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
Survey 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 were 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. 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). The survey and its report have been compiled by Bernardo Armanni.

Gathering Spells
Digital Learning Kit

The digital kit aims to share the knowledge cultivated within the framework of the second edition of DEconstruct and REbuild (DE.a.RE), a program organized by BJCEM and co-funded by the European Union under Grant Agreement Project 101052900. This comprehensive kit encapsulates the didactic foundations of the Master Class tailored for art professionals and is available for free download, encouraging both personal and collective use.

Gathering Spells
The Proceedings

The proceedings have been compiled by Vincenzo Estremo following a session with the participants to the Masterclass aiming to assess achieved goals and identify areas requiring further discussion.

Gathering Spells
The Masterclass

June 22 – November 23, 2023
GATHERING SPELLS has been structured as a 50-hours training Masterclass on resilience and culture in the Covid-19 aftermath (digital innovation, production of digital cultural content); broadening the base (audience engagement); cultural entrepreneurship; cultural and governance policies; Advocacy and culture; cooperation, pooling resources and networking Implementing culture within the sustainable development goals. The international conference held in Kristiansand, Norway, has been part of the Masterclass program, permitting the fellows to follow it online and to have the remote access to the recording.
Gathering spells is the title of the second online educational program departing from the multifaceted difficulties and responsibilities cultural organisations face across Europe and the transMediterranean today. The aim is to build a participatory educational platform for fifty cultural agents who wish to contribute to local socio-ecological transformation and trans-local solidarity through their organisations; invite participants to explore perspectives and knowledge systems and how they shape their practices; share tools to a collective ideation and experimentation of alternatives that respond to deeply-rooted political and economic structural issues; 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 delved into how organisations could become agents of regeneration for their local multispecies (human and more-than-human) communities.
Here the pivotal questions: Beyond the local, how can just, trans-local networks be cultivated sustainably in an era of nationalist rhetoric and urgent energy transition?
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?
Gathering spells has been divided into 4 sections: Museological matters led by Alessandro Castiglioni with Justin Randolph Thompson, Giulia Gregnanin, Cristina Da Milano; Institutional matters led by Svetlana Racanovic with Corina Șuteu, Suzana Milevska; Decolonial matters led by Simone Frangi with Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfaù, Krystel Khoury, Chiara Cartuccia, Sinthujan Varatharajah; Ecological matters led by Denise Araouzou with Marianna Takou, Emanuele Braga, Grégory Castéra

A study day on artistic research and structural change

October 21, 2023
BARE, Kristiansand, Norway
The Study Day was part of Gathering Spells program.
It addressed the need for transnational artistic platforms that critically look at the ideas of territorial remoteness and smallness through the lens of artistic research, by looking at decentralization as a political and social alternative that is more just, inclusive and ecologically aligned. It dwelled into collective possibilities to defamiliarize from stereotypes that populate our geographical imaginaries, especially those linked to the eurocentric interpretation of the “Mediterraneans”. It speculated on if and how artistic research can be intended as a pedagogical and transformative tool towards social and political phenomena such as marginalization, colonial legacies and nationalisms: can art enact or support political and social structural changes?
The program has been organised by BJCEM Executive Office and the Scientific Committee in collaboration with FLUKS – Centre for Young Art, The University of Agder, Cultiva Ekspress, and

Screening program

Sarah Kazmi, Test and Taste the Norwegian Water, 2023
The reading Test and Taste the Norwegian Water is a speculative yet poetic study around the politics of sea, the relationship between maritime commerce, migration, and resource extraction. It was commissioned by Coast Contemporary for their 2023 assembly OCEAN EYES and was performed at Arbeider’n in  Lofoten, Norway.
Vlad Plisetskiy, What You will do when the War starts?, 2023
This brave story by an anarchist Plisetskiy from Ukraine pivots around the unbreakable Kyiv Underground foundations. First missiles are falling on Kyiv, first sirens are singing and first video documentation shots are taken by the guardian angel of the Kyiv underground. In the moment of an absolute common tragedy on 24.02.2022, Plisetskiy takes his camera to defend the free spirit of his home-town and community. There is no place for the tears when you are facing your enemy. The power of self-organization and the usage of any tools available to defend humanity from the “Z – virus” are fundamental. During  2022-23 Ukrainian community is on the battlefields, workshop studios, clubs, galleries, and underground stations… literally everyone is doing their best to save all EU continent from a bloody dictatorship. The world film premiere by Vladyslav Plisetskiy will infect the viewer with the spirit of resilience and give strength to survive this difficult battle period that we are all going through together – “What You will do when the War starts?”.
Sue Jane Taylor, Beatrice Voices from across the Moray Firth, 2018
For nearly 40 years, the Beatrice oil field, located in the Moray Firth, has been part of the eastern Highlands contemporary maritime landscape. Unlike most oil and gas installations located far out to sea, Beatrice field, consisting of Alpha, Bravo and Charlie platforms, is visible and close to land. When the oil boom hit the north, Beatrice played a part in that big shift: Nigg Oil Terminal in Easter Ross was constructed on top of sand dunes and beach shore line to accommodate huge storage tanks containing the black-tarry crude oil from Beatrice’s pipeline. In September 2018 Sue Jane Taylor gained permission to visit Beatrice Alpha platform for one week; three months before this field was fully decommissioned. Onboard she filmed and interviewed people in their working environments and invited offshore workers, James Able and Phil Hodgson, to use her GoPro camera to film their own platform ‘viewpoints’. This film is a valuable documentation of portraying an aspect of offshore working life within the North Sea oil & gas industry.
Hamid Waheed, History is a Black Circle, 2023
History is a Black Circle is an experimental video essay that revolves around questions of desire, queer experience and history. It is a story that transcends the fabrics of time and space to inhabit the bodies of past, present and future – and it does so through an array of video sources and formats. The film is a recorded documentary, told as speculative fiction and a reflection on the notion of ‘black’.
Tinne Zenner, Nutsigassat, 2018
“Go outside. The lovely mountains two, Sermitsiaq and Kingittorsuaq, look at them.” While the housing blocks carry a past of the national diaspora, layers of snow cover a future development in the city of Nuuk, Greenland. The landscape acts as a scenery for collective nostalgia and industrial production, as the film studies glitches in translation of language and culture in a post-colonial modernity.
The program organised by BJCEM, and co-funded by the European Union (Grant Agreement Project 101052900).


h 9:30 am
Launch of the screening program with audiovisual contributions from Sarah KamsiVlad Plisetskiy, Sue Jane TaylorHamid Waheed, Tinne Zenner
h 10:00 – 10:30 am
Welcome speeches
Professor Lisbet Skregelid (University of Agder)
Inger Margrethe Stoveland (FLUKS)
Municipality Kristiansand
Mercedes Giovinazzo (BJCEM)
h 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Panel session
Remoteness, marginality, and smallness in nordic waters: What impact does decentralisation have on the arts?
Moderator Alessandro Castiglioni (DE.a.RE)
Joachim Aagaard Friis (Denmark/Norway)
Jóhan Martin Christiansen (Denmark)
Eva Lín Vilhjálmsdóttir (Iceland)
Eduardo Cassina (Norway)
h 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Panel session
Coloniality and extractivism in the North(s): diasporic and indigenous narratives VS toxic nationalistic rethorics
Moderator Simone Frangi (DE.a.RE)
Giulia Gregnanin (UK)
Sue Jane Taylor (UK)
Sergey Kantsedal (Ukraine/Italy)
Tinne Zenner (Denmark)
Elmedin Zunic (Norway)
h 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Can art be a pedagogical strategy for structural change? Defamiliarization as a method: from hegemonic approximations to accurate imaginaires in the plural Mediterranean
Evagoras Vanezis (Cyprus)
Marie Nour Hechaime (Lebanon)
Sustainable art practices at the age of ecological collapse: what to produce?
Giulia Colletti (BJCEM)
Davide Ronco (Denmark)
The program organised by BJCEM, and co-funded by the European Union (Grant Agreement Project 101052900)
Gathering Spells is implemented by BJCEM and is co-funded by the European Union within the framework of the Creative Europe Programme. Contents developed and contributions made within Gathering Spells are the sole responsibility of the authors and participants and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of BJCEM or of the European Union.