Project description

Ro_Archive has as its primary goal the de/reconstruction of recent Romania and the construction of a cultural archive of texts and images at its core. Among the desired results there is also a website that allows information access online, another part of the Ro_Archive project it focusing on workshops, lectures and exhibitions, theoretical and critical texts that can be used as an educational material for the Master studies. At an international level the project Ro_Archive was promoted by the project pRo_Archive - financed by the National Fund for Culture.
In the year 2008, in the aftermath of Romania's adherence to the EU, Romania's image is not reflected properly on either national or international level. Due to some journalists' avidity for exoticism, attraction for pseudo-VIPs, sensational and false events, and the media is flooded with photographs of no artistic or documentary value. Many artists, journalists, intellectuals or politicians do not show concern for the unique events and transformations undergone by Romania during these years or for going beyond the cliché of a country of stray dogs, homeless children, and questionable oriental music. A significant part of the already existing archives has been neglected or even deliberately destroyed.
The project involves an analysis of recent artistic initiatives in view of creating an archive of images that are relevant for recent Romania.

How is the project linked to the theme of 20th century European memory?

The project has high didactic usability; it offers practice themes for many of our students and encompasses archive-related, Romanian contemporary art or digital aesthetics doctoral and post-doctoral studies. It furthered and developed the use of teamwork, theme-related practice, and teacher-student efficient collaboration. The didactic models used at the Photography and Video Department is related to: theory-based practice, interdepartmental collaboration and workshops, individual project development, artist and relational skills development, etc. The involvement in Ro_Archive prepared both teachers and students for further experimentation with possible didactic models such as: e-learning, modular teaching, learning through teaching. Because it is an exploratory project with part of its outcome being conditioned by its long term future value that has to be speculated upon and assessed only by comparing it with similar projects from 20th century history. We can teach the ways of building an art content image-based archive and we can use the theoretical research in our courses, but this type of exploratory angle is new for our teaching methodologies and it can be used to develop new assessment criteria.

Links to the project sources

Centrul Ceh:
Centrul Ceh, November 18th, 2008:
Fabrica de Pensule:
Andrei Mateescu:
Michele Bressan:
Graphic front:
Presentation Ro_Archive:
Urban lab: