Open Community – Open Networks

Community Media, Community Art Production And Democratic Knowledge


Within the framework of Respublika! A Cypriot community media arts festival curated by Prof. Dr. Nico Carpentier and the current exhibition Open Community – Open Networks featuring the collaborative works of Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud (CH/DE), NeMe is pleased to invite you to the seminar COMMUNITY MEDIA, COMMUNITY ART PRODUCTION AND DEMOCRATIC KNOWLEDGE.

The artistic-democratic capacities of communities and their organisations are often underestimated and neglected, pushed aside by traditional top-down structures, and leadership, expertise and professional models. These power imbalances incapacitate the communication and expressive rights of communities, dissuade them from tapping into their creative and democratic reservoirs, and restrict their abilities for self-representation. In contrast, the empowerment of communities to express themselves, beholds the promise of the democratisation of a variety of social fields, including those of media and the arts. Particular organisational structures, such as, for instance, community media organisations or arts centres, can play a vital role in contributing to the equalisation of the power relationships in these fields, by sharing their artistic-democratic knowledges and by respectfully providing support in facilitating artistic-democratic processes. This does not imply that one should uncritically celebrate communities, and that one can assume that they will automatically maximise their artistic-democratic potential. Communities are complex, multi-layered and contradictory social entities, characterised by the presence of a variety of ideologies, some of which are problematic from a democratic perspective. Also the positions of the different actors such as facilitators and experts, creates tensions that are potentially creative, but that can quickly digress into populist models (rejecting expertise) or top-down models (rejecting the ordinary). This seminar aims to critically explore the artistic-democratic capacities of communities and their organisations, identify problems, obstacles and restrictions, and look ahead at the conditions of possibility for the continued democratisation of the social and its many fields. (Nico Carpentier)

Date and time: Friday 24/11/2017, 6.30-8.30 pm
Venue: NeMe Arts Centre, corner of Ellados and Enoseos streets, 3041, Limassol
Moderator: Nico Carpentier
Speakers: Vuc Ćosić SI, Pascal Gielen NL, Helen Hahmann DE, Nicos Trimikliniotis CY

Vuk Ćosić: From Nettime via Syndicate to 7-11

Vuk Ćosić is one of pioneers of internet art, frequently exhibits (Whitechappel, London; Venice Bienial; Habana Bienial; Manifesta, Zurich; ICA, London; Beaubourg, Paris; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Garage, Moscow; ICC, Tokio; Kunsthalle, Vienna; Digital Artlab, Tel Aviv; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Ars Electronica, Linz; Castello Rivoli, Torino; Walker, Minneapolis; Postmasters, NYC; Friedricanum, Kassel; Neue Galerie, Graz; IAS, Seoul; Baltic, Newcastle; Moca, Oslo; Barbican, London, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich…) and lectures (Museums: Beaubourg, Paris; Guggenheim, Venice; CCA, Glasgow; Thing, NYC; LAMoCA, LA; Festivals – Hong Kong, London, Liverpool, Dessau, Montreal, Banff, Madrid, Gorizia, Copenhagen, Barcelona…; Art schools and Universities- Stockholm, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Troy, Dundee, Liverpool, Venice, Linz, Barcelona,…). Subject of numerous BA, MA and PHD theses (universities of Rome, Sao Paolo, Leeds, Manchester, Bruxelles, Trieste…), media coverage (NY Times, Liberation, La Repubblica, Guardian, Financial Times, Cahiers du Cinema, Artforum, Newsweek, Wired, Haaretz, ORF, CNN, BBC…) as well as key publications on new media (MIT press, Thames & Hudson, Tate, Taschen, Baltic…).

Pascal Gielen: Community Art, A Neoliberal Solution for the Deconstruction of the Welfare State?

Pascal Gielen is professor of sociology of art and politics at the Research Center Arts in Society (Groningen University – the Netherlands) and at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (Antwerp University – Belgium). He is editor in-chief of the international book series ‘Arts in Society’. His research focuses on the institutional context of the arts and on cultural politics. Gielen has published many books which are translated in English, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

Helen Hahmann: Highjacking Radio Art. Artistic practice in Community Radio.

Helen Hahmann is a radiomaker and ethnomusicologist from the Community Radio Station Radio CORAX in Halle/Saale, Germany. Currently she works as communication coordinator for CORAX. She´s been coordinating the International Radio Art Festival Radio Revolten in 2016 in Halle/Saale, where she also actively took part as a musician in several performances. She´s been a member of the board of Radio CORAX for eight years. As coordinator she is also organizing festivals, conferences and EU-projects to strengthen the role of community radios in societies.

Nicos Trimikliniotis: Beyond austerity citizenship and nationalistic communalism in Cypriot ‘community media’: social media, digitalities and emancipation – towards a mobile commons

Nicos Trimikliniotis is Professor of Sociology and Social Sciences, at the School of Social Sciences, University of Nicosia. He heads the team of expert of Cyprus team for the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU. He is also a practicing Barrister. He has researched on integration, citizenship, education, migration, racism, free movement of workers, EU law, discrimination and Labour Law. He is the National Expert for Cyprus for the European Labour Law Network. He is part of the international team on world deviance, which produced Gauging and Engaging Deviance 1600-2000, Tulika press (2014) and its’ sequel Scripts of Defiance (2017). Selection of Publications: Mobile Commons, Migrant Digitalities and the Right to the City, Pivot, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; Beyond a Divided Cyprus: A State and Society in Transformation, Palgrave MacMillan, 2012; The Nation-State Dialectic and the State of Exception, Savalas, Athens, 2010; Rethinking the Free Movement of Workers: The European Challenges Ahead, Wolf Legal Publishers, Nijmegen, 2009.

Main funder: MOEC
Support: Medochemie Sheila Pinkel, VUB, Uppsala University, CCMC

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