Call 2: Working sustainably internationally

SELECTED - MAINTENANT

What aspect of sustainable international work concerns you?

Shifting the focus institutionally from contents to infrastructures. We created a network, appointed a curator-researcher and define work fields.

Description

In the Spring of 2020 we set up a series of informal meetings with peers to imagine ways to stay available for art professionals and audiences as some of our core activities were no longer possible, or desirable, in the way they used to. The meetings led to a collaboration network incl. Netwerk Aalst (BE), Grazer Kunstverein (AT), ar/ge Kunst and B-A-U (IT). Our intention is to translate the talking into a practice and to move into a longer time-frame to develop our intuitions while rewinding our understanding of international communities and how we form and keep them. The network was named MAINTENANT, a French word referring to a moment –now– but also to a task –maintaining. We believe that the way forward is in maintenance; in caring and updating the institutional software in order for it to be response-able, to be able to host, show and handle content and users differently. Our practice should grow out of prototyping, by working on a series of case studies that stretch the institutional body, learning our way as we walk it.

How can your idea or proposal have an impact on international practice within or with Flanders and Brussels and beyond?

Brussels and Flanders is comparatively very rich in terms of institutional imaginantion. There are various types of organisations of different scales, operative principles and missions. Many of them are artist-led or bottom-to-top and most end up finding support. This call is an example of that richness. We would like to anchor the project within this field while thinking abroad in conversation with varied partners, beyond those that are already taking part. We believe that the originality of our endeavor is its commitment to practice. While the pandemic has brough the question of institutional renewal back, there are very few examples of how the conversation translates into a practice. “Practice” here does not only mean strict execution, but also a kind of conversation in which institutional life should be shared in a degree of detail that can hardly find its place in public programming. We view this call as a practice of providing an infrastructural framework to make such a thing possible and therefore it lies close to our mission.

Do you have the time to commit to online meetings with an international working group on a regular basis (e.g. monthly) starting in May 2021, for a period of max. 1 Year?

Dat weet ik nog niet

Time

Day and evening

Do you have access to a stable internet connection for online meetings?

Ja

What time zone are you in?

CET-Central European Time-UTC +1

Which languages do you speak and understand?

Nederlands, Engels

Contact details

Anna Manubens and Pieternel Vermoortel - anna.manubens@gmail.com - pieternel@netwerkaalst.be