Data Mapping.

We have been researching data about migration in Europe- it’s a tricky task and difficult to get the full and most recent picture. We experiment with a sample of data from the group, and set up a questionnaire to gather information about our routes across Europe.

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We think about how to illustrate the data and begin work with drawings and sketches.

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Box City

IMG_0747Over the last few days the pile of cardboard boxes has transformed into something else…beautifully painted with images, letters and symbols, the boxes are stacked on top of each other on the terrace. In the evening, the  group starts to make a stop-motion film which will be shown as part of the installation.

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Mirrors in the sun.

mirrors 2One of the  art works will be using mirrors and reflected light  so it’s important that we visit the space  to see how the sun falls at the same time as  we will be presenting the exhibition. Happily , today is a sunny day and the team explore the site with mirrors refracting images onto the various surfaces of the fort.

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Ordering materials in many languages.

Getting down to specifics, and ordering our materials is quite a process…translating some quite usual artists requirements- gaffer tape, plastic sheeting, drawing pins and string..into Montenegran, and some rather unusual ones too.  Boris tries very hard to understand and accommodate Bulgaria’s request for ‘loi’- luckily he is a patient man with a good sense of humour!
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The Creative Process…

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Who knows when creativity might strike, or what form it might take? Perhaps after a few pickles too many, the group self-organised into 5 perfectly formed teams, and got down to some serious conceptualization. The room is filled with talk and everyone is bouncing ideas off each other…the desire to share and the trust amongst the group is evident …. there’s a babble of voices, moments of deep thoughtfulness, and even some dancing as we share ideas.

“How do you create some meaning in this space….”

“be natural”

“It doesn’t have to be like that…”

By the end of the session the groups have developed initial ideas around the theme ‘Art to make you think, feel , create change’…. and are ready to relax.

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I belong.

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Nancy Barrett, (UK) Director of ion creative  ran a workshopto explore what we knew, and felt about European citizenship and values, and to uncover some of the tensions of the concept; to help us start to think about how we define, reflect and express this in the group art work. After some reflection the group made paper planes with their initial thoughts and questions, and then flew these to each other, creating responses as each plane ‘landed’ and then choosing a new route to fly the ideas on.

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Some Interesting Questions arose that will begin to inform out thinking as we make the work:

 

Is there a distinct European culture?

What are similarities, differences and overlaps between local, European, and global citizenship?

 

Who are the immigrants, refugees and non-Europeans?

How will integration, inclusion and participation work?

Is European Citizenship an elitist idea?

Are we describing a reality – or constructing one?

How can the concept become more tangible, relevant and meaningful for young Europeans ?

 

We also look at some case studies form the UK and Ireland that have used arts and creative processes to explore and uncover a space, or location, to reflect individual identity, and shared heritage.

My Space My Place , a project with secondary school students to explore identity and heritage, and to share commonalities from this- using variances in languages, traditions, religious practices, leisure time and hobbies, to pull together common threads. The UK is a country built from migration over many years , and the notion of what it is to be ‘British’ is rarely explored in schools.

 

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Amanda Rice and Joanna Hopkins, ( Ireland)  talked about their recent project, as an example of a temporary artworks and installations. The project took place in and around the town of Castlebar, Co Mayo.

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and UK artists Elsia Atersaro discussed some of the roles involved in creating a group show.

 

First rainy site visit to Stari Bar….

 

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The Old Town of Bar is the largest and the most important medieval archaeological site in the Balkans. Its position between the coast and the mountains has seen it unite all Mediterranean cultures: Illyrian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Slavic, Venetian and Ottoman. Deserted since the end of the 19th century, it fell into further ruin after the 1979 earthquake .

 

 

 

We will be installing the work in the restored amphitheatre- the site is quite challenging and we will have to think carefully about how we hang and fix work against the beautiful mellow stone walls; and how we make use of this impressive and ancient performance space.

 

Pondering logistics

Pondering logistics