Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The final presentation of a 10-Day workshop focused on issue of vacant and abondoned buildings and lots in Tbilisi. By mapping empty properties, researching planning instruments, architectural tools and by site-interventions the workshop aimed to point the possibility of temporary use of empty properties and their conversion for another use.


18: 00 Former Bus Station


8 Zviad Gamsakhurdia right bank (Next to Galaktioni (Marjanishvili) bridge)

Former bus station which has been vacant for a long time and has been used only as a garbage bin became alive in frame of artistic intervention. This place turned into a meeting point of local artist scene with everyday users, who are mostly car mechanics and their customers. Their interests were joint on phenomenon of "car passion" which was shared through specific atmosphere of an abondoned Soviet building.

20:00 "Cobra" Park

48 Davit Aghmashenebeli Avenue (Next to the main post office)

Festive opening of a public green area, which in the frame of the workshop was changed from invisible to a lively public space.


One of the targets of the project is to help NGOs, social enterprises as well as community groups with social objectives to find and access vacant urban properties for temporary use. Through temporary use of these spaces, they can be rescued from total destruction, as many of them are out of use, abandoned and due to variety of reasons, for example insufficient financial means, state or private owner has no possibility to take care of it. Through temporary usage NGOs, social enterprises, community and individuals raise awareness and create other possibilities and functions for out of use infrastructure.


Everyone will have a possibility to bring and in exchange to take an interesting book from the park library.   


40 min., Poland /Georgia, 2013

The film was made by film students of Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University and Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management (GIPA) under the artistic supervision of Pawel Loziński, Rafał Listopad and Wojciech Staroń as a part of the documentary project “The World from Dawn till Dusk” by Mirosław Dembiński and Maciej J. Drygas.

The film was presented by one of the project participants, student Vakho Jajanidze.

Participating artists:

Nini Khuroshvili and Anna Gzirishvili, Mariam Natroshvili and Detu Jincharadze, Dada Maghradze, Tam Oonz, Guram Tsibakhashvili, Vakhtang Urushadze, Aleksandre Soselia

This event is organized by GeoAIR and 4AM (CZ), KEK (HU) in collaboration with CCA-Tbilisi, kindly supported by ArtArea TV 2.0 and Tbilisi City Hall - Municipal Department of ecology and planting.

"Vacant Tbilisi" is part of SPACES project, funded by the European Union through the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and supported by STEP Beyond Travel Grant (ECF Lab).

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