Fotoreportage från seminarium med ryska kuratorer på Svenska institutet den 18 maj [eng]Seminar at The Swedish Institute 18 May 2015, read more and see pictures [/eng]

Den 15-21 maj har 8 unga kuratorer från Sankt Petersburg, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk och Kaliningrad varit i Stockholm på ett veckolångt studiebesök.

Den 18 maj arrangerade vi en sammankomst med våra gäster och bjöd in svenska kuratorer och andra personer som arbetar med konst (art operators) till Svenska institutet.

Läs mer om Creative Force och projektet Young curators & Αrt operators network här: http://www.intercult.se/projects/young-curators-art-operators-network/

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On 18th of May, Intercult together with The Swedish Institute, arranged a seminar for the group of eight curators and artist from North West Russia. They discussed latest art initiatives and collaboration possibilities for the Nordic Region and Russia. The visit to Stockholm is a first part of the international project funded by Swedish Institute program Creative Force. The project is organized together with the Creative Association of Curators TOK from Sankt Petersburg.

There is lack of a curatorial network between Russia and the Nordic counties. We hope that Creative Force can be a future network for young and emerging curators from the region, which will in the beginning be between Sweden and Russia, and later will develop into a large cooperation between the Nordic region and Russia, said Iwona Preis, project manager at Intercult.

The initiative aims to increase cross-cultural knowledge about each other’s projects and methods the regional curators work with. The first stage of the project is a research and educational trip of young curators and artists from NW Russia to Sweden to meet their colleagues and local agents. In the next stage, the Swedish curator group will participate in the study visit to Russia. All the participants are during 2016 offered short residencies in Russia and Sweden hosted by participant organizations.

Creative Force promotes human rights, freedom of expression and democracy. The task of this project is to cerate cooperation between Swedish organizations and international organizations. Projects should use culture, creativity and media, concluded Judith Black from The Swedish Institute.

Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits, the funders of the Creative Association of Curators TOK participated in the meeting in Stockholm. The guests presented TOK’s local and international projects, as well as talked about the current situation of the contemporary art scene in Russia.

TOK’s main mission is to integrate contemporary art practice into the public sphere in Russia. We chose to work with state financed institutions in Russia, as well as diverse galleries and art centers, as it opens for the dialogue and gives us the possibility to communicate with different actors, on many different levels, said Anna Bitkina from TOK.

During the seminar five curators from Russia presented their latest initiatives and discussed the possibilities for the future collaboration with the Swedish partners. Last but not least, project manager Pontus Raud, presented artist driven air fair Supermarket Art Fair.

Young curators and artists from NW Russia:

YULIA MEDVEDEVA
lives and works in Arkhangelsk. For 5 years she has been the Director of the Exhibition Gallery of the Union of Artists of Arkhangelsk.

Yulia is interested in developing of contemporary art in Arkhangelsk in general and museum projects connected with new technologies of interaction with people in particular.

She wants to develop collaboration between the local artists and the artist from the Nordic Region.

For June 2016 Yulia plans the exhibition project “Showcase“, which will include rebuilding the facade of the Exhibition Gallery of the Union of Artists and the surrounding area. The project is a platform intended for the international residents and guests of Arkhangelsk.

LIUDMILA SHUNKINA curates and produces different art projects in the Murmansk region. Currently she is the curator of art program of International cultural festival Barents Bird (10-19 April) based in Murmansk region. The idea for the project is rooted in the Nordic culture.

Ludmila is interested in developing culture in the region and creating the ties between the artists from the Nordic courtiers and the Russian artists.

ILIA KUZUBOV is organizer and producer of the art-festival Taibola. The festival is a cultural-ecological volunteer open-air festival, held in the middle of July on the White Sea shore. It includes the art-object contest, different master classes, original and ethnic music concerts, and folk crafts fair.

The festival is currently looking for partners in Europe and Barents region countries such as organizers and producers of different festivals and musical bands.

More information:
http://vk.com/evil3k
https://www.facebook.com/evil33k

EGOR LUCHSHEV is one of the founders of the gallery Exit and the art space project Vorota, in Kaliningrad. Vorota is a gallery, café and place for different cultural activities.  The philosophy of the place is to connect and support artists. The place is open for any idea. 80% of the content comes from the outside.

Egor’s main goal is to bring more artists from Europe and to show the latest contemporary art.

More information:
https://www.facebook.com/artvorota
www.artvorota.ru
https://www.facebook.com/exitplace?fref=ts

VIKA RYSKINA currently works as art project manager for the Iris New Holland, on the New Holland Island in Saint Petersburg.

The initiative focuses on transformation of a man-made island in the center of St. Petersburg into international creative platform. Iris New Holland was developed since 2011 and supports projects for children, eco initiatives and to contemporary art projects in Russia.

Vika is interested in international cooperation with a focus on the Nordic region.

All curators and art operators interested in cooperation within the frame of the project are welcome to contact Iwona Preis at Intercult at iwona.preis@intercult.se

Read more about Creative Force and Young curators & Αrt operators network here: http://www.intercult.se/projects/young-curators-art-operators-network/

More pictures from the meeting:

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Introduction of the new Eastern Partnership Culture Programme[eng]Introduction of the new Eastern Partnership Culture Programme[/eng]

Kulturprogrammet för Östra Partnerskapet har för den kommande programperioden tagits över av British Council tillsammans med Goethe Institute med partners från Polen och Moldavien!

Mer info: http://www.euroeastculture.eu/en/news/view-information-note-to-partners-introduction-of-the-new-eastern-partnership-culture-programme.html[eng]

A new EU-funded Eastern Partnership Culture Programme is being implemented by the British Council in association with Goethe-Institut, National Centre for Culture in Poland and Soros Foundation Moldova. The programme, with focal points in each of the countries, will run for three years in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The Eastern Partnership Culture Programme will focus on creative and culture industries, cultural policy development, fostering cross sectorial collaboration in culture and involving Eastern Partnership countries in increased international culture cooperation.

The programme leaders are Terry Sandell, Capacity Development Specialist, Tim Williams, Creative and Cultural Sectors Specialist and Anastasiya Nurzhynska, Information and Communication Specialist. The team will work with country coordinators and be supported by short-term national and international experts.

During the Inception Phase February-April 2015 the team will develop the approach to programme implementation, key activities, mapping, capacity building, a strategy for alliances, communication and visibility issues.

The Programme runs from February 2015 to January 2018.

More info: http://www.euroeastculture.eu/en/news/view-information-note-to-partners-introduction-of-the-new-eastern-partnership-culture-programme.html[/eng]

Seminarium på Svenska Institutet, läs mer och se bilderna[eng]Seminar at The Swedish Institute 18 May 2015, read more and see pictures [/eng]

Den 15-21 maj har 8 unga kuratorer från Sankt Petersburg, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk och Kaliningrad varit i Stockholm på ett veckolångt studiebesök.

Den 18 maj arrangerade vi en sammankomst med våra gäster och bjöd in svenska kuratorer och andra personer som arbetar med konst (art operators) till Svenska institutet.

[eng]On 18th of May, Intercult together with The Swedish Institute, arranged a seminar for the group of eight curators and artist from North West Russia. They discussed latest art initiatives and collaboration possibilities for the Nordic Region and Russia. The visit to Stockholm is a first part of the international project funded by Swedish Institute program Creative Force. The project is organized together with the Creative Association of Curators TOK from Sankt Petersburg.

There is lack of a curatorial network between Russia and the Nordic counties. We hope that Creative Force can be a future network for young and emerging curators from the region, which will in the beginning be between Sweden and Russia, and later will develop into a large cooperation between the Nordic region and Russia, said Iwona Preis, project manager at Intercult.

The initiative aims to increase cross-cultural knowledge about each other’s projects and methods the regional curators work with. The first stage of the project is a research and educational trip of young curators and artists from NW Russia to Sweden to meet their colleagues and local agents. In the next stage, the Swedish curator group will participate in the study visit to Russia. All the participants are during 2016 offered short residencies in Russia and Sweden hosted by participant organizations.

Creative Force promotes human rights, freedom of expression and democracy. The task of this project is to cerate cooperation between Swedish organizations and international organizations. Projects should use culture, creativity and media, concluded Judith Black from The Swedish Institute.

Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits, the funders of the Creative Association of Curators TOK participated in the meeting in Stockholm. The guests presented TOK’s local and international projects, as well as talked about the current situation of the contemporary art scene in Russia.

TOK’s main mission is to integrate contemporary art practice into the public sphere in Russia. We chose to work with state financed institutions in Russia, as well as diverse galleries and art centers, as it opens for the dialogue and gives us the possibility to communicate with different actors, on many different levels, said Anna Bitkina from TOK.

During the seminar five curators from Russia presented their latest initiatives and discussed the possibilities for the future collaboration with the Swedish partners. Last but not least, project manager Pontus Raud, presented artist driven air fair Supermarket Art Fair.

Young curators and artists from NW Russia:

YULIA MEDVEDEVA
lives and works in Arkhangelsk. For 5 years she has been the Director of the Exhibition Gallery of the Union of Artists of Arkhangelsk.

Yulia is interested in developing of contemporary art in Arkhangelsk in general and museum projects connected with new technologies of interaction with people in particular.

She wants to develop collaboration between the local artists and the artist from the Nordic Region.

For June 2016 Yulia plans the exhibition project “Showcase“, which will include rebuilding the facade of the Exhibition Gallery of the Union of Artists and the surrounding area. The project is a platform intended for the international residents and guests of Arkhangelsk.

LIUDMILA SHUNKINA curates and produces different art projects in the Murmansk region. Currently she is the curator of art program of International cultural festival Barents Bird (10-19 April) based in Murmansk region. The idea for the project is rooted in the Nordic culture.

Ludmila is interested in developing culture in the region and creating the ties between the artists from the Nordic courtiers and the Russian artists.

ILIA KUZUBOV is organizer and producer of the art-festival Taibola. The festival is a cultural-ecological volunteer open-air festival, held in the middle of July on the White Sea shore. It includes the art-object contest, different master classes, original and ethnic music concerts, and folk crafts fair.

The festival is currently looking for partners in Europe and Barents region countries such as organizers and producers of different festivals and musical bands.

More information:
http://vk.com/evil3k
https://www.facebook.com/evil33k

EGOR LUCHSHEV is one of the founders of the gallery Exit and the art space project Vorota, in Kaliningrad. Vorota is a gallery, café and place for different cultural activities.  The philosophy of the place is to connect and support artists. The place is open for any idea. 80% of the content comes from the outside.

Egor’s main goal is to bring more artists from Europe and to show the latest contemporary art.

More information:
https://www.facebook.com/artvorota
www.artvorota.ru
https://www.facebook.com/exitplace?fref=ts

VIKA RYSKINA currently works as art project manager for the Iris New Holland, on the New Holland Island in Saint Petersburg.

The initiative focuses on transformation of a man-made island in the center of St. Petersburg into international creative platform. Iris New Holland was developed since 2011 and supports projects for children, eco initiatives and to contemporary art projects in Russia.

Vika is interested in international cooperation with a focus on the Nordic region.

All curators and art operators interested in cooperation within the frame of the project are welcome to contact Iwona Preis at Intercult at iwona.preis@intercult.se

More pictures from the meeting:

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Last call for BZZZ 2015 – International Sound Art Festival

July 3 – 5 2015
Harp Art Lab Sweden

Harp Art Lab seeks submissions from artists working with sound to create installations or performances on the theme of: “Reuse, Remix, Reclaim”. The theme is open to each artist’s interpretation. From the applications, eight artists will be selected to participate in the festival.

LAST CALL FOR SUBMISSION: 27 May 2015

Harp Art Lab is a laboratory for sound- and climate art situated in Harplinge Windmill on the Swedish west coast. The Lab is a unique platform for developing, innovative, interdisciplinary ideas and we work with artists and communities of interest to create performances and installations. In 2012 the lab initiated the wind driven, site specific sound installation Millophonia. 2014 we continued our work about sustainability and climate change in BZZZ! International Sound Art Festival – a project about the life and death of honey bees. This year we invite artists to reuse, remix and reclaim the Lab and the windmill. Welcome to BZZZ 2015!

More info: http://www.harpartlab.se/

Sök FEAD-fonden: utlysning för större och mindre organisationer

Tipsar er om FEAD dvs Fonden för dem som har det sämst ställt. Utlysningar för projektansökningar är nu öppen för större och mindre organisationer och allt sköts av ESF-rådet.

Eftersom det skrivs mycket om fattiga Romer lokalt runt om i Sverige och många undrar vad EU gör åt saken så kan det vara bra att information om denna finansieringsmöjlighet sprids. Detta är nämligen projektpengar som lämpar sig utmärkt för projekt som hjälper utsatta Romer (men såklart även andra).

Läs mer på ESF-rådets hemsida här: http://www.esf.se/sv/Vara-fonder/FEAD/

Den svenska rådgivaren propagerar för smalare EU med inriktning mot inre marknad!

Premiärminister David Cameron har rekryterat en svensk inför den stundande omförhandlingen av Storbritanniens EU-medlemskap.

Mats Persson, chef för tankesmedjan Open Europe som propagerar för ett smalare EU med inriktning på den inre marknaden, rekryteras som rådgivare för att hjälpa den brittiska regeringen i förhandlingarna om landets EU-medlemskap.

Läs mer: http://m.europaportalen.se/2015/05/svensk-blir-camerons-eu-radgivare#sthash.bPSOyEgS.1PX0lEoF.dpuf

Projektet CORNERS Haninge avslutat!

TACK Haninge! Under två spännande veckor i maj har 30 konstnärer från Europas alla hörn och kanter samarbetat i Haninge med konst- och kulturprojektet CORNERS Haninge. Projektet genomfördes under namnet CORNERS Haninge vänder ut och in på Stockholm.

Tillsammans med Haningebor har projekten genomförts på olika platser i Handen och Brandbergen och utgått från den specifika platsen, sett med både nya och gamla ögon.

CORNERS är en plattform och ett samarbete mellan konstnärer och kulturinstitutioner i Europa och Haninge är först ut i dess treåriga Europaturné.

Se bilder från projektet nedan

Ny bok om EU:s historia och relation till Europas koloniala historia

Stefan Jonsson och Peo Hansen sätter ljuset på en fundamental, men sedan länge förträngd drivkraft i bildandet av Kol- och stålunionen och EEC:kolonialismen. Men det är ingen anekdotisk eller essäistisk historieskrivning de sysslar med, utan ett massivt grävande i de avgörande dokument och ställningstaganden som lödde ihop de franska och belgiska kolonierna i Afrika med planen att integrera Europa.

Adenauers Tyskland såg en chans att få in en fot i områden där landet mist alla kolonier och Frankrike ansåg sig inte på egen hand kunna stå för alla investeringar som behövdes för att väcka liv i kontinenten. Tanken var att Europa hade en ”civiliserande mission” på ”den mörka kontinenten”.

Konsekvenserna av denna forskning är – oerhörda. Författarna bryter sönder EU:s officiella självbild och driver in ett glödande spett i mängder av naiv EU-forskning och EU-panegyrik. Bildandet av EEC/EU innebar inte slutet på kolonialismen – utan en fortsättning av den med andra medel. De självständiga stater som bildades i Afrika fastnade redan från början, genom att associeras till EEC:s forna kolonialmakter, i ett nykolonialt beroende som försvårade utvecklingen.

Analysen har dessutom bäring på dagens EU, där de dödliga flyktingdramerna på Medelhavet vittnar om Europas kluvna syn på Afrika: Kontinenten är värdefull, men inte dess invånare. Under Ukrainakonflikten blev det uppenbart att det nästan är tabu att förstå dagens EU i termer av en stormakt med en global, geopolitisk agenda: EU vill ju bara fred och handel. EU har ingen maktsfär, ingen intressesfär och är inte alls som andra stormakter.

Läs hela artikeln: http://www.aftonbladet.se/kultur/bokrecensioner/article20786999.ab