SHORT DESCRIPTION of the 10th October 2018 DiEM25 – DiEM Voice EVENT at CENTRAL ST MARTINS SCHOOL OF ART – London.
A culture war is raging in Europe – not between the ‘anywheres’ and the ‘nowheres’, but between those who use culture to divide, by class, race, nationality, identities; and those who use it to unite and to connect. This culture war is not raging in Parliament – but on the street, in our communities, on our screens, across the internet. While it presents real dangers, it also presents opportunities to energise people who have disengaged from traditional forms of politics – and to make their voices heard.
On 10th October, Here and Now: A creative vision for Europe will bring together artists and activists at the Platform Theatre of Central Saint Martins to re-consider the role of culture in the fight for the future of our communities, our countries, Europe and the world. Combining performance, presentations, and discussion, the event seeks to empower participants to engage constructively in a new progressive politics of culture – in Europe and beyond.
The event is supported by Creative Unions, a CSM initiative supporting artistic collaboration across borders.
NOTE: So far, the following have agreed to participate on the panel:
- Rosemary Bechler (openDemocracy editor and DiEM25 UK organiser)
- Aurelie Fillipetti (former Minister of Culture, France)
- Srecko Horvat (DiEM25 co-founder and radical philosopher/author from Croatia)
- Danae Stratou (visual artist & DiEM Voice co-founder)
- Yanis Varoufakis (DiEM25 co-founder)
MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT
The project IT’S TIME TO OPEN THE BLACK BOXES! is a participatory art project initiated by artist Danae Stratou. Living in Europe in this time of multiple crises, it is ever so easy to fall into a state of fear-induced paralysis. This art project is a reaction to such a prospect. Danae Stratou invites you to actively participate in the project by contributing one word. By joining our “voices”, the project aims at activating a dialogue constituting, in itself, a collective response to our multifaceted predicament. By opening the ‘Black Boxes’ we symbolically bring to light the words that reflect what threatens us the most, or that which we are desperately eager to preserve.
The project was inaugurated in Athens, Greece, (2012). It has since travelled in Krems, Austria, (2016) and in Paris, France, (2017). The open call cycle is reactivated each time the project travels in a new city for a period of 1-3 months prior to each exhibition. Through the website, a wide range of social media and conventional local media; local communities are invited to participate. In this way, the Black Boxes, when opened in each different city, reveal local concerns, hopes and fears in a manner that, nevertheless, bind the different cities together.