Open Space: new experimental art platform launches in Tbilisi

  • A still from the performance ‘We are sinking! — What are you thinking about?’ by artist Gvantsa Enukidze. Photo: Open Space., 14 Sep 2018 - 18:51, Tbilisi,Georgia

A selection of contemporary artists involved in various media forms will display their projects and works to celebrate the launch of Open Space of Experimental Art, an “alternative space” for creatives.

The launch occasion will bring performing groups, installations and sound shows to a two-hour public viewing on Sunday.

The displays will range from visual artist Giorgi Mozgovoi’s installation Full Emptiness to a presentation of Fear Pollution, a joint experimental electronic project by musical artists Irakli Shonia, Bakur Metreveli and Sandro Kozmanishvili, first unveiled at the major Berlin Atonal festival earlier this year.

See a fragment from a rehearsal for the performance ‘Body — Limited Territory’ below:

An installation by artist Davit Khorbaladze (Children were playing here. Story ended badly) will be presented to visiting art enthusiasts who will also be able to attend two performance acts.

In one, titled Body — Limited Territory, Khorbaladze and Natia Chikvaidze’s staging will involve a dozen performing artists.

Another group of performers will be featured in We are sinking! — What are you thinking about? by Gvantsa Enukidze.

Founders for the Open Space platform aim to hold displays along with talks and workshops by invited artists and curators, while the thematic focus of the space will be on social issues of the local context.

A preview for the launch event said the company’s “theatrical lab” would be aimed at exploring new artistic forms and seek to provide an opportunity for creatives looking for “non-classical theatrical processes in alternative space”.

Organisers also note their selection of the space — a street on the outskirts of Tbilisi — as a conscious choice for “decentralising” artistic events and spaces in the capital, where displays and shows are mostly hosted in the downtown.