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AIRL

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Organization and management
The founders of the non-governmental association "Arts Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory" are art historians, curators, historians, sociologists, urbanists, restorers and artists.
Director and board members
Nana Kipiani - Director of AIRL, PhD in Art History and Theory, head of MA in Arts Interdisciplinary Studies
Tea Tabatadze - PhD in Art History, Curator, head of exhibition and workshop programs
Mzia Chikhradze - PhD in Art History and Theory, head of: Visual Art Studies Department
Samson Lezhava - Doctor of Art History and Theory, Board Member
Levan Chogoshvili - Artist, Project manager
Structure
Director and the Board Departments: Visual Art Studies (Modern, Contemporary); Urban and Architecture Studies Library Exhibitions and Workshops Two year master courses in Arts Interdisciplinary Studies (for Ilya Chavchavadze State University from approximately next year)
Strategy / Priorities
To bring together theory and practice, heritage and modernism; to establish interdisciplinary research practice of Georgian art; while at the same time promoting artistic, intellectual and cultural cooperation and exchanges with the greater world to provide links between four spheres: education, information, network and innovation. We aim to maintain the active exchange of information and to establish contacts between the people and artistic institutions on regional and international levels.
Education
AIRL, in collaboration with German -Caucasian University, established a two-year graduate program in Arts Interdisciplinary Studies

Projects
2008-1999
Coordination of Tbilisi-Basel-Freiburg artists' exchange project within the Artists' International Exchange Program (IAAB) of Basel Christoph Merian Stiftung, the only functioning exchange program in Georgia; Exhibitions and workshops
2009
Tbilisi 6, " Never On Sunday", Supported by Pro Helvetia, Arts Council of Switzerland, Kultur Basel-Stadt, kulturelles.bl; The Fantastic Tavern. The Tbilisi Avant-garde, exhibition at Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, NY 2007
Tbilisi 4, ”Everyday is Saturday”, Film nights, performances, workshops, round tables, exhibitions, International project (exhibition, film show) in collaboration with Swiss curator Daniel Baumann; Cumberto/Space, Generously supported by Arts Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory (AIRL), Embassy of Switzerland to Georgia and Armenia, Kultur Basel, Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Richard Massey, and the Friends of Tbilisi. Tbilisi Architecture From the Outside, exhibition-round table; project in progress; (supported by Open Society – Georgia Foundation). 2006
Tbilisi 3, ”Let's Stay Alive Till Monday”, International project (exhibition, film show) in collaboration with Swiss curator Daniel Baumann, Children National Gallery, Tbilisi (supported by Pro Helvetia Kulturstiftung and Cantonal Foundation of Geneva for Visual Art, Switzerland). 2005
“Out Law,” international exhibition-workshop, NAC, Tbilisi (supported by IFA, Stuttgart, Germany). Tbilisi 2, ”Wednesday Calls the Future”. International project (exhibition, film show) in collaboration with Swiss curator Daniel Baumann; NAC, Tbilisi (supported by Pro Helvetia Kulturstiftung and Cantonal Foundation of Geneva for Visual Art, Switzerland). 2004
“Double Bottom,” Georgian Contemporary Art Exhibition in cooperation with Center for Global Coordination of Culture and Art (CGCCA) and Goethe Institute (project supported by Ministry of Culture, Monument Protection and Sport.of Georgia). Alan Johnston's solo exhibition “Ambivalence” and film show HAGI and YAMAGUSHI, N Gallery, Tbilisi (supported by British Council). ”Tuesday is Gone”, International project (exhibition, film show) in collaboration with Swiss curator Daniel Baumann, Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla), Club 22 (project supported by Pro Helvetia Kulturstiftung and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in South Caucasus). 2003
Venice 50th international biennial “Dreams and Conflicts”, Georgian exposition “Beyond Bans” (supported by TBC Bank, Georgia). 2002
Cultural Policy (exhibition-debates-documentation), Gallery Universe, Tbilisi (supported by AIRL). Seminars
2008
Participation in the Founding Conference of the Association of National Committees of Blue Shield, Netherlands, City oh Hague. 2001
October - International Seminar "DifferAnce 2" in Contemporary Art, supported by Pro Helvetia KulturStiftung, Switzerland and British council. 2000
September - International seminar in Contemporary Art “DifferAnce 1” (supported by Pro Helvetia KulturStiftung, Switzerland. (It was organized before founding AIRL). Promotion of artistic activities
2003
Laboratory promoted the participation of artist Levan Chogoshvili in 50th Venice Biennial 2003 (commissioners of his exhibition “Beyond r” were Nana Kipiani, Tea Tabatadze from AIRL). 2002
AIRL organized the participation of Georgian Contemporary artists Guram Cibachashvili and Giorgi Sumbadze in European Contemporary Art Biennial “Manifesta 4”, Frankfurt/Main. 2001
AIRL promoted the participation of artist Gio Sumbadze in the International Exhibition "Sonsbeek 9, Lokus-Focus in Arnhem (June 3 - September 23, 2001) it was the result of seminar “DifferAnce 1” and the interest of Mr. Bart De Baere in the works of the young artist. 2001
Laboratory promoted the participation of artist Levan Chogoshvili in Florence Biennial (7 – 16 December, 2001). Conservation and Research Projects
2003
Project “Tbilisi Modernist Artistic Cafés and Its Murals - the Space of International Communication.” The research and conservation planning (research, analysis, documentation) project of the murals of unique artistic cafes “Argonaut's Boat” (1918) and “Khimerioni” (1919): the meeting places of modernist artists, poets and writers. Cafés expose the multinational character Georgian Modernism and thus the conservation of these cafes is important , since they are the only painted artistic spaces/cafes that have survived from early international modernism. The project was supported by “Open Society Georgia” foundation. The conservation project of murals of medieval church Svetitskhoveli (XII century), main cathedral of Georgia. The conservation of the monument was in collaboration with and under the support of the Patriarchate of the Georgian Orthodox Church. 2002
The conservation project of the frescoes in a unique medieval architectural monument in East Georgia, the church of Khanchaeti's (XIII century.) (the church was destroyed after the earthquake). The project was implemented in two directions: a) project planning: research, documentation and analysis for the development of a comprehensive conservation plan and b) actual conservation. The conservation of the monument was in collaboration with and under the support of the Patriarchate of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Monitoring
2005-2003
AIRL established the “Tbilisi Urban Development and Cultural Heritage Protection Public Monitoring Council”, that unites four non-government organizations: ours - Arts Interdisciplinary Research and Development Laboratory, Urban Development Center, Union “Old Tbilisi,” Georgian National Committee of ICOMOS and the governmental organization, Georgian Art History Research Institute of the Georgian Academy of Science; (the main goal was to monitor urban development in the historical part of Tbilisi in accordance with the existing regulations of town planning (since the process today is very spontaneous and unplanned), to stimulate the working over of necessary legislative documents and to prepare consultations on them). 2004
NGO in collaboration with UTA UNION and Tbilisi Municipality Cultural Department worked over the concept of cultural development of Tbilisi. Periodic edition
2002
AIRL founded the free interdisciplinary critical newspaper "Iliazd". Each issue has its own concept and focuses on one special topic. It is directly connected with existing cultural policy and aims to critically analyze the current situation in the art scene with its different dimensions and to discuss cultural-social and cultural-political problems (first volume was supported by Pro Helevtia Kulturstiftung, second volume by city municipality cultural department, the others by AIRL board).
Contact
49, Zubalashvili str., Tbilisi 0108, Georgia
+995 32 986 225
iliazd@airl.ge
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