Culture for Solidarity. Inclusive Artistic Practices

Culture for Solidarity. Inclusive Artistic Practices

Culture for Solidarity. Inclusive artistic practices is an encounter with public activities that will take place in different locations in Seville on 2nd, 3rd and 4th of April and which aims to address how collaborative artistic practices can help to reconstruct the social and political fragmentation that Europe is experiencing. Beyond the forthcoming elections, there are a series of challenges that cut through the notion of Europe and that have to do with employment, housing, public space, diversity, democracy and feminism, to name a few. Culture for Solidarity Inclusive artistic practices will bring together more than 50 professional in an international meeting to discuss and propose solutions to some of these challenges that lie ahead for the future of Europe. In addition, La Fundición de Sevilla will use the afternoons of the 3rd and 4th from 6 pm to host a range of different public activities.

April 3rd, 4th
(Closed working groups)
This meeting, which will bring together more than 50 European social agents (artists, researchers, cultural mediators, journalists, activists and representatives of institutions) who will reflect on how cultural role and artistic practices can generate new “relationship models” and meaning to describe the current living situation, express feelings and opinions and reconsider new forms of coexistence.  Charles Leadbeater referred to “The art of with”, as an overall process which strengthens the social bonds within the communities and actively promotes new debates within our societies. The participants of the meeting will witness how these participatory cultural practices at micro level can tell us something that is relevant to Europe as a whole.

April 3rd at 18h (Sala la Fundición)
(Public activity, English with simultaneous translation)

The round table will be chaired by Marta Vallejo (La Fundició, Barcelona) and will feature Jane Wells (Tate Modern, United Kingdom), Igor Stokfiszewski (Political Critique, Poland), Lara García Díaz (Culture Commons Quest Office, University of Antwerp, Belgium) and Iva Cukic (Institute for Urban Politics, Serbia).  Together, they will discuss the different aspects of a culture of inclusiveness and how this can be effective.

OVERCOMING THE DISASTER. Audiovisual Source Code by Leónidas Martín
April 3rd at 20h  (Sala la Fundición)
(Public activity in Spanish with simultaneous translation)

Leónidas Martín is the founder of the artistic collective group Enmedio and Las Agencias and professor of artistic policies at the Universidad de Barcelona.  He will produce an Audiovisual representation that will cover some of the main representations of a disaster in its infinite forms.  Leónidas will look at what that means for us today and will propose ways of overcoming the blockades that these representations produce, including our strategies for getting away from disasters Leónidas will introduce other ways of thinking about our present.

April, 4th. 18h (Sala la Fundición)
(Public Activity. Spanish with simultaneous translation into English)
Displaced in Media project was focused on broadening the public space to include stories around migration and refugees, in order to have fairer stories around it in media. There will be a presentation of the video recipes that are the result of the project on how to introduce these issues in the agenda of media.

April 4th 18:30h (Sala la Fundición)
(Public Activity. V.O English Subtitled)

Screening, for the first time in Spain, of the Polish documentary Symphony of the Ursus Factory by Jasmina Wójcik, which portrays the life of the workers of a Soviet tractor factory dismantled after the fall of the old USSR. This is an attempt to honour and rebuild the memory and identity of part of the workforce that made Poland what it is today.

JOURNEY TO THE CITY CENTRE. Audiovisual Source Code by Left Hand Rotation.
April 4th at 20h (Sala la Fundición)
(Public Activity. Simultaneous translation)

Left Hand Rotation is an artistic group that, since 2005, have developed projects that articulate intervention, appropriation, recording and manipulation of video. The group’s focus is not on the author or the individual, but on the community itself not as a spectator, but instead as an essential active part in the transformation of social reality. The willingness of the communities which participated served as an accurate articulation of the action.  “Journey to the city center”, takes the viewer through the notions of “travel”, “the traveler”, “the tourist and “tourism”. It’s a journey from observation to action.

“We will Cross territories predisposed to meeting and listening. The city will follow us, like Cavafis. Any form of neutrality will become untenable.”

The program has been developed by ZEMOS98 within the framework of the European project Culture for Solidarity, a research coordinated by the European Cultural Foundation. This activity is possible thanks to the support of the International University of Andalusia (UNIA) and the Institute of Culture and Arts of Seville (ICAS).

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