Adata AiR Resident Programme - Meetings with the Artists #7

ADATA AiR is an artist-in-residence programme in the city of Plovdiv. The residency aims to give a space for a creative exchange that fosters intercultural dialogue and interaction. The platform is open to artists, architects, designers, etc., from Europe to join the special pre-capital-of-culture stage. During their stay, the residents will have the opportunity to develop new projects and interact with local communities and the complex cultural realities of the city.

The artists are visiting Plovdiv in 2018 to work on their own artistic projects related to topics concerning nature and architectural cultural heritage in Plovdiv.

On 2 August 2018 was held meeting #7 - an introductory talk related to Klaas Burger's research in Plovdiv during his one- month residency stay in the ADATA AiR programme.

A key challenge is learning from each other through collaboration. This makes us more equal: though we try to control, in the end, we have to admit we don't know the future, each other nor ourselves. In all other things we are unequal: different faces, stories, expertise, and expectations. How to use this difference properly? How to make it into a source of knowledge? How to turn our inequality into a resilient force in society?
In Plovdiv Klaas has been researching labour migration. The topic is interesting on different levels: on the one hand, Bulgaria wants to attract e.g. call centres, because of the relatively lower wages in Bulgaria compared to other parts of the European Union. On the other hand poverty migration from among others, Bulgaria is one of the leading tropes in the current discourse by numerous Western European politicians and media. How is this economical perspective related to city culture? Do people from west Europe watch Bulgaria the same way as Plovdivians watch Stolipinovo?

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Klaas Burger works in between visual arts, journalism, urgent social issues, policy development and community building. Trained as both a visual artist and a theologian, he got bored by institutional frameworks. So he went out, into public space.
More about the artist at, as well as at

ADATA AiR is realized by Plovdiv 2019 Foundation in partnership with Goethe-Institut Bulgarien and the Polish Institute in Sofia (Instytut Polski w Sofii).

Details at ADATA AiR's facebook page.



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