KEY NOTE OPENING PANEL  (11:00 – 12:30)

The TEH83 opening panel will host 4 keynote speakers to introduce and explore the unique and important role of art, cultural, creative and community centers in activating and nurturing a culture of sharing and a re-evaluation of social values. What are the key opportunities and challenges we are facing in this new paradigm? How can we activate, nurture and sustain our communities as drivers of mutualisation, active participation, co-governance, and stimulate a culture of sharing in general? Finally, we will talk about potential of centers to act as hubs for social innovation, implementing methods and tools that can make both the centers and their community members more resilient, sustainable, socially secure and eco-friendly.

Hosts: Antonia Banović & Matija Raos

Jekaterina Lavrinec, Laimikis, Vilnius, LT
Bruno Sokolowitz Papiol, Barcelona en Comu, SP
Marko Clausen, Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin, D
Dražen Šimleša, Institute for Social Science Ivo Pilar, Zagreb, HR

PANELS (14:00 – 15:30)

– four panels in parallel
Panels introduction:
The conference’s four sub-themes (Culture of Involvement, Sharing in Art & Education, Open Spaces for Sharing and Imagination, and Communities of Practice) will serve as different starting points to discuss the meaning and function of community, sharing principles and community-driven practices. These practices will be evaluated here for their potential in fostering artistic and social co-creation and co-production.

Route 1: “Culture of involvement” panel discussion

Title: “Cultivating Culture of Involvement”

Involving fellow citizens in community development can be challenging at times, but when a consensus is reached and everybody ‘rows the boat in the same direction, these can be easily overcome. In this session, attendees will hear stories of citizen involvement in the arts, environmental issues, the commons and urban regeneration from four experienced activists based in Riga, Vienna, Pula and Athens. What are the dos and don’ts of creating a “culture of involvement”? Which models and practices for engaging citizens in a common cause have been proven to be successful? What is the unique role played by independent arts and community centres in these processes?

Host: Birgitta Persson, TEH, Lund (S)


Jonas Buchel, Urban Institute, Riga (LV)
Alexandros Nousias, Creative Commons, Athens  (GR)
Dušica Radojčić, Green Istria, Pula (HR)
Gordana Crnko, Brunnenpassage, Wiena (A)


Route 2: “Sharing in Art & Education” panel discussion

Title: The relationship between Art and the Community

Drawing from their own unique perspectives and experience, panelists will discuss the challenges faced by international artists in engaging the local community. What problems did they encounter and how did they overcome them? How can we reconcile the demands and project requirements of the EU, and real, valuable work in the community? How can we use different methods of communication to help counter these problems?

Host: Davor Mišković, Drugo more, Rijeka (HR)

Sharon Baley, ISIS Art, Newcastle (GB)
Ivana Katić, Drugo more, Rijeka (HR)
Marijana Rimanić, Pogon, Zagreb (HR)
Miha Horvat, Sonda, Maribor (SI)


Route 3: “Open Spaces for Sharing and Imagination” panel discussion

Title:  “Exploring Beyond Space”

From the basic need for space to exploring beyond the conventional limitations of spaces, this panel will discover the role of space in community development. What makes a great space, and how can we manage our centers more collaboratively and creatively?

Host: Luka Piškorič, Poligon Creative Centre, Ljubljana (SI)

Jonathan Reyes, Civicwise, Valencia (ES)
Birte Gehm, Res Artis, Amsterdam (NL)
Relja Bobić, Nova Iskra, Belgrade (RS)
Van Pham, Xhurces, London (GB)


Route 4: “Communities of Practice”’ panel discussion

Title: “From Practice to Resilience”

We are currently witnessing a global crisis, which calls into question the very structure and legitimacy of the system. The whole world is seeking an answer to one million dollar question: what else? What is the alternative? Is there anything better? There’s only one way to find out: with practice! That is why we need many communities of practice. There are six foundations for making a community resilient according to Daniel Lerch: people, systems thinking, adaptability, transformability, sustainability, and courage. We have the great privilege in this panel to enter inside the practice of these six foundations of resilience in 4 important areas: participatory education and knowledge sharing; community building and mutual solidarity systems, progressive social change and awareness/ethical business, independant culture and self-empowerment through art.

Host: Dražen Šimleša, Institute for Social Science Ivo Pilar, Zagreb, HR

Natalie Milbrodt, Queens Library NY (USA)
Martin Simon, ABCD Europe, Stroud – Gloucestershire (GB)
Polly Moseley, CIC, Manchester (GB)
Ivana Krčelić, Radiona, Zagreb (HR)