FINE ACTS LABS | CEE
Fine Acts Labs are unique events exploring the intersection of human rights, art and technology.
In Labs, teams of artists and technologists work together over a weekend to prototype ideas that raise awareness or provide solutions to a specific issue. A jury then awards the best idea with a grant for further development.
In past editions, ideas have ranged from from immersive, participatory art pieces to apps with a strong art component. By communicating human rights issues in new, unexpected ways, we seek novel avenues to inspire action and attract support.
The next edition of Fine Acts Labs will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria (7-11 June 2018) and will focus on the threats to democracy and civil rights in Europe, and the shrinking space for civil society in the region.
For this event, we selected 24 outstanding fellows from Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania, out of over 130 applications. We chose them because of their impressive accomplishments, as well as their passion, drive, curiosity and kindness. Fellows have the opportunity to win up to 5000 EUR in grant money to develop their idea; receive year-long mentoring and support for their project; and join a vibrant and diverse international community of visionaries and rising stars.
Public presentation of ideas: Sunday, 10 June, 18.30 h., Generator (Sofia, 47 “Cherni Vrah” Blvd., fl. 5).
Anna Rubi / Hungary
Anna works in the fields of video, film, live performance. Awarded the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, she graduated in trans-disciplinary art at the Zürich University of the Arts. Video maker,
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union. Permanent Artist, MyMuseum Gallery.
Anna Zsofia Kormos / Hungary
Anna Zsofia is a fashion designer. After graduating the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, she launched the fashion brand THEFOUR. In 2017 she started her D.L.A doctoral programme where she is researching Innovation and Smart Technology in Fashion.
Balint Komenczi / Hungary
Balint is a sociologist, sound artist, and community music facilitator. He works with Hungarian NGOs and often takes part in international collective art happenings. He is interested in developing hybrid projects that influence society.
Bogdan Topirceanu / Romania
Bogdan holds a BFA and a MFA degree in graphic arts, and is currently pursuing a PhD in visual arts at the National University of Art in Bucharest. Co-initiator of the Unnamed Association, an artist driven NGO that aims to encourage artistic and educational processes.
Georgi Tomov Georgiev / Bulgaria
Georgi is an artist focusing his work on installations. He works with ephemeral mediums — light and sound. The the purpose of his practice is not mere reflection, but rather augmentation of perception and facilitation of change.
Ioana Georgeta Turcan / Romania
Ioana is a filmmaker and a visual artist with a strong interdisciplinary background – from contact sports to choreography and visual mediums that address intersectional social topics. She received a Fulbright Grant to fulfil her MFA in Film and Video Production in the USA.
Katarzyna Pagowska / Poland
Katarzyna is a visual artist, working in the fields of performative and participatory actions, installation and photography. She often produces or places socially responsive works in public spaces. Her works have been exhibited across Europe and the USA.
Martin Grahovski / Bulgaria
Martin is a visual storyteller working mostly in the area of documentary films / photographic essays. Runs a freelance documentary / photojournalism company. Creator of the highly popular project “3 Minute Bulgaria”.
Robert Obert / Romania
Robert is an urban artist, who creates murals, paintings, comics, and illustrations. Through his art he tries to uncover the hidden sides, the unveiled layers of perception, pushing them further and mashing up information into new configurations.
Stefan Prohorov / Bulgaria
Stefan is a stage director and playwright, working mostly in the fields of theatre and performance art. His work focuses on an interdisciplinary approach towards socially relevant subjects, as well as cross-cultural experiments in the field of classical theatre.
Vena Naskrecka / Poland
Vena is an artist, who works in the field of performance, video and installation. Holds a BA in Fine Arts from Hanze University Groningen, and a First Class Honours Master in Art and Process from Cork Institute of Technology.
Weronika Jurkiewicz / Poland
Weronika is a writer and filmmaker whose work explores topics related to gender, sexuality and politics. She was as a producer for the Future of StoryTelling Summit in New York, a conference that explores how new technologies are changing the way we tell stories.
Alin Rautoiu / Romania
Alin is a full stack programmer by day, blogger and video essayist by night. As a hobby, he’s been writing about comics for 6 years, and has published two papers on the subject. Passionate about using his skills in the service of the civil society.
David Timis / Romania
David is a Growth Engine Manager at Google. He is also an active member of the Global Shapers Community. David was named “Young Leader of the Year” in Romania by Revista Cariere, and included on the prestigious “30 Under 30” list of Forbes.
Dragos Silion / Romania
Dragos is a AR/VR developer, with a prior experience as a backend developer. Graduated the Computer Science Faculty in Iasi, Romania. His hobbies include drawing and 3D modelling. After joining Code For Romania, he became passionate to use his tech skills for good.
Gabriela Luhova/ Bulgaria
Gabriela holds a Bachelor degree in computer science. She is a Ruby on Rails developer at Tutuf, and is involved as a mentor in Rails Girls Sofia – a programme aiming to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and build their ideas.
Joanna Skorupska / Poland
Joanna is an educator, creative technologist and a product designer with a strong background in service design. She runs an innovation design studio that forms future ideas and democratizes possible future visions. A maker at heart.
Katerina Vaseva / Bulgaria
Katerina is a designer, developer and illustrator who has lived and worked in New York, Istanbul and nowadays Sofia. Her main interests are creative programming with platforms like Processing, openFrameworks and Arduino, as well as graphic novels and interactive narratives.
Mate Nadasdi / Hungary
Mate is a front-end tech lead engineer. Curator of JSConf Budapest. Loves to explore and experiment with new technologies, work on client side optimisation or just simply brainstorm with others to make the web a better place.
Michal Szota / Poland
Michal is an independent graphic and interaction designer, creative experimentalist, VJ, podcaster, workshopper. Cooperates mainly with cultural institutions and artists. His areas of expertise are web technologies, visual design, custom software-based presentations, UX.
Oktawian Freus / Poland
Oktawian is a programmer, snowboarder, and a free spirit. Graduate of The Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics of the University of Warsaw, he has worked as a freelance programmer for the past 8 years.
Pardeep Attri / Hungary
Pardeep is a mechanical engineer with a business degree, trying to make a difference in people's life through the use of technology. He is passionate about social equality and justice, and writes on issues related to marginalized communities.
Stefan Vartolomeev / Bulgaria
Stefan is a developer, who jumped into the world of startups. He's playing with his computers all day and he calls it "work". As a true romantic soul, he loves to code late at night just on the light from a dimmed monitor. Daytime he's the CTO at Futurist Labs.
Vladimir Velikov / Bulgaria
Vladimir is a computer programmer, automation and optimisation freak, living in Sofia. Leading a team of twelve at a mid-sized company. Proficient in the Haxe programming language, which (albeit somewhat obscure) is a truly advanced one. Bitcoin maximalist. Young father.
Observing members of the Jury:
John Dalhuisen & Yana Buhrer Tavanier