For a Co-Imaginative Politics. Commoning Democracy between Art and Urban Governance

Dit symposium onderzoekt wat de commons of het zogenaamde ‘gemeen’ voor een cultuurbeleid zou kunnen betekenen. Een internationaal gezelschap van kunstenaars, curatoren, academici en politici die de commons als basisprincipe van hun kunst, beleid of onderzoek maken debateren over de democratische mogelijkheden en beperkingen van commonale praktijken.

Hoe kunnen cultuurorganisaties en een cultuurbeleid (re)organiseren volgens deze principes? En, in welke mate verschillen de kunst en het cultureel erfgoed die volgens commoning principes worden gepresenteerd van traditiole kunst en ergoedpresentaties? En bovendien: is de commons slechts een goedkoop alternatief voor een besparende overheid, of wijst het politici juist op hun verantwoordelijkheid?

Voertaal is Engels

Uit de Engelstalige uitnodiging:

What does it mean nowadays to take democratic decisions in the political and cultural sphere? How do we create tactics and strategies to foster processes of cooperation? Which are the practices enacted both at local and global level? Are commons potentially laboratories for cultural and political democracy? How can cultural actors and governments co-create participatory democracies?

This symposium intends to open a discussion around the forms of decision-making in frame of cultural policy and in the cultural production. Together with scholars, cultural professionals, policy-makers and activists the notion of ‘co-imaginative politics’ a 'commoning democracy’ will be explored as a possible practice where the encounter between top-down policy making and bottom-up actions - enacted by artists and the civil society at large - is creating novel democratic engagements and arrangements. Is this a form of (cultural) resistance to the global pressure?

Nowadays the notion of ‘participation’ is part of the political agendas in different geographical contexts. While many discussions about forms of democratic engagement in politics and in the cultural field are taking place for imagining a better and more inclusive world, at the same time, participatory practices based on (apparently) shared decision-making processes are also legitimizing forms of political populism both enacted by the right and the left of the political spectrum (i.e. Brexit in UK, the five stars movement in Italy and many others …).

The cultural sphere can be seen as the place to observe, to understand and to experiment with social and political changes. This is the reason why this domain is not impartial and safe. Only culture has the capacity to produce symbols for representing and communicating the values of our societies (both from a top-down and bottom-up perspectives). Cultural spheres are territories for introducing new possibilities, new imaginaries for living together and where those imaginaries are transformed in concrete civil actions. Commons, participatory democracy, participatory art practices, cultural democracy are part of emerging debates that take place in contemporary cultural institutions, in cities and at the EU level.

Three sessions, characterized by different points of view, aim to discuss this notion of decision-making and co-imaginative practices creating a dialogue between cultural professionals, politicians and researchers which are experimenting with commoning democracies in their daily practices. 

We are interested in understanding how decisions are taken, what does participatory democracy mean for cultural institutions and for the interaction of cultural actors and governments. For doing that: one session is more oriented toward the institutional/organizational change, a second to the policy level, while the third intends to be a dialogue between policy makers. 

Program

13.00: Introduction I Pascal Gielen, Giuliana Ciancio, University of Antwerp

13.40: Section 1 | Policy-oriented panel
Which are the forms of decision-making in the cultural field? What is the role of cultural policy in that? What about the EU contribution? What does it mean supporting a ‘commoning democracy’? What does it mean to enact a co-imaginative politics? Is this a form of cultural resistance? How to open a dialogue with the civil society in the art field?

  • Keynote: Dea Vidovic, director, Kultura Nova Foundation (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Statement: Monica Urian, policy officer, European Commission (Brussels,Belgium) 
  • Statement: Hanka Otte, Postdoc researcher, CCQO, University of Antwerp (Belgium/Holland)

15.00: Debate (40’)

15.40: Coffee break

16.20: Section 2 | Artistic / organizational - oriented panel
What does it mean experiencing forms of decision-making in the cultural field? Are they forms of collaboration between the policy level and the civil society? How the cultural production can be a territory of experimentation and democratic engagement? What does it mean to enact a co-imaginative politics? Is it a form of cultural resistance?

  • Keynote: Christine Greiner, professor, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (Sau Paulo, Brasil)
  • Statement: Roberto Casarotto, artistic director, B-Motion/ BassanoOperaEstate Festival, (Bassano del Grappa, Italy)
  • Statement: Sigrid Bosmans, The Ground of things (Mechelen, Belgium)

17.40: Debate 

18.20: Break - reception

Evening programma

19.30: Section 3 | Dialogues 

Speakers:

  • Monica Urian, policy officer, European Commission 
  • Dea Vidovic, director, Kultura Nova 
  • Representative form the city of Mechelen
  • Representative from the Flanders Government

20.30: Final Q&A Debate

Praktische info

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Locatie
Museum Hof Van Busleyden, Frederik de Merodestraat 65, 2800 Mechelen
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