Institution

The European Centre for Contemporary Art (ECCA) strives to discover and foster artistic ideas for the future, emerging from three areas of artistic and curatorial work:
researching, learning and creating.
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kinema ikon, Long Story Short, 2018 (detail), "Memory as Vision" exhibition, The Paintbrush Factory, Cluj, 2018, photo credits: YAP Studio.
Vision & mission
Based in Cluj-Napoca, in the eye of the Carpathian mountain vortex, ECCA follows a constellation model of research methodologies and collaborative curatorial and artistic practices to create new artistic knowledge. Born out of a diverse and dynamic cultural context, ECCA embodies a mode of working across fields, expanding networks and transgressing territories on various coordinates.

Institutional Design

ECCA is an institution in the making. Currently designing a concrete meeting place in Cluj, a pilot space in form of a pavilion, a salon or an office, ECCA evolves into a project space and museum.
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Program
Miklos Onucsan, Măsurători Neterminate III, 2014 (detail), "Memory as Vision" exhibition, The Paintbrush Factory, Cluj, 2018, photo credits: YAP Studio.
Archives
We support, build, present and research artistic and curatorial archives to learn from the past, spread forgotten knowledge and inspire the present and future.
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Cineconcert "Memory as Vision", Urania Palace, Cluj, 2018, photo credits: Komiti.
Platforms
We infuse, inspire, instigate and generate new artistic and curatorial platforms dedicated to the intersection of exhibition making, artistic learning and research as well as discourse shaping.
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Workshop with choreographer Manuel Pelmus, The Paintbrush Factory, part of the Memory as Vision program, Cluj, 2018, photo credits: Komiti.
Experiments
We encourage, facilitate, safeguard and showcase artistic and curatorial experimentation to liberate perspectives and to imagine daring new ways of understanding.
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Community
Born out of a diverse and dynamic cultural context, ECCA encourages a collaborative and participatory relationship between public and institution. ECCA is shaping up firstly as a meeting place for the cultural community - artists, curators, mediators; urbanists, architects, sociologists and restaurers - working together for the launching of the new institution.
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The Autumn School of Curating, «MAKING CONVERSATION PIECES» (Cluj-Napoca & Timișoara), 2019, photo credits: INFI.RO.
Open call
ECCA – The European Centre for Contemporary Art Cluj-Napoca and Art Encounters Foundation Timișoara are looking for participants for the 3rd edition of The Autumn School of Curating, taking place in Cluj and Timișoara between 31 October - 7 November, 2021.