AiR for Experiment encounter in Delft
How can artist organizations, artist-in-residence programs and governments work together at local level to enhance the European cultural landscape? The 'encounter' AiR for Experiment took place 2nd December at Lijm & Cultuur in Delft, the Netherlands.
Artist organizations and artist-in-residence programs provide open, relational, social spaces embedded in the locality of a village or city. They connect artists and create communities of practitioners: to test ideas, take creative risks and explore new directions in their artistic practice. Many of these initiatives operate internationally and function as local platforms for the production and presentation of new work, as well as the development of discourse, knowledge and understanding, including in the arts and in society. Often they engage in experimental manner in social, economic and cultural structures of a city or region.
Medium-sized cities in Europe are embedded in the structures and cultural networks of a region, seeking to offer a counterweight to the capital cities that often recruit all the arts and culture. More and more they seek partners to connect in search of dialogue and collaboration. How can dialogue and collaboration between local governments and artist organizations take place in this context? What short and long-term effects can art projects generate for a city or a region? These and other questions were explored in several case studies together with policymakers, artist organizations and artist-in-residence programs from the Netherlands and different regions in Europe.
One of the starting points of the program was the recently published book Artist-Run-Europe. Initiated by Pallas Projects in Dublin, this part history, and part socio-political critique, looks at the conditions, organizational models, and role of artist-led practice within contemporary art and society within Europe. Accordingly AiR Platform NL and PlatformBK instigated an investigation about the parameters of the artist-run model, operating within the setting of small cities and villages in the Netherlands. With the aim to compose, following the outcomes of the program, the first draft of a document of recommendations; working together towards more diverse arts-ecologies.
Read the report - attached below. Further documentation can be found here.
Photo credits Marco Zwinkels
Friday December 2, 09.30 - 20.00 hrs
09.30 – 10.00 Registration, coffee and tea at Lijm & Cultuur (Delft, the Netherlands).
10.00 – 10.10 Welcome and introductions by moderator Arno van Roosmalen, director of Stroom (The Hague, the Netherlands)
10.10 – 10.15 Welcome by Ruud Bakker - chairman art-initiative id11 (Delft, the Netherlands) and Ferrie Förster - Alderman City of Delft (Delft, the Netherlands)
10.15 – 12.00 Artist organizations in Europe and the Netherlands, an overview with presentations by Mark Cullen - Pallas Projects (Dublin, Ireland), Heidi Vogels - coordinator of AiR Platform NL at DutchCulture | TransArtists (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Mariska van den Berg - PlatformBK (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), and moderated dialogue with the audience
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.05 – 15.05 Case studies and Q&A (3x40 min) where we will discuss the collaboration between artist organizations, artist-in-residence programs and local governments, and how the role of
experiment can be valued. With panelists: Mark Cullen - Pallas Projects (Dublin, Ireland), Holger Jagersberger - Atelierhaus Salzamt (Linz, Austria), Blanka de Bruyne - Haarlem City (Haarlem, the Netherlands), Maritt Kuipers - Kunsthuis SYB (Beetsterzwaag, the Netherlands), Rūta Mašanauskaitė - Artkomas (Kaunas, Lithuania).
I WochenKlausur (Vienna, Austria)
The artist group WochenKlausur develops concrete proposals aimed at small, but nevertheless effective improvements to compensate for socio-political deficiencies. Proceeding even further, and invariably translating these proposals into action, artistic creativity is no longer seen as a formal act but as an intervention into society.
II K.A.I.R Košice Artist in Residence (Košice, Slovakia)
K.A.I.R. Košice Artist in Residenc was initiated in 2013 as part of the Cultural Capital of Europe. Since then, the program has transformed into a no-budget, artist-run initiative, maintaining the goal of strengthening the local and national art scene by means of an international exchange program.
III Contemporary Art Foundation In Situ (Sokołowsko, Poland)
This artist organization’s current projects include restoring and transforming the burned down historical “Dr. Brehmer Sanatorium” into a Laboratory of Visual Arts and a Film Lab. This, together with their annual festivals such as Sanatorium of Sound and the Hommage a Kieślowski film festival, encouraged young (international) arts and culture professionals to settle in this small village in the woods at the border with the Czech republic.
15.05 – 15.25 Break
15.25 – 16.30 Panel discussion: How can dialogue take place between policymaking institutions and artist organizations? With: Josip Zanki - Croatian Association of Visual Artists (Zagreb, Croatia), Ferrie Förster - Alderman, City of Delft (Delft, the Netherlands), Angjerd Munksgaard - cultural advisor (Kristiansand, Norway), Nikos Doulos and Bart Witte - Expodium (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
16.30 – 17.15 A Mobile AiR Experience: Presentation by artists Teun Vonk (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), Matthias König (Den Haag, the Netherlands). With an introduction from Lieselot Van Damme and Bouke Groen - project coordinators of VHDG (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands). An initiative without private property; unexpected and uninhibited manifestations in the city, the region and the country.
17.15 – 17.40 Summing up: Recommendations concerning the significance of experiment, as used by platforms, networks, AiR initiatives and local governments.
17.40 – 17.50 Closing of the program
18.00 – 20.00 Networking dinner
The encounter AiR for Experiment is a collaborative venture between id11 and DutchCulture|Transartists in context of the EU project CreArt.
Foundation id11 organizes artist-in-residence programs and is a participant since 2012 for the city of Delft in the European city network CreArt
DutchCulture|TransArtists is an international digital platform for artist-in-residence programs for artists. TransArtists supports artist-in-residence organizations in the Netherlands by means of AiR Platform NL, a platform to share knowledge and experience, actively connecting artist-in-residence organizations with partners and international networks.
CreArt is a collaboration and network between 13 European cities: Arad/Roemenia, Kaunas/Lithuania, Genoa/Italy, Delft/Netherlands, Harghita provincie/Romania, Zagreb/Croatia, Valladolid/Spain, Aveiro/Portugal, Linz/Austria, Kristiansand/Norway, Lecce/Italy, Pardubice/Czech Republic and Vilnius/Lithuania.