NACMM and CeRCCa at Le18


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“Fil’Kawkaba” is a series of talks and presentations involving cultural activists, researchers, artists and curators working in, or focused on the five Maghreb countries. All talks take place at Le 18 for two months and aim at fostering a public reflection over the current condition of the Maghreb as a contested socio-cultural and political space. Fil’Kawkaba is a proposal to create a platform for exchange and confrontation over the situation of contemporary art in each country and the role this latter may play as a transformative and emancipative tool.

Initiated by LE 18 and curated by Younes Baba-Ali, KawKaw is a project encapsulating a collective exhibition resulting from an artistic residency, enriched by a series of gatherings and further translated into an evolving collaborative online platform. KawKaw reunites the five Maghreb countries with the aim to create a new space of dialogue and research through artistic practice. In a Maghrebian artistic and cultural scene undergoing great transformations, KawKaw mirrors the desire to create new bridges of reflection and to explore the opportunities and the unexploited potentials of this region. 

KawKaw (i.e. peanut in darija) is a nutritious and popular food shared by all the Maghrebian cultures, a grain that gathers people around a table and entertains each one’s hands while staring at what surrounds us. KawKaw is a seed that requires breaking the shell surrounding it in order to access its grains, each of which is further sharable. This name comes therefore as a powerful, though humoristic and accessible metaphor for the process of research and discovery the program undertakes. It embodies the very act of breaking up and sharing, and it attempts to enact a principle of “sharability”, the (paradoxical) combination of the elements of union and commonality as well as those of division and specificity characterising this region as well as the grain that inspires this project. 

The project KawKaw finally embodies the philosophy of its initiating space, LE 18, a young, independent initiative whose influence on its surrounding territory is discrete, though persistent.

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CeRCCa presents the NACMM at the Transcultural Exchange International Conference 2016 (Boston University, 24th, 25th and 26th February 2016)

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Traditionally, artists relied solely on galleries and dealers to support their art. They worked largely within the confines of their discipline and studio walls. Today numerous other options for artists also exist: More and more artists are managing their own careers, working in new formats and collaborating with people in different disciplines, both here and abroad.

Reflecting this new reality and picking up where the last Conference Engaging Minds left off, TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts offers exciting possibilities for artists to embrace different cultures, mindsets and technologies. For instance, panelists will speak about their international residency programs, provide practical advice (on topics such as resources for funding and managing a studio practice), discuss how art can play a vital role in social or political interventions and promote possibilities for artists to collaborate with those in other disciplines, including medicine, architecture, conservation and engineering. Round Table discussions also will give artists with similar interests the chance to meet, network and talk about their work; and portfolio reviews with the speakers, gallery owners and critics will supply additional venues for artists to showcase their work.

More info about the NACMM – North Africa Cultural Mobility Map can be found here

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CeRCCa participates at the Anna Lindh Foundation’s inter-network action in Tarragona


From 16th to 19th December, Tarragona will host representatives from 108 associations from 12 European and Arab countries who will discuss and put into practice innovative ways of understanding and promoting non-formal education in Euro-Mediterranean countries with the end of acquiring knowledge, skills and new approaches.

It will take place within the framework of the meeting “Non-formal and Intercultural Education in the Mediterranean” on the premises of Rovira i Virgili University. The event includes an important programme of concerts, human tower shows and playful activities in several squares of the city, as well as workshops in the schools of Tarragona. The meeting is open to civil society organisations and all the residents of Tarragona, the city chosen for its Mediterranean character and rich archaeological heritage and for hosting the next Mediterranean Games.

The objectives are to give the 100 associations from Algeria, Lebanon, Belgium, Lithuania, Spain, Morocco, France, Palestine, Ireland, Portugal, Jordan and Tunisia the opportunity to share experiences and good practices in the field of non-formal education as well as to reflect on new initiatives in this field applicable to the different contexts of the Euro-Mediterranean countries.

The meeting is organised by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures, with the collaboration of Tarragona City CouncilRovira i Virgili University and the UNESCO Chair for Intercultural Dialogue in the Mediterranean (URV). The initiative is framed within the mandate of the IEMed and the Anna Lindh Foundation to promote dialogue and cooperation between the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, an issue especially relevant and urgent given the political instability and threats being currently experienced by the region.

The associations and civil society organisations taking part are members of the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF), a Euro-Mediterranean network based in Alexandria, promoted in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Process, bringing together 4,000 civil society associations from 43 countries working in the framework of intercultural dialogue. It is the second time that a meeting bringing together organisations from so many countries will be held.

In its turn, the IEMed is a centre specialised in Euro-Mediterranean relations, based in Barcelona since 1989. It is the coordinator of the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, which will be the network with the largest representation in Tarragona.

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CeRCCa 2010 – 2015


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Artist selected for A.I.R CeRCCa 20 !!!


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Exposició i Presentació de la publicació del 5e aniversari del CeRCCa 2009-2015

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Exposició i presentació de la publicació del 5e aniversari del CeRCCa 2009-2015. 23 de Juny a 2/4 de 8 del vespre a l‘antic cinema Cal Marçal de Llorenç del Penedès.

La manera en que copcem allo que ens envolta, com fixem en records allo viscut, com vivim el que som creant la propia identitat i ens integrem en els diferents espais que havitem son el punt de partida de les diferents propostes que es presenten en aquesta exposicio. A traves del video, la instal.lacio, el text i la fotografia i enmarcats en la experiencia de viure i crear al CeRCCa, els artistes, impregnats de les diverses realitats que conformen Llorenc del Penedes, els seus carrers vuits, la seva gent enfeinada, la destruccio i concervacio del seu entorn natural i urba i la memoria d’allo que va ser i que potser sera, ens presenten un recull d’imatges i sons que reflexionen sobre l’ experiencia de la ruralitat i la obssesio per retenir allo viscut.

Amb Somiar/mes enlla, Jonathan Rattner ens presenta una serie de diaris personals en video que reflexionen sobre la naturalesa fragmentaria dels pensaments, la memoria i les emocions. A partir de la combinacio de colors i sons grabats a paisatges tan dispars com son els de Catalunya i Alaska la obra teixeix el passat i el present per tal de reflexionar sobre el desig del viatge i la dificil tasca de definir allo que anomenem casa nostra.

Aquesta desig i impossibilitat es tambe el marc del relat ‘La Cadira’ de l’escriptora turca Naz Cuguoglu. Naz reflexiona sobre allo que anomenem identitat. ‘Per molt que ho destigem, no podem despendres d’allo que som, Aquesta es la nostra condicio, la nostra essencia ens persegueix, es la nostra sombra. Una cadira que apareix per fer-nos sentir com a casa sera el fil conductor que ens obliga a dubtar de tot el que ens envolta’.

A #SYRY l’artista argentina Agustina Piasentini ens presenta l’experiencia vital inseparable de l’experiencia artistica. Una interelació que ens fa mes dinamics, participatius i lliures, transformant la vida-art en un joc. Un poema es transforma en un encanteri, un dibuix en un mapa de l’univers, unes imatges en la unio entre l’esser i la natura, un niu fet amb braques i flors, la nostra casa.

Aquest organicisme es ampliat per l’artista canadenc Kurtis Lesick a Entanglement. L’artista ens proposa una nova mirada a allo que anomen espai i temps. Fent us de la teoria cuantica com a marc conceptual, Kurtis ens explica que allo material existeix tambe fora de la nostra conciencia i de la nostra experiencia. Fins que no es apreciada fisicament pels nostres sentits la materia juga fent-se present en multiples realitats. Entanglement ens permet pensar aquest complex terreny atarves d’una install.lacio mix media.

Les obres dels actuals artistes residents al CeRCCa es complementa amb una seleccio de diferents projectes de video art creats al CeRCCa durant aquests 5 anys. Els projectes seleccionats son els de Oreen Cohen, Lei Han, Liliya Lifanova, Sana Ghobbels, Claire Le Clézio i Zoe Balasch, Lourdes Guillen i Noemi Navarro i Kaitlyn Reinhart i Cristal Boemi.

Esperem que gaudiu d’aquesta proposta tan con nosaltres hem gaudit fent-la possible.

Bona revetlla de Sant Joan a tots!

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