Manifesta 13 / Atelier de l’Observatoire / L’Art Rue > Al Moutawassit: Cultural Mediation as a Meeting Point (France)
‘Al Moutawassit: cultural mediation as a meeting point’ is a project born from the shared desire to consider the potential of critical pedagogy in the transformation of artistic practices, cultural mediation, curating and teaching on both shores of the Mediterranean. The project aims to initiate a process of mutual enrichment through the theoretical and practical exchange of know-how.
Derived from conversations between the education and learning team of the thirteenth edition of the European nomadic biennial Manifesta in Marseille, the team of the Atelier de l’Observatoire in Casablanca, and the team of L’Art Rue in Tunis, the format of ‘Al Moutawassit: cultural mediation as a meeting point’ will be that of an autumn school for young professionals in fields of contemporary art, formal education, research and social action residing and working in Algeria, France, Morocco and Tunisia. The participants will be invited to consider various aspects of the theory and practice of mediation such as the decentralisation of knowledge and decolonial thinking; community and territory-based mediation (participation and collaboration); questioning methodologies; institutional analysis and power relations (economy of mediation and working conditions).
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the programme has been adapted and will now consist of:
Field-research in local groups of 5 people (October 2020).
An intensive online programme of group workshops, discussions and meetings (November 2020).
Collective work on a final publication that participant will then present at Manifesta 13 in Marseille (November 2020).
Applicants should reside in Algeria, France, Morocco or Tunisia, and be under 40 and recently graduated in fields of contemporary art, formal education, research or social action. Applicants should be fluent in at least two of the programme’s languages: English, French and Arabic.
Transport costs, accommodation, visa, and half-board during stays are covered by the programme.
Deadline: 14 August 2020