Five days of reflection, mental enrichment, exchange of experience and search for new strength and insight. A safe space in Ateni, Georgia, for those who create protest art in urban public spaces.
WAR IN THE CITY, CITY AT WAR
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?
How to express dissent and contribute to the anti-war movement?
How to initiate a public debate on complex topics in challenging times?
To 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.
Program and timeline
Art-Lab will be located in the city of Ateni, Georgia (100 kilometres from Tbilisi and 180 km from Kutaisi)
20 August '22
Arrival of participants
21-25 August '22
The ArtLab program will last five full days. During this time, we will discuss current topics, try performative walks and other activities in the 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.
26 August 22
Departure of participants
We invite to apply
People who currently live in Georgia, Poland, Germany and Armenia
Including those who have relocated to these countries from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.
People whose projects are connected with the symbolic field and artistic practice in the city (artists, art activists, performers, researchers, participatory artists etc.);
18 - 30 years old, but not only
We are open to participants of older age as well. The age limits are justified by the availability of targeted funding, which is allocated for the ArtLab.
We are looking for those who share our willingness to interact with other artists, build international connections and continue to contribute to the anti-war art and movement.
People with experience in implementing art initiatives in public spaces are welcome, especially those with experience in anti-war and protest art projects.
Terms of participation
The application form must be submittedby 17 July 2022.
20 participants will be invited. Five people from each country: Georgia, Poland, Armenia and Germany.
Working language - 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.
The work of the participants will be guided by curators
Artist, curator Bouillon Group Focus on the topic: ART AND POLITICS: WHERE AND WHAT ARE THE POINTS OF INTERSECTION OF THESE TWO SPHERES
Multimedia artist and writer
Focus on the topic: LANGUAGE STRATEGIES OF RESISTANCE: FROM IMAGINATION TO DECLARATION
Urban sociologist at University of Amsterdam, author, member of the international artists collective Moving Matters Traveling Workshop Focus on the topic: AGAINST ERASURE: ERASURE AND SILENCING IN THE CONTEXT OF WAR
Team of facilitators and organisers:
Social anthropologist and curator. Member of the CISR eV team
Project manager, coordinator of the project "A different city: war in the city, city at war". Member of the CISR eV team
Facilitator, producer of urban, cultural and educational projects. Member of the CISR eV team
Facilitator, project manager. Director of Interra Saqartvelo
Application forms are accepted until July 17, 2022
The results will be announced no later than July 20, 2022 (one month before the start of Art-Lab)
CISR eV - non-profit organization, founded 2015 by social scientists, experts and civil-society actors. Its main goals are: to support and conduct sociological research, capacity building, educational, exchange and other projects and to promote civil-society developments in post-socialist states. Current projects of CISR e.V. are directed at approaching war challenges and supporting activists and communities from the project countries and in exile.
Interra Saqartvelo (Tbilisi)
develops educational programs and trips as well as cultural events.
Citizens Art-Lab takes place in the framework of the project "A different city: war in the city, city at war" ("Stadt mal anders" - German)
Funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
The author is solely responsible for the content of this publication. The German Foreign Office/the Commission is not liable for the further use of the information contained therein.