A roundtable discussion with Isabel Capeloa Gil and Filipa Oliveira on Conviviality and the Institutional, a publication based on a conference of the same name held as part of a European cooperation project coordinated by the Universidade Católica and co-financed by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme 4Cs – From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture. Last February, Kader Attia and Jean-Jacques Lebel presented “L’Un et l’Autre [One and the Other]” at Palais de Tokyo. Jean-Jacques Lebel (b. 1936, France) is an artist, curator, writer, activist, event organiser, and was the author of the first European happening; Kader Attia (b. 1970, France) grew up between Paris and Algeria, and his interdisciplinary approach to research explores issues such as traditions, colonialism and collective memory. From September to October 2018, an Egyptian artist Amira Hanafi will be residing at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) in Lithuania as part of the residency exchange between NAC and MASS Alexandria. During the two months in Nida, Amira will produce new work on the topics related to conflict, rootless communities, migration, displacement, ways of making strange territories your own, conviviality, identity and related experiences. The work of Aimée Zito Lema (Amsterdam, 1982) addresses the dynamics between individual and collective memory, with a particular focus on the recording and intergenerational transmission of events, both through material history and through the human body as a mnemonic repository. Placing aesthetic and social practices side by side, her work inhabits a world of critical interaction between the material and the human.Michael Rakowitz’s sculpture is part of an enormously ambitious, painstaking, ongoing project titled "The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist". The workshop “Cultivating Conviviality” aims to show the importance of understanding and integrating the social, political and cultural issues of the present and past migrations in solving conflict situations by applying design methodologies. More specifically, the objective of the workshop is that of co-creating new tools of conviviality that will allow society as a whole, to improve “togetherness” by highlighting specific knowhows of migrants, or “expert newcomers” as we decided to name them. These tools are the results of different problematics that link each specific context and territory, to food and culture.The residency is part of a new collaboration between MASS Alexandria and the VAA Nida Art Colony, made possible by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Founding Director of MASS Alexandria Wael Shawky.For the UK residency, the Royal College of Art has partnered with Delfina Foundation to provide an opportunity for an artist who is interested in working with people in the context of cultural intolerance and those who feel marginalised in London. The aim is to facilitate a close interaction with communities and audiences who are not usually engaged with the existing cultural offer and do not have a voice in it. Students and professionals are invited to participate in the workshop "The Baltic Sea: A Liquid Memorial"WHOSE LAND HAVE I LIT ON NOW? Contemplations on the Notions of Hostipitality unfolds through an exhibition, performances, lectures, film screenings and other time-based experiences to deliberate on concepts of hospitality and the triggers of hostility in hospitality.On the occasion of the exhibition "Susan Meiselas. Mediations", the Fundació Antoni Tàpies has invited the Syrian artist of Kurdish origin, Guevara Namer, to become an artist-in-residence. Guevara Namer is a photographer and documentary filmmaker. The purpose of the residence is to invite an artist in the specific context of Barcelona and the Fundació to establish a dialogue between her artistic practice and that of the current exhibition.With Eric Baudelaire, Chto Delat and the Otolith Group, curated by Azar Mahmoudian
At Tensta Konsthall 29 May-14 June 2018NAC is collaborating with Dr. Vasilijus Safronovas – a researcher from the Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology of Klaipėda University – to do a survey (historical data, visual material) on emigration and immigration to the peninsula after WW II.This Mediation Lab, divided into three activities, has been designed to connect the figure of Francesc Tosquelles and the world of mental health with the world of art. With the Mediation Lab we have introduced one of the pioneers of critical psychiatry in post-war Europe. Institutional Psychotherapy is recovered here through the figure of Francesc Tosquelles: a discourse and practice that address not mental illnesses, but vital, social and ethical problems. Institutional Psychotherapy foresaw the dysfunctions that would eventually afflict people in contemporary societies and the dysfunction of the institutions.During her month-long residency at Rua das Gaivotas 6, Aimée Zito Lema (n. 1982, NL) has developed research on memory and the intergenerational transmission of events through material history and the human body. New Eelam, by Christopher Kulendran Thomas (London) in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann (Berlin), is a long-term artwork in the form of a start-up—a real-estate technology company founded by the artist to develop a flexible, global housing subscription that aims to make homes as streamable as music or movies. Based on collective co-ownership rather than private property, it aims to rewire property relations through the luxury of communalism rather than of individual ownership.Conviviality and the Institutional is a two-day conference in the frame of 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture, a cooperation project supported by the European Commission in the frame of Creative Europe - Culture Sub-programme. Coordinated by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 4Cs aims to explore how art and culture can constitute powerful resources to address the subject of conflict. As part of the mediation lab Tensta konsthall is elaborating further on the tailor made strategies of art mediation that is at the very core of The Silent University: Language Cafe. Friday and Sunday afternoon a group led by Fahyma Alnablsi is meet. The Language Café welcomes those who wish to learn the basics of the Swedish and Arabic language, meet new friends and share experiences and ideas.As part of the EU project 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture, Tensta konsthall starts a residency in Tensta. A two-bedroom guest apartment becomes the foundation for the artists, curators, writers and others participating in the residency program that contain both longer and shorter stays. The goal of the workshop was to approach several aspects of the Sea Conflict.The idea was to reflect about sea areas problematics with the people involved into the conflict and with the people who live directly this situation (neighbours, dockers, street illegal vendors, the collective of the old fisherman, artisans, etc).