Translocality network is an invitation to join forces between core Northern and Western and peripheral Southern and Eastern countries in Europe and its neighboring regions.

* In this case, trans-locality means: transferring locality, via meeting points/conclusions in peripheral areas and so-called cultural centres.

Objectives of network:

  • To know each other’s organizations and understand how it is being operated, exchange of know-how and inter-cultural dialogue;
  • To analyze, understand common challenges and needs of the artistic practices, which resist conventional formats and modes of production;
  • Analyze opportunities and visions of how alternative cultural exchange can take form; Set the ground for the solidification of the trans-local network that suits our needs, to be active/activated in 2016-2017 but expanding further in time.

Participants and organisations (2016/2017)

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, Netherlands)

Andrea Möller is a director of Media Art Friesland. Media Art Friesland is the only institute for media arts in the North of the Netherlands. The foundation organizes 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 in Leeuwarden. 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.

Heleen Haijtema | freelancer (Leeuwarden, Netherlands)

Heleen Haijtema makes pictures, mainly by photography and film. She studied at Minerva Academy of Arts in Groningen (NL) and at the Academy for Fine Arts in Antwerp (B).

Heleen works as a freelancer for private and public institutions, and she makes autonomous works at a regular base. She approaches people and situations sensitively, listens to stories, collects impressions. Consequently, Heleen shakes loose the contents of what she has experienced and registered and adds her own pictures, structures and colors. The result is always surprising, a complete new and autonomous picture, no matter whether a project has been assigned or autonomously driven.

As a curator and producer, Heleen is involved in VHDG Foundation, an artists’ initiative that develops projects in public space, exhibitions and artistic gatherings.

Björn Säfsten | Nordberg Movement (Stockholm, Sweden)

Björn Säfsten is a dancer, choreographer and founder of Säfsten Production, which is part of Nordberg Movement. Nordberg Movement is an independent structure for development of choreographic projects. It works with a select group of independent choreographers and choreographic projects in Sweden. They also work with domestic and international co-production projects, touring and pedagogical endeavours.

Through co-operations and co-productions the main aim is to strengthen the position of the artform in relation to public space, audience encounters and modes of production.

Ana Rocha | MEZZANINE (Porto, Portugal)

Anna Rocha is one of the founders and artistic director of Mezzanine, structure for production and diffusion of performing arts. Mezzanine presents itself as a nonprofit organization for creation 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. Katowice has joined the network in 2015. The institution’s activities are primarily focused on music. 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 and it is consisted of organizing periodical workshops, meetings with artists and other events centred around four areas of interest: art, lifestyle, creative expression and social activity.

Katowice City of Gardens was created in year 2012 as a result of participation in competition for the title of European Capital of Culture 2016.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, high level artistic events, social projects, workshops, conferences, competitions for inhabitants, cooperation with NGOs, discovery heritage of Silesia. One of the main goal is to locate Katowice in the local partners networks, Polish and foreign.

Translocality Network is an inciative of Abraham Hurtado alongside with AADK Spain

Abraham Hurtado and Elena Azzedin | AADK Spain (Blanca, Spain)

Abraham Hurtado (founder/artistic director), Elena Azzedin (residency director) are the core team of AADK Spain. AADK (Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur), is an artistic network, founded in 2006, with members from Lisbon (Portugal), Berlin (Germany), and Murcia (Spain).

The headquarters of AADK Spain is in Centro Negra, which is located in the peripheral town of Blanca (Murcia region, south of Spain). AADK Spain implements here different programs focused on process and experimentation such us the Residency Program, Interventions, Contemporary Practices, or AADK Sonora. The main interest across all the programs is to explore the notions of body, spatiality and territory.

AADK Spain also work in close collaboration with other artistic and cultural spaces in Murcia region, Spain and other parts of Europe. The networks allow us to promote the mobility and exchange for our visiting artists and their works produced at the national and international levels.

*Artwork by Andres Agudelo