“More than someone who provokes, I
feel like someone who is provoked.” (Romeo Castellucci, theatre director)
The European Cultural Foundation is pleased to announce ALMOST
REAL, an international working conference exploring diverse and innovative
ideas on artistic strategies in a rapidly changing Europe.
the past five years, our Art for Social Change programme has promoted
participatory art in Europe, enabling thousands of young people to take
part in creative projects, and challenging many professional artists to
engage with communities. ALMOST REAL offers an encounter with the vivid
results of this programme and an opportunity to discuss related issues
with a large international audience. The ten existing Art for Social
Change Resource Centres will be represented.
ALMOST REAL is a
meeting for approximately 150 practitioners active in the arts and social
change. It is for artists, researchers, producers, policy makers, cultural
theorists, activists, pioneers and students who are interested in
witnessing and discussing proposals concerning artistic practice and
social transformation. It combines daily key note addresses with best
practice examples, thematic debate, expert panels, field trips and
Information society brings the world’s
conflicts to our doorstep. Unavoidable confrontations with local and
global realities have turned us into eye witnesses and force us to decide
whether to become accomplices or remain haunted by our need to respond.
ALMOST REAL will look at how artists perceive and make sense of
‘reality’. It will consider the extent to which artists want and should
want to effect social change. And it will ask: Change on whose terms?
We believe that Art for Social Change could be many things. It has
to strive for an experimental quality that opens into new territories and
invites others to join in a larger enterprise. Therefore ALMOST REAL is
not only paying attention to how this engaged work is done in the present
(or has been done in the past) but especially focuses on how and where it
might be done in the future: By way of cross-disciplinary approaches, the
use of new technologies and 'out there', within the small towns and
villages that are such an essential part of European civilisation.
ALMOST REAL has chosen 'participatory media' and 'rural
interventions' as its two main topics.
ALMOST REAL starts on
Thursday March 11 and lasts until Sunday March 14, 2004. It will be based
at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht (the geographical centre point of The
Netherlands) and from there it will operate in a site-specific manner to
locate our discussions where they make sense.
Prior to the event
ALMOST REAL offers a multidisciplinary master class from February 29 to
March 11, to a selected group of max. 25 emerging practitioners from
different European countries.
We are also producing a hybrid
sourcebook that collects artists’ statements in order to locate ALMOST
REAL in a rich and inspiring context. We deliberately welcome (textual and
visual) contributions that answer the crucial question: Where does art
matter and where does it leave its mark?
The preliminary programme
will be published in October 2003, followed by information on
registration, application for the master class, fees and the availability
Want to stay posted? Please send us your full postal
address, so we can send you the programme and registration form. We
welcome further suggestions on people, initiatives or networks that should
be included in our mailing list.
ALMOST REAL is initiated by the
European Cultural Foundation in association with their Art for Social
Change Resource Centres: Multimedia Institute MAMA (Zagreb, Croatia), REX
Cultural Centre (Belgrade, Serbia), Alterart (Travnik, Bosnia), PAC
Multimedia (Skopje, Macedonia), Montenegro Mobil Art (Podgorica),
Association of Theatre in Education Wybrzezak (Gdansk, Poland), Truc
Sferique (Zilina, Slovakia), Concept Foundation (Romania), Creative Center
(Tartu, Estonia), Culture and Information Centre K@2 (Karosta, Latvia) and
The Red House (Sofia, Bulgaria).
The meeting is organized in
partnership with Centraal Museum Utrecht (www.centraalmuseum.nl)
Coordinators: Marijke Hoogenboom and Vincent de Boer, in
collaboration with the Art for Social Change team.
information please contact: almostreal@...
or consult the ECF
websites: www.eurocult.org, www.artforsocialchange.org