Opportunities for exchanging views and sharing know-how
Every year, ARTfactories/Autre(s)pARTs organises internal discussion workshops on topics related to issues proposed by host organisations.
These workshops are an occasion for committed encounters and for comparing and contrasting experience and views, on the basis of concrete examples of artistic and social experiments, to stimulate and promote thinking, analysis and actions proposed by the various teams involved in ARTfactories/Autre(s)pARTs. These workshops are a response to the teams’ need to address issues as diverse as urban development or socio-economic or environmental questions concerning project-spaces and their development. A summary is then made public to stimulate thinking, analysis and discussion. Therefore these meetings provide an opportunity for the following:
Ø The consolidation of mutually supportive links between the participants in arts activities who belong to the network.
Ø Reflection on the involvement of project spaces in the sustainable development of an area or “territory” [“territoire”  in French].
Ø The development of common, shared tools, resources and methodologies, technical data sheets, and of the detailed forms of organisation and contexts in question.
Ø Meetings of and with other players in order to widen the scope of thinking, analysis and perspectives.
Ø Participation in thinking, analysis and discussions on and in culture and the arts, and more widely on/in other sectors of activity.
Summaries of the discussion workshops that took place during Trans Europe Halles’s meeting 72 at TNT Manufacture de chaussures (Bordeaux/France) are now online :
The workshop entitled Trans Sector Project focused its attention on an analysis of the creation and development of cultural and artistic projects that cover several occupational sectors, and, consequently, the activities of several occupational, territorial, social, economic, and educational actors.
Cross-border exchanges enable us to share and enhance Europe’s diverse cultural heritage through developing cross-border cooperation between cultural operators and institutions based on both sides of national borders. The local players involved decide, on their own initiative, to cooperate on a common topic or topics. The cooperative approaches are developed according to the partnerships and the aims, dealing with the complex process for application for European funds, as well as interculturality and the difficulty of communication.
Neighbourhood projects can put together artists, cultural operators and inhabitants of a given area in workshops, situations, art projects and events that can nurture a community, enrich the language of art and culture, enhance the dialogue between different parts of our society, deal with social issues and conflicts, open the door to mutual understanding, discover and build common memories and facilitate inclusion.
How to involve inhabitants and local actors in the creation process or in creative dialogue ? The detailed presentations of a collaborative video street show lead by Komplexkapharnaum group and a carnival in Belfast have launched the debate.
The long summary is now avalaible in english!
Artistic and cultural projects within the framework of urban development policy involve many different issues and many different partners. It is still always difficult to create or provide conditions for the real participation of sections of the population and durable collaboration between partner organisations, especially as there is no established ordinary system for this type of project.
Neighbours are not just ordinary local people like any others. Sometimes, they are even artists and they decide to investigate the common bond (a neighbourhood, an apartment building or a history) that they share. What can we do with this neighbourhood relationship? Address it, as do the artists and arts players who attended this workshop, and discover the source of issues that go well beyond the boundaries of everyday existence.
Artistic experimentation in Marseille three years before being European capital of culture - February 2010
This discussion workshop – organised on 16 February, in the Friche La Belle de Mai centre in Marseille – explored the place of artistic experimentation in such prestigious events as the European Capitals of Culture. These experiments blur the borderlines between the micro and the macro scales, the local and the global. But on what conditions can they preserve their values and fulfil themselves within this framework?
The inclusion of the local people in the act of artistic creation is a recurrent aspect of the project spaces represented in ARTfactories/Autre(s)pARTs. This manner of doing things is emblematic of a way of seeing the role of art and culture in our society. The contributors discussed the specific features of their own creative processes, between the declared aim of legitimacy and the need for recognition.
The collective is a preferred form of organisation in project spaces that belong to the ARTfactories/Autre(s)pARTs association. However, it is still difficult to apply, due to certain realities that are faced by the projects and individuals.
Analysing and thinking about experimental practices amounts to asking where the experiments take place and in what conditions. The ARTfactories/Autre(s)pARTs association groups together different experiments conducted in this sense which have some points in common, such as putting into perspective the relationships that exist between artists, works of art and individuals.