New Open Working process for the performing arts

The three-year project (2014 – 2017) aims to build the groundwork for a transnational competency cluster. Starting from a common expertise (managing the implementation of an artistic project and its reception by audiences), we are engaging in an exploration within an experimental setting. The various partners also hope to rely on a long-lasting professional network of assistance and solidarity based on the principles of a contributive economy (cooperation, sharing, information technologies).

This experimental structure is made up of 4 labs that shape the project and determine the program of activities.

LAB #1 Strengthening competencies
FORMULATING AND SHARING research and needs relative to the evolution of the work environment and its impact on artistic practices and their social integration;
PUTTING INTO PERSPECTIVE the synergy between the different players in the artistic management field for a common vision of art as experimentation;
STRENGTHENING new competency profiles surrounding artistic careers, now and in the upcoming years.

LAB #2 A management structure based on networks
RETHINKING the artists’ careers beyond national contexts and frameworks;
EXPERIMENTING with a collegial and transnational management approach that is adapted to the current setting;
MANAGING the projects’ strategic development and financial models in order to ensure a better sustainability for the artists’ careers.

Result of this Lab has been the artistic cohabitation project HALF A HOUSE, initiated by the artists Sonia Gómez (ES), Leonardo Delogu (IT), Brogan Davison (UK), Gosie Vervloessem (BE) and Pétur Ármannsson (IS) taking place within Fabbrica Europa from May 10 to 14 at Palazzina Ex Fabbri in Florence.

LAB #3 Innovating tools of production: investigating commissions
SETTING UP a framework in which artistic commissions invite citizens to participate;
SETTING UP a framework in which the backer doesn’t only participate in the beginning and end of the process but also becomes a representative or advocate promoting the process itself;
SETTING UP a framework that allows for the artist’s local involvement in response to a request or need arising from civil society.

The winner of the Call Current Utopia, launched within this Lab, has been Belgian artist Ief Spincemaille with the project ROPE. Possibilities of binding, presented in Florence from May 4 to 14 within Fabbrica Europa.

LAB #4 Outreach and representation tools as restitution of the creative process
EMPHASIZING AND RELAYING the importance of the creative process to professionals, backers, and audiences;
WORKING on new tools that enable other kinds of relaying, restitution, and promotion of the creative process;
INVESTING in the field of outreach and representation by creating a space for critical thinking.


LÓKAL – Iceland
TRAFÓ – Hungary
WPZIMMER – Belgium

Associated Partners
Laure Fernandez- NoTHx (young team THALIM-CNRS)
Eric Vautrin – NoTHx (young team THALIM-CNRS)
SISMÓGRAF – festival – Spain
Carole Salis – CRS4 – Italy
Ann Olaerts (critical observer) – Belgium
E.A.R. Teatro di Messina – Italy













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