Cooltzine vol.2 available

UPDATE: Cooltzine #2 has been archived. Remaining print copies are still in circulation somewhere, keep your eyes peeled. A self-publication curated by Cooltsalon as an accessible exposure platform for creative practitioners at any career stage, the zine is Cooltsalon’s first tangible asset. The cycle of each edition is completed with 1-month availability as a downloadable file (free of charge), after which each volume is archived, never to be available again, unless shared by someone within the network. Each “Cooltzine” edition is deliberately limited in print run, encouraging exchange and DIY reproduction, sharing and copying material hand-to-hand, in the original zine…

Cooltzine #1 Neglected Spaces of Your City

In May 2018 Cooltsalon established an ideas exchange model, that truly reflects the idea of ‘glocal’: a one-day simultaneous exhibition, where several cities showcased the same works to different audiences. The works came from submissions to a collaboratively created zine (“Cooltzine”); each participating city (hosting venue) then received the same exhibition assets for presentation and same zines for distribution , while contributors, hosts and attendees had the opportunity to tune into a live video stream, sneaking a peek into each other’s venues. Partners for the project launch were Leyden Gallery (London), be’kech (Berlin), Kvaka 22 (Belgrade) and Cush.Bar (Sofia). Presenting…

Cooltzine #2 Shared Space

The second issue of “Cooltzine” will become available on 18 May 2019. This year we’re exploring the idea of “shared space” and what it means to each of us, as a city dweller, as an creative practitioner, as a community member, as a human being. We’re excited to have some of the pages of Cooltzine vol.2 created by our last year’s collaborators – Ben Duax, Emma Sywyj, Francesca Ricci, Ivo Nedyalkov, Femme Fatale Project, Teri Anderson – as well as all the new contributors who came on board for the ‘Shared Space’ investigation. Right click on each image above to…

Cooltzine

On 12 May 2018 Cooltsalon launched its very first “physical asset” – the ‘Cooltzine’ – a publication curated for international, visual dialogue between creative practitioners. The zine carries on the message of re-discovering the city, re-connecting to it and each other as urban dwellers, and is something tangible that can be collected, shared and referenced at any time. The specific brief for Cooltzine vol.1 was “Neglected spaces in YOUR city where you find inspiration”, attracting responses from different parts of the world, revealing stories and individual experiences through the means of photography, illustration and collage. The first Cooltzine edition is…

Frange d’interferenza project

Starting 4 th June, each Friday for the next 4 weeks Cooltsalon’s Instagram will be documenting the progress of Frange d’interferenza, a new land & sound art project from our collaborator Luca Serasini (Cooltzine vol.1, vol.4) and Massimo Magrini (Bad Sector). The project will culminate in a live video performance for our Instagram mid-September (exact date TBA) Frange d’interferenza (Interference fringes) merges astrophysics and art. It is a site-specific project around the VIRGO laser interferometer in Cascina, near Pisa, built to detect gravitational waves. Gravitational waves are a consequence of the theory of General Relativity, published by Albert Einstein in…

cooltXchange 15-16 May 2021

Programme links: https://linktr.ee/cooltzine  Downloadable programme schedules per location: Sofia , Belgrade , London 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…

Urban dwellers collective manifesto

UPDATE: Read the collective “Urban Dwellers Manifesto” here. Let’s imagine the future of our cities, together. What do our high streets look like? Parks? Work place? Do we walk more? What makes us happy? After a year like 2020, we felt that Cooltsalon’s motto #unitedwecreate really needs to come forward. It is what motivated us to open a call for written thoughts, ideas and suggestions, to produce a collective “manifesto” of what it means to be a city dweller, now and in the (foreseeable) future. At the core of our work is the desire to expand the notion of “creative”,…

Zine open call extended

The Open Call for co-creators of Cooltzine vol.4 have been extended until 14 December, 23:59 (GMT) The submissions process remains the same, with page proposals accepted via email (as outlined in the guidelines) It is important that you provide a short statement (50 words max) alongside your work, outlining how this relates to the zine’s theme, “Future Now”. In addition, we are now accepting text submissions from urban dwellers of all backgrounds. We are especially keen to hear from non-artists and those not directly employed in the creative-cultural sector, for feedback along any of the following: What do you think…

“The Invisible Enemy” exhibition

Cooltsalon is hosting Shahar Tuchner’s solo exhibition The Invisible Enemy, 27 June-10 July: right here, on our website. Initiated and curated by the artist himself, it’s a ‘viral’ project: appearing and populating different sites, emulating the coronavirus. The content will become ‘live’ on the homepage on Saturday, 27 June, 17:00 UTC. The exhibition consists of works from different years before the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic, which are relevant to this period of social isolation and the new day-to-day behaviour that we all need to adopt and act upon, as well as new works created during this time. The artworks range in…

Cisco Webex and Cooltsalon: supporting ART during unprecedented time

For the second consecutive year, Cisco supports and enables the Cooltsalon platform in delivering its projects. This year, artists, curators and participants will be reunited for ‘Cooltzine’ creative conference around the topic “CHANGES”. Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on venue operations and attendance, we have been able to reformat the event as purely digital, allowed by Cisco’s Webex platform, with participants in each panel discussion connected in a live video transmission, and be able to not only present but interact with each other and hear audience questions in real time. There is an unprecedented increase in remote working…