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Anna: art curator in Yerevan. Interested in the topics that this new 1 year project is putting forward: http://reshape.network/what-is-reshape/ - (art and citizenship, fair governance, value of the social fabric, transnationality). Mostly interested in fair governance models, and solidarity funding - discussing and finding solutions
To offer to the Conversations: We have the Institute of Contemporary Art in Yerevan, a venue and place for gatherings in Armenia, and Anna’s network;
Marili: performer and artistic director of Entropia; based in Athens and does a lot of international projects. Mainly interested in co-productions and collaborations - explore sociopolitical issues, the urban environment, ecologies. Knows ER at the intersection of art and activism.
Dan: on the edge of edgeryders for a few years; doing some technical work on OpenEthnographer; not very embedded in existing cultural institutions and activities; the appeal for me is to have more conversations - sees the potential to spark collaborations that were not planned in advance.
Naomi: from Wellington; learned about ER last year in Stockholm; has been scheming about a global community which could take care of the developing needs of local communities distributed in a global fashion; did some work in India, then went to Stockholm, has a Dutch passport. A social permaculturist, has been struggling to support herself and have the freedom to get involved in more. Develops the Open Value Network in Berlin. “We’ve been looking at organisational structures, and commons”. Works with collaboration incubator, conference weaving. Now training in facilitation
Self identifies as artist, but doesn’t have a specific practice.
"Life as a creative opportunity. The entry point is: we have something catalyzing in each of us. What structures do we need to support that?"
Alex - creative producer, theatre maker, also a poet, strategist based in the UK, at The Place Theatre offering a program of mixed media (theatre, music etc), combo of professionals and local community.
Attached to edgeryders since 2014 - worked on big scale events, working with Natalia and Noemi to see what the next steps are in the culture work, push it forward as an agenda within the wider ER work; drawn to connected culture - has been to spoken conversational events before (technically distributed international conversational networks PechaKucha, Fuckup Nights), and has been disappointed that the conversation doesn’t go further. Key value in Edgeryders: foregrounding documentation; that there is always a next step after an event
His interest is in figuring out:
How does the local conversation connect to the international, wider, distributed series of conversation?
Natalia - wants concrete actions. Saw this upcoming Festival in building outside Berlin - we can potentially work with the organisers - one off event on a site that will soon be demolished.
Noemi - Not an arts person, but a social scientist. Community manager and board member. Part of the bigger effort to push the growth of the wider company and organisation. Keeping an eye on the connections as we grow. Building Units within the network. Overlap with what Hugi is doing at Blivande (in Stockholm). How can the ER network be useful within this sphere? Wants to see sustainable collaboration happening and people making a living out of the work that they/we can do. Moving beyond the project-to-project cycle? Build a platform that figures out ways to grow distributed and through partnership. Reputation building. Connecting the dots. We want to build that online conversation part to see where that goes next.
The Networked Conversations should build a business card and over time help us figure out a business model for the Culture Squad.
Questions asked, answered and lingering
- Marili: Wants to understand exactly how we have proceeded so far. Is it a project/ a platform? Do we intend to apply for funding?
It’s a platform that is meant to create new and sustainable collaborations and projects between participants, and for edgeryders. i.e. people supporting each other, writing applications together, organising events and what not. We do it for a season of 6 months like a project - and then reflect on learnings to see if it can continue, and with what changes/ additions to the format…
- Dan: How we see the interrelations between the local and international level?
From organisers: focus on finding a format which works there. low investment, not overstretch or add to existing workload!
From ER: tasked with connecting layers, helping with community management, support for documentation.
Wider connecting question/topic & local specifics.
- Marili: What is covering the costs of events? What are our target participants?
We can find venues easily, and ER will cover costs of food/ drinks. We will make sure to cover the cost of the performative dinner at the end.
The most expensive is the time of those who organise - which is why it needs to be very simple AND it needs to add value to work which we already do, questions we already have - see process below.
Process for organisers
Presented by Alex -LINK TO PROCESS coming up!
Alex: Find a wider topic we want to address and then drilling down into a specific question which we aim to talk in detail about - so that the conversation moves forward.
- The formal depends on your personal preference: panels, workshop, just chatting.
- How is it best to promote the event? open/ closed?
- How important is it that you involve people from outside your circle?
Dan: How important is it that you have the same people at each event?
The work between the sessions: documentation - I found very appealing; the 2-3 hrs commitment can be documentation work; it’s exciting because it gets people to do something else other than talking
Naomi: Space to have intimate conversations vs something larger than the city
Between each conversations to facilitate the online space - have events in between; sending it out there, regrouping into your local context; “we are a local component part of a larger group”
Noemi: it would be great if local teams will take this on, but for me it’s important that we dont over-commit. Hosting the events+ good documentation is a good point to start with, then if people want to take it further it will be very useful!
Website for the Culture Squad featuring the Conversations front page - work-in-progress, will be up by 1st of April
Can you all revise the proposed calendar and let me know dates we can lock in
9 April | Brussels
2 May | Brussels
8 May | Bedford
9 May | Berlin
25 June | Brussels
7 August | Bedford
14 September | Brussels
20 September | Berlin
31 October | Athens
XXX | Yerevan??
15 November | PERFORMATIVE DINNER (can also be later?)