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Performance “Island Europe”

From an artistic perspective, the entirety of “The City Ghettos of Today” had drawn inspiration from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and has paid particular attention to the relationship between Prospero and Caliban through its various stages: first meeting, education, colonization, slavery, revolt. In this final stage of exploration, the performance”Europe Island” imagined Caliban’s departure from the Island and his attempt to integrate into Prospero’s city. In this imagining of “The Tempest”, an old Prospero feared the former slave and subsequently attempts to isolate himself within his city, to defended his own culture and to reject Caliban.
Many of the actors who had previously participated in workshops in one of the project’s seven participating European cities again joined the “City Ghettos of Today’s” international artistic team on this final collective exploration. Together they reflected on the project’s evolution and raise new questions related to the project’s overarching themes: what forces could turn Europe into an “island”? Through which mechanisms might this kind of isolation be realised? How can we understand the notion of “borders” in the context of contemporary Europe? What “rites of passage” do non-Europeans undergo in order to find a place in European societies?

Pietro Floridia, artistic director of the project, director

Installation created by workshop participants and the international artistic team: Alicja Borkowska (theatre), Linda Fahssis (theatre), Tomasz Gromadka (text), Sebastian Klim (lilghting), Piotr Mikuć (video), Luana Pavani (scenography), Marek Płuciennik (video), Alejandro Olarte (sound and music).

 

Creative workshops – preparing “ISLAND EUROPE”

In creative workshop led by artists from Italy, France and Finland  took part participants involving in the process of creating from different cities, as well as by Warsaw-based members of Strefa WolnoSlowa. The workshop focused on transforming video and audio materials gathered from all cities taking part in the project for used in the “Europe Island” performance and installation. It also included theatre, video and sound activities based upon characters and plot elements from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. The workshop culminated in a performance entitled Europe Island which was presented on 24 January at The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw.

This workshop  led by Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bolonia), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warszawa), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warszawa), Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paryż), Alejandro Olarte (freelance artist, Helsinki) and Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki)

Interactive installation “Island Europe”

Through the year, researchers and artists focused on topics connected with refugees and migrants, the life within city ghettos and seeing European cities through the eyes of foreign minorities. Participants and public guests of Warsaw’s culminating installation had a unique opportunity to see and get to know the trajectories of individuals who had came to Europe from various corners of the world through a variety of theatrical and audiovisual lenses, ranging from recorded songs and interviews to videos, multimedia installations and performances, all of which constituted creative landmarks on the artistic map of “The City Ghettos of Today”.

Read more about project in Bologna

During the second week, participants and organisers used the key words emerged in such categories as stimulations for art workshops involving nearly 100 participants and embraced practices of writing, video, theater, illustration, and music. The final performance, which involved around fifty participants-actors from fourteen different countries, was titled “The Island is Full of Noises”, which is a verse from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. Viewed through this Shakespearean lens, the “camp” signaled a form of isolation whilst simultaneously emphasizing a richness of possible voices and interpretive keys. The performance took place in the prestigious setting of the Cortile del Pozzo (Courtyard of the Well), the courtyard of the town hall of Bologna. On directorial level, it was divided into two distinct phases: an itinerant time where the public could “explore the island”, which included many small scenes based upon interviews that were written by the playwright Tomasz Gromadka; and a second more central time which, focusing on the clash between Prospero and Caliban, proposed choral and choreographic scenes that used music composed during the project’s music workshops by the composer Alejandro Olarte.

More about conclusive event in Paris

Over the course of this three-day event, both foreign guests and Paris-based members of the public had the opportunity to took part in an open discussion at the Immigration History Museum in Paris about the project artistic and research outcomes. Public equally was invited to see the audiovisual materials connected with migrants and refugees issues emanating from the creative workshops in cities across Europe. Using artistic activities as a focal point project addressed the multiform ways in which migration has shaped Europe over the years as well as the different ways in which EU citizens have reacted to the presence of newcomers from Asia, Africa, Middle East and East. In this vein. The City Ghettos of Today used the language of art and of the theatre to explore different facets of immigration in Europe, ranging from personal testimonies to legal and administrative issues.

Inspired by testimonies culled from cities across Europe over the course of 2014, “Island Europe” showcased personal histories, songs and short videos of migrants from Congo, Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Vietnam, Palestine. This showcase will take the form of a presentation and an open discussion that held at Immigration History Museum on 11 February 2015.

1. Open discussion and presentation of the The City Ghettos of Today project outcomes
When:
11 Febbruary, 2.30 p.m.
Where: Museum of Immigration History, 293 avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris – métro Porte Dorée
The Museum of Immigration History together with the French Theatre Company Check Points and the International team of The City Ghettos of Today’s project welcomed for the open-discussion visitors and all those who had taken part in the artistic process during the first project residence in Paris in March 2014: workshop participants from University Pais 8, young migrants from the French language association Atouts Cours, habitants of the Nanterre neighborhood Quartier du Parc, participants of the workshops of the Cie Check Points and the French Cultural center CENTQUATRE as well as all the French partners who had participated in the development of the project in Paris: Nanterre town council team, workers of the Social Center of Nanterre Parc’En Ciel and the Association Bel Agir, The Salle Saint Bruno in the Goutte d’Or.

Events in Milan

Through a combination of artistic exploration and collaborative research, “Caliban’s Cave” seeked to situate the very notion of “ghetto” within a double perspective:
- “Ghetto” as designating modern-day Milan and its surrounding suburbs. in interviews and artistic experiments undertaken by the hanks to the interviews and artistic elaborations made by the Teatro degli Incontri team in the viale Sarca and via Gola neighbourhoods,
- Milanese “ghettos” in historical perspective. This axis of reflection aims to unearth the specific historical and symbolic role that the ex-psychiatric hospital Paolo Pini has played both in reinforcing and in overturning dominant conceptions of marginality in Milan. In particular, this conceptual axis identifies the practical evolution of the Paolo Pini hospital from a place of restraint and isolation into one of sociocultural integration and creative expression.
All research activities and artistic workshops opened to both Italian nationals and non-national participants. Working together, participants took  part in the theatre workshops, developing the installation, elaborating performance texts, composing and recording music, and constructing the installation scenography.

More information about project in Milan

The City Ghettos of Today entailed a series of workshops opened to local communities in different European cities – Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Berlin and Antwerp. Run by artists and cultural actors, each workshop installment concluded with an art installation and public debate on the project’s themes in each of the cities listed above. This European collaboration  concluded in Warsaw in January 2015 with a large-scale installation-performance and debate that will brought together materials culled from each of the participating city workshops. The project united artists, cultural actors, academics and social workers in order to explored the broad themes of “ghetto” and “districts of migration” in participating European cities. The City Ghettos of Today reflected the interdisciplinary dimension of the Strefa WolnoSlowa foundation, which crosses academic and theoretical methodologies with practices of artistic and cultural creation. Through artistic reflection and intellectual research, this collaborative project seeked to unravel the complex and problematical theme of “migrant ghettos” in contemporary Europe, paying particular attention to various definitions and visions of ghettos within the contexts of Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Helsinki, Milan, Berlin and Antwerp.

Project in Warsaw in 2014

“Miranda gazes upon the sea” situated “The City Chettos of Today” in a Polish environment, using artistic exploration as a means of exploring the multiple meanings that the term “ghetto” evokes in the context of contemporary Warsaw. Over the course of the event, participants and members of the public had the opportunity to took part in the numerous theatre, music, sound design and video workshops that make up the programme. Led by members of the project team in collaboration with the State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw as well as with the Refugee Centre in the Targowek district, this dimension of the project placed the voices of refugees and migrants at the heart of this process of artistic discovery. By conducting interviews and artistic workshops in groups, “Miranda gazes upon the sea” created a space in which to reflect upon the presence of immigrant minorities in Warsaw: do these immigrant populations form inaccessible enclaves? Or, on the contrary, do they form relationships with Polish nationals easily? This project also considered how Polish populations see foreigners and examined their reactions to the presence of migrant communities in Warsaw. As such, events taking place during the first stage of this residency equally provide d a space in which both Ukranian and Vietnamese, immigrants, minorities and refugee populations living in Warsaw was able to add their voices to this debate, namely, through participatory artistic workshops.

Additionally, artists from the artistic team of the project met a journalist and activist, Jan Gebert. The meeting enriched the project research by addressing topics concerning the Jewish community living in modern and pre-war Warsaw.

Combining theatre, visual arts and music, the workshop’s crowning moment were an interactive installation entitled “Miranda gazes upon the sea,” which took place on 17 May at the State Ethnographical Museum as part of The Night of Museums.

The Warsaw-based part of the project is organised in cooperation with The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw, the Sociology Institute of the Warsaw University, Foundation for Development “Beyond Borders”, Foundation ‘Ocalenie’, Heinrich Boll Foundation and is co-funded by the European Commissione, the Europe for Citizens programme and by the Evens Foundation.

Antwerp info

These areas like ‘2060’ in Antwerp already have a very diverse population of different nationalities living there for some years or for generations. The newcomers seem to find their way to these areas relatively easy. Here there is a specific dynamic and solidarity among the newcomers and between the newcomers and the people of the neighbourhood. Not only newcomers and immigrants are populating these areas, also young Belgians start a family here because of the cheaper house prices and the attraction of living in diversity. The city government has been investing in these areas. By building a new library, a park and investing in housing the city has tried to improve the quality of live in these areas. Cultural organisations are also drawn to these areas because of the dynamics. By locating their cultural houses and starting up projects, cultural organisation hope to learn from these different nationalities and enhance cultural live in these areas.
We will use the stories and experiences of these arrival areas to examine the concept of ghettos. Are these areas the ghettos of today or are they something completely different?

Spotlight on the Installation Performance “Uninhabited Island”

Both the installation and the performance had been created by the City Ghettos of Today’s workshop participants which, in turn,  led by the international artistic team:

Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) direction and dramaturgy
Gabriele Silva (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) scenography
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw) direction
Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris) actors training and dramaturgy
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw) playwright
Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki) video artist
Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology) music and sound design
Daniel Brunet (English Theatre Berlin | IPAC)
Elena Basteri, Christian, Willhelm and Johannes Kup (OnElf Theatre and Performance Collective)
Mehmet Ballikaya (Tanz der Kulturen)

The results of this collective undertaking was presented on Thursday, November 13 at 8:00 pm at English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center.

Debate: “Gentrification? It’ s the Art, Stupid!”

Moderated by sociologist Baris Ulker of Technical University Berlin, Center for Metropolitan Studies, artists, activists and academics  discussed Berlin, gentrification, social and urban change as well as the role of the artist as both catalyst of gentrification and as producer of alternative spaces and counter narratives of the urban and social environment.

Participants: Baris Ülker (Technische Universität Berlin, Center for Metropolitan Studies), Elena Basteri (OnElf Theater and Performance Collective Berlin), Piotr  Bystrianin ( Foundation “Ocalenie”, Warsaw), Daniel Brunet (English Theatre Berlin | IPAC), copy & waste (Artist Collective), Michelle Teran (visual artist), Lucile Gemaehling (European Alternatives), Helga Dressel (Haus der 28 Türen).

Artistic Workshops: Creating “Uninhabited Island”

Beginning on November 4, the international artistic team of “The City Ghettos of Today” from Poland, Italy, Finland and France together with the local partners English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts and OnElf Theater and Performance Collective invited an heterogeneous group of participants based in Berlin, old and new Berliners, from Germany and from beyond, to work and reflect on the changing living and social conditions in the city. Starting from the stories and biography of the participants as a representative “sample” of contemporary Berliners and in a provocative relation with one another, a collective, controversial and complex portrait of the city  created and strategies and desires for a common future had been rehearsed.

Workshops will be led an artistic project team consisting of: Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Gabriele Silva (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Daniel Brunet (English Theatre Berlin | IPAC), Elena Basteri, Christian Willhelm and Johannes Kup (OnElf Theatre and Performance Collective), Mehmet Ballikaya (Tanz der Kulturen), Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology)

 

Performance and installation “Caliban’s cave”

Similar to a journey, spectators had been encouraged to explore the real and literary islands to which the “savage” Caliban has been confined in an attempt to investigate those factors that contribute to the production of stigma and “otherness”.

 

Both the installation and the performance were created by the City Ghettos of Today’s workshop participants which, in turn,  led by the international artistic team:
Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) direction and dramaturgy
Silvia Baldini (Teatro degli Incontri) direction and dramaturgy
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), direction
Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), actors training and dramaturgy
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), playwright
Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), video artist
Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology), music and sound design

 

Artistic workshops “Creating Caliban’s Cave”

A group of the international artists coordinated by Pietro Floridia were leading workshop participants in the creation of texts, dramatic scenes, choreography, videos and sounds based on the Shakespearean text that is arguably the most appropriate a collective reflection on encounters and conflicts between different cultures: “The Tempest”. Once king of the island before the arrival of Prospero and Miranda reduced his status to that of a slave, Caliban served as the focal point for these collective workshops. In this optic, Caliban’s cave was both a ghetto to which the marginalised were banished and an inclusive “outsider” space that could filled – as can the island – with whispers, sweet noises and harmonies that only a “monster” such as Caliban can discern.

Workshops led by the artistic team of the project:
Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) direction and dramaturgy.
Silvia Baldini (Teatro degli Incontri) direction and dramaturgy.
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), direction
Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), actors training and dramaturgy
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), playwright
Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), video artist
Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology), music and sound design

 

Seminar of the City Ghettos of Today in Helsinki 16.9.2014: Global Pasts, Local presents

16.9. at 2-6 pm

Lavaklubi, National Theatre

Läntinen teatterikuja 1, Helsinki

The audience is welcome to continue the discussions
at the Kurdish restaurant Mesopotamia, Cultural Centre Caisa at 6-8 pm

 

Inscriptions by 10.9.2014 at

https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/B8790263BAD23CF1.par

Seminar invitation in pdf format:

Global Pasts, Local Presents, Seminar of the City Ghettos of Today 16.9.2014

The City Ghettos of Today is an interdisciplinary artist-run project that takes place in seven European cities. It examines the multiform cultural realities that constitute the urban landscapes in Europe today. What are the dynamics of migrant communities in Europe today and how do they connect to the collective memory of Europe´s past? During the project artistic workshops, installations and performances are created in collaboration with local communities, artists and researchers.

The seminar will present case studies of The City Ghettos of Today  project in the different European cities involved in the project: Paris, Warsaw, Bologna, Helsinki, Milan and Berlin. Researchers and artists from these cities will describe their local approach to addressing the concept of ghettos, the communities and partners with whom they have worked and the preparatory work in view of the project’s installation in their city. Cities that have already realized their installation will illustrate with video samples how the preparatory process contributed to the installations and performances.

Stuba Nikula, Cultural Director of Helsinki, will give special greetings on behalf of the Helsinki city.

After the seminar the participants can continue by a dinner table at the Kurdish restaurant Mesopotamia, Cultural Centre Caisa at 18:30-19. The dinner (9 €) includes a musical poetry presentation from multilingual Helsinki with Sivuvalo poets and cellist Sergio Castrillón.

 

With the participation of:

o   Pietro Floridia, artistic director of the project, Bologna

o   Alicja Borkowska, coordinator of the international project, Strefa Wolnoslowa, Warsaw

o   Aleksander Robotycki, cultural anthropologist, The State Ethnographical Museum, Warsaw

o   Rachel Shapiro,  independent researcher in performance studies, theatre and integration politics, Check Points, Paris

o   Elena Basteri, dance and performance curator, Onelf Company, Berlin

o   Maria Koskijoki, Museum Director, Cultural Anthropologist, Helsinki

o   Helena Oikarinen-Jabai, Researcher, art based research in postcolonial spaces, Helsinki

o   Tomasz Gromadka, script writer and journalist, Strefa Wolnoslowa, Warsaw

o   Linda Fahssis, theatre director, Cie Check Points, Paris

o   Greet Vissers, theatre director, KunstZ, Antwerpen

o   Project’s Helsinki-based  team;

Alejandro Olarte, Centre for Music and Technology, University of Arts; Marek Pluciennik, Ptarmigan ry; Eveliina Heinonen, audience development of the National Theatre;
Walter Fondo, Pacunet ry; Petra Hannus, Stoa; Minna Lepistö, Kansalaisfoorumi; Jan-Henrik Johansson, Wikivision; Roxana Crisólogo and Yousif Abu al Fawz, Sivuvalo poets;
Yesmith Sanchez, project communication, Helsinki; Luis Raposo Da Cruz, theatre director specialized in site-specific community theatre.

o   Comments on the project by Luis Raposo Da Cruz, theatre director specialized in community-based site-specific theatre, Portugal

The seminar will be conducted by Outi Korhonen, regional artist for cultural diversity. Main organisers are Arts Promotion Centre / Uusimaa and Citizen´s Forum.

 

 

The City Ghettos of Today in Bologna

The City Ghettos of Today entails a series of workshops open to local communities in different European cities – Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Berlin and Antwerp. Run by artists and cultural actors, each workshop installment will conclude with an art installation and public debate on the project’s themes in each of the cities listed above. This European collaboration will conclude in Warsaw in January 2015 with a large-scale installation-performance and debate that will bring together materials culled from each of the participating city workshops. The project unites artists, cultural actors, academics and social workers in order to explore the broad themes of “ghetto” and “districts of migration” in participating European cities. The City Ghettos of Today reflects the interdisciplinary dimension of the Strefa WolnoSlowa foundation, which crosses academic and theoretical methodologies with practices of artistic and cultural creation. Through artistic reflection and intellectual research, this collaborative project seeks to unravel the complex and problematical theme of “migrant ghettos” in contemporary Europe, paying particular attention to various definitions and visions of ghettos within the contexts of Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Berlin and Antwerp.

 

Final performance “The Island is Full of Noises”

“This Island is Full of Noises” says Caliban, from “The Tempest”. Starting from this line and the conflict between Prospero and Caliban for mastering the island, we will explore the island not merely as a place of exile, a narrow camp where coexistence becomes forced and builds up to oppression but as a safe place too, where one can have a chance to create a different organization of the world, more people oriented, where political action has less need of mediation and it becomes possible to sense the mark of our action. The outcome will be an itinerant performance, with a strong physical component and moments of interaction with the audience.

Artistic Director: Pietro Floridia

An installation and performance are created by the City Ghettos of Today’s workshop participants led by the international artistic team: Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) direction and drammaturgy, Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), direction, Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), actors training and the drammaturgical research, Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), drammaturgy, Sebastian Klim (Theater Institute, Warsaw), light design, Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), video art, video projection, Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology), music and sound design, Viviana Salvati (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), drammaturgy, Luana Pavani (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), scenography, Yulia Vorontsova (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), choreography.

 

 

Multimedia installation “The Island is Full of Noises”

The installation “The Island Full of Noises” consists of 14 black, three meters high, pipes containing videos, audio clips, sculptures and performances by actors and dancers. These contents originate from a research, led in a variety of European cities through interviews and workshops, aiming at the examination and deconstruction of the “ghetto” as a tool and its comparison with other forms of encampment for migrants and minorities. In Bologna the focus is the condition of the political refugees and the various forms of detention found on their path.

Multicultural artistic workshops: “Creating the Island is Full of Noises”

Every day, from 30 June until 5 July, from 6 to 8 p.m., the wonderful “Cortile del Pozzo” will transform into a forge of common artistic practices, a multimedia installation, an open market for story-trading, a big atelier where to contribute to theatre, dance, writing and video making workshop.

A team of international artists, led by Pietro Floridia, will take the participants into the creation of theatrical texts, scenes, choreographies, videos, starting from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, the most apt, amongst the Bard’s plays, to enable a reflection upon the encounter of different cultures.
The masterpiece will be connected to key words and concepts as ghetto, colonization, education, stigma. The results will be shown within the big performance “An island full of noises”, which will take place at the end of the workshop.

The participants will work at the comparison between the “Tempest’s” plots and characters and a score of testimonies, reflections and papers which investigate the working principles of tools as champ, stigma, isolation and violence of language. The creative output will be elaborated trough different languages creating scenes, texts, choreographies, video, that will merge into itinerant paths towards the final performance.

Workshops led by the artistic team of the project:
Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) direction and drammaturgy
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), direction
Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), actors training and the drammaturgical research
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), drammaturgy
Sebastian Klim (Theater Institute, Warsaw), light design
Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), video art, video projection
Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology), music and sound design
Viviana Salvati (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), drammaturgy
Luana Pavani (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), scenography
Yulia Vorontsova (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), choreography

In collaboration with Cantieri Meticci team.

“Within and across the border: a theatrical journey”

This one-day workshop explores the camp as government technology in the domain of migration control. Using theater as a method of conceptual deconstruction and reconstruction, it aims to stage and unravel the encampment of migrating subjects (through refugee camps, border archipelagos as well as various forms of detention) as a key strategy in the implementation of territorial sovereignty across country borders. The Bologna workshop will be led by a team of lecturers, artists and refugees involved in a crosscutting cultural project, which seeks to unravel the complex geography of “migrant spaces” in Europe’s modern metropolises. Furthermore it inaugurates a two-week theater and research project on the theme of contemporary migrant spaces of Bologna.
The workshop will be held in Italian, with English and French translation. It includes a teacher-led part and a second part which will require the creation of small groups among the participants in order to create theatrical games to facilitate the comprehension of the contents of the first part. Both parts will be conducted under the researchers and artists’ supervision.

Programme:
9.30-13.00: The Camp As Political Form – concepts and theatrical expression

speakers:
Timothy Raeymaekers (University of Zurich),
Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna)
with the participation of:
Riza Baris Ulker (Berlin),
Cecilia Deserti (Bologna)
Louise Ysolt Glassier (Milan),
Rachel Shapiro (Paris).

Follows the creative workshops leaded by Pietro Floridia with collaboration of Cantieri Meticci team.

14.30-18.00: Navigating The Borderscape

speakers:
Barbara Pinelli (University of Milano-Bicocca)
with the participation of:
Riza Baris Ulker (Berlin),
Cecilia Deserti (Bologna)
Louise Ysolt Glassier (Milan),
Rachel Shapiro (Paris).

Follows the creative workshops leaded by Pietro Floridia in collaboration with Cantieri Meticci team.

“What is your ID?”

“What is your ID?” is a workshop for youngsters and adults which focuses on European values, inspired by the film “I am Europe” by Jef and Margot Vingerhoedt, produced by the Evens Foundation. The film sets the mood with regards to how Europeans think and by which set of values they act. The workshop “What’s your ID?” takes these quotes and examples as a starting point and endeavours to dig deeper. Do we have a set of values in Europe which everyone shares? If so, do we all have the same interpretation of these values? Is the European Union a union based on values? The workshop does not hold the answers to the questions posed. It allows participants to reflect on European values based on concrete examples, situations and on their own experiences. The workshop is offered free of charge to all groups wanting to reflect on the theme of ‘European values’. The ultimate goal is for citizens across Europe to make use of the workshop “What’s your ID?”. The Evens Foundation and Ryckevelde vzw hold all copyrights.

Find out more on http://www.evensfoundation.be/en/programs/european-citizenship/whats-your-id

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Chains of dialogues: territory and vital space in Helsinki


The chain of dialogues
is an experimental method that we will use in Helsinki to explore the people´s relation with their territory, including ourselves. The dialogues are based on a horizontal encounter. The two participants first agree on the questions to treat. The themes are related to the individual territory and vital space.

 






Starting points in bus-stops




The dialogue takes place during a walk in the residential area of one of the two participants. The starting point is a bus-stop or metro station. The person who has been invited to a dialogue will ideally continue the chain inviting another person to participate. With every new participant the questions are redefined, new questions will replace some of the old ones. The appearing of new questions and disappearing of the old ones will be documented.

 





Languages as branches




Every participant of the dialogue will ideally do dialogues in each language that he or she can speak. Thus the dialogue chains will have new branches in different languages.

 





Documentation




The dialogues will be documented with an audio recording and photos that the people take. A text resume will be written of the dialogues if possible. The changes in the questions will be archived. If the participants want help for the documentation, they can ask for it from the team contacting the local coordinator.

 






To define their own questions the participants of a dialogue can start with these proposals:



Territory – space


  • What is your first memory related to this place (the place where you live)?

  • And the most detailed one?

  • An individual experience in this area that has made you feel you belong here?

  • And one that has made you feel you do not belong here?

  • Which are the limits of your territory?

  • Where in this area do you stand still? Why?

  • How is this place in comparison to the one in which you lived before?

  • What kind of traces have you left in this place? And how has this place -or someone in it-  influenced you?

  • Are there specific points or people who create the spirit of this place?

  • Which sounds form the soundspace of this place?

  • How do you see your future in this place? And the future of this place without you?

  • Positive processes?





Vital space (more abstract than the territory)



  • Are there limits that separate you from a world that you would like to form part of?

  • Is there a ghetto space in your life, voluntary or involuntary?

  • Which are the groups in which you belong to and the ones in which you definitely do not?

  • What do you want to change in your vital space?

  • Which processes of participation do you want to strengthen in your life?

  • Future?


If you are interested in participating you can contact Outi Korhonen, outi.korhonen@minedu.fi

“Miranda gazes upon the sea”

An installation created by the “City Ghettos of Today’s” Warsaw-based workshop participants leaded by the international artistic team: Alicja Borkowska (theatre), Linda Fahssis (theatre), Walter Fondo (theatre), Tomasz Gromadka (text), Sebastian Klim (lights), Piotr Mikuć (video), Ioanna Neofytou (stage design), Marek Płuciennik (video), Alejandro Olarte (sound and music).

 

 

Miranda was only a child when she debarked on the island with her father, Prospero. She remembers little of her life before then, knowing only that they arrived by sea. A solitary child, she spent her youth playing alone and watching the sea, day in and day out. Over time, as she grew into the island’s sole woman, she would come to know only two things: the island and the sea that separated her from the rest of the world. Then one day, out of this dark sea of the unknown, a Stranger arrived on the island. And it is upon this island that we rejoin Miranda on her journey. The island, our island, this circle of the familiar, surrounded by a deep and inscrutable sea; a sea that separates us from a world. And from this world, a Stranger arrives carrying with him all of the desires, the fears, and the ghosts that are wont to will themselves into existence during long days spent gazing upon the sea.

Pietro Floridia, Artistic Director of the project

This event is free. Number of space is limited, so please reserve a place at: w.chinowska@strefawolnoslowa.pl

Debate: “Eat, work, sleep: Do immigrants and refugees need art?”

Involving artists, cultural practitioners and researchers from around the world (Italy, Poland, Germany, France, Finland and Colombia), this debate was query whether art is an effective means of facilitating integration processes for foreigners residing in Europe. This examination adopted a trans-European perspective, with each participant addressing questions relating to immigrant, refugee and minority communities in function of the contextual realities of their own countries. Interdisciplinary in scope, this debate  invited participation from researchers in sociology and ethnography along with artists, cultural practitioners and workshop participants.

Participants: Elena Basteri (Onelf Theater Company, Berlin), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Cecilia Deserti (Cantieri Metticci, Bolonia), Linda Fahssis (theatrical activities), Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Walter Fondo (Pakunet, Helsinki), Louise Glassier (Milan), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Eveliina Heinonen (National Theatre, Helsinki), Joanna Krawczyk (Evens Foundation), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Aleksander Robotycki (The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw), Rachel Shapiro (Cie Check Points, Paris), Renata Włoch (Sociology Institute of Warsaw University).

 

Spotlight on the Installation

Members of the public that were interested in taking part in the project during the Night of the Museums were invited to participate in a special workshop several hours before the installation performances. This was a perfect occasion to enjoy a sneak peak of the performance, to have discussions with project artists and researchers and to learn more about their artistic working methods and the many migrant stories collected during the project in Warsaw.

Workshop led by: Elena Basteri (Onelf Theater Company, Berlin), Dagna Dąbrowiecka (Warsaw), Cecilia Deserti (Cantieri Metticci, Bolonia), Louise Glassier (Mediolan), Eveliina Heinonen (National Theatre, Helsinki), Aleksander Robotycki (The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw), Rachel Shapiro (Cie Check Points, Paryż), Renata Włoch (Sociology Institute of the Warsaw University).

This event is free. Number of space is limited, so please reserve a place at: w.chinowska@strefawolnoslowa.pl

1. Multicultural artistic workshops: Creating “Miranda Gazes upon the Sea”

From 9 April onward, Strefa WolnoSłowa invited Polish nationals and foreigners to took part in creative workshops at The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw. A Polish-based extension of the European “City Ghettos of Today” project, these interdisciplinary workshops combined the art of the interview and multiform artistic practices with discussions about the presence of immigrants in Warsaw.

Artists from Italy, France and Finland led the workshops programme together with the Strefa WolnoSłowa team. This phase in the project focused on “repurposing” gathered material through art, and used theatre, video and sound design to translate the histories, interviews and material derived from “The Tempest” that  emerged over the course of the introductory workshop sessions. During this phase of the project, artists were working with participants to create the final performance-installation through a combination of improvisational exercises, sound making activities, videographical exercises and creative writing.

Combining theatre, visual arts and music, the workshop’s crowning moment  were an interactive installation entitled “Miranda gazes upon the sea”, which took place on 17 May at the State Ethnographical Museum as part of The Night of Museums .

Workshops led by an artistic group of the project: Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), Walter Fondo (Pakunet, Helsinki), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Piotr Mikuć (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (independent artist, Helsinki)

 

STAGE DE PRATIQUES ARTISTIQUES

During the weekend of 15-16 March 2014, the international artistic team was proposed a series of intensive practical workshops in theatrical improvisation inspired by The Tempest of William Shakespeare and its characters as well as by the real stories of people and places of the city, and took shape in response to on-the-ground scenographic installation and real-time video and electro-acoustic musical creation. These pluridisciplinary workshops enable the public to took part in The City Ghettos of Today’s process of creation.

The workshops led by the artistic team of the project: Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Piotr Mikuć (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Weronika Chinowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw).

ATELIERS HORS LES MURS/ Nanterre

Entre le 10 et le 22 mars, au cours de son exploration des quartiers de la Goutte d’or à Paris et du Parc à Nanterre, l’équipe artistique internationale organise également des ateliers gratuits et ouverts à tous de pratique artistique pluridisciplinaire afin d’aller à la rencontre des habitants et de créer de nouveaux espaces d’échanges avec ces territoires. Ces ateliers sont l’occasion pour l’équipe artistique de récolter et de créer in situ avec tous ceux qui viendront vers elle de nouveaux matériaux pour l’installation-performance.

Les ateliers et le stage sont menés par l’équipe artistique du projet : Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis (Compagnie Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Fondation StrefaWolnoslowa, Warsaw, Piotr Mikuc (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Varsovie), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Weronika Chinowska (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Varsovie).

ATELIERS HORS LES MURS/ Goutte d’Or

Entre le 10 et le 22 mars, au cours de son exploration des quartiers de la Goutte d’or à Paris et du Parc à Nanterre, l’équipe artistique internationale organise également des ateliers gratuits et ouverts à tous de pratique artistique pluridisciplinaire afin d’aller à la rencontre des habitants et de créer de nouveaux espaces d’échanges avec ces territoires. Ces ateliers sont l’occasion pour l’équipe artistique de récolter et de créer in situ avec tous ceux qui viendront vers elle de nouveaux matériaux pour l’installation-performance.

Les ateliers et le stage sont menés par l’équipe artistique du projet : Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis (Compagnie Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Fondation StrefaWolnoslowa, Warsaw, Piotr Mikuc (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Varsovie), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Weronika Chinowska (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Varsovie).

“LES VOIX DE CALIBAN”

Souvent, le ghetto concerne surtout la sphère intérieure de l’individu. Souvent, c’est l’esprit qui en est prisonnier. Le ghetto doit être ouvert. La littérature peut-être un moyen de l’ouvrir. Essayer de lire les effets et les dynamiques du “ghetto” en utilisant le prisme de la tempête de Shakespeare et de ses réécritures, c’est notre façon de chercher possibilité, mouvement, liberté, là où au premier abord nous ne voyons que fermeture, contrainte et paralysie.

Nous explorerons des quartiers souvent isolés comme l’île de Prospero et à la voix souvent unique d’en haut – celle de Prospero – du savoir transformé en pouvoir.  Nous confronterons les multiples voix, les multiples visions des multiples Calibans, des multiples Ariels, des multiples Mirandas avec leurs stratégies d’expression dans les interstices du discours de Prospero.

Pietro Floridia – directeur artistique de l’installation – performance

 

A LA RECHERCHE DES VOIES DU GHETTO

Ce débat souhaite rassembler tous ceux qui s’interrogent sur la notion de “ghetto”, qu’ils soient artistes, travailleurs sociaux, opérateurs culturels, chercheurs, habitants, ou curieux du travail mené par les équipes du projet. Ce temps d’échange permettra de revenir sur la genèse du projet européen THE CITY GHETTOS OF TODAY, de se poser la question du rapport éthique de l’artiste, du chercheur et du travailleur social à la parole de celui avec qui il travaille, et de présenter l’organisation des prochaines résidences de création du projet.

 

Participants (sous réserve, dans l’ordre des interventions) : Alicja Borkowska (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Warsaw), Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna),Linda Fahssis, Rachel Shapiro et les participants de l’atelier de recherche No/s Ghettos (Compagnie Check Points, Paris), Aleksander Robotycki (National Ethnographic Museum, Warsaw), Maria Koskijoki (Ethnographic Museum, Helsinki), Louise Glassier (NAGA association, Milan), Elena Basteri (Alternative Européenne, Berlin), Mabrouck Rachedi, Laurence Février, Philippe Ripol (auteurs), Didier Lapeyronnie (Université Paris 7), Sabrina Mahi (Mairie de Nanterre), Marie Poinsot (Musée de l’Immigration, Paris), Outi Korhonen (Art promotion center, Helsinki).

IN SEARCH OF GHETTO INLETS

This debate unites all those who question the concept “ghetto”, whether artists, social workers, cultural practitioners, researchers, residents or individuals curious to discover more about the work that has been – and will be – undertaken by project team members.  A time to exchange ideas, this event will provide the public with an inside look into the genesis of The CITY GHETTOS OF TODAY.  It will similarly interrogate the complex ethical relationships that link artists, researchers and social workers to those populations with whom they work.  The event will draw to a close by presenting the different forms that the project will take as it makes its way across Europe in the coming months.

The following speakers will take part in the debate (pending confirmation) : Alicja Borkowska (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Warsaw), Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis, Rachel Shapiro and the participants of the theatre research workshop No/s Ghettos (Compagnie Check Points, Paris), Aleksander Robotycki (National Ethnographic Museum, Warsaw), Maria Koskijoki (Ethnographic Museum, Helsinki), Louise Glassier (NAGA association, Milan), Elena Basteri (Alternative Européenne, Berlin), Mabrouck Rachedi, Laurence Février, Philippe Ripol (auteurs), Didier Lapeyronnie (Université Paris 7), Sabrina Mahi (Mairie de Nanterre), Marie Poinsot (Musée de l’Immigration, Paris), Outi Korhonen (Art promotion center, Helsinki).

“CALIBAN’s VOICES”

Residency and workshops outing directed by Pietro Floridia

With the participation of the international artistic team : Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Piotr Mikuć (StrefaWolnoslowa Foundation, Warsaw), Weronika Chinowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw).

The ghetto, very often concerns primarily an individual’s interior sphere. Often it is a state of mind of being imprisoned in the ghetto. The ghetto should be open. Literature can be a way to open it. Trying to read the dynamics of the “ghetto” through the filtres given by Shakespear’s The Tempest and its re-interpretations  give us,  is our way to search  for the possibilities, movement (if not other than of the thought itself) and freedom where at the first glance we can see only locks, coercion and paralysis.

We are going to explore the districts, often isolated, as the island of Prospero. We are going to contradict Prospero’s dominant speech – by affirming that the throne of knowledge is transfigured through the power of many voices,  different voices of many Calibans, many Ariels, many Mirandas with their strategies of expression in the interstices of the Prosperos speech.

Performance director – Pietro Floridia

HORS LES MURS WORKSHOPS/ Nanterre

During their exploration of Paris’s Goutte d’Or neighbourhood and Nanterre’s Quartier du Parc, the international artistic team offered artistic workshops to the public in order to encounter local residents and created new spaces for exchange and reflection within these multifaceted territories. These workshops, organized in partnerscip with associations from the territory were similarly enable the artistic team to cull and to created new materials for the performance-installation in situ in collaboration with those individuals and groups who choose to took part in this process of artistic research.

The workshops were led by the artistic team of the project: Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Piotr Mikuć (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Weronika Chinowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw).

HORS LES MURS WORKSHOPS/ Goutte d’Or

During their exploration of Paris’s Goutte d’Or neighbourhood and Nanterre’s Quartier du Parc, the international artistic team will offer artistic workshops to the public in order to encounter local residents and create new spaces for exchange and reflection within these multifaceted territories. These workshops, organized in partnerscip with associations from the territory will similarly enable the artistic team to cull and to create new materials for the performance-installation in situ in collaboration with those individuals and groups who choose to take part in this process of artistic research.

The workshops will be led by the artistic team of the project: Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Piotr Mikuć (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Weronika Chinowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw).

ARTISTIC INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOPS in PARIS

During the weekend of 15-16 March 2014, the international artistic team proposed a series of intensive practical workshops in theatrical improvisation inspired by The Tempest of William Shakespeare and its characters as well as by the real stories of people and places of the city, and took shape in response to on-the-ground scenographic installation and real-time video and electro-acoustic musical creation. These pluridisciplinary workshops enable the public to took part in The City Ghettos of Today’s process of creation.

The workshops were led by the artistic team of the project: Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Piotr Mikuć (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Weronika Chinowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw).

…read more about project in Helsinki

Projektin Helsingin osuus

Helsingin osuus euroooppalaisesta City Ghettos of today –projektista kutsuu yhdistyksiä ja kulttuurilaitoksia sekä yksittäisiä toimijoita taiteen, teatterin, kulttuurienvälisen kansalaistyhteiskunnan alueelta rakentamaan yhdessä merkityksellisiä kokemuksia ghetto-käsitteeseen liittyen. Kysymme ihmisten omien kokemusten kautta, onko olemassa alueellisia ja konkreettisia tai näkymättömiä ja aineettomia muureja, jotka erottavat ihmisryhmiä toisistaan ja jos niin on, miksi, milloin ja miten nämä muurit ilmenevät Helsingissä. Entä miten kaupunkimme tilanne suhtautuu muihin eurooppalaisiin kaupunkeihin?

Prosessin lopputulokset esitetään syyskuussa 2014 viikoilla 37 ja 38 Helsingissä installaationa kahdessa tilassa, kulttuurikeskus Stoassa Itäkeskuksessa ja kauppakeskus Forumissa kaupungin keskustassa. Näiden 12 päivän ajan kollektiivinen työskentely jatkuu kansainvälisen taiteilijaryhmän ohjauksessa, jonka jäsenet tulevat projektin yhteistyökaupungeista Varsovasta, Bolognasta, Milanosta, Pariisista ja Berliinistä. Avoimissa keskusteluissa esitellään myös muita tämän hetken moninaista kaupunkitodellisuutta heijastavia tapausesimerkkejä taiteen ja tutkimuksen alueelta.

Kulttuurienvälinen, monialainen suunnitteluryhmämme koostuu ihmisistä, joilla on erilaisia kokemuksia ja taitoja ja utelias, kriittinen ja yhteistyöhaluinen asenne. Kokeilemme, miten teatterin, videon ja äänitaiteen keinot vaikuttavat kokemusten jakamiseen, kuuntelemiseen ja kertomiseen. Miten meidän kaupunkimme tarinat, äänet ja kuvat monimuotoistuvista alueista, niiden kaduista ja ihmisistä muistuttavat toisien kaupunkien tarinoita? Taiteen hahmotamme aktiivisen kansalaisuuden työkaluksi ja tavoitteeksi, joka parhaimmillaan mahdollistaa odottamattomia kohtaamisia, sanatonta ymmärrystä ja kokonaisen olemisen hetkiä.

 

…Leggi di più

Il Teatro dell’Argine, la Compagnia dei Rifugiati e l’associazione Sopra i Ponti costituiscono il nucleo di sviluppo delle attività e riflessioni connesse ai temi del progetto a Bologna. Composta da circa cinquanta attori di più di quindici nazionalità differenti, è un gruppo aperto di migranti e studenti. A partire da fine ottobre, nella cornice dei laboratori settimanali, i membri della Compagnia, diretti da Pietro Floridia, hanno iniziato un percorso che porterà alla messa in scena di due spettacoli  nell’ambito della tappa estiva bolognese del progetto.

Le riflessioni scaturite  dalle altre tappe del progetto e dal lavoro portato avanti nelle altre città, verranno man mano incorporate nelle attività della Compagnia, in un rapporto di dialogo continuo.

…READ MORE ABOUT PROJECT IN BOLOGNA

The Teatro dell’Argine, The Refugees Company and the Sopra i Ponti Association are the core team of development of the project in Bologna. Refugees Company composed by about fifty actors from more than fifteen different nationalities, is an open group of migrants and students. From the end of October, in weekly workshops, the members, directed by Pietro Floridia, began a path that will bring to two performances for the meeting of the project in Bologna the next summer.

The reflections originated by the other phases and groups of “The City Ghettoes of Today” project will be incorporated in the work of the Company, in a process of continuous dialogue between the involved cities.

…read more about the project in Warsaw

The intercultural groups working during the year on the theater projects of Strefa WolnoSłowa were actively involved in a research and artistic part of the Warsaw events. The exploration of the city from the migrant point of view was concentrated, among others, on the Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Belorussian and Russian communities.

 

…mehr über das Projekt

“The City Ghetto of Today” wird in Berlin im Herbst 2014 in Zusammenarbeit mit European Alternatives Berlin und dem Theaterkollektiv OnElf passieren. Hauptanliegen des Projektes hier ist die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema „Ghetto heutzutage“ anhand von aktuellen sozialen und städtischen Phänomenen.  Dazu zählt z.B. die Gentrifiezierung von ehemaligen armen Bezirken und die damit verbundene Verdrängung der Bewohner oder die zunehmende Welle von Flüchtlingen, die durch Protestaktionen in dem öffentlichen Raum eine große Aufmerksamkeit gewonnen haben.

Anhand von Geschichten, Bewegungen und Spuren in der Stadt von Menschen, die direkt von diesem Phänomenen betroffen sind,  ”The City Ghetto of Today” zielt darauf, eine dynamische und lebendige “Map” von Berlin zu trassieren, das das Verhältnis zwischen Zentrum und Peripherie sowie zwischen neuen und alten „Ghettos“ erforscht. Ein der Hauptanliegen des Projektes ist somit den Begriff Ghetto aus einer zeitgenössischen Perspektive zu hinterfragen.

…En savoir plus

Un planning de travail est en cours de finalisation pour une double exploration qui porte sur les phénomènes de ghettoïsation qui occurrent à la Goutte d’Or à Paris et au quartier du Parc à Nanterre. La compagnie convie les participants de ses ateliers annuels (détaillés ci-dessous) à participer au stage mené par l’équipe artistique à la Cité lors de leur résidence ; et elle monte également des partenariats avec d’autres acteurs locaux du 18e arrondissement et du quartier du parc de Nanterre pour multiplier les occasions de rencontres entre l’équipe en résidence et les personnes avec qui le projet prend sens.

 

…read more about the project in Berlin

Over the course of this, these districts, once the furthest limits of West Berlin and now central districts in the reunified German capital, have been increasingly populated by a new wave of immigrants. These newcomers, primarily from comparatively rich Western countries, active in the creative industries and often using English, not German, as a working language stand in stark contrast both to the pre-war German residents of Kreuzberg and Neukölln as well as the first wave of post-war immigrants, coming primarily from Turkey through a guest worker program established by West Berlin.

How do these distinct groups see themselves today? How do they see each other? Can they even communicate? 25 years after the Fall of the Wall, Berlin is still an island. An island full of existing inhabitants and constantly arriving new inhabitants. An island whose international glamorization and hyping in recent years have radically transformed living conditions in these previously impoverished, primarily migrant districts in the form of unsustainably increasing rental costs. An island that everyone wants to obtain or defend a piece of. The “struggle” for the island had been examined with representatives from these various groups through laboratories and workshops.

…read more about the project in Paris

The programme for this residency embarked upon a double exploration of the problematical concept of « ghettoisation » in two neighbourhoods in the Ile-de-France region: the Goutte d’Or, located within the city limits of Paris in the 18e arrondissement, and the Quartier du Parc, which is located in the northern suburb of Nanterre.  During this exciting event, the company had been soliciting the participation of its many amateur and professional collaborators for an intensive workshop with the City Ghettos of Today’s international artistic team during their residency at the CNHI.  At the same time, Check Points members were equally  working in partnership with other local actors in the 18th arrondissement and in Nanterre’s Quartier du Parc in order to increase opportunities for fruitful encounters between the international artistic team and those participants from whom the project garners its full sense.

Programme of the project in Helsinki

Interdisciplinary artistic workshops: Creating Prosperos’ veils
When: 8.9.-19.9. at 17:30-20 (schedule and / or location changes on 13.9.,16.9. and on performance days 17.9. and 19.9.)
Where: Cultural Centre Stoa
Turunlinnantie 1, Itäkeskus
Helsinki

The process is open for local people, both artists and other people, Finnish and foreign-born. Inscriptions to outi.korhonen@minedu.fi.

The workshop process starts with encounters with individuals from different groups of migrants. Based on these interviews and the pre-work of the local team, audiovisual content is created in the workshops and located in the installation structure formed by different sized tubes. The tube structure also serves as a scenography for the performances that will be created related to the installation.

The parallel workshop contents are modified according to the interests and skills of each participant. All the workshops contribute to concrete outcomes of the installation and/ or performances. The contents include:

-       discussions and dialogues related to the theme (please read the cover)

-       drama exercises, acting and creative writing

-       work with music and sound as elements of the installation space

-       video shooting and creating video contents in experimental drama work

-       performance planning and rehearsing, finishing with two public performances

-       experiments with the technical possibilities of video screenings and sound projections

-       scenography assistance

-       documenting the project

 

 

Workshops are led by the artist team of the project:

Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna)
Luana Pavani (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna)
Amine Lamraoui (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna)
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa Wolnoslowa Foundation, Warsaw)
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa Wolnoslowa Foundation, Warsaw)
Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris)
Alejandro Olarte (Centre for Music and Technology, University of Arts, Helsinki)
Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan ry, Helsinki)
Walter Fondo (Pacunet ry)
Eveliina Heinonen (National theatre, audience development)
Roxana Crisólogo (Sivuvalo project of multilingual literature)
Outi Korhonen (Arts Promotion Centre)

 

 

 

…read more about the project

At the heart of this project was a desire to redefine and re-examine the concept “ghetto” in the context of today’s closed migrant districts.  Through artistic creation and sociological research, we aimed to create a space in which to examine and discuss the multiple stories emanating from Europe’s migrant “ghettos”.  How do we talk about “ghettos” today?  Is it possible – and even necessary – to redefine the word in a manner that more accurately reflects the multiform realities that constitute our contemporary urban landscapes?

What role do “ghettos” play in constructing a European identity?  What factors contribute to phenomena of “ghettoization” in contemporary Europe? What are the dynamics that contribute to the implantation of migrant communities throughout Europe today and how do they connect to the collective memory of Europe’s past?

The City Ghettos of Today entailed a series of workshops open to local communities in different European cities – Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Antwerp and Berlin.  Run by artists and cultural actors, each workshop installment concluded with an art installation and public debate on the project’s themes in each of the cities listed above.  This European collaboration concluded in February 2015 with a large-scale installation-performance and debate that brought together materials culled from each of the participating city workshops.  The project will unite artists, cultural actors, academics and social workers in order to explore the broad themes of “ghetto” and “districts of migration” in participating European cities.  The City Ghettos of Today reflected the interdisciplinary dimension of the Strefa WolnoSlowa foundation, which crosses academic and theoretical methodologies with practices of artistic and cultural creation.   Through artistic reflection and intellectual research, this collaborative project seeks to unravel the complex and problematical theme of “migrant ghettos” in contemporary Europe, paying particular attention to various definitions and visions of ghettos within the contexts of Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Antwerp and Berlin.

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