Call for proposals 4
Jordi Ferreiro (Barcelona 1982) is an artist and educator. His work explores the concept of institutional mediation and how art can be a tool for intervening in – and changing – the bureaucratic spaces responsible for administering knowledge, constructing what we understand by culture and regulating our way of comprehending the world. www.jordiferreiro.info
As an artist and as a mediator, I have worked with all kinds of institutions and collectives in projects concerning multiculturalism and diversity. Sometimes I have felt that this word (diversity) detracts from the political agenda of these participants and I prefer the term "trespassers", coined by the Latin American philosopher Gloria Anzaldua. In her book"Borderlands / La frontera", Anzaldua describes the concept of trespassers as agents who walk between two different worlds, living in the liminal space between hegemonity and subalternity. Our project seeks to make visible and problematize the different frontiers around our cultural context, creating a safe space where knowledge can be shared with the aim of generating a more inclusive cultural context for everyone.
"Liminal school" aims to explore the cultural and social meaning of difference by developing new forms of cooperation, interaction, and connection between people through an ephemeral construction and educational venue built from the recycled fabric of hot air balloons. Through a series of hybrid public programs that combine talk, food, performance, music and dance with moments of pause and enjoyment in which to learn and unlearn the multiple possibilities of being and being able to be, the Liminal school project, as well as the subsequent work of art that culminates in this process, fosters transversality and intersection processes among the participants, generating knowledge and dialogue of diversities.
Now, it is more urgent than ever to encourage collaborations, as social solidarity can help us to solve problems collectively. The city of Antwerp per se, is of great significance in the European cultural field, as it is a crossing point of interactions between bodies and objects. This happens, due to the central role that the port of the city plays, with the rest of Europe and other countries. Antwerp is a city with a multicultural stratum but simultaneously it has succeeded in maintaining a local idiomatisme. This advantage makes the city authentic and original. If we think more broadly and far away from here, we notice a common condition: precariousness. This is the new contemporary concept which prevails in the social structure. Land exploitation, labor exploitation, self-alienation, gentrification, the invasion of technology, different approaches in history, all these under the new neo-liberal strategies, which define contemporary life. My proposal for A FAIR NEW IDEA!? aims to unite various representatives of the local art scene, in order to support them in continuing producing culture. Far from museums, galleries and projects spaces, the artists' studios are the hubs of creativity and a new form of presenting projects. The majority of the artists cannot afford to have a studio, and the ones that they have they try to find ways to be sustainable. I was thinking of selecting 4 artists from the emerging scene of Antwerp, in order to activate their studios for four months. They will select an artist of their preference, in order to give him/her the opportunity to exhibit their work, as a gesture of solidarity. Consequently, the 4 artists could be financed for maintaining their studio for 4 months (while the project will run) This means payment of the monthly rent of thes studio, funding theyoung artists with a fee and a budget for production costs for new work, as well as the ability to hire a cultural worker for one , to organise the event, being responsible for the administration and coordination for the project.
My curiosity lies within the ability to bridge the digital and the physical areas of art, and how different mediums are able to interweave their disciplines and adapt it to the prevailing approaches of art. In addition, the accessibility and literacy of new platforms for sharing art is crucial , how do artists collaborate, and work with such virtual spaces and what are the potential hurdles?