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Industrial Heritage Research of Tbilisi

Mua‘s team has been exploring Tbilisi’s industrial sites for the past few months, and the process is nearing completion. At the end of October, The Exhibition of Tbilisi Industrial Heritage will be held accompanied by the lectures around the same topic until the end ...

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Georgian artists’s Exhibition in Burgos

We are happy to inform you that from September 25, within the frame of the Art | Up – Street Gallery and F-Orma Network, a collaboration project between different European cultural spaces, the selected works of Georgian artists are presented in Burgos, Spain, in the exhibit...

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A New Academic Year Begins at CES

Tomorrow, September 5, Creative Educational Studio will host the first open day of the new 2020-21 academic year. Courses in the Creative Education Studio take the form of theoretical lectures, discussions with students, practical work, and homework. Registration is open for th...

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CES Records Presenting Natela Svanidze’s Unique Recording from 1974

We are happy to be able to share with you this amazing news from  CES Records CES Records is fortunate enough to present to you Natela Svanidze and to be releasing for the very first time her unique recording from 1974 on Synthi-100. The following issue aims to showcase Natela Sv...

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CES’s New Course to Start from the New Semester

Creative Educational Studio‘s New course – Music Industry and Journalism to start from the new semester Music and journalism are two independent and exciting interconnected areas of the creative industry. Over the past 15 years, the intensification of digital journali...

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Pandemic and Impact Hub Tbilisi – adaptation stories of Fabrika’s residents

The success story of Impact Hub Tbilisi is another part of our residents’ adaptation series: “Impact Hub Tbilisi is a shared workspace that is part of Impact Hub, a fast-growing global network. Impact Hub unites more than 100 cities and more than 20,000 members around...

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Pandemic and MUA – adaptation stories of Fabrika’s residents

The success story of MUA – Multiverse Architecture, is the following part of our Resident Adaptation series: “MUA was founded in 2010, underwent changes in 2013-2014. The main direction of ​​our activity is architecture, but the big steps towards urban planning are cl...

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Save Georgian Club Culture

5th of June, United We Stream Tbilisi opened its doors for the 2nd time and hosted the online event from Georgia, Vodkast records with it’s 3 lovely artists, all of them representing the record store. Line up: Ani Kvirkvelia JD J (Zeinkali) Zurkin United We Stream Tbilisi ...

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Pandemic and Ceramic Studio 1300 – adaptation stories of Fabrika’s residents

Covid-19 and Ceramic Studio 1300  – a series of adaptation stories from Fabrika’s residents: “Recent events have had a profound effect on our activities. Since March we had to temporarily lay off our staff members. Our store was closed so we opened an online sho...

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Pandemic and CES – adaptation stories of Fabrika’s residents

The success story of Creative Educational Studio, the same creative education studio, is the first in a series of stories of our residents adapting: CES –  Creative Education Studio is an independent, creative media school that specializes in sound and design. The school wa...

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Ceramic Studio 1300 – Georgian red clay as part of a Pop Culture

The production of ceramics means the beginning of a new stage in the history of mankind.  BC. VII-VI centuries, roasted red clay pottery was already being made in Georgia. Along with the development of metallurgy techniques in the history of Georgian ceramics, options of creatin...

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Fuckup Nights In Georgia – Interview with Hayk Asriyants

21th of May Fuckup Nights Georgia in quarantine will take place online. It was just 2 years ago when Fuckup Nights Georgian edition was held for the first time in Fabrika. After many interesting stories told during these 2 years and 20 public events, it has grown and became even ...

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Zoom Meeting Background: Fabrika Edition

Do you also miss visiting Fabrika? We’ve got you! Change up each Zoom meeting with a new Fabrika themed background. Take your accounting call or spice up your online interactions with your friends with our  Fabrika’s walls. For higher quality click on the photos            ...

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Online hackathon for cultural and creative workers

Cultural and creative industries across Europe have been disrupted by the current COVID-19 crisis. The challenging time is also a time of opportunity for transformation, collaboration, and learning. This is a chance for all creative industry leaders, artists, creatives, event or...

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Updated working modes and availability

Dear Friends, The idea behind Fabrika is bringing communities together, creating, sharing, creating, collaborating, and interacting. Due to the current events, the time has come when we need to have the least face-to-face interactions and maximize our physical distances. Fabrika...

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A woman who fight for the truth in the Soviet Union

Nazi Shamanauri is a Georgian journalist who was killed in the communist regime in 1982. After graduating from the Faculty of Journalism in 1971, Nazi Shamanauri began working for the radio station of the former Tbilisi Orjonikidze Sewing Factory on the site of today’s R...

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AlphaBeta Workshops – Spring Weekend Intensives

AlphaBeta Workshops – Spring Weekend Intensives course in Georgian calligraphy & Lettering by Black Dog Studio with young Georgian calligraphers Ana Sanikidze and Matassi Sulakauri. Every weekend, from 7-8 March – Language: Georgian / English – 2 Days / 6 full wo...

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Showcase your work at 5 European exhibition spaces

Art Up | Street Gallery and Fabrika became members and partners of F-Orma, an exhibition network formed of independent national and international creative players, which host, curate, promote and disseminate projects by young, up-and-coming artists. Art Up | Street Gallery announ...

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Fabrika in 2019 – Highlights

At the edge of the new decade, let’s have a look at 2019 and highlight the top 10 happenings at Fabrika. #1. We became the members of Trans Europe Halles! And Georgia appeared on the map of European Cultural Centers for the first time. #2. We hosted 575 events #3. We host...

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FABRIKA on the map of European cultural centers!

When we were starting, we had the goal to create a platform for people in creative industries for sharing, creating, socializing and exchanging ideas. Later we discovered that there are tens of places similar to us with similar missions and visions throughout Europe that are call...

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Industrial Heritage Research of Tbilisi

Mua‘s team has been exploring Tbilisi’s industrial sites for the past few months, and the process is nearing completion. At the end of October, The Exhibition of Tbilisi Industrial Heritage will be held accompanied by the lectures around the same topic until the end of November.

The urgency of the issue and the importance of the project

The project “Tbilisi Industrial Heritage” is dedicated to the registration of industrial buildings in Tbilisi, collecting basic information about them and creating a common database. The issue of industrial heritage and its preservation is quite often discussed at the international level today, although in Georgia this issue is still not on the agenda.
For communities and institutions interested in developing different areas of culture, the industrial part of the city is a kind of resource, both in terms of research and their transformation.Also important is the fact that a large part of the former industrial buildings are not only unique architectural objects but also interesting from an artistic point of view. Mosaics, bas-reliefs, or other works of art are often found on the façade.Unfortunately, many of them are in a dilapidated, ruined, and looted state today, posing a real threat of losing the city’s historical memory and cultural uniqueness. In order to preserve the diverse and multifaceted historical and cultural uniqueness of our country and city, it is important to take into account the historical, cultural, economic, and social values ​​of this heritage.

Project progress and research methods

The present project is the initial study of industrial buildings, which includes different phases of development. The initial research formed a kind of base, which revealed the means of multifaceted, multidisciplinary development of the community.
When researching buildings, we use a variety of methods – photo documentation (photographer Angus Leadley Brown), video recording (Indigo magazine), sound recording (CES), artifact collection, and more.
The long-term goals of the research are to see a unified picture of the city’s industrial heritage, to study and analyze industrial buildings, and to raise the issue of their preservation and adaptation.

Project Summary Event

In the conditions of (pandemic) limited resources, at this stage of the research, we will limit ourselves to the industrial buildings in Tbilisi and focus on the remnants of the 20th century. An exhibition/presentation of the studied material is planned for the end of October – where the first stage works will be presented to the general public. The exhibition will also be posted on the website of the Tbilisi Architecture Biennale within the framework of the 2020 project. The exhibition includes a research presentation, a photo exhibition of selected buildings from the study material, a presentation of some of the material obtained through student workshops, and the presentation of audio and video material created in collaboration with Indigo Magazine and CES. The exhibition is planned to take place in the Artarea exhibition space – as one of the positive examples of the transformation of an industrial building. Attendance at the presentation will be free.Photo and video material of the event and summary information will be prepared, which will be posted on the project, multiverse architecture, and factory digital media channels.

Exhibition concept

Tbilisi’s entrepreneurial and industrial heritage dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. During the 19th century, the status of Tbilisi (Georgia) as a business center of the Caucasus was strengthened due to the geographical location of the city (Tbilisi (Georgia) was located in the immediate center of the Caucasus) and the existence of a wide road network around Tbilisi (Georgia).
The exhibition will present industrial and industrial buildings built in Tbilisi at the end of the XIX century, the beginning of the XX century, and the Soviet period. The survey identified up to 250 facilities, most of which ceased operations in the early 1990s, after which they were privatized and almost completely depreciated. Most of the enterprises are no longer functioning as originally intended and are rented space for various micro-enterprises.
The exhibition is a kind of summary of the found material, with the aim of the exhibition to share the impressions and information that emerge during the research and inspection of the former industrial buildings. Accordingly, the materials presented at the exhibition – photos, videos, audio, artifacts, and archival materials form a whole in the form of an interactive installation. The exhibition space will be transformed into a virtual tour of the industrial map of Tbilisi, where visitors will be able to discover objects and get information about them.

Tbilisi Architecture Biennial is participating in the event, therefore it can be seen on the Biennale website.

Representatives of various disciplines and institutions are involved in the research process: photographer Angus Leadley Brown, curator and researcher Nini Palavandishvili, Creative Education Studio, and the magazine ინდიგო • Indigo

Media partners of the project are ინდიგო • Indigo and Public Art Platform

The project “Industrial Heritage Research” is implemented with the support of Creative Georgia.