Contemporary Practices third edition aimed to exchange knowledge around different working and financial models which are implemented in different places in Europe. Five active cultural agents were invited to visit Blanca, where they presented their projects and discussed about the formats of production of contemporary art on the AADK Radio.
Caique Tizzi | Agora collective. Berlin, Germany
Caique Tizzi is the co-founder and artistic director of Agora Collective and is the mind behind AFFECT, Agora’s flagship artistic residency. Agora is interested in investigating the development of relational artistic practices, experimental methods of group work and interdisciplinary processes. It is also known for its artistic approach to food. Part studio, part laboratory – Agora’s kitchen has become a place where notions of collaboration, self-organisation and sustainability are put into practice.
Andrea Möller | Media Art Friesland. Leeuwarden, Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018, Netherlands
Andrea Möller is a director of Media Art Friesland, editor of Bidbook candidate Leeuwarden European Capital of Culture 2018 and advisor of LWD2018 Foundation. Media Art Friesland is the only institute for media arts in the North of the Netherlands. The foundation organises the annual Media Art Festival in the city of Leeuwarden, which has been granted the title of Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018.
The festival features the best of young talents and a selection of experienced international artists. From 2016 on, Media Art Friesland also presents LUNA, the new Festival of Lights inLeeuwarden. From a start, this new and popular mass experience of media arts, is designed to be environmentally neutral as no non-sustainable sources of energy will be used. The festival is carried by the local community, its artists and business life.
Ana Rocha | MEZZANINE. Porto, Portugal
Anna Rocha is one of the founders and artistic director of Mezzanine, structure for production and dissemination of performing arts. Mezzanine presents itself as a non-profit organization forcreation and programming, promoting awareness of the work dynamics between public and arts professionals. Mezzanine follows through into developing new collaboration and cooperation networks by searching different organization modes.
Dagmara Szastak-Zięba | Katowice City of Gardens (Katowice, Poland)
Dagmara Szastak-Zięba is a member of the Unesco’s Creative City of Music section, which is a part of institution of culture Katowice City of Gardens. Dagmara also coordinates project named The Embassy of the Young. The project is aimed at teenagers in promoting creative ways of spending their free time.
Katowice City of Gardens -program 2012-2015- assumes that Katowice will become a vivid center of culture in Europe. The scope of the activity spreads onto: variety of different music activities, gardens, new design, artistic projects in the city space, New Media and creative industry, for artists, citizen participation, cooperation with NGOs, and discovery heritage of Silesia.
One of the main goal is to locate Katowice in a Polish and foreign network.