A curated deep inquiry into the most urgent challenges faced by cultural and art collectives across European cities. It aims to offer hosts and participants a local/global platform for conversation and access to useful information and support which tends to be unavailable or expensive. For six months, one question per month will convene artists, activists, cultural workers to a local meetup (a community space, a cafe, or even a living room) where they will engage in constructive conversation and draw points of action for mutual support and collaboration at the equivalent of 3 hours / person / month. The meetups are synchronized to address complementary issues.
Members of the Edgeryders Culture Squad take turns to produce and document the events, connect the local stories into a bigger narrative, and connect participants with resources from our network of thousands of people doing cultural work.
An afternoon/evening on a chosen topic, at a table conversation with 12-15 participants and possibly one or two guests acting as conversation openers.
The first season of Networked Culture Conversation culminates with a community event: A Performative Dinner to share key findings and celebrate outcomes as we plan for the future.
This relates to material infrastructure i.e. access to urban space and buildings; cost and availability of studios to (co-)work from; how the City and key policies affect the ability to work and perform, and many others to be decided. Other related topics could be: What is the Edge of collaboration in art and science? How to expand local work into real international collaborations? Can we map access to spaces by collectives who wish to do socially engaged art?
We start with Bedford, Berlin, Brussels, Yerevan and Athens.
A member of the Culture Squad team or Edgeryders community partners up with an active local group or organisation and asks them to co-host the event. They formulate together the deep inquiry and propose a list of invitees and participants, roll out the invite, meet people and document on edgeryders.eu what comes out of the conversation.
The Edgeryders Culture Squad is connecting groups across Europe and beyond to develop shared practices and deploy art and culture for social change. Due to our geographic spread and using an international community platform, we make it cheap for people to connect in new ways and access resources together.
Want to join the series or know more about the Culture Squad? Introduce yourself in a post here!