‘The actual order of things is precisely what ‘popular’ tactics turn to their own ends, without any illusion that it will change any time soon. Into the institution to be served are thus insinuated styles of social exchange, technical invention, and moral resistance. That is, an economy of the ‘gift’, an aesthetics of ‘tricks’ and an ethics of ‘tenacity'.
Michael de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life (1988)
From the 25th September to the 3rd October the NACMM realized it first meeting in Baracelona thanks to the support of ALF and the collaboration of all the NACMM partners.
The NACMM launched its on going on line platform http://www.nacmm.org as part of the program Focus Magreb at Swab Barcelona International Art Fair curated by Xabier de Lucas from Jiser Reflexions Mediterranees.
CONGRATS TO ALL FOR ALL OF THIS!
WE LOOK FORWARDS OUR SECOND MEETING IN ALEXANDRIA organized by El Madina for Performing and Digital Arts and CeRCCa!
CeRCCa is really happy to announce that the North Africa Cultural Mobility Map has been selected for the Anna Lindh Call for Projects Grants! Congratulations to Mohab Saber and Chehab M Hassan from El Madina in Alexandria, Léa Morin and Mohamed Fariji from L’Atelier de l’Observatoire in Casablanca, Francesca Msr and Laila Hida from Le18 in Marrakech, Myriam Amroun from TCD in Algeria and Xavier De Luca from Jiser in Barcelona and Tunis!!!
The Anna Lindh Grants Programme supports innovative projects involving jointly civil society organisations and networks from the South and North of the Mediterranean. More info about the ALF Projects Grants can be found here http://www.annalindhfoundation.org/granted-projects
Tandem Shaml supports experimental collaborations between cultural change makers from the Arab Region and Europe. The programme offers a unique opportunity to establish cross-border cooperation links. Tandem Shaml invites 16 cultural organisations, 8 from Europe and 8 from the Arab Region. From the 244 applications received CeRCca was selected to be part of Tandem Shaml 2016/2017. The first Tandem meeting will be the Tandem Shaml Partner Forum in Amman from Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 September 2016.
“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.
CeRCCa presents the NACMM at the Transcultural Exchange International Conference 2016 (Boston University, 24th, 25th and 26th February 2016)
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 http://www.nacmm.info
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 Council, Rovira 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.