cooltXchange 15-16 May 2021

Our fourth collaboratively created zine, Cooltzine, will be released on 15 May during the cooltXchange weekend (15-16 May) simultaneously in Sofia, Belgrade (co-curator Zeren Oruc, iksvyart) and London (co-curator Amy Jackson) The 2021 theme is “Future Now”.

Pages are created by 24 contributors – from Indonesia to Bulgaria – participants in the Open Call announced December last year, and selected by Cooltsalon and invited international committee – Vasil Vladimirov (Be Duende, Bulgaria), Francesca Ricci (multidisciplinary visual artist and writer, Italy/Spain) and Zeren Oruc (iksvy art, Serbia/Turkey). Every author participates with one page, interpreting „Future Now“. For the first time this year zine’s general front cover is complimented by local covers individually created for the three participating cities. Johana Trayanova is the author for Sofia and Alexandra Tosman – for Belgrade.

As before, the zine will be presented and distributed simultaneously in Sofia, Belgrade and London – print copies available from designated partner places in each city – in a two-day cooltXchange weekend. First confirmed location is KO-OP for Sofia – a co-working and arts and exhibition space, whose team took part in the last year’s fully digital edition. Local ‘offline’ programme details will be announced at the end of April. The zine will still be available as downloadable digital copy for one month after the print distribution.

cooltXchange is a continuation of our hybrid, glocal project initiated in 2018, that includes production of collectively created zine and an associated event (so far, both known as Cooltzine). As of 2021 the zine retains the name ‘Cooltzine’, while the event becomes known as cooltXchange and doesn’t have a fixed programme format, but always includes at least one internationally shared programme element – either via live video transmission or content on our website.

Confirmed international programme element for 2021 is a live video discussion with some of the zine’s co-creators, and screenings of short films and artist videos, selected by Cooltsalon’s curatorial team and reflective of the “Future Now” theme. More details, including daily schedule, will be published at the end of April.

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