Beyond the Obvious - Cultural Agora, Rome 2017
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GENERATING SHARED CONTENT AND KNOWLEDGE
A selection of public, private or community projects and good practices, in order to highlight various ways of exercising cultural rights
Sharing subaltern knowledge with and for international cultural collaborations
Shakin’ examines the cultural knowledge and learning methods found outside the prevailing forms of schooling and professionalisation. The project promotes the inclusion and recognition of this culture and subaltern teaching through international collaborations.
The aims behind Shakin’ are to connect academic and subaltern knowledge through exchanges of research methodologies with innovative ways of thinking, learning and teaching; professionalising postgraduate students with new forms of cultural awareness; and providing support for international cooperation through projects that include subaltern perspectives.
The project’s first result, published on 12 July is Who Knows? Online In-process Handbook, an online space for international research, discussion, reflexive and critical thinking, through the deconstruction of dominant discourses and through a reinforced awareness of minority, subaltern and situated approaches.
Shakin' enjoys the support of the Erasmus+ programme from the EU Higher Education Strategic Partnerships for Innovation and is being developed by Lumière University Lyon 2, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, University of Arts in Belgrade, the Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia, the Stockholm Museum of Women's History and Le LABA.
Mutare is a space for dialogue, reflection and action on how culture transforms society. It is a space for co-creation and collective intelligence that proposes contents and tools to enhance the capacity of cultural and educational projects to improve people’s lives.
Mutare is carried out with several initiatives: full meetings; spaces for relating, dialogue and co-creating; Mutare in the area, solutions to local social challenges through culture; Reptes LAB, for experimentation and innovation through culture; and tools and resources, that is, published knowledge and references.
A kiosk for collective thinking, ideas for reclaiming the uses and environment of an urban garden
A hidden garden in Mönchengladbach, in the west of Germany, is where the Relaxing at Maria's project created a community kiosk where visitors were asked about the place's problems and where ideas were collected for solving them.
The charm of this garden, with its hundred-year-old trees and neo-classical pavilion, offers an oasis of peace in the middle of a bustling urban setting. Some of the neighbourhood’s residents know the space and use it for their daily walks, relaxing… even consuming drugs (hidden nooks and crannies make this possible). Unfortunately, the neo-classical pavilion has become dilapidated on account of this use.
Relaxing at Maria's came about from a need for getting in touch with the various types of people accessing the garden. It was for this purpose that a temporary kiosk was constructed at the abandoned pavilion which would act as an ideas laboratory and research station on the needs of the garden and its community.
Visitors to the garden were invited, over a period of three months, to think of new ideas collectively for turning this space in a communal asset. Workshops were held collectively, to continue building the community and resolving local problems.
La Fera is a new space set up to launch Catalan-language projects in the digital universe of platforms, giving them resources that enable them to grow, reach new audiences and make them sustainable and self-sufficient. In short, without co-opting or determining them and with the aim of expanding them to an international level.
La Fera is a community mechanism that can be reproduced in small- and medium-sized languages from around the world looking for allies and references in other countries for working on common digital projects
EN PALABRAS [RELATOS MIGRANTES]
Creative-writing and human-exchange collective for recognising the contribution made by migrant cultures
En palabras [relatos migrantes] is a collective writing and literary-dissemination project that facilitates the narratives and memory-building of migrants in Barcelona. The narratives are put together to present the cultures of origin and promote interculturality, questioning the traditional Eurocentric approach. Its goal is therefore to recognise the contributions made by new populations in the city, safeguard the right to migrate with dignity and promote the transfer and learning of cultural knowledge from an anti-racist and de-colonial perspective.
Memories and experiences for inclusive digital narratives
MEMEX is a European RIA project (2019-2022, H2020) which promotes cohesion and social inclusion through collaborative tools that provide inclusive access to tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The project also facilitates meetings and interactions between communities at risk of social and cultural exclusion.
MEMEX is aimed at professionals from social and cultural organisations working with individuals in vulnerable situations whose access to various cultural opportunities is systematically blocked. The project has launched three pilots for analysing various expectations of displaced communities in several regions in Europe. One, in Paris, run by the Michael Culture and Dédale Association, focusses on residents of the Rosa Parks neighbourhood. Another pilot is being launched in Lisbon, run by Mapa Das Ideias, and focusses on first- and second-generation immigrant communities. The third pilot, in Barcelona, is run by the Interarts Foundation and focuses on the city's immigrant women.
THE EUROPE CHALLENGE & APITECA
Libraries and communities for taking on today’s challenges
Europe Challenge is a programme that offers funding and support for libraries and communities to promote joint solutions for today’s Europe. This is achieved through learning and exchanges with other libraries and communities, individual advice, resources, methodologies and optional funding of up to €10,000 to create a prototype and solve a challenge.
The Biblioteca Jordi Rubió i Balaguer in Sant Boi de Llobregat took part in the programme’s pilot edition. Together with the local community, the facility explored how apiculture can help to protect the environment and urban biodiversity. The Apiteca challenge's team put up beehives in a courtyard in the library after a number of planning workshops with the community. A series of initiatives were launched around the project to protect the environment and promote Sant Boi’s social fabric, which are now expected to extend to other public spaces and be implemented in more of the area’s municipalities.
Europe Challenge was created by the European Cultural Foundation, in collaboration with Democratic Society, Public Libraries 2030 and Amsterdam Public Libraries, in 2020. The current edition is being supported by the Fondazione Cariplo and the Scottish Library and Information Council.