Call 2: Working sustainably internationally
We want to explore how we, as an international distribution agency, can shift our values from quantity to quality: responsible and ecological touring.
ART HAPPENS is an international management agency for dance, theatre, performances and cross-over projects, working on diffusion, collaborations in development and financing through co-production. Working internationally isn’t only an economical need for many artists, it also gives oxygen to a creation, it creates cultural encounters and heightens the quality and social commitment of the work. In the heydays of international touring, a performance was considered successful if it had as many dates as possible. Traveling abroad, however, is being questioned, both by artist themselves as well as programmers. Is it still ecologically responsible to take a plane for just one performance? And is it morally responsible that an artist can simply move all over the world, when the boundaries are being increased for so many other? And what about the balance between work and private live for an artist? Because of the corona-crisis, the system went crumbling down very fast. The focus of ART HAPPENS will therefore lie mainly on going slower and going deeper. But less touring, also means less income. Our business model, which is based on touring all over the world and taking commission on sold performances, needs to be reviewed.
In order to reach this slowing down and going deeper, we think the relationships between artist and organizers need to deepen and get stronger. That’s why we want to invest into more sustainable relations and create switch from project to trajectory. Instead of investing in just one performance, we want to persuade organizers to invest into an artist. Then a performance series can go together with workshops, readings, residencies, collaborations with local artists, etc. … This would mean that the artists can work longer at one place and doesn’t need to travel all the time. The time to tour will be much less, but that is the eventual goal. By deepening the relation between an artist and an organizer by slowing down, they will also form a deeper connection with the local. COVID has been an eyeopener for realizing how important these deep relations are. The realization that long lasting relationships and connections with the right partners are essential to the survival of an artist in times of crisis, has never been this big.
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ART HAPPENS, Sarah De Ganck http://www.arthappens.be/ firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to carefully take a piece of the local earth and shape it through 3D Clay-Printing and natural algorithms. These are the media to reflect about the nature of technology, the use of materials and the question, which needs and perspectives should be involved in contemporary, technological output.
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.