The Center for Independent Social Research (CISR) e.V. in Berlin invites young artists (18 – 30 y/o) to participate in the European exchange program Citizens Art-Lab with the focus on protest art in urban space.
It is important to reflect on the Russian military invasion of Ukraine and its consequences to analyse the prerequisites for the nationalist, imperialist and colonialist attitudes which have caused a series of wars in recent decades. Their reflections can be seen in our cities: in their appearance, history, in memory and oblivion, and in relations between citizens.
How to show civic engagement in times of global upheaval through artistic practices, to express dissent and contribute to the anti-war movement and initiate a public debate on complex topics in challenging times?
Goals of the Art Lab
In the Art Lab we will explore and reflect together on these issues and related topics, to exchange anti-war and protest experiences among participants, to support each other and develop new (project) ideas. The lab focuses on an exploratory and interdisciplinary approach and horizontal interaction. Open-end approach does not imply an instant result: ideas for joint projects, their form and content will be defined together during the Art-Lab.
The Art Lab program will last five full days. During this time, we will discuss current topics, try performative walks and other activities in urban space, develop our own formats for working with public spaces, and also go on two trips together to the oldest Georgian city of Gori and Tbilisi.
The final program of the laboratory will be formed by curators and organisers who will take into account the background, motivations and experience of the selected participants. The program will also include proposals from participants, which are collected in the registration form.
Profile of participants and terms of participation:
– 18 – 30 y/o (some exceptions are possible).
– 20 places for participants from: Georgia, Poland, Armenia and Germany
– Working language is English
– The main transport costs, accommodation and meals are covered by organisers
– In the selection process, the organisers and curators of the laboratory will pay attention to the applicants‘ motivation and experience with art in urban space, as well as the interdisciplinarity of the group and gender balance.
Applications will be accepted until July 10, 2022.
Art-Lab will be located in the city of Ateni, Georgia (100 kilometres from Tbilisi and 180 km from Kutaisi)
Center for Independent Social Research (CISR) e.V., Berlin
Interra Saqartvelo, Tbilisi
The implementation of the lab will be supported by the German Foreign Office and the EU Program Erasmus+.
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