The Artisterium 2020 will be held online for the first time in the history of the festival. The decision to launch the project in the virtual space became especially relevant at a time when, for well-known reasons, cultural, social, economic, or other manifestations of public life in Georgia were more or less delayed in the real world and most of them transferred to the virtual space.

Restrictions on the spread of the virus have posed great challenges, especially in the art sector. The unusual situation of the present-day, when the first problem is gathering people, has become a difficult circumstance for the artists and pushed them to rethink the artistic forms appropriate to the time and to use the suitable means. With this in mind, today the digital format has become the most relevant medium that allows the implementation of a project adapted to the current situation and new circumstances.

The Artisterium 2020 comprises 5 parts:

In the electronic world, on the other hand, the linked object is an object such as a graphic etc., which is included within a document in such a way that it is linked to the source file, so that whenever the source changes, the object automatically updates.

Linked Objects is a series of videos shot during the most intense "lockdown" in the world (March, April 2020). The project features the video works of 35 international artists. The videos tell us about the feelings that accompany a period of isolation, disconnection from a person's social life and being left alone while facing the problems.

Participating artists: Ali Bramwell, Phil Dadson (New Zealand), Alois Schild, Brigitte and Gabriela (Austria), Antti Tenetz (Finland), Mike Watson & Jussi Alaraasakka (UK/Finland), Bruce Allan (UK), Channa Boon, Ingrid Rollema, Paul Donker Duyvis, Pietertje van Splunter, Thom Vink, Jessy Theo Rahman (The Netherlands), Josephine Turalba (Philippines), Christophe Doucet (France), Daniela de Maddalena, Susanne Muller, Fred Luedi, Enrique Muñoz Garcia (Switzerland), Max Bühlmann, (Switzerland/Austria), Denizhan Ozer (Turkey), Diek Grobler (South Africa), Gabriel Adams (USA), Gordana Andjelic-Galic (Bonsia/Herzegovia), Hannes Egger (Italy), Jason Hawkes, Jayne Dyer, Lois Schenk, Kelli Sharp (Australia), Iliko Zautashvili (Georgia), Nandin Erdene (Mongolia), Oona Hyland (Ireland), So Young, Park Byoung Uk (South Korea), Yoko Kajio (Australia/Japan).
Linked Objects is organized in collaboration with the International Environmental Art Symposium Nine Dragon Heads.

Offline-Online explores the peculiarities of placing a work produced in real space into a virtual space and tries to answer the following questions: Is it possible to completely transfer the real experience of touching the work to the virtual space, in terms of the perception of traditional media (painting, installation, object, etc.) in the digital space? What is the link between the production process of the work and the characteristics of the representation?

The exhibition showcases the works that include digital features, the online representation of which is not associated with any difficulty. The project also shows the works whose primary representation space has always been a real, physical environment (painting, object, drawing, performance)

Participating artists: Mariam Aqubardia, Lia Bagrationi, Ana Dedabrishvili, Giorgi Maghradze, Manuchar Okrostsvaridze, Tornike Robakidze, Mikheil Sulakauri, David Chikhladze, Anna Dziapshipa, Guram Tsibakhashvili, Anna Tsotsonava, Iliko Zautashvili (Georgia), Goo Sung Kyun, Jihyun Vania Oh (South Korea).

Gallery Space - In the context of the pandemic "Lockdown", when conducting events in real space is associated with certain difficulties, the online platform of the Artisterium is dedicated to the partner galleries. These are Dedicace Gallery and the Container Gallery, which have been the Artisterium's partners for the past 10 years.
Container Gallery presents Giorgi Shengelia, Vakhtang Khetaguri, Tinatin Kiguradze, Nata Sopromadze, Rita Khachaturyan, Saba Gorgodze and Sanan Aleskerov.
This year, for the first time, the Artisterium hosts the Avalanche Art Space. Avalanche Art Space, as a force of culture, aims to deliver a spectrum of radical arts programming that explores what is possible within Art. Established in 2019, Avalanche is international in scope and hosts exhibitions, performances, lectures, and workshops.

Guest Project - Video recording of the concert of the Korean music ensemble Eoullim (piano, guitar, cello, drums, traditional instruments) and the Korean traditional choreographic group Eoul Sarang, which was held specifically for the Georgian audience of the Artisterium, on November 1, 2020, at Arte Hall, Seoul.
The project is organized by Marisori Music Institute, S. Korea.

Archive - this part of the project represents the Artisterium’s 12-year history through the digital versions of the catalogs, photos and banners published so far within the project.

Art Director:
Web Design:
Gallery Container Presentation, Curator:
  Iliko Zautashvili
Magda Guruli
Giorgi Mariamidze
Guram Tsibakhashvili

The project has been made possible through the financial support of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.

The catalog of the project has been published with the financial support of the Creative Tbilisi, the contest of the Tbilisi City Hall.