Oxana Timofeeva: Solidarity On The Planetary Scale
A critical engagement of theory and the arts in a dialogue with natural and technical sciences is characteristic for the materialist turn in contemporary culture. It rethinks historical processes from the perspective of the posthuman turn: the history of humans has to be inscribed into the history of things and the history of the World – into the history of the Earth.
Soraya Bahgat: Learning On The Go - On women’s rights and activism
Soraya Bahgat shared her journey as an “accidental activist” and social entrepreneur. While working as Head of HR for a leading Egyptian real estate developer, she founded a volunteer movement to combat the pandemic mob-sexual assaults that had plagued Tahrir Square during the 2011 revolution.
Laura Roth: Feminisation of Politics and Activism
Feminism seems to be gaining momentum in many countries, but most organisations and groups are still working based on patriarchal standards. The “feminisation of politics” includes different elements, which all aim to change the way activism and politics (in a broad sense) are done.
Performing the under-performed. Performing arts spaces in Romania
A brief radiography of the performing arts scene in Romania, with a focus on the independent art scene: its fragile structures, their restless struggle to establish and maintain spaces for creation and production and their taste for socially and politically engaged practice.
State of the Arts? Working in the cultural sector in Romania
A conversation about the socio-economic conditions of cultural work and the policies and support structures for culture in Romania. We analyse the main challenges that artists and organisations face and explore the models and practices that enable their resilience.
Vahid Evazzadeh: On The Role of Art in society
Vahid Evazzadeh, theater director, filmmaker and the chairman of the Counter Institute talk about the role of art in society, socially responsible art, his non-artistic practices and the experience of displacement - from Iran to Danmark.
Viviana Checchi: Curating public engagement
Viviana Checchi, a public engagement curator at the Center for Contemporary Art in Glasgow talks about practicing citizenship through art, engaging audience in the cultural sector and bringing a global perspective into a local cultural context.
Sean Bradley: On Importance of Art Generated from Within the Community
Sean Bradley, the director of Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust, a book editor and an activist talks about changes in the Edinburgh urban fabric and the potential of artistic practices to prevent the gentrification and festivalization of cities.
How can national systems supporting art move beyond the national framework?
Ane Alsløv and Peter Koch Gehlshøj from the Danish Arts Foundation talk about the support system for arts in Denmark, international work of their institution and new emerging models in the arts field in their context.
Fatin Farhat on cultural sector in the MENA region
Fatin Farhat, a Palestinian based cultural worker from Ramallah talks about art sector in Palestine and MENA region, as well as about RAWA, a bottom up funding initiative. Fatin is currently enrolled in the Cultural Policy program at Hildesheim University as a Ph.D., examining the potential of inviting new practices to grassroots cultural initiatives, while highlighting the potential role local governments can play in fostering community/citizen participation and cultural development in Palestine.
Katarina Pavić: On Governance in Culture
Katarina Pavić, a cultural worker and activist from Zagreb, Croatia, talks about reshaping cultural organizations: What you do every day is a habit, and then your habits form your character, then your character informs the way you do things and the way you organize. When we talk about reshaping organizational systems — this is how we need to start. We need to start with what we are doing every day and how we are doing things every day and this is how we produce something that is called change or novelty.