[artinfo] Fwd: [Beyond the Obvious 2017] - Registrations open
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>From: CULTURE ACTION EUROPE
><<mailto:communication at cultureactioneurope.org>communication at cultureactioneurope.org>
>Date: Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 12:33 PM
>BtO17 | Registrations open
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>The new obvious and the whale
> People today are still living off
>the table scraps of the sixties. They are still
>being passed around -- the music and the ideas.
>...I too, before I disappear, might find
>in an eternal Whale whose eyes are blind
>my old accustomed voice, my words arrayed
>in faultless battle order; as He made
>His whispers clear, with all my poor throat's might
>I could speak out, unwearied till the night,....
>Mihaly Babits, (Jonah's prayer, written in 1938, after Anschluss)
>Robert Manchin, president & acting secretary general of Culture Action Europe
>The thought-provoking gathering of Culture
>Action Europe aims to look beyond the obvious. A
>prophetic task fitting our mandate in society.
>Every year since 2014 we update our definition
>of the obvious. What was unthinkable the year or
>even the Day Before, becomes the New Obvious.
>Our self-definition as a sector includes the
>task of sense-making, laying the foundations for
>shared cultural interpretations of our uncertain
>world. Much like a reluctant prophet before, we
>might prefer to reflect and think in a shade,
>ignoring the alarming signs of social,
>environmental and political tensions. The
>mission that unites us is to Act for Culture, to
>gather strength from each other in order to
>fulfil this calling. We will again provide an
>opportunity to share stories and experiences, to
>sketch scenarios, and build strategies.
>The 2017 Beyond the Obvious conference takes
>place by the Danube, in Budapest, in a venue
>named appropriately Balna (the Whale).
>We propose to take advantage of this location as
>a starting point to discuss the multiple
>challenges of the European project. Knowing that
>no obvious solutions exist, we need a deeper
>understanding of the cultural and historic
>viewpoints of the different European regions.
>After a decade of being in the EU, Central and
>Eastern Europe is culturally still terra
>incognita. Seriously underrepresented in EU
>cultural networks, Central and Eastern Europeans
>lack a voice and Europe as a whole lacks the
>lenses to understand the complex social and
>cultural developments that shape the region.
><< We wonder are the East-West socio-cultural
>dynamics fundamentally different?
>What are the common threads?
>How meaningful is the North-South paradigm?
>How do we move beyond the centre-periphery dichotomy? >>
>We invite you to reflect, discuss and
>collectively embrace the issues that a composite
>Europe faces today. To prevent further
>fragmentation this cannot be postponed.
>European culture is not limited by borders.
>After the UK vote to leave the EU and at a time
>of rising global counterrevolution against
>cosmopolitism and globalisation, we need to
>urgently discuss how the cultural frameworks
>shaping our practices can benefit from the
>inclusion of cultural actors within and outside
>of political borders.
><< Expect lively exchanges from colleagues from
>UK, from the Balkan and hopefully from Russia as
>While we search for effective ways to act on
>national and global level, we have great
>examples of culture-led social innovations from
>communities at a local level.
><< Expect inspiring discussions as a break from
>all the doom and gloom scenarios from actors in
>the most innovative European cities >>
>We are inviting brave cities, piloting solutions
>on how to create inclusive, culturally
>sustainable localities. A special focus will be
>on sharing experiences of actors from past and
>future or aspiring European Capitals of Cultures.
>We need our collective creativity and visions to
>redefine the edges of culture. We cannot be
>blind to the signals pointing to the
>transformation of the global regime and the
>change of paradigm that it encompasses. Yet, the
>global changes happening are not limited to the
>domain of the political institutions. The
>digital data, information and communication
>revolution, the rapid transformation of work,
>the depletion of the biological and
>environmental base of our existence as a
>species, makes this great acceleration
>This is the context where we need to be bold
>enough to move beyond our conventional
>assumptions. The Whale will be a space to
>rethink culture, to explore its borders and
><< Expect to hear controversial views and be
>open to challenging discourses. The proven
>participative format of the BtO will spark
>inspiration and self-reflective exchange >>
>We look forward to welcome you in Budapest!
>See you all in Budapest!
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