Promoted and developed by the international association BJCEM-Biennale des jeunes créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée and co-funded by the European Union (Grant Agreement Project 101052900), DE.a.RE is a three-year long research project supported by the Creative Europe Program. DE.a.RE has the objective of enhancing the competencies of artists, fostering the visibility and circulation of emerging talents and artworks in Europe and beyond and reflecting and debating on the role of artists as vectors of change in contemporary societies.
DE.A.RE is managed by BJCEM Executive Office and by a Scientific Committee comprised of:
Denise Araouzou
Alessandro Castiglioni
Simone Frangi
Svetlana Racanović

YEAR 2 / 2023

Gathering Spells

Gathering spells is the title of the second online educational program and it will be built based on the survey completed by two hundred cultural and contemporary arts organisations, developed in collaboration with sociologist Bernardo Armanni.
Gathering spells departs from the multifaceted difficulties and responsibilities cultural organisations face across Europe and the transMediterranean today. We are building a participatory educational platform for fifty cultural agents who wish to contribute to local socio-ecological transformation and trans-local solidarity through their organisations.
We invite participants to explore with us pluriversal perspectives and knowledge systems and how they shape their practices. We will share tools, tricks and rituals that will contribute to a collective ideation and experimentation of alternatives that respond to deeply-rooted political and economic structural issues. In addition, we will critically reflect on what it means to implement a sustainable operational framework as a cultural organisation by acknowledging and including pluri-geographical perspectives. Gathering spells will also delve into how organisations could become agents of regeneration for their local multispecies (human and more-than-human) communities.
Beyond the local, how can just, trans-local networks be cultivated sustainably in an era of hypernationalist rhetoric and urgent energy transition? And in terms of a just energy transition, how could the increasing dependence on digital infrastructure for promoting artists and exhibiting art align with the sector’s significant carbon footprint? How does increasing online circulation of art and the globalisation of culture impact precarious cultural producers and marginalised sites of artistic production? These questions, along with the answers we receive from the survey will become the building blocks for Gathering spells.
The results of the course will feed into a day-long conference organised in collaboration with Fluks – Centre for Young Art in Kristiansand, Norway, the upcoming fall 2023.


The curatorial team of De.a.Re invited cultural organisations and workers across Europe and the transMediterranean to answer to a survey. The answers are the building blocks of a participatory educational platform, Gathering Spells, catering to identified needs and unique concerns in a time of converging crisis and emerging alternatives. Therefore, we would also like to invite you to become a participant by applying to the open call here. Even if you will not be joining the program, we kindly ask you to answer the survey anyhow. We are very grateful for dedicating your time. The survey has been sent out to more than 200 cultural organisations in more than 20 countries as part of the Deconstruct and Rebuild (De.a.Re) program organised by BJCEM, and co-funded by the European Union (Grant Agreement Project 101052900).

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