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Adriana Babeți

Observator Cultural

Adriana Babeți is a Professor of Comparative Literature at the Western University of Timișoara, an Associate Professor at the University of Bucharest, and an editor of the Timişoara based Orizont literary magazine. She has published the following academic volumes, which received numerous prizes and awards in Romania: The Lost Battles. Dimitrie Cantemir, reading strategies (1997), Central European Dilemmas (1998), Arachne and the Web (2002), A History of Dandyism (2004), Le Banat: un Eldorado aux confins (coord., 2007), and Amazons. A Story (2013). She also authored volumes of short prose — The Last Soufflé in Paris. 69 cooking recipes (2006), Prozac. 101 pills for joy (2009), Prozac 2. 90 pills for sadness (2014) — as well as the novel Woman in Red (1990), written in collaboration with Mircea Nedelciu and Mircea Mihăieş. She coordinated, together with Cornel Ungureanu, the anthologies Central Europe. Neuroses, dilemmas, utopias (1997), and Central Europe. Memory, paradise, apocalypse (1998). Currently she is readying for print the Dictionary of the 20th-Century Central-European Novel.

Ștefan Ghenciulescu is the editor-in-chief of Zeppelin magazine, architect, critic and researcher in the field of architecture and urbanism, associate professor at UAUIM.

In 2006 he was part of the team that represented Romania at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is the author of the book “Transparent City. Limits and living in Bucharest”, as well as the co-author of several other books and exhibitions.

The Zeppelin team won 16 awards and nominations at national and international competitions. Ștefan was a member of the jury of the 2019 EU Mies van der Rohe Awards.

His current interests revolve around contemporary architecture and the evolution and development of modern and post-socialist urban architecture in south-eastern Europe. He is also interested in the regeneration of buildings and urban ensembles, as well as alternative projects dedicated to public space.

Ovidiu Hrin is an awarded multidisciplinary designer & art director working in Timisoara (Romania) and internationally. He has a vast experience in branding & designing of complex communication and information systems for both cultural and corporate institutions. Hrin has won numerous design awards worldwide and his works were published in more than a hundred prestigious books, catalogues and magazines worldwide.

A selection of his art posters is part of the permanent collection of the Museum fur Gestaltung in Zurich. He runs Synopsismedia, a versatile design studio he founded in 2001, and holds graphic design and communication lectures and workshops throughout the world. In 2011 he launched Typopassage Timisoara, a design and typography micro-museum intended as a platform for showcasing Romanian and international designers, illustrators and typographers, with the goal of initiating a creative dialogue between the artists and a place where new interactions can be generated between the public and the exhibited artists.

Hrin is actively involved in cultural and educational initiatives in Timisoara and Romania. He has curated and co-curated multiple exhibitions and shows for the Typopassage Musem. Ovidiu Hrin is also a member of AIGA (The American Institute of Graphic Artists), TDC (Type Directors Club, New York) and Graphis International.

Constantin Petcou (atelier d’architecture autogérée) with Doina Petrescu develop ecological projects carried out with/by citizens, nomadic devices and urban strategies. For their projects (which include EcoBox, Passage 56, R-Urban, Wiki Village Factory, Vision 2030 Seine Saint Denis) they have received a number of international awards including Resilient Building Prize 2018 and European Political Innovation Prize in Ecology 2017. Constantin Petcou and Doina Petrescu represent R-Urban, a civic movement which supports the emergence of alternative models of living, producing and consuming between the urban and the rural.

Raluca Voinea

Raluca Voinea is a curator and art critic, based in Bucharest. Since 2012 she is co-director of Association. From 2012 to 2019 she managed space in Bucharest, which included an art gallery, a communitarian permaculture garden and an Orangery (a space for hosting fragile plants and ideas), all developed organically and in response to both the local context and to more international frameworks. In 2021 the ideas and approach that configured this space are continued in a new project, The Experimental Station for Research on Art and Life, a collective project realised by together with a group of artists, curators, theorists, economists and other cultural workers in the village of Silistea Snagovului, 30 km north of Bucharest.

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