Cooltzine vol.5 – Open Call for Co-Creators

We invite you to co-create the 5th edition of Cooltsalon’s international zine, “Cooltzine” – but this time our roles are reversed! The curator (Cooltsalon) becomes the creative contributor, the co-creators (you) curate the content! ABOUT THE ZINE “Cooltzine” is Cooltsalon’s zine, born in 2018 and curated as an accessible exposure platform for both professional and amateur creative practitioners, at any career stage. We want it to serve as connecting point and as a shared tangible, material asset in a world of heavily digitised experiences. The pages are created from visual interpretations of a given annual topic set up in our…

Not Another Online Event – Workshop Outcome

In such a heavily digitised world, why are digital events still not delivering to their full potential? Following Cooltsalon’s own practice in the field of hybrid and multiplatform events, this autumn we teamed up with Life Design Circle to deliver a one-day session further investigating the value and impact of online events today, to develop group ideas on how these could be more aligned with our wellbeing. Specifically, we were focusing on cultural-creative events. We wanted to engage with cultural events organisers and attendees alike, to find out why we “get lost in translation” when transferring offline experiences to online….

Not Another Online Event: Rethinking Digital Cultural Events

In such a heavily digitised world, why are digital events still not delivering to their full potential? Why do we not relate to these digital experiences the same way we do IRL? Why have we embraced video games – and online gaming – but the offer of a virtual exhibition falls flat?   Following our own practice in the field of hybrid and multiplatform events – prior to and around the pandemic-enforced special circumstances – Cooltsalon’s team is keen to further engage with cultural events organisers and attendees alike, to find out why we “get lost in translation” when transferring offline…

Open Call: Cooltsalon Facebook page takeover

Do you have an idea for an online project and/or content? Do you want our Facebook page to be your playground and a platform through which to present your ideas? We’re accepting proposals for curated Facebook content aka “Facebook page takeover”: managing Cooltsalon’s Facebook for 1 week, during which it could serve as your “gallery” for an online exhibition / a “diary” documenting some specific research/topic / or a communication channel for an interactive project, actively involving our followers through dialogue and/or game. Each “takeover” will last 1 week (Thursday-Wednesday) in August. Deadlines for proposals submission – 16:00 BST /…

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 weekend: screenings programme

A selection of works reflective of the “Future Now” theme will be screened during cooltXchange weekend (15-16 May 2021), available online on this dedicated page, and in-venue via location partners in Sofia, London and Belgrade (all in-venue screenings are subject to individual confirmations). Programme #1 “Future Now / Inherited Past” will be available on Saturday, 15 May only, and includes: The Future (2013) a playful stripped-down animation by award-winning Brighton-based filmmaker, Alex Goddard, telling you everything you need to know about the future in a couple of minutes. From There & No-Where Chronicles (2018) by Nice-based artist Jérémy Griffaud, a collection of…

Test new way of problem solving, sign up to Design Sprint

UPDATE: New dates! September 11 and 12. Those who have already signed-up for May will have their slots automatically reserved for the new dates – further communication via email will be provided. How to engage audiences online? How to test drive ideas and problem solve collectively? Anyone who somehow engages with cultural events, can feel the impact of this digital shift – whether you’ve been a guest to a virtual exhibition or had to move your festival to a VoD platform – and can put forward ideas about making these into more shared and collective experiences. We invite you to…

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…