A couple of updates from the Cultural department:
We failed to apply for the Plovdiv grant - despite the deadline set on the 15th of October, the city closed the call some days earlier, and as I was busy organizing a big event in Berlin with my other colleague who helped develop it, we couldn’t finish the document earlier, and missed the chance. I did call the Plovdiv 2019 office and they told me they plan to have one more call next year - we will keep an eye on this. Plus, the idea is very flexible, as it revolves around the creation of new myths and rituals (for the presence and the future) - so whenever we find a suitable grant, we can repurpose it and make it happen elsewhere.
With @Noemi, we are preparing for the conference in Romania - I’ve been working on our slides and thinking of what exactly should we propose to the audience and possible clients. Noemi suggested an Art Camp with one-month residencies, while I’m tempted to describe it as a modular project which can last a varied amount of time and have different purposes, depending on the needs and ambitions of the city. What do you think makes more sense? I’m thinking of using these trials to explore ways of plugging into cities for longer periods and maybe testing the more international iterations of The Reef?
Here you can see the slides (work in progress, any comments welcome until tomorrow) https://www.canva.com/design/DADGxmrFZx8/share?role=EDITOR&token=WURWTGFgIzq3RqZ8hPx35A&utm_content=DADGxmrFZx8&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton
- I have visited the festival Mesto Zensk in Slovenia, where I had a chance to meet cultural workers and artists and made some interesting connections. I have met Maude and Bernie from a community theater in Dublin, located in the maternity hospital, which works with disenfranchised groups from the neighborhood and the city. We’re definitely interested in collaborating in the future. I also met the visual/video artist Marva Arsanios, who did some impressive works about the feminist community movements in Rojava, unionization of Mexican house workers and the creation of new land in Lebanon (her homeland) by using waste and demolished houses to build new land in the sea. Plus, the curator of the festival, an organizer of a feminist film festival in Skopje, a couple of designers and local artists and some passionate beer brewers Even had a chance to ask a question to Francoise Verges at a small panel on decolonial feminism.
Plus, I think I found a suitable call for our general ambitions in creating artistic spaces and connecting complex research subjects with creative work and participation. We have over a month to develop the proposal - take a look and let me know if that makes sense? https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/sites/eacea-site/files/2._guidelines_coop2019_eacea_34_2018_en_0.pdf