Boekman-lecture 2016 Artistic leader and founder of ZID Karolina Spaic takes part in the Boekman-lecture about the role that art and culture take in the city. What happens in the city when it comes to bottom-up working and creativity in the neighbourhood? Who do we need, what assets do we need, how do we collaborate, and with who? What problems and chances do we come across?
“Working with creativity in the neighbourhood is like working with cement, social cement, to build the city of the future. We work with a variety of current issues like diversity, inequality and inclusion, rather said: social inclusion as an opposite to exclusion. The civilian ownes up to free space and he or she gets tools to restructure the social domainto his or her own needs and wishes. This gives a voice to those who weren’t heard up ton ow, and the possibility to express themselves.
Creativity acts as an engine, it sets in motion a positive social change and enhances social integration and cohesion. The ultimate goal isn’t just the transformation of a person, but a whole neigbourhood, city or the world. Of course it starts small and local, but hand over hand civilians are using creativity to shape the public domain, education, leisure and culture in a new and positive way.
They initiate this bottom-up: change and undertake form within the neighbourhood community. When this starts taking place in many different places at the same time it automatically becomes a global movement.
ZID Theater, with all it’s projects, productions and festivals is in the middle of this all. ZID works with co-creation between professionals and civilians, in which the civilians take a central part. At ZID the civilian is not an extra, he or she takes the lead. The key tot his way of working is inclusion. Everybody, no matter education, age of background can take up space and participate in a creative process. Inclusion is one of the most powerfull tools for social connection, using creativity as cement.”
THE CULTURAL DIMENSION IN THE CITY OF THE FUTURE
Hans Mommaas (professor Regional Sustainability Governance at Tilburg University and general director of the Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving) defends the imptortance of art and culture tot he city and future inhabitants in the Boekman-lecture 2016. What is needed to maintain livable cities? What part do art and culture have?
The panel, lead by Natasja van den Berg (trivium) discusses the role of art and culture in (rethinking) the city’s future. Can we create a policy in which culture and urban development are intertwined? They will also discuss the European perspective. These days urban developers often work in top-down perspectives, like with the smart city. Citymakers aim at small, short bottom- up projects. In the cultural segment these participation initiatives go well with small projects, but rarely they match with the subsidised circuit, which main focus is on institutes and buildings.
The different parties don’t co-operate, but exist alongside each other. What is needed tos park up a dialogue between urban developers and the cultural segment fort he sake of liveability in the cities of the future?
Panel members: Hans Mommaas, Karolina Spaic (ZID Theater), Kristian Koreman (Bureau ZUS, Zones Urbaines Sensibles) en Kajsa Ollongren (alderman City of Amsterdam, a.o. Economics and Culture).