We sent in an application in response to a call by Allianz Kulturstiftung (DE): Encouraging culture for an open society. Below a short description.
Practically, the idea is to build an artistic add-on to The Reef communal way of living, by creating solarpunk art.
If anyone is on the lookout for other calls, know that this concept and application are reusable and adaptable to something else people want to do. Get in touch!
Deep Green community art for sustainable living of the 99%. A networked effort to create solutions for low carbon living and behavioral change, starting with committed communities ready to implement them. We believe that artistic practices can help make a green lifestyle more aspirational. Three vibrant ‘curatorial hubs’ will show how change is possible. Deep green community art is:
- Co-created: professional artists, social innovators and diverse city dwellers collaborate online and install the work in the cultural spaces
- Functional: practical artistic artefacts respond to concrete needs of spaces (i.e. energy saving, waste reduction etc)
- Replicable: the works are all created using an open process and are open source.
- Empowering: we blaze the trail for many out there looking for new ways.
Activities would take place in two types of spaces.
- Online: the edgeryders active community platform https://edgeryders.eu/c/culture-squad
- Onsite at each hub’s location: The Reef (BE), The Place in Bedford (UK), and Blivande in Stockholm (SE).
Three phases are tightly integrated with each other:
- Co-creative online process (Mar/Apr 2019). Each partner launches an open call for ‘deep green’ art works, inviting project ideas, people and artists altogether. It results in three artists appointed to coordinate an act of community production.
- Community workshops in partners’ spaces (May). Three day sessions where artists and community members produce, install and exhibit the art. Walk-in, inclusive workshops.
- Documentation and dissemination (Jun/Jul 2019). Ongoing networked storytelling ensures all the ideas presented can circulate broadly on the Internet and involve new people in the process. Following the workshops, a sustained translocal campaign will showcase and advocate deep green artefacts for sustainable urban living for the 99%.