‘Culture, the City and the Commons’. Public program of the Encounter

‘Culture, the City and the Commons’. Public program of the Encounter


29, 30 June; 1 July. 2016. Seville, Spain.

In recent years, crisis has relentlessly encompassed Europe and the whole planet and has deeply affected the social fabric of societies as well as individual concepts of life. In this context, there has been a struggle within the cultural sector and the artistic practices: which should be the role of the people involved in cultural processes? How can we import artistic practices into the political context? Is it possible to embed strategies coming from the cultural world to improve participatory processes? Can we conceive culture as a common good and to improve our democracies through this idea?

Without culture there is no real democracy. But the cultural actors should also make self-critical process. In this years, many artists and cultural workers have been defending their rights instead of acting as citizens first. The complexity of the crisis has launched us into a context in which no-one has a safe-place and everyone has to implement a socially engaged approach in order to shape our society. Culture, the City and the Commons pretends to be an encounter to discuss, share and experiment about possible models coming from the cultural practices to regenerate our cities, our democracy and the way we live together.

Program

29 June, Wednesday.

10:00 – 17:30_Working Sessions

The encounter will gather 25 agents working in the fields of culture and political art, right to the city, participatory processes and commons. It will be held by artistic design thinking methodologies which will deepen into the projects and processes presented by the participants. The working sessions of the encounter are by invitation; if you are part of an initiative, project or process working in these fields and you want to take part in the encounter, you can write to info[at]zemos98.org.

19:00 – 21:00_Casa Sáhara publics presentations
Casa Sahara Aminetu Haidar is a cultural self-managed space run by the Association for Friendship with Sahrawi people of Sevilla.

Montenoso.net, Spain – Iñaki López
Montenoso.net is a cross-sectorial community which studies, makes visible and invigorates communities from the communal woodlands in Galicia and other manifestations of commons. With almost 2800 communities managing more than 640.000 hectares, it is a paradigmatic example of communal management and holds an alternative for the relation between people and the environment. Montenoso.net works for these communities to be empowered developing devices and events promoting the register and dissemintation of shared knowledge against administration and agribussineses.

Academia Cidadã, Portugal – Joana Dias
Right to housing is consecrated in the 65th article of the Portuguese Republic Constitution. Nevertheless, we still observe that many citizens don’t access to this basic human right. This presentation will focus two different cases in Lisbon, where the right to housing is violated: one, in the center of the city, where the gentrification phenomena is turning historic districts into touristic amusement parks; the second case, happening in the suburbs of Lisbon, will show how, in the name of private interests, an entire neighborhood was evicted and demolished by a municipality. For both cases we will see how civil society is facing and fighting back this problem.

 

30 June, Thursday.

10:00 – 17:30_Working Sessions
The encounter will gather 25 agents working in the fields of culture and political art, right to the city, participatory processes and commons. It will be held by artistic design thinking methodologies which will deepen into the projects and processes presented by the participants. The working sessions of the encounter are by invitation; if you are part of an initiative, project or process working in these fields and you want to take part in the encounter, you can write to info[at]zemos98.org.

19:00 – 21:00_Casa Sáhara publics presentations

Casa Sahara Aminetu Haidar is a cultural self-managed space run by the Association for Friendship with Sahrawi people of Sevilla.

Political Video-Art Screening

Solidarity Clinics, Greece – Electra Bethymouti
Times of economic and social crisis are also times of crisis of legitimation of the dominant institutions. When Greek society entered into a vortex of multiple losses social forces create bottom-up alternatives based on horizontality, equality and self-management. While health has being under attack, a nationwide network of Social Clinics has been developed at a community level. One of them is the Social Solidarity Clinic of Thessaloniki, which is a social health care collective. Taking health as a common proposes a new vision about healthcare and how to ensure it and at the same time new questions emerge pressing for answers.

Marea Atlántica, A Coruña, Spain – Claudia Delso
Claudia Delso will share the institutional experience with a new and transversal Councillorship of Participation and Democratic Innovation in Marea Atlántica, the city council of A Coruña. She will explain how and why this Councillorship was formed with such an innovative design. Through some examples as APortaAberta (participatory processes) she will make an approach of the structure and the design of the programs and she will make a balance of the year of governance.

1 July, Friday.

10:00 – 15:00_Working Sessions
The encounter will gather 25 agents working in the fields of culture and political art, right to the city, participatory processes and commons. It will be held by artistic design thinking methodologies which will deepen into the projects and processes presented by the participants. The working sessions of the encounter are by invitation; if you are part of an initiative, project or process working in these fields and you want to take part in the encounter, you can write to info[at]zemos98.org.

19:00 – 21:00_Casa Sáhara publics presentations

Casa Sahara Aminetu Haidar is a cultural self-managed space run by the Association for Friendship with Sahrawi people of Sevilla.

Political Video-Art Screening

Public Policies as an instrument for a emancipation feminist movement. The Equality plan of Gipuzkoa, Spain – Laura Gómez Hernández
Laura Gómez Hernández proposes to talk about some key points for the design of a public policy on equality from a feminist scope of sustainability of life. The presentation will be focused on the experience from the Equality Area during the Bildu Government in the District Council of Gipuzkoa (Euskal Herria) between 2011-2015. Laura will explain the political frame, the acceptance of the proposal in relation to the agenda, the alliances and the role of the institutions, as well as the conditions for the development inside the government and regarding the sustainability of the changes started.

Cambiamo Messina dal Basso, Italy – Federico Alagna
An insight into the experience of Cambiamo Messina dal Basso, the first municipalist movement that runs a major city in Italy, Messina. A quite innovative experience, which has taken place in a territory where mistrust towards institutions, lack of political participation and little civic engagement were widespread: Messina urgently needed a revival of common civic politics through the direct participation of its local people.
We will learn more about this experience, exploring the main achievements and the biggest challenges, with a focus on the “Commons Laboratory”, an ambitious institution created by the local government, with the aim of favouring participation and promoting the Commons, through experimental practices. A political “laboratory”, indeed.

Culture, the City and the Commons program by ZEMOS98

 

Culture, the City and the Commons is a program coordinated by ZEMOS98 in the frame of the European project Realise&Resist coordinated by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

 

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