CALLS FOR PROJECTS FOR "CITIZEN PARTICIPATION"
Until 1 July at midnight
Guidelines for the call: participar.de/es/Convocatoria
This call aims to create a participatory platform about visual arts. The platform functions as a set of interrelated actions that work as an integrated device: open call, web tool, professional meeting, and public presentation of projects. These formats seek to generate a network of knowledge exchange and to strengthen the cultural dialogue between Spain and Germany. The citizens of both countries are asked to reflect collectively on the subject of "Citizen Participation" which invites them to present artistic creation proposals. Since the financial crisis reached social environments in 2010, more citizens of all ages are increasingly reclaiming their voice in society through protest movements, citizen initiatives, and so on. In Spain, the 15 M movement arose in a particularly tough context due to the high rate of unemployment among youth and the increasingly poor economic perspectives for many levels of society. In Germany, there are permanent arguments about the transformation and reduction of the educational system within the framework of the Bologna process, while protests are increasing against large infrastructure projects such as Stuttgart 21 or expansion of the Frankfurt and Munich airports, since people feel they have a negative impact on their everyday lives. In both Spain and Germany, citizens do not feel represented and regret not being able to take an active part in processes that affect them.
More information at: www.participar.de