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Call for projects

Heinrich Böll Foundation SurVivArt

Kunst für das Recht auf ein gutes Leben / Arts for the Right to a Good Life

è  Deadline submission of projects: January 31, 2011

è  Place: Berlin, Germany

è  Open to artists, art collectives, designers, architects, cultural activists, theater professionals, writers, curators, cultural activists in all disciplines

 

The Heinrich Böll Foundation invites individual artists, art collectives, designers, architects, cultural activists, theater professionals, writers, curators from Cambodia, Chile, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Myanmar/Burma, Nigeria, Russia, and Thailand,  to present proposals for the “SurVivArt – Arts for the Right to a Good Life“ project to be exhibited in the summer of 2011 in Berlin. The project is inspired by the initiative ÜBER LEBENSKUNST, initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, which is working together with supporters from the realms of culture, science, education, politics and civil society to identify alternative models for sustainable living in the 21st century.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) is developing the project “SurVivArt – Arts for the Right to a Good Life“, which through artistic and cultural actions, will propose a reflection on how people and communities from the global South, East and Central Europe, can imagine and create ways towards  the right to a good life in a sustainable way.

  • The selected projects will be shown in August 2011 in Berlin, Germany
  • The selected participants will be invited to come to Berlin during August 2011.
  • After the presentation in Berlin, the projects will be exhibited in the countries where the participating Regional Offices of the Heinrich Böll Foundation are located.
  • A publication /catalog featuring the selected projects will be published.
  • During the working process a web-blog / website will be created as a platform for communication and information between the participants living in different parts of the world and as an information and support tool between participants and organizers of the project

The Perspective

Art and cultural actions can re-envision our relationship to nature as well as between humans, proposing new ways to co-exist with our environment, and within societies, through a widespread collective effort catalyzed through a trans-disciplinary approach drawing from many fields of knowledge and social actors. Thus the “SurVivArt – Arts for the Right to a Good Life“ project intends to promote, through the collaborative actions of artists, works that propose creative reflections towards sustainable live practices. We would like to propose the issues of climate change and gender inequality, as the wide perspective by which the project can be approached.

Climate change. Through energy-related carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases, humans cause one of the biggest problems to the planet and its populations: global warming. How can people and communities create alternative forms of “development”, without damaging the biosphere? How can societies, with its own diverse cultural identities, adapt to the changing climate and still fulfill their right to a good life under those conditions?

Gender inequality refers to the obvious or hidden disparity between people due to their sex or gender orientation. This will not only, but most often refer to the discrimination of women, who often do not enjoy equal rights to property, career opportunities and salaries, participation in political decision-making, and more. How could the playing field be leveled so that women as well as people with any kind of gender orientation have equal opportunities to realize their rights and desires?

The Theme

The proposed theme for the project is the concept  of the «right to a good life». Projects should create ideas, stimulate reflection, and propose answers to the question: how can people today achieve their right to a good life?  How in this globalized world the right to a good life could be achieved?; how could societies, each with its diverse cultural identities, have the vision and the choice to develop sustainable life practices that regain the equilibrium between our needs as human beings and the environment?

And what does  a good life means in the frame of each different culture? The concept of a «good life» touches many layers of everyday life. How we live, where we live, what we eat, what we dress, what we consume, how and where we move and travel changes the carbon footprint of our lives. Through which creative, artistic innovations and proposals could we trigger changes in the varied aspects of our everyday practices? Likewise, these everyday practices are intrinsically loaded with gender differentiations, roles and opportunities. Sustainability can emerge from a wealth of simple interactions, but it is also a question of how the basic needs to a good and decent life are met. Could we find ways of living that contribute to more social equality and justice and that improve community participation and involvement?

How to apply

Artists, art collectives, designers, architects, cultural activists, theater professionals, writers, curators from Cambodia, Chile, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Myanmar/Burma, Nigeria, Russia,Thailand,  whose art oriented works and actions search for innovative ways to address social and environmental sustainability may apply. Projects can take the form of public interventions, site specific performances, interdisciplinary projects or any other forms of interaction.

Interested participants must send:

  • Concept and detailed description of the project (not more than 4 pages)
  • Work plan
  • Budget plan
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Examples of previous work: eg, 6 photographs, each photo no larger than 300 Kb in JPG; or video files in …format; or texts; or links to publications

Application must be sent digitally before January 31, 2011. Applications will be sent to (- insert email address of respective HBF regional office)

Selection procedure

The international selection committee of the Heinrich Böll Foundation will announce the selected projects by the end of February 2011. Participants not selected will be notified at the beginning of March.

Each selected project will be funded up to a maximum of 2.000 Euros.

The selected participants must present a coherent documentation of the work in progress by June 31, 2011 at the corresponding regional Heinrich Böll Foundation office. The form of documentation will be discussed with each selected participant or participants at the beginning of the project.

The organizers

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Our main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and men. We are also committed to equal rights for cultural and ethnic minorities and to the societal and political participation of immigrants. Finally, we promote non-violence and proactive peace policies.

 

Useful Links

Heinrich Boell Foundation: www.boell.de

Here additional website of respective regional office

ÜBER LEBENSKUNST – Initiative for Culture and Sustainability: www.ueber-lebenskunst.org/

 

The Theme

1. The Perspective

In the center of attention is the question: How can people and communities today realize their right to a good life? To answer this broad question, we propose to focus on two particular problems that reflect many aspects of the wider environmental and social crisis we are currently experiencing:

 

Gender Inequality. Gender inequality refers to the obvious or hidden disparity between people due to their sex or gender orientation. To achieve the right to good life, it is necessary to overcome gender inequality, so as to achieve equal rights, living conditions and social opportunities for any kind of gender orientation. This will not only, but most often refer to the discrimination of women, as in many societies, women account for the majority of work to be done in the in family care, while at the same time often providing the necessary cash income. Nevertheless, women often do not enjoy equal rights to property, career opportunities and salaries, participation in political decision-making, and more. How could the playing field be leveled so that women as well as people with any kind of gender orientation have equal opportunities to realize their rights and desires?

 

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