There will be a wide range of discussion events forming part of the Understanding Territoriality programme, helping us to develop our ideas around territoriality and its sub-themes of Power and Boundaries and Home Range.
The first of these events was the Understanding Territoriality and Cooperation Conference, 26 May 2015, organised by Fabrica and hosted at Sussex University. This event was designed to launch the project through an examination of different aspects and manifestations of territoriality from an intimate to a global scale. The ideas raised during this conference will inform the development of the project as it progresses. For full details and to watch the speaker presentations go to the conference information page.
The second discussion event took place at Fondazione Pistoletto – Cittadellarte in Biella on 6 November 2015, following a presentation by the Creating Territorialities artists in residence. The subject of the discussion was the potential for promoting connection between people working in localities on community engaged projects, socially engaged art practices and activism. It asked the questions, by hopping between different international residencies, do artists ever belong? And how does this movement from place to place impact upon the territories in which the artists are working? Does it create tensions between the artists and the territories? The discussion was chaired by Paolo Naldini, director of Cittadellarte, with contributions from the artists in residence, the Understanding Territorialty partners and members of local associations, including the co-founder of Transition Town Italy a board member of Transition Network.
On 21 April 2016 Netwerk hosted Creating Europe: The Arts as Architect? a one-day event that introduced the public to four activities developed in the configuration of the project: the solo exhibition of Philip Metten, the residency and the exhibition of Christian Nyampeta, the audience development programme in collaboration with Babbelonië Aalst & Vormingplus, and an online broadcast discussion platform UTalk with Giusy Checola, Wouter Davidts, Philip Metten and Christian Nyampeta, who helped to shape the structure of the UTalk. This debate took place in his free-form radio station, the core of his exhibition and was streamed live during the event. You can listen to the UTalk here: soundcloud.com/netwerk-art/talk-the-art-as-architect