On International Museum Day, TO THE FUTURE PUBLIC project is presented at the Practicas Contemporaneas III [Artistic production models, sustainability and cross-sectoral strategies], at CENTRO NEGRA, in Blanca.
Sandra Moros (Conservadora y curadora del IVAM. Institut Valencià d'Art Modern)
Marisa Mancilla Abril (Grupo de Fe), Santiago Arroyo (Fundación Iberoamericana de las Industrias Culturales),
Björn Säfsten (Trans-local network),
James Simbouras (Contemporary Art Showcase Athens)
and moderator Elena Azzedín (AADK Spain)
Contemporary Practices program was born in response to the International Museum Day, an established countrywide event which provokes massive audience to visit museums and exhibitions spaces in Spain. This phenomenon raises certain questions. For example, does it make culture more accessible or more spectacular? Does it create participants or audience? What needs these events underline? How are the resources managed? Where and how is the current contemporary art production generated?
Contemporary Practices is an annual encounter between independent associations, artists, cultural managers, students and institutions to question and analyse these variables during a weekend long event.
TO THE FUTURE PUBLIC is a mediation for a collective interface between Athens and other cities, developed by C.A.S.A., that aims at cultivating collaboration, strengthening dialogue and exchange of experiences bridging the gap between artists, activists, local communities, and groups who are active in the fields of the commons and the "alternative economy".
The platform focuses on providing a collaborative framework for in-situ responses to specific sites or contexts in the public sphere of Athens, while thinking collectively about ways to act when thinking beyond a frozen future is inconceivable. Through interventions, performances, ephemeral installations, research-based projects, workshops and cartographies, the areas of the city center are responded to as field that is experienced and performed - an intricate web of inter-dependencies, conflicts, and radical syntheses.
From loud statements to subtle researches, we design and deploy artistic interventions that seek to "hack" the dominant semiotic regimes of the city by replicating and redeploying them in the form of symbolic and tactical acts of creative resistance. At the same time, such acts constitute an urgent call for participation, under the economic, social, institutional and political radar.
The program aims at cultivating an inclusive working environment that puts a focus on the urgent needs, conditions and concerns that define and inform local practices, that are themselves undergoing radical transformations through an exposure on a global stage, while operating under precarious conditions.
Through a combination of theory and practice, in practice, we seek to constitute an open field of engagement. As agents working locally and engaged in global discourse, we stand in support of ground-up participation and art as a catalyst for organizing, reviving, rethinking, and remaking the everyday experience. Seeking counter-narratives to the institutionalized neoliberalism of “European Integration”, we trace the radical points of intersection with the practices of others from around the world, who are also working from within and outside existing framings, and whose locally focused work constitute de-facto deflections from accepted paradigms within the globally established art economy. Against cultural and artistic monopolies, we support, by all means possible, the creation of new temporary spaces in the overlapping zones of art, political activism, and theory - spaces where the boundaries between artists and public are blurred, where the concept of "expertise" is fluid and radical relations become possible. In doing so, we strive for the development of participatory, inclusive models and strategies, and attempt to carry out the urgent task of cultivating horizontal communication and exchanges between movements across social, geographical and institutional divides.