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‘Landing figures’ at PRAC

The Bulgarian part of A-team project was held at Pro Rodopi Art Centre in Bostina between 15 July and 5 August 2012.

The young design artist from UK Isaac Wilcox did hold a residency at PRAC in the frames of A-Team project, working on the topic of bad road infrastructure in the village of Bostina. He worked in close collaboration with young Bulgarian designer Gabriela Tzonkova and the young Bulgarian filmmaker Atanas Georgiev on a 30–meters long road installation named ‘Landing figures’. Two managers from PRAC – Desislava Mincheva and Petar Todorov, the local mediator Ivan Marinski, and plenty of volunteers from the village was involved in the project as well.

The project got a huge success among villagers and did attract lots of national and local media, including Bulgarian national TV, channel 1 which did a proper TV coverage in one of the most popular cultural TV shows in Bulgaria (link here, http://bnt.bg/bg/productions/121/edition/24737/ pls see inbetween 00:16:05 и 00:19:40 minutes)

As first immediate result of A-team in Bulgaria was the decision of Municipality of Smolyan to repair one very problematic part of the landscape of the village of Bostina, hugely affected by big floods in the region in 2006.

As ‘Landing figures’ appeared to be a project with very strong and easyly erccognizable practical aspect for all stake holders – villagers, artists, politicians – PRAC would like to continue with it and find a way to creat more ‘flying animals’ on the broken streets of Bostina.

Petar Todorov

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  1. A-TEAM at Pro Rodopi Art Centre in Bostina/Bulgaria.

    This project was a very good experience for me.

    At first the attitude of some of the villagers was quite negative towards the project. The idea of an artwork on the road was seen as ridiculous.

    However as the process went on the attitude changed. People were excited and interested to see the process and to see how a crazy idea can come to real and change their every day lives.

    As a non-Bulgarian and not a fluent speaker of Bulgarian, I wondered how I would cope and manage with a completely different culture than my own.
    It was easy to blend in and get on with people and to continue with the work.

    The team of workers (Ivan Marinski – the mediator, Angel Yanev – the mayor of the village and all others) were so embracing and kind to the awkward, gangly Scot. Working with the young artists Gabriella Tsonkova (designer) and Atanas Georgiev (filmmaker) was a joy. I have a lot of respect towards them. They were crucial to fully communicate our ideas to the workforce.

    Pro Rodopi managers Petar and Desislava were so supportive and a strong base to work from. We were treated very well and given a lot of creative freedom.

    I really feel that I have learned a lot from their style of working and picked up skills, both practical and mental, that I can really take elsewhere to use and reinforce.

    Isaac Wilcox
    Designer
    +447765448402
    Glasgow
    08/2012

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