The project consortium consists of 3 organisations: AMES – Art Media Events Studio (Ploiești), 4Culture Association (Bucharest) and Fiksdal Dance Foundation (Oslo).

Art Media Events Studio (AMES)

Art Media Events Studio (AMES) is the leader of the Lockout Stereotypes project.

Founded in 2017, the association carries out activities in the fields of visual arts, photography, film, literature, performing arts – theater, dance, music, and interdisciplinary projects. AMES contributes to the professional development and promotion of young people, by awarding scholarships, organising workshops, conferences, festivals, through research and mentorship programmes, residencies, production, presentation and dissemination activities. The organisation aims to develop national and international cooperation projects that offer young people opportunities for long-term creative and artistic development.

Since 2018, the association has been carrying out projects dedicated to supporting the independent sector, audience development and access to culture in peripheral communities, paying special attention to the young generation.

4Culture Association

Set up in 2010, the organisation is active in the field of contemporary arts – dance, performance, visual arts and multidisciplinary projects. 4Culture aims to contribute to the development of the contemporary art public in Romania, to the continuous professional growth and promotion of young artists, by awarding scholarships, organising workshops, through research and coaching programmes, residencies, production, presentation and dissemination activities. Its projects facilitate meetings between artists from various fields and collaborations between cultural institutions (museums, cultural centers) and the educational environment (communities, high schools and universities), at national and European levels.

The activity of 4Culture Association was nominated at the Awards Gala of the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN), in the Cultural Resilience category (for its entire activity) in 2017, and at the Prize for Interdisciplinary Activation, with Platform X project (research and interdisciplinary production programme focused on new media, performance, installations) in 2016. In 2020, the association received the AFCN award for the promotion of Romanian culture abroad, for organising the international eXplore Dance Festival, currently at its 15th edition.

Fiksdal Dance Foundation

Fiksdal Dans Stiftelse is an Oslo-based foundation which manages and promotes the artistic projects of choreographer Ingri Fiksdal. The organisation consists of choreographer Ingri Fiksdal (director), Eva Grainger (production and administration) and Nicole Schuchardt (distribution). The foundation is currently working on a series of projects addressing the intersection between the post-anthropocentric and the decolonial from a feminist perspective.

Ingri Fiksdal understands art as an engine of change. Her creations have been shown in Norway, Europe, USA and China. With the performance Night Tripper she won the Oslo Prize for Best Performance in 2012, and with HOODS – the Dance Critics’ Prize for Best Performance in 2014. In Norway, Fiksdal collaborates regularly with Black Box Theatre/Oslo, BIT Teatergarasjen/ Bergen and Teaterhuset Avant Garden/ Trondheim. From 2016 to 2020 Fiksdal was supported by apap-Performing Europe 2020 – a project co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.