Tech Rider’s Dilemma

Tackles problems related to new media survival, heritage with a focus on art & science / technology and various forms of technical dysfunctions in electronic artworks, caused by the dynamics of obsolescence, practices based on improvisation and a penury of inter- and trans-disciplinary collaborations in Romania.

  • Details

    Critical & artistic research, open call for dysfunctional artworks, transmedia collaborations. August-November 2023

  • Project team

    Curators: Suzana Dan & Andrei Tudose | Artists: Antoni Rayzhekov, Ioana Vreme-Moser, kinema ikon, Silvia Niculae, Darsha Hewitt, Drujba Collective, Sabina Suru, Mara Oglakci | Research contributors: Pip Laurenson, Dr. Ana-Maria Udrea (INFLPR), Dr. Cristina Popa (INFLPR), drd. Adina Rau (INCDFP), drd. Vlad Toma (INFLPR), gH, Antoni Rayzhekov, Alexandra Costea | PR & Communication: Simona Radoi & Anca Maco

  • Key Parteners

    INFLPR, Kinema Ikon, Rezidența9

  • Financed by


Tech Rider’s Dilemma is an artistic research and production project questioning the possible interactions between tech and art and investigates the necessity of a structured approach to planning/ production, showcasing and preserving new media works.

The project opens an active dialogue aimed at understanding the vulnerabilities of art, not just in the face of time, but also related to technological changes and ideological evolution as well as public interactions, taking the first steps towards creating protocols for new media archiving and preservation in Romania.

The project includes a research phase (involving both artistic, as well scientific experts), disseminated through a podcast pilot program, that will inspire two new artistic works produced in a transdisciplinary team, led by Sabina Suru and Mara Oglakci, alongside scientific researchers from the Institute of Lasers, Plasma and Radiation – with the objective of bridging scientific research protocols with the artistic production process.

These works were be included in two exhibitions: at MAFA – Media Arts Festival Arad (at the Art Museum Arad / October 2023) where five works created by three invited artistic teams working led by Antoni Rayzhekov (BG/ AT), Ioana Vreme Moser (RO/ DE) and kinema ikon (RO), were exhibited in the framework of the festival. In the second exhibition, at Rezidența9 in Bucharest (November 2023), four more artists & collectives joined the initial lineup, three selected via an open call – Darsha Hewitt / DE, Drujba Collective / MD and Silvia Niculae / RO, joined by one more invited interdisciplinary collective – Colectivul Harta SF / RO.

Exhibition @Rezidenta9, November 2023

  • Sabina Suru - Reliquaries for the Fungible, Tech Rider's Dilemma @Rezidenta9

On Art, Science & Dysfunctional Technology

Critical Thinking Articles

When Science Fails, by Drd. Vlad Toma (Center for Advanced Laser Technologies – CETAL, Măgurele) [article in English]

New Media and the Future, by Mara Oglakci (National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” – UNATC, Bucharest) [article in English]

From Analog to Post-Digital, by Alexandra Costea (West University – UVT, Timișoara) [article in English]

Tech Rider’s Dilemma is co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.