RESHAPE: A Workbook to Reimagine the Art World
The Goethe-Institut, as one of the RESHAPE partners and part of its community, is proud to present "RESHAPE: A Workbook to Reimagine the Art World” as the result of RESHAPE - Reflect, Share, Practice, Experiment. Exploring the expertise of those already experimenting with new models and ways of working, the Workbook gathers instruments for transition towards a new, fairer arts ecosystem.The tangible results of this process are presented in the form of Prototypes, proposals that reflect and provoke the transformation of the sector, towards more equitable and more sustainable methods and ways of working.
The RESHAPE project partners and the RESHAPE community are proud to present RESHAPE: A Workbook to Reimagine the Art World. The online version is available on the project website, and the printed one will be available by the beginning of March 2021.
This Workbook is the result of RESHAPE - Reflect, Share, Practice, Experiment, a research and development project that brought together artists, art professionals, and organisations from Europe and the southern Mediterranean to create new organisational models and alternative ways of working. The project aims to respond to today’s challenges, aligning fairness, solidarity, and sustainability with the civil role of the arts. Exploring the expertise of those already experimenting with new models and ways of working, the Workbook gathers instruments for transition towards a new, fairer arts ecosystem.
The tangible results of this process are presented in the form of Prototypes, proposals that reflect and provoke the transformation of the sector, towards more equitable and more sustainable methods and ways of working. These take various forms: a game, a collection of rituals, a house, a shapeshifting department, a multitude of questions, a call for action, and many others. All contribute to positive change in the arts and its relation to society.
The prototypes engage in dialogue with a number of existing, reworked and commissioned works selected by the RESHAPE community, which we call Zeitgeist material. The authors, including artists, scholars, and critical thinkers, analyse and contextualise these challenges, and draw up concepts for change.
In the Introduction, project coordinator Milica Ilić describes the rationale and process of RESHAPE. Joris Janssens explains the process of making structural changes within RESHAPE and beyond. The journalist Lina Attalah interviewed the six facilitators who accompanied the various groups of artists and art professionals as they worked on the prototypes.
RESHAPE encourages adopting, applying, and building on the prototypes in the everyday practices of artists, art workers, and organisations in Europe and the southern Mediterranean – indeed, all over the world, to contribute to fundamental change in the arts and society. Delve into the vast material published on reshape.network and start your own path of reshaping the arts.
Here’s what you can find online:
• RESHAPE: An Experiment in Collaborative Change-making by Milica Ilić
• Changing the Game: The RESHAPE Transition by Joris Janssens
• Governance Of The Possible by Helga Baert, Martin Schick, Sam Trotman
• Transnational and Postnational Practices Manual by Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen, Pau Cata, Petr Dlouhy, Heba el-Cheikh, Gjorgje Jovanovik, Marta Keil, Dominika Święcicka, Marine Thévenet, Ingrid Vranken
• Introduction to Solidarity Economies Proposals by Ouafa Belgacem, Ekmel Ertan, Harald Geisler, Anastasya Kizilova, Dorota Ogrodzka, Aniko Racz, Laure Deselys, Doreen Toutikian
• The Gamified Workshop Toolkit: Values of Solidarity by Dorota Ogrodzka, Aniko Racz, Doreen Toutikian
• The Solidarity Tax by Doreen Toutikian
• ArtBnB by Ouafa Belgacem, Anastasya Kizilova
• Department of Civil Imagination by Ana Alexieva, An Vandermeulen, Chiara Organtini, Jessica Huber, Joon Lynn Goh, Maria Vlachou, Paky Vlassopoulou, Shelagh Wright and Peter Jenkinson, Virág Major
• Value of Art in Social Fabric by Tewa Barnosa, Bojan Krištofić, Zoe Lafferty, Caroline Melon, Minipogon , Margarita Pita, Jean-Lorin Sterian, Marina Urruticoechea
• Evaluation — Actors, Values, and Metrics by Eduardo Bonito, Katarina Pavić, Claire Malika Zerhouni
INTERVIEWS WITH FACILITATORS (all by Lina Attalah)
• Various Faces of Solidarity — An interview with Nike Jonah
• On Mobility, Rituals, and Senses – Post- and Transnational Explorations — An interview with Marta Keil
• Creating the Department of Civil Imagination — An interview with Peter Jenkinson and Shelagh Wright
• The Home, the Suitcase, and the Social Fabric — An interview with Pedro Costa
• On Fair Governance and Evaluation — An interview with Katarina Pavić
• Overproduction by Weronika Parfianowicz
• I Am Multitudes by Ogutu Muraya
• Coffee by Muanis Sinanović
• Politicising Piracy — Making an Unconditional Demand by Pirate Care
• Feminist Practices, Radical Politics by Laura Roth
• ETMAC: The Extra-territorial Ministry of Arab Culture by Adham Hafez, Adam Kucharski
• Wages for and against Art Work: On Economy, Autonomy, and the Future of Artistic Labour by Katja Praznik
• In Digestion by Rébecca Chaillon
• Reframing European Cultural Production: From Creative Industries towards Cultural Commons by Pascal Gielen
• Art and Culture after Covid-19 by Justin O’Connor
• A Short History of Unnoticed Notifications by Nebojša Milikić
• From Freehouse to Neighborhood Co-op: The Birth of a New Organizational Form by Sue Bell Yank
• Agencies of Art: A Report on the Situation of Small and Medium-sized Art Centres in Denmark, Norway and Sweden by Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Nina Möntmann
• The Art Institution as a Hole in the Ground by Sarah Vanhee
• Feminisation, Democracy, Labour: Towards a Socialised Cultural Institution by Agata Adamiecka - Sitek, Igor Stokfiszewski, Marta Keil
• Lockdown Theatre (2): Beyond the Time of the Right Care: A Letter to the Performance Artist by Bojana Kunst
• Hope Through the Fog by Declan McGonagle
• Museums: Essential or Non-essential? by Daniel Spock
• From Staging to Enacting Politics: The Case of Alternative Theatres in Istanbul by Zeynep Uğur
The RESHAPE project was funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
“RESHAPE: A Workbook to Reimagine the Art World“ is edited by Dirk De Wit, Milica Ilić, Sofie Joye and Marijana Rimanić. Proposals to reshape the working models in the field of arts and culture are composed by the RESHAPE community, namely: An Vandermeulen, Ana Alexieva, Anastasya Kizilova, Aniko Racz, Bojan Krištofić, Caroline Melon, Chiara Organtini, Claire Malika Zerhouni, Dominika Święcicka, Doreen Toutikian, Dorota Ogrodzka, Eduardo Bonito, Ekmel Ertan, Fatin Farhat, Gjorgje Jovanovik, Harald Geisler, Heba el-Cheikh, Helga Baert, Ilija Pujić, Ingrid Vranken, Jean-Lorin Sterian, Jessica Huber, Joon Lynn Goh, Katarina Pavić, Laure Deselys, Margarita Pita, Maria Vlachou, Marina Urruticoechea, Marine Thévenet, Marta Keil, Martin Schick, Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen, Minipogon (Tijana Cvetković and Vahida Ramujkić), Nike Jonah, Ouafa Belgacem, Paky Vlassopoulou, Pau Cata, Pedro Costa, Petr Dlouhy, Sam Trotman, Shelagh Wright and Peter Jenkinson, Tewa Barnosa, Virdžinija Đeković Miketić, Virág Major and Zoe Lafferty. Contributors to the Zeitgeist materials are Adam Kucharski, Adham Hafez, Agata Adamiecka - Sitek, Ana Vujanović, Bojana Kunst, Daniel Spock, Declan McGonagle, Igor Stokfiszewski, Jana Traboulsi, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Justin O’Connor, Katja Praznik, Laura Roth, Muanis Sinanović, Nebojša Milikić, Nina Möntmann, Ogutu Muraya, Pascal Gielen, Pirate Care (Tomislav Medak, Marcell Mars, Valeria Graziano), Rébecca Chaillon, Sarah Vanhee, Sue Bell Yank, Weronika Parfianowicz and Zeynep Uğur.