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Truc sphérique,Žilina, SK

address:Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3, 010 01 Žilina
space:Station Žilina-Záriečie, SK

The project Railway Station (Stanica) started with the reconstruction and simultaneous use of the space in the still operating railway station Zilina-Zariecie (free of charge contribution by The Railways of Slovak Republic). Now, in the third year of operation, we are utilizing the half-reconstructed spaces of the station as a display for visual arts, studio for ateliers and workshops, café and waiting-room, info-center and reading-room, and a multifunctional presentation venue for theatre, dance, concerts, discussions and projections.

Stanica cultural center is the main activity of NGO Truc sphérique and the conclusion of a certain period of development and fulfilment of our mission.The project of Stanica is freely linked to an international spectrum of cultural institutions created upon the platform of civic initiatives of young people and artists that have vitalized vacant factory halls, industrial objects, stations and commercial centers (e.g. the centers associated with Trans Europe Halles, a network that Stanica is also a member of-– more on

Our project, however, transcends the other art factories in an original way. It is expected to preserve the previous purpose of the station- a waiting room and ticket sale venue for the local railway line from Zilina to Rajec. The result is a new centre of progressive cultural activities connecting elements of public space – operating railway station – and elements of a multimedial cultural centre with creative, educational, social and presentation activities based on contemporary arts in the aim of "art for social change". The activities and operation of our NGO could be briefly characterized by the following key words: creativity development, connecting people, quality, social change, cultural diversity, international/local, poetic/pragmatic, friendly atmosphere.

The project set up an innovative model and example for the creation of new cultural centers and eventually for the transformation those already in existence in Slovakia and neighbouring countries. This model is based on legal and financial independence with a system of diverse-source financing, including self-financing and volunteers, and excluding commercial activities. The Open Cultural Space Stanica includes discussions and interventions regarding the development of new models in cultural policy in Slovakia.