In a kaleidoscope of stories, conversations, and artistic stances, DEradika revolves around the question of radicalism in Europe. How does one become radical? How can its destructive force be broken? These are the pressing questions in a time in which nationalism and xenophobia seem to endanger the European idea of solidarity and freedom. We consult theorists, accompany practicers, and challenge artists. We bring them together online and in the real world to get unexpected answers.
Europe's solidarity and freedom seem to be endangered as radical ideas are finding increasingly more supporters. 30 per cent of Germans would agree with orders to shoot on the borders. In France, the number of radical Islamists has doubled within a year, its emergency rule cuts deep into civil rights. In Poland, a free press was deprived of power. Even in Germany that seemed to be a very calm and content country hysteria is spreading.
We want to explore the mechanisms of radicalism and find examples of how to break its destructive power. We want to encourage a deeper approach on the reasons of radicalism and opportunities of prevention instead of mere reaction to it. Therefore we want to bring people and ideas together that normally don't meet. We hope more programs of deradicalization will be installed and that there is more awareness of how to dissolve radical situations in daily life.
Throughout Europe we will meet eight theorists, follow eight praticers through their daily life and challenge eight artists with the question of the radical. The theorists will provide us with studies and explanations of coherences. While following the practicers we will collect vivid stories of how people become radical and how one can brake radicalism. We will also collect eight artworks that evolve around the question of radicalism. For example there will be a scientist that works on prejudices in Poland, an Ex-Salafist that is doing prevention work in German schools and an graphic novelist that draws a story of someone radical. Out of this material we will produce a Website and a couple of exhibition-openings where we invite the participants to discuss the topic.
We are doing it for people who want to understand where the roots of radicalism lie. People that are curious and want to learn more. They can be multipliers as social workers, politicians, teachers, parents, or just friends and chance acquaintances. So implicitly we are doing it potentially for all the people they meet because they will behave slightly different when they know more about radicalism, prejudices, xenophobia, fear, fascination and all the other aspects that relate to radicalism.
Deradika connects people from different disciplines and countries that work on the same topic with different approaches. That way new and unexpected connections and ideas will emerge. There will not be one answer but several, maybe even contradicting ones. The project reaches its audience online and in the analog world. It is activism via storytelling, art and talks as it wants people to first understand the mechanisms of radicalism and then work against its destructive potential in daily life.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
expense allowance for artists, authors and coordinators + traveling
What does radical mean to you? What do you think is interesting about that topic?