Trans-making is a Horizon2020 project formed by twenty partners from Europe, and beyond, that aims to strengthen research capabilities through the exchange of knowledge and experience between academic and non-academic people. It investigates and experiments with the creation of spaces to actively contribute to the democratization and welfare of society, educating and empowering individuals and disadvantaged minorities through research and production in the connection between art and new technologies. The Research Unit in Cultural Economics of Universitat de València, Econcult is one of the partners of Trans-making project.
During four days, in the city of Valencia (Spain), Econcult hosts Trans-making Spring Academy – Enacting cultural democracy: the location of narratives. València Spring Academy has as main objective to design, reflect and share a common language on the role of culture and creativity in social and economic innovation processes and the construction of a new citizenship from the contributions of cultural agents and citizenship. The prospect is crossing visions looks beyond Europe to synthesize and co-create the mission of Europe in a globalized world. It will be open to the whole participants of the consortium and beyond, promoting an on going collective research for built-up narratives and design next collective steps. In doing so it will bring academic and non-academic partners of Trans-Making together with potential international partners from Asia and leading València’s arts organisations, cultural & creative SMEs, local and regional policy makers and UV students.
The Spring Academy also continues a collaboration between the University of Valencia, the University of Yunnan and other Asian universities, who held the first forum on cultural economics in Kunming in April 2016. So the last part of the programme is the II Forum of Cultural economics: two points of the Silk Road that aims to share methodologies, projects, and research from an economic perspective about the relationship between communities, territories and culture, and how the latter can become a strategic variable for sustainable development in those countries that make up the Silk Road.
Each Spring Academy is inspired by a theme:
Day 1 – Noises
How to integrate and distribute noise becomes a basic tool for transforming societies?
Noise as a concept refers to the sound information flows that cross cacophonously. Noise and hurry flood us with the afterlife. Noise is the reverse of well-being, but at the same time statistical noise contains information that can be deciphered and interpreted by art and culture rather than revealed by science. Noise is stridency and may be murmuring and cooing, detonation and cacophony, apparent chaos and hidden order. Noise is the badly resolved line between harmony and improvisation, reason and freedom, order and chance.
Day 2 – Places
Why we need to design places in a participatory way?
The place is the geographical or mental space full of meaning that gives sense to the commitment and social interaction. “The place”, in front of the “non-place,” is the arena of participation and its historical, geographical, landscape, symbolic and economic attributes constitute an ontological part of its possibilities and potentialities. The place is the common space for collective construction, the natural scenario of cross-fertilization and collective construction.
Day 3 – Voices
Being permeable to the voices of others is a moral imperative and an essential tool to transform societies.
The diversity of voices is an essential requirement to approach the complexity of the relationships between individuals, communities and their symbolic production. Different voices make different weltansachausngs that expand the frontier of possibilities for interpreting a reality that is too difficult for us to grasp. One of the functionalities inherent in the artistic production is the production of new ways of looking at the world and questioning the status quo. Also, it needs to listen to the messages and the perceptions of “the others”, of those who are beyond, to enrich, adapt and transform our doubts and certainties.
Day 4 – Roads
Can arts, culture and creativity propose new ways and persuade the citizenship of the 21st century of the convenience of sharing them?
The routes are planned that take us to the site of the longings. To initiate the way means to take decisions that generate changes. To initiate the way is the crystallization of the intention of transforming realities, is the confrontation of alternatives, is the choice of the type of traffic and is to the conspiracy of which where we go we will be better than where we are. Really the ways can be threshed, ways in the land and nothing more, unexplored, return, without exit or rivers that inevitably are going to give to the sea, but the attitude of walking already is a purpose.
Trans-Making Spring Academy objectives:
1. Share knowledge and experience of innovative approaches to promote dialogues between arts, culture and science for capacity building to attend innovation and development challenges today.
2. Promote international cultural cooperation of Trans-making beyond Europe, with special attention to Asia.
3. Identify good practices and recommendations to promote Transmaking research contents in the local and regional policies.
Raúl Abeledo Sanchis (U. València)
Pau Rausell Köster (U. València)
Angélica Gutiérrez Negret