IRINA BOTEA  
     
 
film performance photography installation about  
 
     
 
Phalanstère
Impersonation
Art Historians
It is now a matter of learning hope
Film Postale
Picturesque
Photocopy
Quick reply
Conversations 15M
Before a national anthem
A place of citizenship
Auditions for a revolution
We in the year 2000
Bringing the fiction home: Laura
Bringing the fiction home: Pinocchio
Bringing the fiction home: Bruno
Bringing the fiction home: We were 16
Menome 2
Menome 1
Out of the bear
Elena ladybug
Total comfort
Reenactment
Felicia
Felicia says
Stereotypical conversations
Where do you play monopoly
Batuta lui Oprica
Cow session
Enisa and the shadows
Barefoot
Aktion
Irony Venus
Home electric
Tiempo de la princesa
Fatima, Natalie, Misch
Leo
 
Phalanstère
2014, video, 19'30"

The film essentially embeds Charles Fourier's concept of a phalanx, adapted to the Romanian context by Teodor Diamant and Manolache Bălăceanu in the early 19th century.
The phalanx in Scăeni was the second phalanx in the world (after the initial project in France); a project based upon socialist utopian theories of self-contained community structures. Due to the recent political history of Romania such ideas have been constantly reassessed and discussed, at times both praised and vilified in equal measure; depending upon dominant political ideas.
The film presents the local high school history teacher Iovan Sorin discussing the history of the phalanx at two different locations in Scăeni: the town's cultural centre and the void which previously contained the actual physical phalanstère.