03. – 10.08.2019
The “New Europe” and Controversy around the European Idea
International Conference in Yerevan, Armenia, and Local Discussions and Interventions in Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova
The collapse of socialist systems in Eastern Europe and postcolonial moves to restructure the European periphery have brought conflict and even war in their wake, as disputes continue to erupt over the definition and form of national identities. The idea of Europe as a community and the European Union as a supranational and intergovernmental community of states have so far been, and still remain, important frames of reference.
In the cities and regions of Eastern Europe, the parallel processes of reconstituting a national identity and Europeanisation have sparked fierce debates over the European question: How does it relate to the respective history and (re)constitution of each country’s national identity? How can it contribute to forging complex identities? Who belongs to Europe? And when we say “Europe”, what exactly do we mean?
Particularly in cities, artists, activists and urban planners, among others who are vehemently committed to the democratic and European reorientation of their societies, have founded democratically enlightened civic initiatives. With “Wessen Europa? / Whose Europe?”, this fight will be discussed by a broad public and brought into the local discourse. At the same time, an international network of civil society actors will be established.
At a conference in Yerevan in March 2019, all project partners will present their initiatives, discuss their different perspectives and draw up an action plan. How might civic initiatives contribute to European unification? What might be the common ground for a “European civic society”?
The developed results will be discussed further with the respective local publics and will be made tangible through artistic-medial interventions as well as an online publication. A public presentation and discussion will present the results of the project in Berlin in August 2019.
A project by stadtkultur international ev
Concept and realisation: Kai Vöckler, Archis Interventions / Georg Schöllhammer, Michaela Geboltsberger and Larissa Agel, tranzit.at / Sally Below, CLB Berlin
Armenia: Ruben Arevshatyan (AICA Armenia, National Association of Art Critics) / Nazareth Karoyan (ICA Yerevan – Institute for Contemporary Art Yerevan)
Belarus: Olga Shparaga (European College of Liberal Arts in Belarus – ECLAB) / Sergey Shabohin (Artist)
Georgia: Gaga Kiknadze (Architekt Architects.ge) / Jesse Vogler (Free University of Tbilisi) / Wato Tsereteli (Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi)
Ukraine: Olesia Ostrovska, Anna Pohribna, Solomiya Borshosh (Mystetskyi Arsenal Kiew) / Vasyl Cherepanyn (Visual Culture Research Center)
Republic of Moldova: Stefan Rusu ([KSA:K] – Center for Contemporary Art Chișinău) / Vitalie Sprinceana (Journalist, co-editor PLATZFORMA.MD)
Conference: March 30 – 31, 2019, National Museum-Institute of Architecture, Yerevan
Public Presentation and Discussion: August 3 – 10, 2019, CLB Berlin
The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office within the framework of the program “Eastern Partnerships”.
Picture: Sergey Shabohin, ST()RE # 1: History Holes, 2010, Main Market, Krakow, Poland