Re-hallucinating the context: Paris – Belgrade
Last phase: Exchange with Deschooling Classroom project; January-February 2011
All the materials produced collectively during this programme, together with creative reports on the visits by the participants are published in the Journal des Laboratoires, April – August 2011 issue, and could be also downloaded here: Re-hallucinating the context: Exchange with Deschooling Classroom
In January and February we organized a valuable exchange between the participants of the research Re-hallucinating the contexts: Paris – Belgrade and the participants of Deschooling Classroom project (working group Cultural policy of the independent scene), organized by TkH, Belgrade and Kontrapunkt, Skopje (www.deschoolingclassroom.tkh-generator.net/).
The participants in the one-week working visits to Belgrade and Paris have been: from Re-hallucinating the context – Nathalie Rias, Delphine Jonas, Sabine Macher, Vanessa Theodoropoulou, and Virginie Bobin (les Laboratoires); from DSC (Cultural policy group) – Marijana Cvetkovic, Marina Laus, Nevena Jankovic, Biljana Dimitrova, Ksenija Cockova, Tamara Busterska, and Dragana Jovovic (TkH), plus Ana Vujanovic and Marta Popivoda, who coordinated the programme of the visits.
Program in Belgrade took place from 24-30 January. It was created together with the participants of DSC from Belgrade, and comprised visits to relevant venues, organizations, and institutions, discussions in each venue with invited guests, as well as internal work. During the week we visited: Interdisciplinary post-graduate studies of the University of Arts, where we discussed about education in culture for a new social and political context with Milena Dragićević-Šešić and Miško Šuvaković; Cultural center Magacin, where we organized a round table about bottom-up approach to cultural policy and self-organization with members of Other Scene (Druga Scena): Station (Marijana Cvetković), TkH platform (Ana Vujanović, Marta Popivoda), Prelom collective: (Dušan Grlja), and Kontekst Gallery (Vida Knežević, Marko Miletić); Cultural Center REX, where Dušica Parezanović and Milica Pekić talked about Collaboration and networking; Center for Cultural Decontamination CZKD, where we invited Borka Pavićević, Aleksandra Jovićević, and Jelena Vesić to elaborate on art and politics at the local scene; and the European Center for Culture and Debate GRAD, where Dejan Ubović, Ljudmila Stratimirović, and Nevena Janković presented this centre and spoke about hybrid cultural institutions. Apart from this, we have had few internal working sessions, as an opportunity to exchange about different cultural policies in Eastern and Western Europe. Motivated by the challenging atmosphere, the participants also decided to make a collaborative work as a result of the exchange – namely, a critical re-writing of the cultural policy document “Belgrade 2020: Cultural capital of Europe”.
Program in Paris took place from 14-20 February. It was created together with the participants of Re-hallucinating the context, and consisted of the visits to various venues, talks with the actors of the scene, and internal working sessions. We visited and met with the hosts of les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (Alice Chauchat, Natasa Petresin-Bachelez); la Générale; L’Echangeur (Régis Hébette, Tatiana Breidi); la Ménagerie de Verre (Marie-Thérèse Allier); bétonsalon (Mélanie Bouteloup); and had a presentation by and talk with Jérôme Tisserand and Jeanne Revel from CIP (Coordination des Intermittents et Précaires). Internal sessions in Paris were especially intensive and productive. Apart from continuing the talks from Belgrade and the participants’ work on their version of “Belgrade 2020” document, we made two more diagrams. One is dedicated to analysis of the racial and ethical structure of the decision makers at the Parisian independent performing arts scene, while the other one is a comparative map of terms and notions used both at the Parisian and Belgrade / Skopje scenes, but with different, contextually-determined meanings.
We find this last phase of Re-hallucinating the context research very beneficial, in terms of getting to know more about working conditions in the other cultural contexts, which also led to a critical re-thinking our own cultural surroundings.