We-Traders finale and aftermath
On Sunday 12th of April the last of six We-Traders exhibitions was dismantled for good at BOZAR, but the We-Traders spirit will continue.
We are very happy to announce that the association Cultureghem in Brussels will upcycle the exhibition elements for their activities such as KOOKMET and COLLECTMET at the Abbatoir Market. Thus the We-Traders exhibition which was originally conceived as a market place will find its way back to the heart of the city!
The We-Traders experience of the last three years cannot be expressed in numbers. However, we would like to share some of them with you:
- 30 We-Trades from Madrid, Turin, Berlin, Lisbon, Toulouse and Brussels and even more collaborating initiatives exchanged their projects, experiences and challenges in the We-Traders exhibitions and fora throughout Europe.
- More than 300 people including We-Traders, curators, team members from the Goethe-Institut and partner institutions were actively involved in the making of We-Traders.
- 1,100 members joined the We-Traders Open Call online community.
- 47,000 exhibition visitors in the 6 cities joined us in “Swapping Crisis for City” and are hopefully inspired to spread the seed and make it grow.
Currently a We-Traders eBook is being edited in collaboration with the magazine for urban research dérive. In October 2015 you can discover and download this manual for We-Trading as urban practice on this website!
Thanks a lot to all of you! We are very much looking forward to future encounters.
For the We-Traders team:
Susanne Höhn, project director
Julia Förster, project coordinator
Angelika Fitz and Rose Epple, curators
The We-Traders arrived in Brussels
The “We-Traders” project considers citizens as central players in the future of cities. It creates bridges between initiatives based in Madrid, Turin, Berlin, Lisbon, Toulouse and Brussels.
In Brussels, the exhibition We-Traders. Swapping crisis for city! looks at five local projects that propose, each in their field and in their own way, to exchange the crisis against a constructive urban project: CanalPark BXL, Commons Josaphat, Community Landtrust BXL (CLTB), The Brussels Poetry Collective und w-o-l-k-e. The initiatives participating in the exhibition will also organise workshops from March 5 to April 12, 2015 at BOZAR.
Already during the opening on Wednesday 4 March 2015 at 6:45pm, you will be invited to a screen printing workshop with Rütli-Wear from Berlin, to play the "Mobile Pétanque" with Canalpark BXL and to follow the writing of a poem by the Brussels Poetry Collective.
For further information you may visit the website of Goethe-Institut Brussels (in German).
On 25th January 2015 the voting for the open call "What yould you do with a 100 m² in Brussels?" ended, and the online community chose BAZAAR FESTIVAL of Hanne Van Reusel as the winning idea which will be shown at the exhibition from 4 March.
Brussels goes We-Traders!
The journey through Europe is not yet over – after Madrid, Turin, Berlin, Lisbon and Toulouse, you can meet the We-Traders in Brussels on 4 March! At the Center for Fine Arts Brussels (BOZAR), five Belgian initiatives will feature amongst the 25 We-Traders ventures to date and will show how crisis can be swapped for city in the capital of Belgium and Europe.
Preparations for the extension of the exhibition are in full swing. The We-Traders workshop took place on 13 January at the Goethe-Institut Brüssel. The Brussels activists from CanalPark BXL, Commons Josaphat, Community Landtrust BXL (CLTB), The Brussels Poetry Collective and w-o-l-k-e drew up the content, programme and open call question for the latest exhibition event in cooperation with the curators and teams from the Goethe-Institut and BOZAR and the urban planner Eric Corijn.
The five initiatives will be presented in all seven languages on the We-Traders website from February. Until then it’s “Ruil crisis voor stad” as the site is already available in Dutch, an official national language in Belgium alongside French and German.
The Brussels open call on the question of “What would you do with 100 m² in Brussels?” starts on 26.1.2015. You can register on the We-Traders community now in order to upload your idea from 26 January.