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”,…

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: Due to unforeseen private matters, this workshop has been postponed from the initial May dates to new September dates, 11th and 12th. 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 test drive ideas and problem solve in a group? Cooltsalon invites you to get hands on and take part in a 2-day session known as design sprint (DS), workshopping new skills and tools that you’d be able to apply in real life. It comes as a way to practice design…

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…

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…

Cooltzine vol.4 Open Call

Cooltsalon invites submissions for the 4th collaboratively created zine, “Cooltzine”, where each page is done by different creatives, professional or amateur, as visual interpretation to the 2021 theme, “Future Now”. Where 2020 presented a collective challenge and posed shifts in the established models, rendering future planning both obsolete and even more necessary than before, we ask what does “going forward” mean now? Can one build while in a state of flux? Or is it a state of suspense and waiting, while the present is the only mode available?  To participate in the “Cooltzine vol.4: Future Now” Open Call, download the…

“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…

Cooltzine vol.3 the zine available

Note: the zine has now been archived. Cooltzine vol.3, the zine, is now available for download. If you’re interested in obtaining a physical copy, please read below. Contributors from around the world have joined forces to create the pages of zine vol.3 ‘Changes’. They’ve been asked to work with the same ‘base’ image, interpreting and re-imagining it, making literal changes and reflecting on the contextual ones. You can find out more about the contributors here. The zine was born in 2018, a self-publication curated by Cooltsalon as an accessible exposure platform for creative practitioners at any career stage, the zine…

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…