The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate
The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate organizes and presents socio-political, artistic, cultural as well as socially engaged and educational programmes.
Since its inception, The Red House stimulates the development of innovative forms of the arts, such as interdisciplinary artistic projects in contemporary performance and visual arts, music, literature and media, and it helps artists develop their artistic language.
We try to create the circumstances for a dialogue between different forms of the art, as well as between artistic disciplines, humanism and various debates in the public sphere.
Rene Beekman graduated in Media Arts at the AKI academy in Enschede, the Netherlands. He is best known to a Bulgarian audience as a curator and as one of the co-founders of the MA programme in Digital Arts at the National Academy of Arts, where he also taught between 2008 and 2016. He is a co-founder of the xfilm festival, the xfilm lectures series, Dorkbot Sofia and Ignite Sofia, and has been co-organizer of the first two editions of DA Fest.
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The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate-Sofia
13 - 16 October 2017
The exhibition Post-digital Space (13 - 16 October 2017) presented the works of four young Bulgarian artists – Lilly Dzhagarova, Maya Baltaliyska, Nikul Georgiev and Iliyana Kancheva. Their performances and installations explored topics ranging from the online identities we create, the illegal felling of trees, the Big Bang to the way we experience our bodies. The artists had participated in workshops during the Post-digital Laboratory – a joint project of artist and curator Rene Beekman and The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate - Sofia. They submitted proposals for new work and were selected to realize these works for which they received mentorship and financial support.
The platform offered public presentations and workshops for early to mid-career Bulgarian artists and performers who wanted to explore the use of digital technology in their work. Lecturers and workshop leaders were Bulgarian artists Albena Baeva and Momchil Alexiev, and Norwegian artist HC Gilje. Their workshops covered the topics of video editing, 3d video and virtual reality, and spatialised video.
Post-digital Laboratory was supported by Sofia Municipality's 2017 Culture Programme, the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award and The National Culture Fund.