Oproep 2: Duurzaam internationaal werken
I think the lack of an accessible "artist visa" in the age of globalism is absurd. We hinder the true potential of art by not giving artists security.
I am wondering what are the social hinderances preventing an artist visa to materialize, especially in an age where art is being consumed almost constantly. I think an artists visa is a long game project, in the meantime what can we do now to create or nurture communities beyond boundaries, but not solely relying on the internet for the exchange? How can we meet people half way so to say? LesVoiZines hosts Zine Happenings which encourage artists (and amateurs) to share their art and to network. The connections made at these zine happenings lead to artists being invited to share their work abroad, and this adds depth to the artists home base. This equal exchange of art and nourishment is vital to the future of art and it's proliferation and creation by not only the elite but of the "common" people.
I think that holding more international events, providing for the coverage of travel costs, and creating more opportunities for residencies within Flanders, will help make long lasting cultural exchanges that will help enrich the art culture of not only Flanders (which can help highlight the importance of Flanders and Belgium in the art world) but of every country involved. The best way to reflect, which leads to creation, is leaving your place of origin and shifting the context of your life. In that way you see more clearly where you have come from and where you are going. I believe only progress can come from such exchanges. Why not help facilitate the movement of art in a sustainable and thoughtful way.
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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.
We wish to share, instead of produce, to digitally trigger collective & individual imagination & use it as a matrixial space for common experiencing. We plan to activate digitally & work with singular bodily memory & feel deeply the contingency of cultural codes, in developing an Internet platform & a methodology for conceiving listening-imagining-exercises, coming from local needs and memories.