14 March 2023
Cultural Practices
28 February 2023
Practices of
Planetary Care
26 January 2023
8 November 2022
4 May 2022

Revealing Residencies: How to Talk about the Invisible Work

The nature of artistic residencies is fundamentally different from productions and performances: they are rarely meant to directly generate a public outcome but rather provide a safe space for artists to experiment. In many ways, residencies are simultaneously an essential component of artistic research and a difficult object to communicate about.

It is worth asking ourselves how to involve local audiences in this somehow invisible work, how to justify residencies towards governmental and private funding bodies, and how to inscribe them in the artists’ ecosystem with a proper role and identity.

NAVE (Santiago / CL) will host this OpenScape gathering on 14 March 2023 at 14:30 CET and showcase strategic conversations between nine representative institutions organising residencies and funding bodies and is open to the arts practitioner community as a whole.

This online gathering will be held in English and is free of charge.

14 March 2023 (all times CET)

14:30 Welcome

14:40 Panel 1 how we communicate residency programmes within the profession

15:20 Q&A

15:35 Panel 2 how we communicate towards the public and or the communities surrounding the residency venue

16:15 Q&A

16:30 Goodbye

Prototyping Cultural Practices

In OpenScape's next online event "Prototyping Cultural Practices“, we will explore the possibilities of world-making in the culture sector. Everyday, artists and cultural institutions are practicing and envisioning new models of living, building, destroying, relating and being in the world. These models come as art projects, new technologies, institution building and critique practices, funding policies, open calls, texts and experiments that (both intentionally and not) prototype and test new cultural practices that have measurable impacts on the world around them.

The Khan (Tripoli / LB) and OpenScape will explore mutual and lateral relationships between institutions, artists and local communities through a series of one-to-one online dialogues that will take place over the next few weeks. These public conversations will then converge on a digital town hall meeting on 28 February where different stakeholders will be able to directly address the audience’s questions.

28 February 2023 (all times CET)

14:30–16:30 Townhall meeting moderated by Geoliane Arab

Panels & Q&As

Live preparatory conversations

The one-to-one conversations will be streamed live on our YouTube channel:

Practices of Planetary Care

With the beginning of the new year, OpenScape looks into questions of sustainability with the online panel «Practices of Planetary Care», hosted by Taghmees (JO) on 26 January 2023.

As a species, we seem to have failed in retaining and preserving what we originally used to have: a reasonable and sustainable relationship to our planet. So how can we unlearn our damaging practices and turn to rediscover the ancient knowledge in the current times of climate crises and climate (in)justice?

OpenScape and GreenRoom have entrusted Jordanian collective Taghmees to design a sharing moment with artists and activists from around the world, open to persons interested in taking a different, non-anthropocentric view. This online gathering will be held in English and is free of charge.

26 January 2023 (all times CET)

15:00 Welcoming Words
15:10 Sharing
15:50 Food Break
16:10 Sharing
16:50 Music / Concert
17:00 End

Let’s (not) Talk about Political Correctness

On 8 November 2022, OpenScape organised an online discussion hosted by Shanghai-based collective iPANDA and dedicated to the topic of “Political Correctness”, an issue that resonates very differently depending on the region or political context in which one lives. During an online residency spanning over two weeks, fourteen participants from fourteen countries exchanged on this notion, comparing their local point of views and personal practices. This collaborative research was concluded by an online public sharing and networking event on Zoom.

8 November 2022 – 14.30 CET


A few words to welcome participants and audience.

14:40 - 16:40 CET

14:40 - 15:20 - on Language

Twenty-minute conversation followed by twenty-minute breakout rooms Q&A.

15:20 - 16:00 - on Control

Twenty-minute conversation followed by twenty-minute breakout rooms Q&A.

16:00 - 16:40 - on Humour

Twenty-minute conversation followed by twenty-minute breakout rooms Q&A.

16:40 CET

From 16:40 CET on - Hanging Out & Networking

Spend time with your peers and converse informally.

OpenScape Presents...

Some iPANDA members introduce their informal network.

Khuli Khirkee is a loosely held bunch of people who practice various forms of performing arts in this co-shared world

On Practices - Presentations

Arundhati Ghosh talks about the India Foundation for the arts and the different processes they have put in place to manage leadership towards serving the community as well as the team of IFA in Bangalore (IN).

Fernando García Barros tells us how Proyecto mARTadero was designed to become not only a venue for the arts but above all a physical and mental space to collectively generates new modes of leaderships.

Yuliya Churilova

Yuliya Churilova shares her professional history with the OpenScape community, particularly highlighting her work at and dismissal from a state theatre in Novosibirsk /Siberia).

On Practices - Panel discussion

Fair Leaderships ✕ On Practices

This panel features Arundhati Ghosh, Yuliya Churilova and Fernando García Barros sharing their vision of leadership through the prism of institutions they are helming, and how they create the conditions to challenge the traditional models. It is moderated by Chilean artist and cultural operator Horacio Pérez.

On Frameworks - Panel discussion

Fair Leaderships ✕ On Frameworks

Lilian Abou Zeki, Jehan Manekshaw and Sara Matchett reflect on their experiences and thoughts of leadership, moderated by Raafat Majzoub.