Democracy and participation, Arts and cultural activities

An Imaginary Symposium


Who is behind this?

Danae Theodoridou


Who is joining forces?





PACT Zollverein


Additional partners who will support and contribute to the project: Veem House for Performance (Amsterdam), Extrapole (Paris).



Idea pitch

The project recognises today's crisis of social imagination as the biggest challenge Europe faces. Its aim is to retrain peoples' common imagination. Its first objective is to create a series of workshops that will take the form of the ancient Greek symposium, where people will create symposia on the spot to discuss issues of shared concern. An online platform where people will interact live with an imaginative algorithm will also be created. Both actions address citizens from 16 y.o. upwards.

Where does your idea take place?

Athens (GR), Thessaloniki (GR), Kortrijk (BE), Terni (IT), Amsterdam (NL), Essen (GE) and online.

Why does Europe need your idea?

One of the most important but least discussed crisis today in Europe is that of imagination. This crisis makes us unable to produce new visions for our communities' present and future. We will work against policies of 'no alternative' and offer the stage back to people and their common imagination.

What is your impact?

In a year, an innovative imaginative tool for radical political action will have been created and used by people's communities in different European countries, contributing to democratic practices and the emergence of sociopolitical alternatives in them, against a Europe of 'no alternatives'.

How do you get there?

In collaboration with people from different disciplines (arts, philosophy, journalist a.o), we will create an innovative frame for social speculation and political action. Ideas that work on democracy today don't recognise the severe crisis of social imagination that prohibits people to produce new visions for their life. Through the construction of a series of tasks for imaginative exchange and discussion, our project will create a democratic frame for an alternative sociability.

What is your story?

The last three years, my work focuses on the creation of modes of sociability that cultivate and support common social creativity and imagination. The project is part of this research, which aims to offer tools, through theatre and performance, for the emergence of alternative social imaginaries.

Who are you doing it for?

I have already worked and will continue to work with social groups with different backgrounds and ages, including teenagers, artists and art workers, EU workers, general audience, university students, minorities of Muslims and Greeks in Brussels and other places, citizens of Attica region (GR) a.o.



Idea created on Dec. 6, 2017
Last edit on Dec. 6, 2017

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