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Published on 03/03/2015 - ECF hubs

Self-management, Communities / Networks, Social development, Networks creation, Networking

1st partner organisations (hubs) of ECF’s meeting

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What do you think the Idea Camp will bring? We hope that the Idea Camp will connect together an amazing group of people, thoughts and strategies to develop the ideas and to transform them into viable tools with a real impact on the lives of communities. This exchange of individual experiences will help us to extend our horizon and understanding of different contexts, to establish new links with artists, activists, scientists and practitioners from our region and from across wider Europe.


Subtopia, Sweden, with Anders Lindgren, Karin Lekberg and Ludvig Duregård

Tell us about your organisation: what do you do, who are you? Subtopia is a 14,000 sqm space dedicated to cultural and creative processes and production in Alby in the southern part of metropolitan Stockholm, Sweden. We work to facilitate the processes taking place within our facilities where circus companies work alongside filmmakers and social NGOs. We also run an extensive incubation programme called Klump as well as supporting local and regional stakeholders in their practices.

How does your organisation/collective promote and incorporate new notions of public space? Subtopia work with multiple projects that are active in the physical public space. A few of the themes we are currently focused on are Urban Art, “The Right to tell a story” and community driven festivals/event. We are also supporting social/creative companies working in the public sphere including Provins (foreign food culture as catering) and Boodla (large-scale formalised community gardening). We also advise official bodies, including the “New City Plan for Alby” where a stormwater park is being built alongside artwork and playgrounds.

How do you connect/work with your local communities (you can give a recent example of your work or of an event you organised)? In late August, Subtopia supported the community initiative This Is Alby at the Subtopia grounds. Subtopia was not the host but provided the technical backdrop and funding support for the event. This Is Alby (Alby being the suburb) builds communal pride and culture as opposed to the notion of the singular culture of a metropolitan area. It’s not big (400-500 attendees), but it’s their own. We also engage and facilitate workshops in the local community. Right now we are organising a process where the objective is to build a container park in a central unused lot.

What do you think the Idea Camp will bring? We believe that there will be some great conversations, hopefully some handshakes and plenty of inspiration in the room(s). We’d love to find some translocal project to engage in as well as support other attendees in their idea development and project designs. Hopefully we’ll leave the camp with some fresh perspectives and areas of interest beyond our existing ones.


Les Têtes de l’Art, France, with Sam Khebizi and Marion Ponet

Tell us about your organisation: what do you do, who are you? Les Têtes de l’Art has specialised in engineering participatory art projects since 1996. We act as a “link” between professional artists and communities to enable artistic and collective experiences. In doing so, we make it possible for all participants to engage in the artistic creation process. We believe that art is a vector of citizenship and transforms society.
We foster/create networks and relationships between cultural, social, educational and economic actors coming from the same territory. We encourage the pooling and sharing of practices, skills and technical/material resources, with a social economy perspective.

How does your organisation/collective promote and incorporate new notions of public space? In our organisation, we translate our vision of “public space” into cross-sectoral projects with our local community - such as “Place à l’Art” (physical public space issues) or “TV3” (digital public space issues). This same philosophy prevails in our governance methods within our association, in our collaboration with our partners and in the way we share information and expertise, which is based on creative commons and open source. Thus, we develop long-term approaches enabling an essential, sustainable and measurable impact.

How do you connect/work with your local communities (you can give a recent example of your work or of an event you organised)? “Place à l’Art” is a project that aims to rethink modes of artistic intervention for the people involved both in our collaboration methods and in the development of cultural activities. It positions the artist at the heart of the city and the public debate.
The system is based on three types of actions: - “in situ” creations by artists, echoing the specificity of the squares and other spaces they work in; - artistic participatory workshops involving the population; - mediation activities towards the population, for a better acceptance of and consultation on projects affecting their lives.

What do you think the Idea Camp will bring? The Idea Camp will undoubtedly be valuable and intense. We hope to: - dynamise and contribute to the programme all together; - enlarge our networks and connect with potential partners; - confront different visions of public space with our respective local contexts; - animate our local partners’ networks; - develop new methods of working together and group animation; - and last, but not least, have the pleasure of sharing ideas in our beautiful Phocaean city!


PLATONIQ, Spain, with María Perulero and Enric Senabre

Tell us about your organisation: what do you do, who are you? Platoniq is a cultural association born in 2001 that focuses on the application of the social uses of ICT, networked work processes and methodologies for collaborative creation through ICT, in cultural and social projects fostering innovation, citizen’s participation and free knowledge locally and internationally. It helps communites and projects conected with media activism, ecology, urban transformation and communal action with its platform Goteo.org in order to share their knowledge with society, find funds and facilitate the collaboration of citizens, public institutions and companies.

How does your organisation/collective promote and incorporate new notions of public space? In the digital era, creators, consumers, producers and citizens do participate, decide and collaborate in democratic and direct ways across different spheres. Digital technology allows ideas and knowledge to flow and feed our common resources and enables people to choose how and where they want to participate. Enabling and supporting new channels and initiatives to make the public sphere exist within the digital sphere is Platoniq’s way of incorporating public space in its activities.

How do you connect/work with your local communities (you can give a recent example of your work or of an event you organised)? Our work is based on three main pillars: 1. Open ecosystem: Goteo is an environment based on the principle of free software, designed around openness. That’s why we actively encourage cross-­pollination, solidarity and cooperation between users. 2. Intense support: At each phase of discussion prior to the publication of a campaign, collective returns and free licenses of choice are subject to intense group discussions. 3. Gate for open culture: Following discussions and campaign editing, projects that initially weren’t familiar with the world of collective digital goods and copyleft licenses (but just looking for funding and resources) can enter into this environment.

What do you think the Idea Camp will bring? The Idea Camp is itself an opportunity to get in touch with the wide universe of initiatives across Europe working on defending, protecting and studying public space as a commons, learning from each other and starting collaborations and promoting synergies among the participants.
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1st partner organisations (hubs) of ECF’s meeting

The first six partner organisations (hubs) of ECF’s new initiative called the Networked Programme came together in Amsterdam from Croatia, France, Moldova, Poland, Spain and Sweden in May 2014. The partners of the Networked Programme are working on establishing and advocating for a new set of democratic best practices in Europe for cultural organisations to engage with communities and culture. Together with the hubs, ECF wants to illuminate these alternative democratic models on a European level.

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