CCCK (2006-2008)

During an artist residence at CCA Kiev in 2006 the Center for Context and Communication Kyiv (CCCK) emerged, an open research project, that came to focus on Soros Centers for Contemporary Art (SCCA's) as well as the development of Ukrainian contemporary art. Founded by Ingela Johansson, Volodymyr Kuznetsov and Inga Zimprich, different participants and guests engaged in its development, Sönke Hallmann since 2008.

Since 2006 the project CCCK - Center for Communication and Context Kiev aimed to combine elements of research, found footage and conducted interviews in installations and publications, which would address the development of contemporary art institutions in Ukraine. Initially starting from the Soros Centers for Contemporary Art (SCCA), which were founded in the 1990’Äôs in Central and Eastern Europe, the CCCK gradually came to address the increasing institutionalisation and their effect on the production and reception of art, which these centers indicated. As part of its artistic research between 2006 and 2009, CCCK focused in particular on the SCCA Odessa, the SCCA Kiev and SCCA Chisinau, consulted their archives and spoke to its current and former employees. An underlying topic of the CCCK's research has been the influence of funding schemes and their inherent ideology on the manner in which contemporary art is produced and presented. CCCK aimed to trace the correspondance between this new management of contemporary art production, which the Soros Centers established, with the coinciding transition of society, such as privatization and democratisation in post-Soviet countries in the 1990's.

Concluding CCCK it turns towards the collaborative October Project in 2011.