Transnational / postnational artistic practices

What framework and tools do artists working transnationally need and how to provide them?

Contemporary art practices are increasingly mobile: they develop, produce and present their work sometimes in multiple countries at the same time, e.g. an artist can be born in one country, live in another, be resident of a third and have work produced in the fourth.

However, existing administrative structures (companies, production offices, agents, unions…) following national arts policies are unable to respond to this new need of developing a transnational artistic path. Everyone gladly claims an artist as their own, but no one wants to create conditions to ensure his transnational mobility. How to bridge this gap? How to create conditions for the mobility of all artists who choose to work transnationally, not only the happy few who have been noticed by international networks?

The first RESHAPE workshop will discuss transnational/postnational artistic practices

The notion of transnationality/postnationality offers a tempting perspective. It inspires to change the mindset for a while; to get rid of currently dominating patterns of thinking and operating, that most often represent the dominant structure of national states. However promising it may sound, to most of art workers it would be a misleading fantasy: for the actual political map does influence our professional and private lives on the every day basis, shaping our ways of thinking and enabling or interrupting relations.

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