Deconfining – What Does it Mean?

Twelve international partners and ten international cooperation organisations will come together online to discuss the common goals and visions for this major intercontinental project.

As one of the partners in the Deconfining Arts, Culture, and Policies in Europe and Africa project, the Institute for Transmedia Design will participate in the first Partner Forum of the project, which will take place online on 25 November. This will be an opportunity for the participants to get to know each other better and discuss the common goals of the project.

Organised in five main chapters, the Partner Forum will start with an introductory session on “Who is the consortium?”, and then continue with a joint discussion on the main theme of the project: “Deconfining – what is it?”. The Forum will then continue with a presentation of the main common objectives and methods of community building: “Impact”, expected results and important practical information: “Deliverables, milestones and rules”, and finally conclude with some pointers for the future: “Concluding words! What’s next?”.

The sessions will be moderated by Karolina Bieniek (Art Transparent), Sara Božanić (Institute for Transmedia Design), Thomas Engel (International Theatre Institute), Malin Nagel (International Theatre Institute) and Mustapha Moufid (Africapitales).

DECONFINING is a large-scale collaborative project that brings together cultural practitioners, policy makers, performing and media/visual artists, in-field universities and audiences from Europe and Africa to explore and test a new model of (virtual and physical) creative cooperation, to research and define new mobility and policy recommendations and to disseminate artistic projects. Building on the close collaboration between the organisations from two continents and the integration of their Capitals of Culture programme, this project aims to change or “deconfine” the relationship between Europe and Africa, i.e. to break paternalistic and colonial patterns in favour of creating equal opportunities and cultural links between the two continents.

You can learn more about the project itself here.

This project is funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.