This book is the final, summary publication produced by the Visual Seminar. For three years the Seminar served as a platform for artists, designers, photographers, architects and philosophers who tried to intervene in the visual environment of Sofia from the transition period. The Seminar proceeded from the conviction that Sofia has become unbearable for the eye and that we who are not indifferent to the city's visual culture simply must do something about it.
We worked for three years, creating individual art projects, organising public forums and producing recommendations to the Sofia Municipal Council. This book presents only our “diagnoses”, i.e. the analytical part of the results of the Seminar. The individual art projects have already been presented in a series of books published by the Visual Seminar: Sofia as a Sight (2004), An Eye for the Pale City (2005), The Cliché: Memories, Images, Expectations, (2006), The City as a Museum (2006), Images of the City (Critique & Humanism, No. 1, 2005). Our political recommendations concerning the visual environment, which we produced eventually (and which are still under discussion), have been presented in the Newsletter of the Seminar as well as in other publications*. The ideas we formulated are the product both of collective and individual discoveries as well as conflicts between the members of the Seminar. In this book they are complemented with texts by like-minded contributors who, for one reason or another, were not directly involved in the work of the Seminar.
Alexander Kiossev, excerpt from the introduction in the book
Vector. ICA-Sofia: Motives, Analyses, Critique is a project by the Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia. The project is realised with the financial support of the National Fund Culture, Critique Programme