Visiting the ReShape Network conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Visiting the ReShape Network conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia


The past year TransArtists has been collaborating with several participants of the ReShape Network: a collaborative, bottom-up research process that proposes instruments for transition towards an alternative, fairer, and unified arts ecosystem across Europe and the Southern Mediterranean. We are inspired by the experimental approach they use to adress current issues around inequality in the cultural field, cultural mobility and international collaborations - topics very relevant for artist-in-residence hosts and guests alike.

Our team member Arda van Tiggelen is taking part in the closing conference on 23-24 September 2021, taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Read the blog with daily updates:

trans_post_map Ingrid Vranken

Image credit: Ingrid Vranken.

In particular the prototype Transnational and Postnational Practices has been of interest. This group has been imagining an artworld “after the national” and explore how to put connection before movement in a transnational and postnational art practice. This prototype is developed by Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen, Pau Cata, Petr Dlouhy, Heba el-Cheikh, Gjorgje Jovanovik, Marta Keil, Dominika Święcicka, Marine Thévenet and Ingrid Vranken. Read more about it here: Transnational and Postnational Practices.

During our research we chose to focus on the change-making potential of every single individual within the art field. Not in a neoliberal effort to redirect responsibility for change to the individual, but rather as a mystical provocation where we believe that every act we perform within our organisations or practice can be an instigator of change. Driven by a radical belief in interconnectedness, we acknowledge that when one part changes, the whole system changes.

Quote from Transnational and Postnational Practices Manual, by: martinka bobrikova & oscar de carmen, pau catà, petr dlouhý, heba el cheikh, gjorgje jovanovik, marta keil, dominika święcicka, marine thévenet, and ingrid vranken, in: ReShape: A workbook to reimagine the art world, p. 45.

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