We will need to go beyond traditional notions of cultural participations that simply promote participation as an objective in itself. (…) It will be not enough to simply empower everybody to say whatever they want to say. This is why the coming years will be very much about translating the power of civil action, something that people experience very strongly when they express themselves in an artistic way, into real politics that can produce tangible change.
In the absence of culture there can be no political community. A conversation with Ivan Kristaev
Santarcangelo dei Teatri is leading partner of BE PART – Art BEyond PARTicipation, a 4-year audience and organisational programme in the field of participatory art practices implemented by 10 EU and non-EU partners, supported by Creative Europe. The project involves Artsadmin and Scottish Sculpture Workshop in the UK, Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Belgium, Kiasma in Finland, Homo Novus Festival in Latvia, Festival de Marseille – France, City of Women in Slovenia, L’art Rue in Tunisia, A Sense of Cork Mid-summer Arts Festival in Ireland.
Together the 10 partners will carry out a practical and critical exploration of new collaborative art-making. It goes beyond defining multiple communities as “participants”, proposing them instead as co-creators of the artistic processes together with artists, producers, curators, theoreticians, communities and public. The project aims to develop and spread a real artistic co-authorship and a real possibility of co-creating works of art through artistic residences, productions, meetings, workshops, scientific research and publications, with the ultimate goal of generating a real change, both in the artistic sector and in civil society, stimulating openness and inclusion, in an uncertain and divisive political, social and environmental context.