'create and do'
The making of a practical agenda has to be based on
- an cultural adaptation process to real needs
- done best in anticipation of things to come
- while learning from the past to ensure continuity and consistency over time
This is done best by
articulating 'memories of the future'
bringing together people to look together forward.
Above all Poiein kai Prattein as NGO of civil society in Greece and Europe needs to
- uphold civil values
- retain positive reputation
- maintain an independence
so as to ensure the concept cannot be influenced by money and other forces.
In terms of life in cities and in local environments, Poiein kai Prattein supports efforts to improve 'quality of life'. This goes hand in hand with consistency in working out solutions while gaining experiences through actions best understood as investments in cultural development.
One challenge is, therefore, to derive out of a 'biotop of ideas', as experienced during the action on Rhodes in May-June 2011, a new sense of interconnectivity between people, issues and knowledge base. This is needed to replace the old theory-practice dilemma as discussed at the conference held in Berlin, May 2011 on the question 'can European Capitals of Culture contribute to a culture of sustainability?'
Having stated this, it is acknowledged that
- as an organisational entity, Poiein kai Prattein derives inspirations from poetic insights
- it initiates actions out of artistic wonders in search of a political philosophy for governance
- the articulation of human self-understanding is needed to set the practical agenda
- conscious relationships to a world beset by different levels of governance require publicness
- the practical knowledge base needs a cultural adaptation process to stay in touch with reality
- policy issues in terms of real needs have to be resolved to bring about sustainable development
Poiein kai Prattein shall be engaged in following actions during 2011/12:
'IMPERISHABLE WATER and the open question of development'
- Haroula Hadijnicolaou curated on behalf of Poiein kai Prattein an action to the theme of 'imperishable water and the open question of development' on Rhodes from May 29 until June 4th, in order to deal with water / wet lands related issues on the island,
- prepare a catalogue for purpose of publication
- oganize an exhibition of the actions in Rhodes 2012
Cultural heritage protection and promotion: rescue of old house in Exarchia, Athens
ΠΑΡΑΔΟΣΗ, ΠΡΑΣΙΝΟ ΚΑΙ ΠΟΙΟΤΗΤΑ ΖΩΗΣ : ΟΧΙ ΣΤΗΝ ΚΑΤΕΔΑΦΙΣΗ
ΜΙΑ ΠΡΟΤΑΣΗ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΤΗΣ ΑΘΗΝΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΤΑ ΕΞΑΡΧΕΙΑ
RESCUE OF AN OLD HOUSE OF ATHENS INCLUDING A BLOSSOMING TREE. EXARHEIA CALL FOR CULTURE, MEMORY AND MORE GREEN IN THE CITY CENTRE.
The house was set to be demolished but an appeal by a citizens' group of Exarchia to the Supreme Court of Greece stopped the process in time, in order to prepare a full case with the next date set for 21st of September 2011. Charoula Hadijnicolaou, curator and collaborator of Poiein kai Prattein, is taking together with others the initiative.
Every action which allows children and youth to paint together a peace mural on a canvas the size of Picasso's Guernica (7,8 x 3,5) means an entry into a collaborative learning process. Such a cultural action can easily become a community wide one.
Actions planned or being implemented on an ongoing basis:
- Japan: Takuya Kaneda and others of Kids' Guernica are dealing with the traumatic experiences children and the population have been going through since the disaster of March 11th when the Tsunami wave hit nuclear power stations, including the one in Fukushima. A focal point is Sendai.
- Collaboration between children in Haiti and in Japan: two different disasters hit those respective countries, the children join to paint one mural
- Costa Rica: a peace mural from a peaceful country
- Ines Dulay Winkler plans an action in Egypt
- Efforts are made to initiate Kids' Guernica in Togo
- There is a need for follow-up of the Kids' Guernica actions in both Wroclaw and San Sebastian since both cities have been designated to be European Capitals of Culture in 2016
European Youth Project: Nation and Identity in 2012
The youth project is coordinated by the Kreisau Initiative: Joanna Szaflik
12 - 14.1.2012 Preparatory meeting in Berlin
23 - 29.2.2012 1st seminar in Krzyzowa, Poland
11 - 17.6.2012 2nd seminar in Padua, Italy
Poiein kai Prattein aspires to be a platform for exchange of experiences and knowledge. Thus the need shall be answered to in the form of a modern platform. It has the aim to validate information prior to giving recognition as being knowledge upon which can be based actions and further going decisions. Given the search for sustainable development and therefore measurable indicators as to the progress being made, research means as well identification of crucial and decisive aspects in order not to let claims of success stand unchallenged.
Key tasks ahead:
- set up of research team with linkage to various cultural, economic and political fields
- refine the archive of European Capitals of Culture
- relate to action research as proposed by Oleg Koefoed with test case being Maribor 2012
- set up peer group for incoming studies
- link research to other research organizations of experts and platforms at European level
- seek collaboration with universities e.g. University Network for European Capitals of Culture
Poiein kai Prattein has already a data base as it seeks to retain a consistency over time. Ever since the Fifth Seminar, Cultural Action for Europe, had been organized in Athens 1994, and then later the Article 10 ERDF project CIED (Cultural Innovation and Economic Development) had taken place, it seems feasible to envision access to the knowledge base through a ten finger system (see chart below)
Research Topics according to the 'ten finger' system of classification / categorization:
local agendas put into the context of an open ended development within a global context
urban and regional planning to ensure sustainable development with a high quality of life
find ways to reconcile transportation and energy needs with the flow of ideas and of people
identify specific training tasks to overcome a 'poverty of experience'
bring culture and economy together by linking internal and external markets through a new conceptualization of market choice as trade offs in various 'creative processes' in response to resource allocations and needed economic activities to sustain life in cities and local environments experiencing huge alterations in their practical agendas as they come under pressure to change
uphold theatres, museums, dance schools etc. as trust in cultural institutions is vital for the promotion of both high standards and exceptional talents
formal education at all levels requires research, open ended and life long learning possibilities as cultural adaptation to the future ahead expresses itself through not only what but how things are being taught, the learning from nature included
promote literature, poetry, philosophy and the arts, so that people can handle complexities in life and reflect their basic assumptions of life so as to be able to articulate their self understanding of others
health is not merely a matter of medicine, but an indication if people live in freedom and happiness
Cultural governance expresses the human spirit and human beings are valued more than money - the narrative of European Capitals of Culture