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.
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:
‘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.
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.
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.
Resistances by the sea, a project run by Ro Caminal focused on researching the many ways in which gentrification processes affect several coastal mediterranean cities as well as how, in fornt of global processes, and as a consequence of the intersection between historical, geographical, economical and human specificities, local answers are triggered thus becoming the main characteristics of each neighborhood / city. The research aims at gathering theoretical and visual materials which, at a later stage, will shape 5 audiovisual pieces that might conform an archive of coastal neighborhoods, operating as a mirror of the mediterranean contemporaneity. This research unfolds from the following hypothesis: gentrification processes give birth to “non-places”, turning this neighborhoods into theme parks, places where the spectacle replaces the living experience, locations to be consumed by visitors in a pre established manner. Neighborhoods turned into a grotesque version of themselves, where the value that had initially triggered gentrification processes remains frozen in time even though its tangible characteristics don’t exist anymore, having a plausible impact in the live of its inhabitants. Such phenomenon is going to be passively and actively analyzed, that is: analyzing its impact when such process takes place, as in Barceloneta, as well as when it doesn’t happen, as in La Goulette (Tunis city). The binomial choice of the pair City / Neighborhood can be explained by the possibilities of residency as well as by the complicities weaved with institutions, infrastructures and contacts shared in order to produce the work, combined with a pre existing knowledge of such places.