E-Book: We-Traders - Learning from Urban Practice
We Traders – Swapping Crisis for City is an exhibition project of the Goethe-Institut that gathered 30 activists promoting urban change in Madrid, Lisbon, Turin, Toulouse, Berlin, and Brussels from 2012 until 2015; it was curated by Rose Epple and Angelika Fitz. This e-book combines theory and practice of this current urban culture of collaborative place-making and asks questions about its potential for the future.
Co-publisher: Angelika Fitz and dérive - Urban Research
Concept, Editing and Production: Christoph Laimer, Elke Rauth / dérive - Urban Research, www.derive.at
With contributions by:
Julia Albani, Leonie Baumann, Sonja Beeck, Santiago Eraso Beloki, Charlotte Bonduel, Javier Duero, Rose Epple, Angelika Fitz, Julia Förster, Alain Gatti, Stéphane Gruet, Frauke Hehl, Susanne Höhn, Rolf Novy-Huy, Common Josaphat, Elke Krasny, Jessica Kraatz Magri, Christoph Laimer, Andreas Novy, Lisa Parola, Luisa Perlo, Elke Rauth, Marco Revelli, Matteo Robiglio, Stavros Stavrides, and Chloé Viénot
Editor: Sabina Prudic-Hartl
Translations: Karin Khafaji, Joachim Noob, and Leonhard Schmeiser
Design: Rose Epple, www.roseapple.net
E-Book Programming: Scott Alexander / Ring eBooks, Berlin, ringebooks.de
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We-Traders: fase conclusiva e sviluppi futuri
Domenica 12 aprile l’ultima delle sei mostre We-Traders è stata definitivamente smontata al BOZAR, ma lo spirito We-Traders continuerà a soffiare.
Siamo lieti di annunciare che l’associazione Cultureghem di Bruxelles ha deciso di riconvertire e riutilizzare gli elementi della mostra per le proprie attività, quali KOOKMET e COLLECTMET, presso il Mercato dell’Abbatoir. La mostra We-Traders, concepita inizialmente come una piazza di mercato, ritrova quindi il suo posto al centro della città!
Sebbene non sia possibile riassumere in cifre l’esperienza We-Traders degli ultimi tre anni, desideriamo comunque condividere con voi alcuni dati:
- 30 We-Trades di Madrid, Torino, Berlino, Lisbona, Tolosa e Bruxelles e molte altre iniziative di cooperazione hanno condiviso progetti, esperienze e criticità nell’ambito delle mostre e dei forum We-Traders in tutta Europa.
- Oltre 300 persone tra cui We-Traders, curatori, membri dello staff del Goethe-Institut ed enti partner hanno partecipato attivamente alla realizzazione di We-Traders.
- 1.100 membri si sono iscritti alla community online delle Open Call di We-Traders.
- 47.000 visitatori alle mostre organizzate nelle sei città partecipanti hanno aderito all’iniziativa “Cedo crisi, offro città”. Ci auguriamo di aver proposto utili spunti per diffondere e far germogliare questa idea.
È inoltre in fase di realizzazione l’eBook We-Traders, in collaborazione con la rivista per la ricerca urbana dérive. A ottobre 2015, su questo sito, potrete scoprire e scaricare il manuale We-Trading di pratica urbana!
Nell’attesa di futuri e proficui incontri, un grandissimo grazie a tutti!
Per lo staff We-Traders:
Susanne Höhn, direttrice di progetto
Julia Förster, coordinatrice di progetto
Angelika Fitz and Rose Epple, curatrici
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.
WE-TRADERS TOULOUSE – THE OPEN CALL HAS A WINNER AND THE EXHIBITION OPENS ON 13 NOVEMBER!
The Toulouse Open Call is closed: the community chose CANALDATA by Urbain, trop Urbain as the best idea. Canal du Midi + Open Data = CANALDATA! is the formula on which the idea is based. Each interested inhabitant of Toulouse takes care of 10 m of the Canal du Midi crossing the city: green spaces, urban furniture, artistic interventions and many more activities are possible. The interventions will be presented and connected through an open data platform. A one-day festival will be the opportunity for testing and celebrating together.
More information on this idea and a varied program on “Swapping Crisis for City” can be discovered in the We-Traders exhibition in Toulouse! The opening takes place on Thursday 13 November at 18:30 in the premises Centre Méridional de l’Architecture et de la Ville (CMAV).
Retrospective “We-Traders Lisbon”
On November 2nd the exhibition We-Traders Lisbon closed its doors, with the youth orchestra Camerata de Cordas da Orquestra Municipal Geração da Amadora being the highlight of the closing night with a delightful and passionate concert, the young musicians entertained the audience with their interpretation of classical and contemporary pieces.
From the 3rd of October till the 2nd of November, We-Traders Lisbon offered a wide range of creative events. Hundreds of visitors and the project team came to see the exhibition, and also had the opportunity to actively participate in the many local events.
With workshops, public debates and presentations We-Traders Lisbon introduced following projects: O Espelho, A Linha, Agulha num Palheiro, BIP/ZIP and the fun community kitchen Cozinha Popular da Mouraria. We Traders from Toulouse and Torino presented the projects AERA / Le potager de Camille and Il Piccolo Cinema, and the audience got to enjoy various other activities and presentations revolving around the topics of urban intervention, community work, recycling and integration/diversity:
A presentation by Prof. Roque Amaro, ISCTE, about Social and Solidarity Economy; a workshop about Eco Design by "Projecto REMIX", the Banco do Tempo (Time Bank) by GRAAL. The topics Public space and Democracy were addressed during an evening curated by Artéria. Guest speakers Susana Ventura and Patrícia Santos Pedrosa discussed how education, tools and rules have an impact on today´s public space. Also part of the program was the Urban art and architecture project -Integration and transformation presented by Prof. António Lima, FAUL; BIP/ZIP-ing with Miguel Brito and 2 de Maio todos os dias, Casa do Vapor, Projecto Remix, Patio Ambulante: What kind of public Space promotes social cohesion?; Stéphane Gruet, co-curator from Toulouse who joined for a talk on SOUS LA VILLE, LA CRISE! A socially very relevant EU project presented by Hugo Cardoso from the Loures City Council, Communication for Integration "C4I", The theater group Teatro IBISCO followed by a presentation of ABOTA (Neighborhood Actions for Work Opportunity and Autonomy) underlining the rich cultural diversity of Portugal's Capital; "Adventure in the City" a project by Associação ARISCO aiming to improve health and to promote better social integration, the poetry workshop with Poetas sem Rede and the Open Call winners Dream Circus from Berlin and Patio de Dom Fradique from Lisbon presented their Projects.
The Goethe-Institut in Lisbon (Claudia Hahn-Raabe, director; Adriana Delgado Martins and Karina Müller, local coordination) and the co-curator Julia Albani thank everyone involved but most of all the public and the Facebook community!
Here a few impressions from the exhibition:
Photos: Francisco Jorge Nenclares