The Social Function of the Arts by Vivi Kieffer


The article was submitted after the open call for our 10th anniversary of Water Tower Art Fest in 2016   By Vivi Kieffer Art sublimes emotions and allows the artist to live in another world, with less boundaries, more freedom and more beauty. Victor Hugo, the well-known  French author of the 19th century, [...]

Article on WTAF


Article On the Water tower art fest Your Empathy is my protected space What kind of things I saw during the festival that I organize…. I know this is not a very usual way of dealing and I don’t have the know how of how to do everything especially right now But this is how [...]


“The advantages of speaking foreign languages” или „Място под слънцето”


This piece is a continuation of the discussion done during WTAF 2014 with artists and cultural operators form Europe and beyond on the topic of the future of artist run initiatives. In 2014 during WTAF we initiated a debate on the topic of future of alternative artist run initiatives If it was for having more [...]


The Bulgarians are coming


Article in The Bite Magazine – Autumn Winter 2013. “THE BULGARIANS ARE COMING” Bulgarian Cultural Institute 21 – 28 October 2013, 19:00 h. Working hours for period 22-28.10.2013, 10:00 – 18:30 Address: 188 Queen’s Gate South Kensington London SW7 5HL +44 (0) 207 591 0179 Standpoint Gallery 24th October – one day presentation 18:30 [...]

Creative Industries in Former Industrial Buildings in Sofia


Location choices of creative industries have been a major concern both for policy makers and academic researchers during the last two centuries. The contribution to economic growth and employment (Scott, 2004; KEA, 2006) of creative industries is one of the main reasons for the attention towards them. Another motive is their central role in the [...]


When and how it all started


Short history of the project – artist’s initiative for the period 2006-2009 Since 2006 NGO – IME ( has initiated art events around and in the abandoned and neglected for decays Water tower (currently not in use) in the area of Lozenetz – Sofia and also the train station Poduene 2007. The first year [...]

Still Standpoint gallery talk


Still (2013) Presentation at the Museum of Socialist Art  22nd June 2013 I’m going to talk today in relation to my project Still. […] I want to talk to you about the work both in relation to the thinking that informs my practice, the architectural structure of Buzludja and socio-historical context to which this building [...]


Sites of Desire


Considering derelict urban spaces as metaphor for escapism and reflection In his unfinished collection of writings on the city life of Paris the Arcades Project¹ (Passagenwerk, 1927 – 1940), Walter Benjamin asserted that the modern city is experienced in a passive state of distraction. This suggests a coping mechanism for everyday life: a perceived need [...]

The sanity of the day


Artist: Mimmo Roselli “Silk Map” 55 Venice Biennale Pavilion Venezia Outside: First it connects sky to earth, then you look closely and the sane notion allows you to go even further by following the lines. One of them goes differently allowing you to move in a different way, with tradition, in integrity and posture. The [...]

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