For almost two years, TRADERS Talk has been serving as a forum for sharing and discussing how art and design practices can work in / with / for public space in participatory ways. The platform takes the form of an Archive of projects and practices clustered around three central topics: participation, public space and agency. The projects that are part of the archive represent alternative takes on the city and our built environment, suggesting that things could be otherwise. In the context of the upcoming TRADERS Open School, we are launching a new open call for projects for the Archive that respond to this statement.
From the 21st to the 30th of April 2017, TRADERS in collaboration with Z33 will host the last public event of the project: TRADERS Open School, a space for collaboration, experimentation, research and practice that will explore different approaches to participatory art and design in public space. The OS is building on 3 years of research, exhibitions, conferences and training weeks, bringing together a variety of approaches in dialogue to create compelling juxtapositions, conceptual rapprochements and ambitious exchanges.
During this event, an extended version of our archive will be materialized and presented as a stock of good practices that inform future research and practice. The Archive in its physical form will serve as a resource for the OS; it will also remain in its digital form and be accessible online. Existing projects already present in the platform will be automatically included.
To submit a project for the archive, click here to add your contribution.
As an Open School, there will be tutors from a range of backgrounds and practices giving talks, exhibitions and hosting events in a peer-oriented community. Practitioners who respond to the open call might be invited to contribute in the role of tutor.
Projects should be submitted before the 1st of April 2017.