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Art Hotel

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During the 2003 Tirana Biennual in Albania Orgacom started with a project about NGO's and expats in Albania. Due to many conversations with Albanese artists and art students Orgacom finally showed twelve proposals for art projects that visitors of the biannual (mostly people from Albania) could vote on. The 'winning' art proposal was titled 'Art Hotel'. In October 2005 Orgacom realised this proposal together with participating artists:
Adela Demetja
Syabhit Shkreli
Era Tula
Stefano Romano
Irgin Sena

The Albanese artists that make work in the framework of Orgacom's concept of Art Hotel took a reinterpretation of the traditional Saze as their reference. Leonard Qylafi: Around 1900 it was custom in Albania to have a orchestra playing traditional music in the hallway. These hotel orchestras are called Saze. The music was seen as a token of hospitality. People from the city and the visitors met each other in the hallway listening to the orchestra. Every serious hotel had their own Saze. Famous Saze's were invited to play in other hotels and toured the country before recording devices were introduced into the country. Thanks to this touring, Saze's mediated cultures singing songs from different parts of the country. During the Italian occupation (during the Ahmet Zogu King regime) the first recordings were made of famous Saze's. However, the Italians used this to propagandistic ends, recording Saze on the one side and Italian fascist music on the other side. This way the Italians hoped to penetrate Albanian culture.

In collaboration with a goup of contemporary Albanse artists Orgacom further works from this concept in Hotel Mariakapel in Hoorn (the Netherlands) during a working period of two weeks in Februari 2006.

» Tirana Bienual 2003 project by Orgacom

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