In this section we document the different projects in which Platform HARAKAT is involved in collaboration with other organizations and individuals. From critically reactivating cultural heritage to co-creating nomadic residences and reviewing alternative ways to rethink and interact with the public space, Platform HARAKAT team engages, at different levels and through different formats, in projects that enhance the meaningful mobility of knowledges and practices.
Within the many debates affecting Art Residencies there is an important area of inquiry that remains under-researched. That is the invisibility of other than Euro-centered approaches in the narrative that currently frames their history. An example of the lack of complexity in the history of art residencies can be found in the omission of the rich tradition intertwining mobility and knowledge within Islamic and Arab cultures and the multiple hybrid heritages they enhanced. The primary aim of this project is precisely to address, challenge and remediate this absence while imagining art residencies’ alternative pasts and suggest possible futures. To this end, artistic research, post-representational cartography, collaborative and intimate curating, and experimental genealogy are adopted as methodological groundings from which a speculative Arab art residency proto-history is proposed. Through a mediascape developed in collaboration with the Moroccan curatorial and design duo Untitled, An event without its poem is an event that never happened proposes to discover unexpected lineages, to reside in the movement of knowledge(s), and to rethink the assumptions embedded in a history that we believed was already written.
The project 'Estat Previ’, is born of the need to reflect on the archive that remain in previous state. We understand as a previous state that where an archive has not yet been subject to intervention by specialized institutions or, in which, for different reasons, the archive remains in the peripheries of its possible interest. The previous state is the one in which the knowledge contained in the archive remains unexplored, covered with dust, when the archive remains in a time and a space away from the its default functionality. Taking as a starting point this conceptual framework, 'Estat Previ’ proposes:
‘Resistances by the sea’ is a work in progress research project run by Ro Caminal (with the support of OSIC, CeRCCa and Platform Harakat) focused on the many ways in which gentrification processes, or its lack, affect several coastal Mediterranean cities. The project analyses how, in front of those global processes, and the intersections with historical, geographical, economical and human specificities of each city, local answers arise.
The chosen neighbourhoods in which this contemporary social mirror of the Mediterranean is built are: La Barceloneta in Barcelona, La Goulette in Tunis, Mansheya and Al Agami in Alexandria, La Casbah in Algiers and Sliema in Malta. The project is an undisciplined hybridation in between social sciences and visual arts. The result is a non representative portrait centred in the invisible stories that have shaped the history of these neighbourhoods to display a subjective and collective portrait of the Mediterranean
Transformer is a multifaceted, two-year project presented by Blitz, in collaboration with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, and culminating in a multi-site exhibition. The project will build a relationship between a Maltes artistic context and an international cultural network through a series of border- crossing curatorial and artistic exchanges. The project includes curatorial research, artist residencies, public talks, workshops and a series of site-specific exhibitions in spaces across Malta during the 2018 European Capital of Culture year. The activities will be a collaboration between project partners: Blitz in Valetta, CeRCCa in Barcelona, Le18 and Atelier Observatoire in Marrakech and Casablanca, and 3 137 in Athens, with the aim of building a network which will help develop Artist Run Organisations (AROs) and the contemporary art context in Malta. Transformer focuses on the dynamic generated by AROs and their engagement with contingencies of the present, engendering artistic discourse via artists-based research activities in-situ. Transformer institutes a ground-up, grassroots, sustainable and long-lasting interchange; nurturing, developing and extending the activity of the Maltese contemporary art scene, widening its sphere of influence, and embedding it within European and international communities of practice. Transformer is supported by the Multi-Annual Support Grant – Arts Council Malta and is part of the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture programme.
In the framework of KIBRIT and HARAKAT, CeRCCa proposes a collaboration with MARSAD DRÂA, is a research and practice based program that aims at reflecting upon the traditions of nomadism and travel in the Sahel region. As part of KIBRIT, Beyond Qalifa Thania will focus in the reactivation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage taking as study area different aspects of migration, nomadism and the rich culture of the traveler in the region. The program is articulated through: An archive of cartographies, photographs and textual and video resources on migration, nomadism and the tradition of traveling in the Sahara region, a nomadic residency in south Moroccan desert, a collaborative artists book / Fanzine, the online development of Platform HARAKAT and QAFILA Project and a public presentation as part of the final KIBRIT exhibition.
‘The art of getting lost in Alexandria and Barcelona’ is a project reflecting upon urban experiences of migration, nomadism and detouring from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. In the aftermath of branded cities, our societies are left with a territory in constant digestion and reconstruction, where bodies carry the contradictions about being and staying in the urban experience. From a Mediterranean perspective, ‘The art of getting lost’ team launched a debate about the many ways of challenging dominant narratives of the city in Barcelona and Alexandria, digging in the potential of disorientation, practicing the art of getting lost. In the framework of Tandem Shaml Program, the collaboration between Gudran (Alexandria) and CeRCCa (Barcelona) proposes an interdisciplinary research-based project, aiming to reflect and challenge mainstream narratives of both cities through alternative histories and stories. ‘The art of getting lost in Alexandria and Barcelona’ develops through research, residencies, seminars, exhibition and critical film screenings. A publication will summarize the process and its outcomes.
NACMM is a research and info-platform about residency and mobility initiatives for artists, writers and researchers interested in travelling and developing projects from within North Africa. The aims of NACMM are: To promote an alternative understanding of the socio-cultural contexts of the region and to strengthen artistic and research collaborations between North African countries and beyond.
In order to achieve these goals the project has developed: