Apparatus 22 is a transdisciplinary art collective founded in January 2011 by current members Erika Olea, Maria Farcas, Dragos Olea together with Ioana Nemes (1979 - 2011) in Bucharest, Romania. Beginning from 2015, they are working between Bucharest, Brussels and SUPRAINFINIT utopian universe.
They see themselves as a collective of daydreamers, citizens of many realms, researchers, poetic activists and (failed) futurologists interested in exploring the intricate relationships between economy, politics, gender studies, social movements, religion and fashion in order to understand contemporary society. Starting with 2015 a major topic of research and reflection in the practice of Apparatus 22 is SUPRAINFINIT universe: a world-making attempt to use hope critically in navigating present and future. In their very diverse works - installations, performances, text based-shapes, reality is mixed with fiction and storytelling and all merge with a critical approach drawing knowledge & experience from design, sociology, literature and economics.
The work of Apparatus 22 was presented in exhibitions at La Biennale di Venezia 2013, MUMOK, Vienna (AT), BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (BE), Museion, Bolzano (IT), Kunsthalle Wien (AT), Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (BE), Brukenthal Museum Contemporary Art Gallery, Sibiu (RO), Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (DE), Contemporary Art Museum (MNAC), Bucharest (RO), KunstMuseum Linz (AT), La Triennale di Milano (IT), TRAFO Gallery, Budapest (HU), Futura, Prague (CZ), Ujazdowski Castle – Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (PL), Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest (RO), Onomatopee Eindhoven (NL), TIME MACHINE BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART, D-0 ARK UNDERGROUND, Konji (BIH), Osage Foundation (Hong Kong), Progetto Diogene, Turin (IT), Closer Art Centre, Kiev (UA), CIAP, Hasselt (BE), Barriera, Turin (IT), Art Encounters, Timisoara (RO), Suprainfinit Gallery, Bucharest (RO), GALLLERIAPIÙ, Bologna (IT), Lateral ArtSpace, Cluj (RO), Survival Kit festival, LCCA Riga (LV), Autostrada Bienniale Prizren (XK); performances at MAK, Vienna (AT), Steirischer Herbst, Graz (AT), Stedelijk Museum with De Appel CP Amsterdam, (NL), Kunsthal Gent (BE), Yarat Academy, Baku (AZ), Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (DE), Drodesera Festival, Dro (IT), Villa Empain, Brussels (BE), SMAK Gent, (BE) etc.
Apparatus 22 also works beyond institutions via performances in public spaces, interventions in private spaces and other hybrid forms.
2. Apparatus 22, V3, 2018 and AMULET (1) / (2) / (3) / (4) FORGING WITH MY EYES CLOSED KNOWING I OWE NOTHING, 2018. Courtesy the artists and GALLLERIAPIU, Bologna. Photo: Stefano Maniero
4. Apparatus 22 portrait – same time same place (Arnhem, 2018)
1. Apparatus 22, Ruins from a world that never was, 2019. Courtesy the artists and SUPRAINFINIT Gallery, Bucharest. Photo: Natalia Diachenko.
3. Apparatus 22, Comprame un misterio, 2020. Courtesy of the artists and GALLLERIAPIU, Bologna. Photo: Renato Ghiazza