: Sándor Bartha

Texts by: Ovidiu Țichindeleanu, Pelin Tan, Vlad Morariu


Collection Collective: Tools for Self-Representation

The launch of the website will take place within an Inaugural Public Seminar where we have invited four speakers to discuss the specific institutional histories and the politics of collecting practices of the contexts they come from. With:

Alenka Gregorič (artistic director and curator, City Art Gallery, Ljubljana)

Mark Wilson (exhibitions officer, People’s History Museum, Manchester)

Ovidiu Țichindeleanu (theorist, Chișinău)

Tania Bruguera (artist, Havana).

Moderated by Judit Angel, Raluca Voinea, and Vlad Morariu


Organized by București, in partnership with and Middlesex University London.

ERSTE Foundation is the main partner of tranzit.

Co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN). The project does not necessarily represent the position of the AFCN. The AFCN is neither responsible for the project content nor for the way in which the project results may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the grant beneficiary.

Kindly supported by the Czech Centre Bucharest, the National Dance Centre Bucharest and Iaspis.