Junaid Sarrieddeen - Zoukak Theatre
Junaid Sarrieddeen from Zoukak Theatre talks about their theater work in Lebanon, the support they are able to get and their international collaboration.
Gergana Dimitrova - On the Importance of the Independent Creative Sector for the City
Gergana Dimitrova talks about her work with the organisation 36 Monkeys, about the Sofia Municipal Strategy for Independent Creative Sector and the state of the independent scene in Sofia.
Francesco Russo - Lleialtat Santsenca, a Social Center Co-managed by the Community for the Community
Francesco Russo talks about the neighborhood cultural and social center Lleialtat that is co-managed by the community.
Reshape Forum in Lublin
On April 1-2 we'll organize a Reshape Forum in Lublin where we'll gather 150 arts professionals and policy makers to exchange and reflect on alternative practices in the current art field.
Results of the Reshape Open Call
In response to the Reshape Open Call, announced on 13 December 2018, 437 applications for becoming a Reshaper and 132 applications to attend the Lublin Forum were received. Here you can find more about selected applicants.
The Directory of Alternative Practices
We're happy to announce that we published the Directory of alternative practices on our website!
Do it Together. Practices and Tendencies of Participatory Governance in Culture in the Republic of Croatia
Participation does not imply only joining in the game but also the rules of the game, i.e., the conditions under which the game is played. Understanding these rules and the possibility of creating them make the key difference. Participation in this case becomes a tool for positive changes
Podcast form Lublin Forum // Alexandros Mistriotis: Resisting Help
If you missed the RESHAPE Forum in Lublin at the beginning of April 2019, here's a chance to hear what we talked about.
Audio Podcast form Lublin Forum // What Is To Be Reshaped, panel discussion
Toni Cots, Igor Stokfiszewski and Amahl Khouri in conversation with Barbara Van Lindt about perspectives of artist, art workers and policy makers in Europe and South Mediterranean.
Do It Together. The position of the artist in today’s art world. — by Delphine Hesters
Although the professionalization of the arts sector continues to rise, and global budgets for art are also growing, alarm bells warning about the precarious socio-economic position of artists are ringing louder than before.
CANCELLED: Reshape Intensive Zagreb
Unfortunately, we are canceling the public programme of the Reshape Intensive Zagreb that includes lectures by Renata Salecl, Vincent Liegey, Juliette Hennequin and Pascal Gielen, as well as announced walks and talks. The programme of the Intensive was primarily aimed to the participants of the Reshape project that are coming from various countries across the EuroMed region. Due to the current situation of the spreading of Corona virus across Europ, travelling and larger meetings represent an additional threat of the spreading of the virus. Although we wish not to contribute to the panic presented in some media, we are convinced that we should take the responsibility for the prevention of the further spreading of the infection. We apologise to all of those who planned to attend the Reshape Intensive Zagreb programme and announce that the lectures will be held as a part of other Reshape activities. The working part of the Intensive will be held online.
A conversation about Reshape at La Lleialtat Santsenca guided by La Fundició and Radio Cava-Ret
Listen to the radio talk about the Reshape project that was made in Barcelona during the Art and Citizenship workshop. The radio talk took place at Lleialtat Santsenca and was guided by La Fundició and Radio Cava-Ret.
Brussels. In search of territories of new-urban creation. — by Chris Keulemans
This text is a report of a month in Brussels. No more, no less. The report of a month spent walking, talking and observing. At the invitation of Flanders Arts Institute and in particular of Sofie Joye, in charge of Diversity, Urbanity and Emerging Artists.
How can national systems supporting art move beyond the national framework?
Ane Alsløv and Peter Koch Gehlshøj from the Danish Arts Foundation talk about the support system for arts in Denmark, international work of their institution and new emerging models in the arts field in their context.
Viviana Checchi: Curating public engagement
Viviana Checchi, a public engagement curator at the Center for Contemporary Art in Glasgow talks about practicing citizenship through art, engaging audience in the cultural sector and bringing a global perspective into a local cultural context.
Vahid Evazzadeh: On The Role of Art in society
Vahid Evazzadeh, theater director, filmmaker and the chairman of the Counter Institute talk about the role of art in society, socially responsible art, his non-artistic practices and the experience of displacement - from Iran to Danmark.
Amina Mourid — On civil society and culture in Tangier
Amina Mourid from Think Tangier speaks about the work of her organization, urban changes that are happening in Tangier and the response of the civil society to it.
Abdou Benattabou: Mutual support of small organizations
Abdou Benattabou is a part of Zankar 90, an association based in Tangier that works with small projects that need help in administration and logistics to begin their own projects.
Allae Hamioui on different kind of exchange economy.
Allae Hamioui from Moqrisset, a small village near Chefchaouen in Morocco talks about Djebli Club - a place that operates with a different kind of exchange economy.
Reshape Intensive Cluj
Intensive Cluj is a meeting of art practitioners interested in creating alternative organisational models for the arts that will take place in Cluj from 11 to 15 November 2019.
Performing the under-performed. Performing arts spaces in Romania
A brief radiography of the performing arts scene in Romania, with a focus on the independent art scene: its fragile structures, their restless struggle to establish and maintain spaces for creation and production and their taste for socially and politically engaged practice.
Igor Štiks: Activist aesthetics
Igor Štiks presented cases of activist aesthetics in the artistic acts, practices and works related to contemporary political and social activism of progressive and left-wing movements and groups in the post-Yugoslav region.
Laura Roth: Feminisation of Politics and Activism
Feminism seems to be gaining momentum in many countries, but most organisations and groups are still working based on patriarchal standards. The “feminisation of politics” includes different elements, which all aim to change the way activism and politics (in a broad sense) are done.
Đorđe Balmazović: Pits and Falls of Group Work // Marcell Mars: Memory of the World / Public Library
A joint lecture by Đorđe Balmazović and Marcel Mars held on 14/11/2019 during the Reshape Intensive in Cluj.
Soraya Bahgat: Learning On The Go - On women’s rights and activism
Soraya Bahgat shared her journey as an “accidental activist” and social entrepreneur. While working as Head of HR for a leading Egyptian real estate developer, she founded a volunteer movement to combat the pandemic mob-sexual assaults that had plagued Tahrir Square during the 2011 revolution.
Oxana Timofeeva: Solidarity On The Planetary Scale
A critical engagement of theory and the arts in a dialogue with natural and technical sciences is characteristic for the materialist turn in contemporary culture. It rethinks historical processes from the perspective of the posthuman turn: the history of humans has to be inscribed into the history of things and the history of the World – into the history of the Earth.
Oxana Timofeeva: What Lenin Teaches Us About Witchcraft
Oh I believe in miracles Oh I believe in a better world for me and you —The Ramones
Jana Svobodová: On Theatre in Social Context
Jana Svobodová, a theatre director from Prague, talks about theatre in social context and involving ordinary people into the teatrical processes and .
Lucia Kašiarová: Building Spaces of Freedom
Lucia Kašiarová, a performer, dancer, manager and founder of the culture space Studio Alta talks about Alta's program: the way how they work in both artistic and social realm.
Ondřej Hrab - The Power of Socially Engaged Theatre
Ondřej Hrab, the director of Archa Theatre in Prague talks about his 28 years of work in the theatre and the socially engaged approach of Archa.
Marielise Aad - What an Artist House Can Do to a Village
Marielise Aad talks about the creation and work of Hammana Artists House, an arts and residency center in the village outside of Beirut.
Asena Günal: Working in Oppressive Environment
Asena Günal, the program coordinator of Depo in Istanbul, talks about independent and contemporary art sector in Istanbul and their working environment.
Omar Berakdar: Gathering the Community of Displaced Artists
Omar Berakdar speaks about the work of displaced artists in Istanbul.
Pascal Gielen: On Commonism
Pascal Gielen, a sociologist of culture based in Belgium, leading the Antwerp Research Institute for Arts at the Antwerpen University, talking about the concept of commonism and its powerful role in society, arts and culture.
Vesselin Dimov: On Making Space for Independent Art Scene in Sofia
Vesselin Dimov from ACT Association talks about their collaboration with the Municipality of Sofia in order to secure the performing and working space for the independent cultural scene in Sofia.
The Fairy Purse
Copyleft (Grants use rights, forbids proprietization): Reshape Network Trajectory Fair Governance Models and Christophe Joerin (TRNSTN) Edited by Martin Schick
Translocality: artistic internationalisation after the corona crisis
DutchCulture asked researcher Errol Boon to respond to DutchCulture’s colloquium on translocality in the arts, reflecting on the upcomming challenges of international cultural collaboration after the coronacrisis. His response is valuable for RESHAPE, especially trajectory "Transnational/Postnational artistic practices"
Athens Working Group: On Fairness, Collaboration and Work in Time of Crisis
Myrto Katsimicha in conversation with four practitioners working in the cultural field in Athens that participated in Reshape Remote Athens workshop in May 2020 at Onassis Air.
Culture in the state of crisis- a conversation with representatives of Ukrainian Cultural Foundation
Just like all around the world, the COVID-19 outbreak has shaken the cultural sector in Ukraine, a country that has been struggling with an unstable political situation for a while now. The rise of cultural life after the Dignity Revolution of 2014, was soon accompanied by the establishment of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation - the state institution that introduces new mechanisms of funding for initiatives in the field of culture and creative industries. Thanks to the UCF, the non-governmental sector was not left to fend for itself during the pandemic, as the foundation took on the role of a crisis manager, trying to adapt quickly to the new realities.
Mophradat - reinventing of articulations, discourses and meanings
Krystel Khoury presents Mophradat, an art organization that seeks to create opportunities for artists from the Arab world - a loose geographical determinant to which they approach in its full diversity and complexity. Located between Brussels and Athens, Mophradat is developing an innovative approach to funding, commissioning, collaborating, and gathering.
Metod Fund: Reshape the institutions!
Based in Kiev, Method Fund was founded in 2015 by a diverse group of artists, curators, critics, architects and educators. Their founders — Lada Nakonechna, Olga Kubli, Tetiana Endshpil, Ivan Melnichuk, Denis Pankratov and Kateryna Badianova — describe it as an experimental self-educational project, focused on searching the form of an art institution that would meet the requirements of the present as well as the peculiarities of the local context. We’ve met via zoom with Lada on one screen and Olga, Ivan and Tetiana on the other, to talk about their views on institutional experimenting and reshaping.
Radio is a Social Medium
Created 15 years ago, Radio Papesse is an online audio archive devoted to contemporary art and a place for the documentation and the articulation of a critical discourse around the visual arts. At the same time, it is a platform that brings together artists, musicians and producers and opens up space for interesting projects of sonic storytelling. Its creators, Carola Haupt and Ilaria Gadenz entered the radio venture at a time when it was quite marginalized, if not obscure medium but, in the meantime, new audiences have discovered its various potentials. In conversation with Ilaria we learned more about the radio as a medium in presenting contemporary art, but also as a tool for community building, especially in times of social isolation.
Nevenka Koprivšek (1 June 1959 – 14 February 2021)
It is with shock and great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Nevenka Koprivšek, director of Bunker Ljubljana, a partner in the RESHAPE project. With her passing, Slovenian, Balkan and European performing arts lost a wonderful person, author, teacher, advocate and friend... A sharp thinker, full of dedication, love and empathy for the arts and artists, Nevenka's input has inspired and shaped RESHAPE and a tremendous amount of other collaborations. We will miss her greatly! In these sad moments, we express our condolences to Nevenka's family and close ones.
RESHAPE PROTOTYPE ON THE ROAD - The Gamified Workshop Toolkit: Values of Solidarity in Athens!
Finally together on-site!The Reshape team has been working hard during the months of pandemic - and the results are here! Tangible, intangible, in the form of ideas and concepts, but also games, cards and publication.
'The Gamified Workshop Toolkit' goes online on May the 6th!
'The Gamified Workshop Toolkit' is an online workshop about solidarity in collaboration developed in the framework of the RESHAPE project. During this workshop, we will test ‘The Gamified Workshop Toolkit’, which is a card game that is especially designed for teams from different cultures, backgrounds, or personal situations, who are just beginning their collaboration.
Online workshop: more than fifty people had joined ‘The Gamified Workshop Toolkit’
Flanders Arts Institute, Ettijahat - Independent Culture and Pogon - Zagrebački centar za nezavisnu kulturu i mlade organized an online session of testing ‘The Gamified Workshop Toolkit: Values of Solidarity’ prototype. The prototype was developed by Anikó Rácz, Doreen Toutikian, and Dorota Ogrodzka, within the frame of the Solidarity Economies trajectory group. It was especially designed for teams that are just beginning their collaboration, primarily in the field of arts and culture, but also in other relevant sectors.
ONDA & Flanders Arts Institute @ RIDA: 'Reimagining the artistic world - on transnational/postnational practices"
The testing of another prototype, developed in the frame of Transnational/Postnational Artistic Practices Trajectory took place on May the 21 at the RIDA - International Programming Meeting of the RESHAPE lead partner, ONDA.
A Tarot deck to Reshape the Arts: ARRN_Art Residency Research Network
The Tarot deck, a part of the prototype developed within the Transnational/Postnational Artistic Practices trajectory, has been tested in the frame of the ARRN.
Trigger Festival: Reshape Presentation and a Tarot Reading Session
The dissemination of prototypes has continued to the partners’ countries. In the last few days, the representatives and Reshapers visited Ljubljana, where they talked about the project and organized a group tarot reading session. Around 30 people participated in the program on May 31st, and on the following day facilitators organized another, individual tarot reading.
Values of Solidarity in the frame of Cultural Impact Now - a conference organized by TEH
On June the 2nd members of the Reshape community represented their work and results in the frame of conference that gathered a broader audience of the European performing arts practitioners and experts. Twice a year, TEH organizes meetings and conferences to exchange knowledge, to start conversations and to connect with other cultural changemakers. These events serve as a hotbed of new ideas and collaborations, reflect diversity of the network and explore topics that matter to cultural workers all around Europe.
Two RESHAPE workshops at the Biennale de la danse de Lyon
On June 8th, the leading partner of RESHAPE, ONDA, in collaboration with the Biennale de la danse de Lyon, Institut français and CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape organized two workshops. In the workshops, two prototypes have been represented - the Gamified Workshop Toolkit and the Tarot Reading Session.
The RESHAPE project was presented for the first time offically to a wider audience in Bulgaria
An online conference organized by ACT Association (Bulgaria) took place on the 10th of June in Sofia. The multilingual event presented for the first time in detail the RESHAPE project to general Bulgarian audiences.
Using Tarot to identify collective vision
During the weekend of 11th - 13th June, Reshaper Petr Dlouhy and his colleagues from Prague based Studio Alta went out of the town and settled in a small camp in the countryside to have a plenary meeting whose main aim was to identify the collective vision of the institution’s future.After sunset, Petr gathered the core team of Studio Alta counting 10 culture workers for a tarot session by the fire. He provided the team with a special reading which was focused on embracing the potential of collective imagination to deal with the current issue(s).
RESHAPERS participated at the Political Forum organized by Artemrede
On June the 10th Reshapers from different trajectories and backgrounds participated at the Political Forum, a manifestation which has been organized by one of the project’s partners, Artemrede (Portugal) since 2015. The debate and the presentation of the RESHAPE project has been held in the context of this year’s concerns of the Forum: five central challenges of the cities, in which culture can and should play a fundamental role - Territory, Democracy, Sustainability, Cooperation, and Development.
RESHAPE Closing Conference // Reshaping the Art World: An Experiment in Collaborative Change-making
SAVE THE DATE: Zagreb and Ljubljana, 20-25/09/2021
Art Field - Battlefield. Debate on the struggles for the better conditions of work in the sphere of visual arts
At the working sessions and open plenary debate on the struggles for the better conditions of work in the sphere of visual arts we presented our work done within the RESHAPE project and contributed to the understanding of the needs of artists.
CONFERENCE Reshaping the Art World: An Experiment in Collaborative Change-making
The results of the RESHAPE research are here – at the final conference, the RESHAPE community will come together and welcome artists, art workers, researchers and policy makers to discuss their ideas, test their proposals and join in on the conversation on the future evolution of the arts sector.
The Department of Civil Imagination (DCI) Agency in Athens: Amministrazione Trasparente or When DCI met GABRIELA
Within the framework of the European network RESHAPE, 3 137 artist-run space, with the support and in collaboration with Onassis AiR, sets the ground for a dialogue on cultural management and policy in the contemporary art sector in Greece.
Opening of the RESHAPE Conference and Lecture by Alenka Zupančič: The End of Fantasy Versus the Fantasy of the End
Opening speach by Tamara Bračič Vidmar and Milica Ilić at the RESHAPE Conference in Ljubljana and a lecture by Alenka Zupančič, moderated by Marijana Rimanić.
The Art of Disobedience
A discussion by Valeria Graziano, Amanda Piña, Tjaša Pureber and Svetlana Slapšak, moderated by Teja Reba.
Certain Things Need to Be Said if One is to Avoid Falsifying the Problem. – Decolonisation, Degrowth and Art
A discussion by Aadel Essaadani, Bojana Kunst, Raafat Majzoub and Ajda Pistotnik, moderated by Alma R. Selimović.
Transformation is not only possible, it is necessary
RESHAPE - A Workbook to Reimagine the Art World was launched at the project's closing conference, which took place in Zagreb and Ljubljana from the 21st to the 25th of September 2021.
Reflections on the Art World, Its Future(s), and Potentialities
Reshaping the art world that lacks distributions of power, equality, and diversity includes reimagining cultural institutions as its pillars.
Alenka Zupančič: The End of Fantasy Versus the Fantasy of the End
For a long time, we were living in a configuration best described as being caught between two ends, expecting the change that never comes. This “end that couldn’t end” on the one hand caused a sense of hopelessness, almost ontological fatigue, and on the other hand, it fueled the fantasies of the end that imagines it through some sort of catastrophic scenario - thus actually maintaining the status quo.
Disobedience means change
If culture is a set of invisible customs, rules and regulations pertaining to our society, can we view art as a way to question, break and reinvent them? Should artists be a force of disobedience, calling out for changes in the existing order of things? Can an artwork invite its audience to a space of shared concern, and function as an act of disobedience?
Contesting the Neutrality
The topics of decolonization and degrowth are certainly not new, but with the recent global movements, they are receiving increased attention and a sense of urgency. The same sense exists within the art world, where the necessity for decolonizing cultural institutions is followed by the requisition to go beyond the performative level and to rethink the role of institutions and implement change at the structural level.
Actions of Reshaping: An Overview of RESHAPE Conference Programme
Ivana Pejić spoke with the participants of the final RESHAPE conference, their prototypes and puting them in to practice.
RESHAPErs Guide To Changing the (Art) World
By Tjaša Puber What follows is by no account an objective attempt to reflect the events of the final conference of RESHAPE project. Albeit not a part of the project itself, I was invited to participate on the conference on three separate events as a speaker, and can therefore only offer an insight from (sort of) within. Then again – RESHAPE never pretended to be anything but that. An inside job of trying to change the (art) world.