Prague – Marseille Is one vote enough?

The Goethe-Institut in Prague has teamed up with the Institute for Democracy 21, a research start-up, which develops new voting algorithms for elections in Europe and elsewhere. This Czech start-up presents its approach in its film: to counteract “democratic burnout” through a playful use of digital ballots and to make voting itself more precise by allowing multiple votes, giving people a sense that they can make better choices through smarter voting.

 


Marseille-Prague
The Marseille-Prague tandem have also merged questions. Their point of departure is the Euroméditerranée project in Marseille, the largest urban renewal project in southern Europe. The question now centres on the use of public space as envisioned by urban planners, as evolved over time and as currently used. Prague's project partner, the Institute for Democracy 21 (lfd21), which sees itself as a platform for social innovation and advocates for a more differentiated system of voting in democracies, is using its forward-looking electoral algorithms in Marseille to develop a collective vision {kollektive Wunschproduktion} of what the results of a more participatory form of urban planning might look like. The tandem already held a conference on the subject of “participation” in Marseille in June, during which the project was presented to the public, and the partners met up again in September.
 
For Marseille, a new publishing house called Hors d’atteinte is putting together its first list of publications, due out at the beginning of 2019, on the subjects of feminism, populism, nationalism, urban development policy and environmental scandals.
 
A joint film project, which got started in October, will culminate in a sort of web series: three short films, at the interface between art film and documentary, about the site of the Euroméditerranée project: one from a historical perspective, one presenting a concrete look at the present-day status quo, and one fleshing out a future scenario in which a local flea market defies gentrification and is taken over and run by the current stakeholders.
 
As the last piece of the puzzle of the Marseille-Prague collaboration, a participatory workshop, inspired by the project Labour in a Single Shot by the artists Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann, will be held in mid-November. The workshop is for people who have a particular connection to the places featured in the three films. With the aid of filmmaker Eva Stotz, the participants will shoot short films (max. two minutes long) about topics discussed in the workshop. The films and other concrete results of the workshop will be presented in cinemas, film festivals, art exhibitions and on the Internet, and the technical and research findings will be presented at conferences.

(October 2018)

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Founded by a young mathematician and entrepreneur, the Institute for Democracy 21 is a start-up that develops voting algorithms. The independent foundation aims to save the world from more Trumps and Brexits by replacing one-vote, plurality voting with multi-vote, consensus-centred methods, and reverse current political apathy through “gamification” of elections.

 
  •  Eva Stotz filming Reda Merad in his bar "Le Perroquet bleu" © Goethe-Institut Marseille
    Eva Stotz filming Reda Merad in his bar "Le Perroquet bleu"
  • Lena Birkhold filming in the office of "Le marché aux puces", Marseille © Goethe-Institut Marseille
    Lena Birkhold filming in the office of "Le marché aux puces", Marseille
  • Interview with Richard who sells antiquities on the "marché aux puces" © Goethe-Institut Marseille
    Interview with Richard who sells antiquities on the "marché aux puces"
  • Eva Stotz films participants of workshop during their trumpet lesson © Goethe-Institut Marseille
    Eva Stotz films participants of workshop during their trumpet lesson
  • Interview with Arthur Guyot who lives in "La Cité radieuse" © Goethe-Institut Marseille
    Interview with Arthur Guyot who lives in "La Cité radieuse"
  • Eva Stotz is filming Arthur Guyot at "La Cité Radieuse" © Goethe-Institut Marseille
    Eva Stotz is filming Arthur Guyot at "La Cité Radieuse"

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