Running self-organised spaces and platforms has become an artistic-creative practice in its own right. In Rotterdam, there are more than one hundred of them. This symposium aims to strengthen their network and create space and time for addressing issues that concern all self-organisers: which kind of autonomy do we have? Which types of participation - of living, working and being together - can we develop? How open are we to larger communities and changing demographics? How do we relate to the gentrification of the city? And how should established cultural institutions - including art schools like the Willem de Kooning Academy - adapt to facilitate self-organised practices?
These questions will be explored in six workshops organised by and taking place at six different self-organised initiatives in rapidly changing neighbourhoods in Rotterdam. The outcomes of the workshops will be shared over a collective dinner and discussion at the Willem de Kooning Academy in the evening.
The Autonomous Fabric is a long term research project on artistic self-organisation, initiated by Willem de Kooning Academy in collaboration with partners from the intricate network of self-organised initiatives in Rotterdam. The first symposium took place in February 2017.