Makeshift Ensemble/Quarter Block Party
Artopolis Association/Placcc Festival
Our aim is to collaborate with various European organizations researching public space, urban development and community engagement. In a few words, every city in the European region sharing common issues regarding inactive sites of industrial heritage and is in need of change of cultural direction, is a potential partner of our project.
ConverCities is an initiative aiming to creating links between localities in Europe. Our vision is to build a platform that will address common issues of modern European cities’ public spaces and facilitate the communication of possible solutions.
Through the creation of interview-based short documentary films on the cities’ industrial heritage, combined with live events we are engaging the community in a process in which the ‘local’ becomes ‘global’ and vice versa.
Eleusis, Budapest, Cork, Utrecht (more cities to come...)
Our greatest challenge is to manage to create such a canvas in which the local community would be able to perceive itself as part of a greater one, the one of Europe.
To achieve that, we will have to engage our co-citizens and through sharing experience and knowledge, together we will find solutions to overcome common obstacles such as obsolete laws and complicated bureaucratic procedures that often leave significant resources of the late industrial world empty, abandoned and decaying.
Through the collection of citizen's stories, collective memories and speculative future narratives, ConverCities project aims to promoting public dialogue and regenerate former industrial areas in such a way that would address both social and financial issues of the given area.
Our aim is to enable cities and regions to reinvent themselves and to give a shifting identity to these spaces as a potential for the activation of the local citizenry.
We will begin with interviewing the citizens of every city regarding the past, present and future of the selected former factories. We will collect the material of these common targeted questions, creating thus a short documentary film that will be shown in each different city. The screenings will be followed by an open public forum, aiming to create a common space for decision making, that would lead to redefine the sites’ identity.
There will be also various performative events and our team will research on finding other possible partners in their neighbouring countries. All documentation material will be updated and accessible to everyone through an online platform where ideas and points of view can be exchanged.
Is open to every citizen, regardless their age, their origin, their studies, social or cultural background. The documentaries will be translated in the language of every country taking part of the project.
In this endeavour the project's presentation to the Advocate Europe community and to other European platforms will help us reach a wider audience, enrich our platform with more similar experiences and receive constructive criticism that could help us widen our thoughts.
We will document the existing, common, oral and intangible heritage, aiming to saving it, discussing the city’s future with the citizens themselves, intriguing them to find answers regarding the actual needs of the contemporary cities.
Its non-stop evolution aspect makes it also different, as it will be constantly enriched by every new input that any new partner will share. Our project will continue to evolve as do our cities and it will grow along with them.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Travel and accommodation costs: 10,000 EUR; Events costs: 5,000EUR; Film production (equipment, materials): 10,000 EUR; Online interface (design, programming, updating): 7000 EUR; Fees and honoraries: €12000; Communication and community engagement: 6000EUR
As Motus Terrae - Centre for Arts in Public Space and all partner-organizations are focusing on the issues of public space, we think of our project as a vessel, transporting opinions, points of view, empowering public dialogue and taking the dynamic created by the process of sharing to a European scale. So, feel free to join, share thoughts and comments and we hope to meet you in the future...