Gastarbeider Dating
interactive social project, 2008

In 2008 Katja Sokolova and I curated and participated as artists in the interactive social project "Gastarbeider Dating" in Mediamatic. The project reflected on today’s state of the world, where migrant artists are confronted with their background on cultural, social, political, artistic and economic level. The goal of "Gastarbeider Dating" was to celebrate differences: to present various artistic strategies of dealing with their identity and environment, and to see what impact their art can possibly have on local cultural production, as well as on the society in general.

10 artists from 7 different countries "landed" in the Mediamatic exhibition space. Each artist stayed for one week and made collaborative and interactive work with friends, visitors, musicians and other artists. Each week had completely different environment, atmosphere and theme.

During our week Katja and I created "International Marriage Agency and Consulting Service".
The final event of the week was a speed-dating performance " Russian Roulette" with Russian girls, including ourselves, and Mediamatic visitors.

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