Oproep 3: Digitaal werken in de kunsten
FINALIST: Building an Equitable Digital Economy via Lens of the Marginalised Communities
As a disabled, immigrant woman both my professional & personal interests align in presenting challenges to working digital in the form of ableist narratives & ecological racism. By virtue of living with chronic diseases I regularly face barriers to working digitally as a differently abled & woman of colour. This is a fundamental issue that needed to be overcome yesterday & I hope we can together.
Because I believe if we want to see change we must be willing to make the change happen & the best people for the job will always be the ones who face the said challenges. As a disabled freelancer much of my work is impeded because of my legal status or my unique way of working as a differently-abled person. In 2014 I was told by my doctor to stop working fulltime & they would help me get benefits however I don't qualify for any, as an immigrant. This made me learn new ways of working & surviving financially and I see lots of digital makers just like me everyday struggling because the system isn't prepared to support an individual thrive even if digital technologies make it possible for us to work in a myriad of ways. Over two-thirds of world's population has 5+ chronic diseases which means there are likely more people with unique needs than there are "normal" people. I want to create digital systems & pave the way for all of us to be able to leave our marks in the arts and that's what I see participating in this call can bring.
My work has taken me to conduct research for The British Council: Creative Economy on creative entrepreneurship across Europe & Asia along with the role I held at Goethe-Institut as Academic-CoDirector for MOOC training museum & arts professional in the digital age has opened my eyes into the world of artistic credibility especially in Europe has a linear approach. If we value diversity then we must be open to growing in nuanced multi-faceted spheres & that's how incorporating anti-ableism & antiracist principles will propel us forwards into building a truly equitable, fair & most importantly sustainable future for the digital artists. Especially in Flanders & Brussels, we need a renewed understanding of how environmentalism CAN go hand-in-hand with antiracism & that disability doesn't have to be seen as an added burden rather an added solution to many constrains of working digitally. We need to learn to navigate away from nationalism into being diverse in our fair+equitable solutions to harness the potential of creative digital arts.
Bhavani Esapathi / email@example.com
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.
Accessibility e.g. the expectation of internet access for a livestream performance. Cultural relevance: how to know your audience if you're not there