CORNERS is a platform for artists and audiences, designed and driven by cultural organizations at the edges of Europe.
CORNERS creates opportunities for artists and researchers to produce multidisciplinary contemporary artistic and cultural collaborative projects. The objective is to enable exchange across geographical, political, and economic divisions. Since 2011, more than 50 artists and researchers (and the number grows) have met through CORNERS, as well as more than 30 organizations and institutions as partners and collaborators. Together with new artists and researchers joining the project, they will continue to explore the outskirts of Europe and co-create artistic projects across borders of artistic disciplines in order to bring stories from one corner of Europe into another. Co-creations will be gathered in different places across Europe, where artists and their audiences will inhabit unusual and public spaces, using partners’ cities as their stages: Umeå and Stockholm (SE), Ljubljana (SI), Gdansk (PO), Belgrade (RS), Zagreb and Rijeka (HR), Donostia / San Sebastian (Basque Country, ES), Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK), Middlesbrough and Northumberland (England, UK), and Prizren (Kosovo).
The total budget for the project is 2.566.000 EUR, half of this amount will be covered from Creative Europe, and the other half will be secured from local funds by CORNERS Partners.
The support from Creative Europe programme is giving us the opportunity to continue building our platform, to make it more vivid and diverse. We will continue to connect artists in co-creations, encounter new regions, meet and engage new audiences in arts and culture. For the next 3.5 years, starting from 1 September 2014, eleven partners will work together: Intercult (Sweden), Pogon and Drugo More (Croatia), Exodos (Slovenia), Arts Council Northern Ireland and ISIS Arts (UK), City Culture Institute/Gdańsk (Poland), Donostia/San Sebastián 2016 (Basque Country/Spain), Cultural Centre REX (Serbia), Teatro Pubblico Pugliese (Italy), and DokuFest (Kosovo). First partners meeting was held in Zagreb on 15 and 16 September.
We enter a new phase - from “research and development” to “cultural action”.
For more info visit www.cornersofeurope.org
Photo and video materials available at www.cornersofeurope.org/archive/photos-and-videos
ENGINE ROOM EUROPE
Engine Room Europe is a three-year capacity building project dedicated to the sustainable future of the European independent cultural sector through investment in its cultural workers and their creative processes. This objective will be achieved by a three-year programme of Europe wide activities. These programmes have four main themes: artistic productions & processes; mobility & training; intercultural dialogue & sustainability and all will be coordinated by 11 co-organisers, selected because of their geographical spread, experience, newly established profiles and mix of competencies. The culmination of Engine Room Europe is a major convention in Amsterdam in the Spring of 2014, where the full range of project outcomes will presented, debated and celebrated. This convention will be open to the wider European cultural sector and key cultural leaders and commentators will be invited to attend. Most importantly, the legacy of the project will continue to add value for European culture after the life of the programme through an interactive internet resource. This 'living' archive will capture the wealth of activity and knowledge that is the content of Engine Room Europe but more, it will, for the first time offer a pan-European resource to the independent cultural sector, a resource that will be continued, maintained and developed by co-organising partner Trans Europe Halles (a network of independent cultural centres). Happening in historic times, Engine Room Europe and its outcomes will not only be an important event for the independent cultural sector but will represent new thinking and new visions from Europe, echoing a similar message but with different voices, that independent culture is the research and development engine of European civic life and that this project, Engine Room Europe, contributed to its future sustainability and vibrancy.
Partners: Trans Europe Halles (TEH), Lodz Art Center (Lodz, Poland), Mains D'Oeuvres (St Ouen, France), Stanica (Zilina, Slovakia), ufaFabrik (Berlin, Germany), TNT (Bordeaux, France), Cultural Centre REX/Fund B92 (Belgrade, Serbia), NOASS (Riga, Latvia), Röda Sten Art Centre (Göteborg, Sweden), La Friche Belle de Mai (Marseille, France) and Tabacka (Kosice, Slovakia).
Trans Europe Halles (TEH), Lodz Art Center (Lođ, Poljska), Mains D'Oeuvres (St Ouen, Francuska), Stanica (Žilina, Slovačka), ufaFabrik (Berlin, Nemačka), TNT (Bordo, Francuska), Kulturni centar REX/Fond B92 (Beograd, Srbija), NOASS (Riga, Latvija), Röda Sten Art Centre (Goteborg, Švedska), La Friche Belle de Mai (Marsej, Francuska) and Tabačka (Košice, Slovačka).
Coordinator: Melkweg (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Co-organizers: Trans Europe Halles (TEH), Lodz Art Center (Lodz, Poland), Mains D'Oeuvres (St Ouen, France), Stanica (Zilina, Slovakia), ufaFabrik (Berlin, Germany), TNT (Bordeaux, France), Cultural Centre REX/Fund B92 (Belgrade, Serbia), NOASS (Riga, Latvia), Röda Sten Art Centre (Göteborg, Sweden), La Friche Belle de Mai (Marseille, France) and Tabacka (Kosice, Slovakia).
Crossroads East West, project of Cultural Centre REX/B92 Fund , is a process of collaborative investigation of activities and products of individuals, organisations and institutions, and their attitudes towards the notion and importance of the intercultural dialogue. This cooperation could involve identifying, analysis and comparing of similar and/or related projects, practices and examples of intercultural dialogue in different countries, which could lead to the making of a broader, regional and european map and an exchange of participants in these projects and processes, to search for the best ways and forms of transferring or upgrading of their own intercultural knowledge and ambitions. Such cooperation would yield a creative contribution to better understanding of the notion of inter-culturalism and dialogue, both on the regional and on a broader level of southeast europe and europe as a whole.
Engine Room Europe (May 2011- April 2014), with a total budget of €2,095,297, is one of 10 projects selected for funding by the Culture Programme 2007-2013 Strand 1.1 budget 2011. For a list of selected projects, please consult the EACEA website, http://eacea.ec.europa.eu.
CROSSROADS EAST WEST
The Crossroads East West is conceived as the project that relies on the need to permanently detect and analyze different processes and projects of intercultural dialogue in a variety of existing cultural and artistic project activities. The Crossroads East West is focusing on different projects, activities, practices, communications and even conflicts in contemporary cultural and artistic sphere - in order to explore and better understand the nature and capacity of intercultural dialog in different situations and circumstances, which might be seen as characteristic of contemporary cultural and artistic practice and production in both the Eastern and Western Europe.
In the first year of the realization of the proposed project line Crossroads East West, Cultural center Rex/B92 Fund would continue and enrich its practice of the mapping of intercultural dialogue (in Serbia) by upgrading it through the selection of topics and participants - to an international level, and transferring its methodology to the new areas of interest. Using the intercultural dialogue as a conceptual framework, artistic and activist research and debate as a tool and the set of the East-West cultural relations as the axis for the content outline and selection, three events are proposed for this year¹s agenda. They rely both on the present Rex program and practice as well as to the need to extend such program and practice to concepts and capacities of the ERE project and the TEH network. While relying on the obvious or secluded capacities of methodology of intercultural dialogue, all these events are also related to the position and role of independent organizations and individuals on the cultural scene.
Activities in 2011:
Debate: In the engine room: working conditions for cultural worker
Artist in residency: MICROCULTURES
Activities in 2012:
Debate on the institutional treatment of the work of art "Cigаni i psi" by Zorаn Todorović
Artist in Residency: Bojana Piškur
Activities in 2013:
Debate In the engine room 2: Working conditions for cultural workers
Debate Pride Parade and Politics
Debate Man on the road (seen through the eyes of his reluctant hosts)
The meetings and debates belong to the Crossroads East West intercultural dialogue programme, implemented as part of Engine Room Europe, a three-year project focusing on independent cultural workers and their field of activity. The main aim of the project is to enhance the capacity and sustainability of independent culture in Europe. The project is carried out with the support of the European Commission.
Us and Them
Throughout January and February 2013, B92 Fund, Cultural Centre REX and C31 - Centre for Development of Culture of Children's Rights are jointly launching an educational programme in collaboration with the Kalmar läns museum from Sweden. The programme is intended for 7th and 8th grade primary school children. It has been conceived with the aim of motivating pupils to explore the history of a locality, namely, Dorćol during World War II and recognize current issues in past events. The focus will be placed on the topic "Us and Them", i.e. the question of identity, respecting differences and solidarity with others. In the initial phase of this programme, we have partnered with Primary School Braća Baruh and its pupils are participating in these workshops.
This educational programme examines contemporary social issues and problems using the history of a chosen locality as a starting point. Its activities contribute to the development of critical thinking, problem solving, dialogue and cooperation, as well as to cultivating attitudes, beliefs and a system of values based on human rights, respecting differences, fostering solidarity and personal responsibility. Learning in a historical setting, finding out about historical processes and events, people from the past, their roles and decisions is a starting point for thinking about the present and current issues in today's society.
The experiences of the Kalmar region museum in applying the method of learning in a historical setting were used when developing the programme, especially the concept of "time travels" that this museum has been developing since 1980 in collaboration with primary and secondary schools and the Bridging Ages international network (www.bridgingages.com). Learning in a historical setting makes it possible for pupils and their teachers to experience the past through their senses. At the chosen historical site, pupils "travel through time", dressed like people who lived at a certain time in the past, they assume their roles and live a day in the lives of these people, which results in gaining better understanding of the past and acquiring lasting knowledge. This method is also a starting point for contemplating the present, since historical facts, testimonies and stories about the past provide a basis for asking essential questions related not only to the events from the past, but also to the developments in the contemporary society. After role playing and "time travel", the participants are encouraged to reflect on the issues in question and start a dialogue.
The collaboration between museums, cultural institutions and schools aimed at improving the quality of classes in different subjects and fulfilling the goals of education is at the heart of this approach.
The project is carried out with the support of the Swedish Institute.
Visit to Staro Sajmište
Almost seventy years after forming, the former Nazi concentration camp Sajmište (Fairground) in Belgrade, is still not adequately visible and recognized as a place of mass terror and the liquidation of the civilians. Between March and May 1942 approximately 7000 Jewish women, children and old people, who had been imprisoned in Sajmište, were systematically killed in gas van called - "dušegupka". After that, till the liberation of Belgrade in 1944, the concentration camp Sajmište served as place in which forcibly interned people from all over Yugoslavia and Southeast Europe were imprisoned. Camp served as a reservoir of the hostages who were used for retaliation because of insurgents' actions. Also, many prisoners were transferred to camps in other parts of Europe. From approximately 32,000 internees, more than 10,000 died due to poor life conditions and mass torture which took place in the camp. Being located directly opposite the center of city, on the banks of Sava river, on the place which just before the Second World War was used as a place for Fairground when several modern pavilions were built, the whole complex of Staro Sajmište (Old Fairground) even now consists of derelict buildings, which are used as art studios and apartments of a very low quality.
In July 2010 within the workshops and seminars "Visit the Staro Sajmište-The Nazi concentration camp Sajmište - documentation and media research" students from Germany and Serbia had explored the Staro sajmište site, interviewed historians, researchers, current inhabitants of Staro sajmište, initiatives' and victims' association's representatives, who demand the building of a monument or memorial complex at Staro sajmište. Objectives of this workshop and seminar were to map the domain of memories regarding Staro Sajmište and review the common memory, the current situation and expectations for the future regarding this place.
In 2011 within the project "Visit the Staro Sajmište / standards and criteria of Memory" by developing, the internet website, and organisation of series of public conduct at places of great importance for the history of World War II in Belgrade, seminars dealing with issues of importance regarding understanding history of Staro Sajmište and other concentration camps, and World War II in general, and presentations, including the broadcasting of the film "A good father - daughter's indictment" and a public discussion with the main protagonist Beate Niemann, numerous contacts and exchanges with the widest audience, professional associates, as well as public institutions (museums, institutes, colleges and schools), media initiatives and other groups interested in this topic have been made.
By further development of the project "Visit the Staro Sajmište " we want to continue working on this themes, to initiate and lead public debate about historical memory, to articulate public interest and public action adequately to the importance of this issue. Materials collected during the previous work on the project will be published, a multimedia web site continues to expand and build upon so that past, present and future discussions about the Staro Sajmište may be available to the public.
The "Visit the Staro Sajmište " will take place during the 2012 through a series of public events and interventions. We want to consider the place of Staro Sajmište in the present context of opposing views and readings of recent and distant past, his place within the education system, the media sphere, and in academic society in general.
More information about our work on this subject and collected various documents can be found at starosajmiste.info
THINK ABOUT OTHERS - THINK ABOUT YOURSELF
The aim of the series of events THINK ABOUT OTHERS - THINK ABOUT YOURSELF is to stimulate a critical discussion about the representation of ethnic minorities in the political and cultural life in Serbia and promote social justice, solidarity, equality and equal human rights for all the people living in Serbia. In collaboration with partners from all over Serbia, the participants in this project will be analysing the dominant stereotypes about the characteristics, behaviour, political aspirations and positions of the residents of Serbia of different nationalities, as well as the consequences of the existence of such stereotypes for our society. This project is launched by the B92 Fund and the team, together with partners of Cultural Centre REX, so as to introduce the wider public to the ways and reasons of emergence of stereotypical views about minority groups and provide support to the efforts directed at overcoming them and accepting the principle of equality and respect for the differences in the society.
The project represents a joint effort of its authors, the collaborating organizations, a wide network of partners of the B92 Fund and Cultural Centre REX, the representatives of the independent sector and public institutions to mobilize the widest possible public to take part in the fight against all forms of discrimination, exclusion and marginalization of ethnic minorities.
The project is carried out in collaboration with numerous partners: Sava Žebeljan Primary School in Crepaja and the Pesničenje (Poetry Ring) collective, Roma Cultural Centre and Resource Centre Leskovac, NUNS (Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia) and the editorial team of the Novine vranjske newspaper, local library in Bor, Niš Human Rights Committee, Niš Alternative Cultural Centre. FILMART Association, Požega Cultural Centre, Zrenjanin Cultural Centre, Lazarevac Centre for Culture, Lazarevac Modern Gallery, the associations Kultur Park and Kriterion, Bačka Palanka Youth Club, Bačka Palanka Cultural Centre And Preševo Cultural Centre.
The authors of the events to be held as part of the THINK ABOUT OTHERS - THINK ABOUT YOURSELF event series are the ŠKART (REJECTS) art group (Children's Poetry Ring in Crepaja), Rena Rädle (workshop: A Journey into the World of Our Desires in Leskovac), Noa Treister (lecture: Construction of Identity in Bor), Peđa Obradović (a workshop for journalists: In Vranje about Bujanovac?), the FREE ZONE Film Festival team (a mini festival touring Belgrade, Niš, Lazarevac, Požega, Bačka Palanka, Zrenjanin, Preševo and Leskovac).
The project is organized and produced by the B92 Fund.
The programme THINK ABOUT OTHERS - THINK ABOUT YOURSELF was made possible by the Directorate for Human and Minority Rights (the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, Public Administration and Local Self-Government), as part of the programme Human Rights Calendar 2012.
Mission Less Probable
The project is realized through series of public presentations in Cultural Centre Rex and partner organizations, held by artists, architects, cultural workers, policy makers and NGO activists chiefly from the SEE region. Presenters are invited to present and collaboratively analyse one project that they realized but that was (in their present opinion) not up to its initial mission. Presentations should locate and through discussion scrutinize the gaps between tasks and outcomes in the recent artistic, architectural, civil society or cultural policy-related production.
NEW SOCIAL RELATIONS CAFÉ/ANARCHO-BARTENDERS
Introducing the world of quotations from emancipatory literature
Anarcho-bartenders are an independent self-managed collective open to everyone who shows the desire and readiness to contribute to the Self-management Bar project launched by several members of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative (ASI). Starting 29 December, whenever events are organized at REX, the collective will be introducing the audience and visitors to quotations from publications focusing on social and political emancipation and raising funds towards the imminent social revolution.
NEW SOCIAL RELATIONS CAFÉ is part of the talks programmes held at the REX at the imaginary entrance hall café. The project initiates and facilitates the process of promoting, discussing and generating new ideas about the expected or desired, forgotten or idealized social relations. The participants and those implementing the project take up the role of hosts and visitors respectively at the bar and café where refreshments, distribution of publications, and accompanying programmes complete the overall concept of organizing and documenting events aimed at presenting possible patterns of new social relations and providing an overview of former or deconstruction of the existing relations in the society. This is a non-profit project, organized and produced with the support of Cultural Centre REX.
Intercultural Dialogues' Mapping In The Republic Of Serbia
Project of Working Group for preservation of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, realized by Serbian Ministry of Culture and Cultural Centre Rex as a partner organization. Project of Mapping and Affirmation of Projects and Processes of Intercultural Dialogues in the Republic of Serbia serve to locate and research different aspects of intercultural dialogues under conditions that are characteristic for Serbia and within the existing cultural, activist or research practice.
From 2 to 4 October, around 20 film-makers from all over Europe will visit Belgrade as part of a platform NISI MASA project. NISI MASA is a European network of young professionals, students and enthusiasts focusing on cinema. Its main aims are to discover new film talents, develop joint projects and create a platform of discussion and collaboration for young European filmmakers.
Additional information about their organization can be found at: http://www.nisimasa.com. Cultural Centre REX will play host to them on the Belgrade leg of their European tour. REX's volunteers will be helping film crews discover Belgrade and live two intense days shooting short films about immigrants, international mixed marriages, music and intercultural experiences. The co-ordinator of this tour is the well-known Zagreb-based producer Vanja Kaluđerčić. The workshop tour is tutored by Boris Mitić, documentary maker, director and winner of numerous awards not only in Serbia and the region but also worldwide.
The tour ISTANBUL EXPRESS began on 20 September and will last until 10 October. The topic of this year's filmmaking workshop is multilingualism and the ways in which it relates to different layers of our everyday lives.
During three weeks of travelling by three trains, 45 young filmmakers will meet in three European capitals: Tallinn, San Sebastián and Turin. They will be divided into small groups consisting of three people each (a director, a cinematographer and a sound engineer). The aim is to make 15 short documentaries on the way to Istanbul. The 3 travelling routes will take them to a total of 24 cities in 18 different countries, before reaching their final destination. Public events, such as screenings, masterclasses and press conferences will be held in each city they visit. The tour ends in Istanbul on 10 October when the crews will begin editing the material they shot. The screening of the first films is scheduled for 15 October in Istanbul.
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