PAST PRESENT – Fragments of memory

  • Collective performance
  • Free entry

120 min.


The mould is the imprint of an object on a surface, a negative of form, palpable memory.

To the ancient Greeks, memory was the imprint on the soul of a past event.

You are invited to take part in a collective performance, an exercise in remembering framed by the action of mould making. Fragments of personal and collective memories will interfere with physical actions. You are welcome to bring an art work, a story, a text, a song, a small object or a photograph as a trigger for certain memories. Or simply bring yourself.

You can take part in the performance or you could only witness it. Those who wish to participate, please bring clothes that can get dirty. We will work with plaster, which is easy to wash off.

Past Present proposes a back and forth movement between forgetting and remembering, erasing and restoring. What remains when seemingly there is nothing left? What is the potential for generating new perspectives on a challenging past?

Read more about the project here.

Hosted by: Ioana Marinescu, Iulia Mărăcine, Smaranda Găbudeanu and Andreea David
Film: Laurențiu Calciu. 
Sound: David Crawforth, Doru Apreotesei
With contributions from: Aurelia Anton, Doina Apreotesei, Thomas Goodey, Hennie Lee, Katia Pascariu, Eliza Trefaș, Shino Yanai

The performance PAST PRESENT. Fragments of memory is a follow-up of PAST PRESENT. Fragments of memory: Bucharest-Pompeii-London, installation and performancecommissioned by Beaconsfield in London. The project was originally conceived by Ioana Marinescu as part of her doctoral research at Slade School of Fine Art in London and further developed together with Smaranda Găbudeanu and Iulia Mărăcine.

Co-produced by
PETEC (Books and Theatre Association), Beaconsfield Gallery

CNDB (The National Center for Dance Bucharest), /SAC @Malmaison (Space for Contemporary Art), CESI (Centre for Excellence in Image Studies), H2DANCE, Cartierul Uranus, Radio România Cultural (Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation), Igloo.

Thanks: MiC – Pompeii Archaeological Park, Uranus Neighbourhood Community.

Past Present Project. Moving archives is co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the results of the programme may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the grantee.

Project PAST PRESENT. Fragments of memory: Bucharest-Pompeii-London was co-financed by the Romanian Cultural Institute, through the Cantemir Programme – a funding programme for cultural projects for the international environment. The Romanian Cultural Institute is not responsible for the content of the project or the way in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the grantee.

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