Applications close: 12th June, 2022
DE.a.RE – DEconstruct and REbuild
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.
Uncivilised Paradigms is the first action of this project.
Uncivilised Paradigms is a free online course open to 50 participants that embarks from socially engaged practices, New Genre Public Art, critical pedagogy and activism, in dialogue with contemporary artistic practices. The premise of Uncivilised Paradigms is that artistic practices are not only able to deconstruct complex interdependent socioecological crises but are in fact, able to develop ideas and stories for reciprocal states of being to dismantle them. Uncivilised Paradigms focuses on moving from debilitating mindframes and narratives.
Through a series of seminars, working group sessions and master classes, the programme explores artistic practices, proposals, and research from the Euro-Mediterranean region that can lend themselves as tools to learn from. The aim of this course is two-fold – to reflect on our epistemologies while also developing practical tools that answer the question: what does ‘being ecological’ in times of multiple and converging crises mean? During the course, the participants will be asked to develop their own proposals to raise awareness on the environmental impact of artistic practices, institutions and more specifically, the cultural events of the Mediterranea Biennale.
The course intends to thead questions concerning environmental issues within the geopolitical realities of the globalised Mediterranean – such as, aridity lines, increased levels of toxicity in waters, electronic colonialism in seabeds and desertification – to issues arising within our societies and their institutions. Uncivilised Paradigms will cast a spotlight on practices that dismantle the nature-culture divide; challenge hegemonic and anthropocentric ideas of being with our worlds; question the social construct of civilisation; and that actively resist socio-political and environmental forms of oppression and injustice.
Artists, curators, artistic researchers and writers who are interested in, or with experience in the programs’ themes are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should be under 35 (born in 1987) at the time of application.
50 people will be selected to participate in the course.
All the curators and artists who have already participated in the previous editions of the Biennale or other BJCEM projects can apply to this call.