Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art (TICA) is a new platform for contemporary art in Albania with the ambition to offer substantial support, on a continuous basis, to a developing the art scene. During March 2-11, 2007 Performing Pictures was invited to Tirana to do a workshop for 40 students at the Academy of Fine Arts. The workshop THE STATE OF CHANGE introduced a new way of working with physical interfaces for responsive film installations and discussions were held during the workshop about new disciplines within the contemporary art scene. The workshop mixed theoretical seminars with practical exercises, and the students created their own video works on the theme A state of Change. The audience could interact with the works through external control mechanisms. The results from the workshop – 6 collaborative projects – where shown during a well visited presentation/exhibition at the Academy. Artists and students that seldom or never before had worked with video or art involving technology used the VOS-player – a video software developed by Performing Pictures.
As the first external lecturers ever, we were invited to the Tirana Academy of Arts to give a 3-day workshop and introduce a new way of working with physical interfaces for video at the Art Academy in Tirana.