Partners for European project are requested – ietm meeting in Athens

artscenico plans to work on a new application to the EU. This project will have to have a unique artistic approach and outcome. Amongst some interesting relevant themes, we now concentrate on two possibilties. At the ietm meeting in Athens between October 17th and 20th we will present the project to the participants.

1. “MARKET ANALOG” deals with local markets, the sales staff and the citizens who are the customers. We will organize research in those cities, villages, quarters etc. The aim is to be part of the market and involve sales staff and costumers in our artistic approach. Often those markets have a big tradition and are the only places left where there is a direct communication between customers and sales people, sometimes farmers or producers from the close region or quarter. “Selling is also performing”, some really act as if they play their role to attract the customers. We will work on being part of the market-place or market-hall. On those flea- or food markets there is a special atmosphere of giving and taking, of striking distance and community. We will work with dancers, actors, filmers and, of course, learn how to sell and act as customers, have the real ones amongst us as part of the project.

From those markets you can learn about the community. Which people do live there, how is their life? Are they rich or poor? Have migration changed the choice of goods, fruit and vegetables? What do people cook? What do they sell from their cellars and attics? What do they want to get rid of on those flea markets? What do they sell from their own source of being a craftsmen? Will it still be an alternative to online-shopping in the future? What is the meaning of markets in terms of being a place of communication and meeting nowadays, at different places and in the future? Will the analogue system survive? Are their trade-offs?

The projects aims to find out about the differences and analogies in Europe. Do the markets really are alike? Do they have similar traditions? How and when were they founded? Who are the people who sell? Are they business-men,poor farmers from round the corner or part-time traders? Is there a revival of markets in the course of slow and healthy food? Do they benefit from the tendency of prefering local goods and food? Can you see from flea markets how time has passed?

The partners we are looking for should jointly work on the concept but have different attitudes in realizing the artistic work. They can spezialize in different art forms or be part of a travelling group of artists who show up and work in all the markets involved in the project.

Outcomes are public “invisible” performances as well as “performances” by artists running own stands and kiosks in or on the markets, video-productions, movements sequences, choir singing and music produced from original sounds of the market-life. Accompanying photographers will create series of market studies which will be shown all across the cities and places involved at a later state (faces, situations, products).

One important aspect of the project is the development of audience. The sudden and unexpected coinsidences of “real life” and “artistic intervention” will attract customers and walkers, sales staff and ramblers. There is no reservation and fear of contact. The artistic approach is not to confront the people with closed presentations. It should be a light way of producing another look at the place they are familiar with, to create those moments which are absolutely necessary to make people be amazed in different ways. But even when they meet as a refusal or ignorance it has changed “normality”.

Sustainability will be generated by the exchange of ideas, new experiences, getting aware of the fact of value and linked processes. This is true for the artists as well as the involved community members. Art and trade are working together.

2. MAMA

The second idea would be to have a look at mothers in Europe. The MAMA as the big symbol for taking care. Mothers in Europe have written history. They lost sons and husbands, they protested against war and viloence, they rebuilt. They are single parents or widows with a small pension. Are mamas different in different countries or ethnos? The aim is to focus on sepcial Mama-aspects. Theatre-plays, music, dance and other artistic forms which deal with the theme MAMA will be collected and selected and be presented to the public as festivals.

Postet on 23.09.2013 by Rolf Dennemann
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