Aiming at a world where many worlds fit*
- Update of project brief 1. April 2020 -
The virus fits into all the worlds.
Mainly being transmitted by worlds of privilege.
Within the Creative Europe Platform Magic Carpets supporting artists in residence - we are part of this world. #brusselssowhite
Of free movement of certain people, who affect all people at home everywhere.
Effects of free movements of goods and capital on local markets, communities and ecosystems we have experienced and studied for decades now.
A world in which some many try to think global and practice local.
While others refer to anger and dissociation, leading to violence against groups who are being othered. #Hanau
Countries are closing borders, bringing back citizens or leaving stateless people stranded and dying elsewhere. #LeaveNoOneBehind
Enclosing the we 'in safety' into the political body of nationhood. States of emergency become the practice of power. Resisting without public spaces for gathering have to be reimagined.
It is a time where all the structural downfalls of this white supremacist, patriarchal capitalist world become more visible and existential. The notions around systemic relevance point out the precariousness of sales persons, care workers, or cleaners, in relation to the sectors’ relevance for the survival of society as well as in relation to inequalities of a person’s health and protection. The racialisation of bodies in relation to precarity is quite prevalent. How does it affect people today? Are data being gathered on who suffers most and how? #notallinthesameboat
We don't just want to shine a light onto these inequalities but desire to imagine other futures of the worlds. We are three women, cultural practitioners, stranded in a family home in South Korea, a couples home in Portugal and a shared flat in Berlin, who wanted to work together on a project exploring structural racism within Berlin, Europe, and in particular within the cultural sector. We planned on engaging with cultural and political scenes and meeting new communities, experiencing diversity, and questioning the organizational structures of ZK/U - Center for Art and Urbanistics, and how they are contributing or contesting structural forms of discrimination.
Cultural spaces and community centers are empty, and artistic practices and political organizing like other forms of public life have moved to the digital realm.
So have we. Our residencies now live of solitude, reading, thinking, writing, researching, and speaking to our collaborators through screens. Just like our lives, our projects are changing and adapting to the new circumstances. #flattenthecurve
Everything is constantly evolving, contesting structural discrimination and practicing anti-racism are projects of life-long learning and reflection too.
Our projects and its communication become representations of these learning and unlearning processes, and will be regularly updated throughout its duration. #notetaking
If you have questions on the project or concerns around our statements, please write to [email protected]
Emerging Artist: Melissa Rodrigues
Local Artist: Ki Hyun Park
Emerging Curator: Lotta Schäfer
Project Platform: Magic Carpets
Funding: Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
*inspired by the Zapatistas