DISSONANT (CO) SPACES is a regional project that Foundation Jelena Santic implements in partnership with two civil society organizations Lokomotiva from Skopje, Macedonia and Loose Associations from Zagreb, Croatia.
The project aims to contribute to the promotion of innovative solutions and possibilities for reforming privatised, derelict, abandoned or “in between” public spaces created within different socio-political and spatial paradigm, by exploring both what those spaces can denote today and their contribution to inclusion and civic participation through engaged arts and culture in Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia.
Dissonant (Co)Spaces is seen as a possibility to question and explore current processes of history and space- making and preserving some of the (past) common values and memory through developing new spaces for culture that will promote democracy, openness, solidarity and inclusion.
We aspire to have wide discussion on reactivation and creation of creative spaces for different initiatives, while preserving memory layers and developing discursive field in which they will be reflected. Through different but coherent activities we would like to articulate following issues: what dissonant heritage means for broader public; which of the values of that heritage could be recognized as useful and important in larger socio-cultural and political context and how those spaces could be re-formed through cultural and artistic initiatives; research new/improved models of cultural institutions and managerial approaches; to introduce participation and usership as principles of deliberative democracy in management and their implementation in the (re) created public spaces and institutions in culture; promote democracy, openness, solidarity, participation, activism and inclusion as institutional values and principles related to the artistic content.
More information about detailed activities will follow and can be found on the social network FB as well as on the networks of all partners https://www.facebook.com/dissonantCOspaces/
The project Dissonant Co(Spaces) is funded by Balkan Arts and Culture Fund BAC. BAC is supported by the Swiss Government through The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and The European Cultural Foundation (ECF). Also,the project is supported by The Ministry of culture and information of Republic of Serbia.