ODD THEORY

ODD THEORY has been since the beginning an attempt to understand as well as to reconfigure, with the delicate means afforded by a small-scale initiative, the Romanian imaginary. It functioned as a learning and sharing tool, and in the current configuration succeeded in its initial bet of bringing together a community of curious and courageous people. The small following overlapped ODD’s general following, but also managed to stand out as a work group of hybrid practitioners, one that is slowly developing common tools and initiatives.

In working with a collective imaginary, regardless of the scale of that collective, one has to face the challenge of the poor political imagination characterizing the contemporary world. Romania is, in that respect, eternally blocked in binaries which do not serve its citizens. The misery of catching up conflates with extremely narrow local politics, producing a public sphere in which important issues marking the world are never properly discussed. In that respect, ODD THEORY makes a point in choosing speakers who can deliver presentations and workshops on subjects that remain poorly known and understood on the local scene, topics which overlap and create a series of mind-opening mirrorings.

ODD THEORY is curated by Cristina Bogdan.

ODD THEORY #25

Red New Age

Janek Simon

12/10/2019 17:00

Mântuleasa 4

On the introduction of personal computers into everyday life and the appropriation of Eastern spirituality in communist Poland and Romania.

ODD THEORY #22

Ultrasanity

Elena Agudio

28/09/2019 19:00

Mântuleasa 4

We reflect on the construction of insanity and madness; on madness as a tool of suppression and on the systemic attempts to normalise those out of the norm, of healing the healed; on the entanglement between madness, colonialism and coloniality; on sanity and sanitation.

ODD THEORY #21

Open Repository

Underbelly Soundartmedia

20/07/2019 14:00 - 21/07/2019 21:00

Mântuleasa 4

Underbelly, based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is basically a curated collection disguised as a shop. It doesn’t have a regular outlet except the webshop but it materializes in different ways depending on the occasion. This weekend, Underbelly invites you to transform it by transactions.

ODD THEORY #20

The Eternal Network - Spam, Trolling & Bureaucracies in Participatory Art Practices

Florian Cramer

20/07/2019 18:00 - 21/07/2019 20:00

Mântuleasa 4

We will reconstruct the history of spamming, trolling and bureaucracies in Mail Art and related, non- and pre-digital networks; then, we will flip perspectives, appreciate spamming, trolling and bureaucracies as modes of production, communication, intervention and artistic practice, and develop spamming and trolling bureaucracies using only pen and paper.

ODD THEORY #18

Colonial Neighbours

Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock

09/07/2019 17:00 - 09/07/2019 21:00

Mântuleasa 4

A workshop focusing on a decolonial reading of objects; followed by an in-depth presentation about the archival project Colonial Neighbours developed at SAVVY Contemporary | The laboratory of form-ideas, its challenges and limitations, visions and educational programs.

ODD THEORY #17

Untraining the Ear

Kamila Metwaly

04/07/2019 - 07/07/2019

Mântuleasa 4

Exercises to decipher sound beyond its contextual affiliation of geography, genre, and valences of identity. An attempt to press II [pause] to the daily storm of sonic vibrations, and voice a call to examine and explore the auditory beyond the hearing and start to LISTEN.

ODD THEORY #16

Local Knowledge * Global Design

Ovid Pop

20/04/2019 - 15/06/2019

Mântuleasa 4

This series of three meetings proposed by Ovid Pop is centered around the notion of embodied knowledge. Embodied knowledge is structured knowledge that runs through and employs our bodies. In this sense, the knowledge one operates with is specific, localized. Nevertheless, the discursive directions and the tools, that generate (acknowledged) knowledge, are globally designed.