March 14, 2010

Underground City XXI (UCXXI) is collaborative European cultural&art project, established by LIBAT (Fr), Labin Art Express XXI (Hr), Nomad Theatre (A), Prague College (CZ), aiming to creation of an interractive digital social sculpture. An utopia city model will be created and presented as an artistic 3D multi-user environment and society, shared and distributed on Internet, based on the heritage, dimensions and situation of the ex-coal mine in Labin/Croatia, once upon a time proprietry ex-Yugoslavia, Italy, Austria, Germany and France.

We invite artists, architects, designers, other other cultural professionals and experts, as well as cultural/art organizations from all over Europe, but especially from the countries historically directly involved in construction and exploitation of the ex-coal mine in Labin – France, Austria, Italy, Germany, ex-Yugoslav Republics), to participate in the project, exchanging experiences and ideas through a collective art work and opening an intercultural discussion on various issues of an idealistic/utopia 21st Century European society – virtual Underground City XXI.
LABIN ART EXPRESS XXI (HR) independent underground cultural and art association, established in 1991, based in the ex-coal mine in Labin, Region of Istria, Croatia. In 1993 L.A.E. established Radio L.A.E., the first independent radio station in Croatia, closed by governmental decision in 1996, and in 1998 the international multimedia Cultural Center “Lamparna” in one of abandoned ex-coal mine buildings. It was first step in realization of their fundamental project “Underground City XXI” – construction and establishment of futuristic underground town in the ex-coal mine. L.A.E. is not a clannish group of artists whose creativity is esoteric, but an esoteric cultural and art association cooperating with artists and “non-artists” who share the fundamental idea that “art today must be: young, fierce, all-encompassing, universal, modern, moral and synthetical.”
LIBAT (FR) founded in 2002 by Pascal Silondi have an aim to stimulate production, the administration and the diffusion of international artistic, interdisciplinary, multimedia and experimental projects. The association is proposing a hybrid and nomad “platform-laboratory”, tool of analysis, creation, and exchange for conceptual, artistic and technological studies. LIBAT is involved in the coordination of several artistic and cultural European projects with scour objective the experimentation and the exploration of art, science and new technologies. LIBAT supports the creation of a dynamic European open-network inviting international artists, culture centers and researchers to foster the creation and the presentation of new media art models.
NOMADtheatre (AT) developing contemporary forms of expression in performative, site-specific and so called theatrical context. Theatrical installations, performances are placed in specific contexts, situations and public activities are staged, thereby putting the conceptual reality into perspective, activating to its permanent recreation. Starting point of the work is thereby the origination of temporary areas of action and structured communication spaces. Such communication spaces are in principle virtual and are produced by means of different techniques in material, architectonic and various medial surroundings.
Prague College (CZ) is a British university in Prague offering a range of accredited British Bachelor and Master degree programs, as well as HNDs and professional diplomas: MSc International Management, BA (Hons) International Business Management, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Fine Art Experimental Media, HND Interactive Media, HND Computing, Short Courses. At Prague College a student will find: modular and flexible study programs, full-time, part-time and work-study options, short courses for non-program students, credit when transferring from other universities or colleges and a friendly, student-oriented international atmosphere.


This work programme has been funded with support from the European Commission, culture program.

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