04 – 06 July 07
The encounter will be based on the on-line discussion about the neighboring countries' role in shaping the reality of the common Europe.
Different aspects of 'European solidarity' will be examined and the encounters will discuss how artistic interaction and manifestations might reduce the prejudices by 'Old Europe' about 'Newer Europe', and how the new member countries could strengthen their activities in presenting the arts of their neighbours, still waiting to be invited into the 'European family'. Examples will be presented of projects and artists that are working to overcome the distance between the Europe of NOW and the NEXT Europe.
It seems that the Old Europe is currently suffering the middle age crisis. It is like everything had been already done, there is no hope for new visions and changes that would bring back a dialogue between citizens and the policy makers.
The New Europe was expected to burst with the fresh energy and enthusiastic work, bring back values of the European solidarity. The young democracies, being oppressed for 50 years, had always dreamt about co-creating Europe. But the reality showed that we immediately have accepted the EU schedules - jointed the system instead of trying to rethink it. Suddenly it came clear that what was supposed to cure additionally brought a new dangerous virus - the revival of populism, nationalism and xenophobia.
The last hope could be seen in the energy of the Newer Europe. There the civil society is still more an illusion than a conscious responsibility for shaping the political and social reality. Populism and a dream of strong leadership attract more and more citizens, being tired and disappointed with the difficult process of democratisation. Paradoxically, these negative effects could be a 'shaking therapy' for the inefficient communication between citizens and policy makers in the European Union.
The image, titled 'Demosutra' comes from Robert Rumas, a Polish artist invited to participate in the project.
This encounter is hosted by: BSCC