Since its creation, CeRCCa has aimed at linking the local and the global, while at the same time developing a constructive dialogue between what is understood as theory and what we denominate as practice. It is with this objective that CeRCCa complements it’s A.I.R program with other international research and curatorial projects.
CeRCCa was born from a mentoring initiative developed with the support of the London South Bank University (LSBU) through its Creative Media Arts and Critical Arts Management Program. This two-year period of research culminated in the first initiative developed by CeRCCa in 2009, the FURNISH ME! Workshops, the experimental documentary A Winter Ritual that aimed at investigating the possibilities of integration between CeRCCa and its immediate community, and a research paper entitled Theory As Practice, a Practitioner based Research on CeRCCa Local Context.
After these two years of research, and thanks to the different connections established through the LSBU mentoring initiative, CeRCCa actively engaged in several national and international projects. The international approach started by joining the main A.I.R international networks such as Trans Artists and Res Artis, as well as other regional initiatives such as the Anna Lindh Foundation, a network that works for the promotion of intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean, and Xarxaprod, the network of artistic production centers of Catalonia as well as the project Obert per Reflexio organized by Centre d’Art de Tarragona.
Between 2009 and 2013, CeRCCa has participated in projects related to both the theory and practice of artistic and cultural mobility. The theoretical projects have been materialized through the research papers Theory as Practice, a Practitioner Based Research on CeRCCa’s Local Context, The HyperMobile Icarus or the Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Artists-In-Residency Today and Nomadism and Commodification.
The practice of theory has been implemented with the participation in several international projects such as T.R.I.B.E – The Transitory Research Initiative for the Balkans and Eastern Europe, a project being developed by MoTa (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and N.A.C.M.M – The North Africa Cultural Mobility Map, a project that is being developed in conjunction with the Egyptian based organization El Madina for Performing and Digital Arts (Alexandria, Egypt) and initially funded by the Anna Lindh Foundation.
These projects would not have been possible without the support of different funding institutions such as the Catalan Arts Council and the Oficina de Suport a les Iniciatives Cultural of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the European Cultural Foundation, the Erasmus Young Entrepreneur Program, Cimetta Fund and Anna Lindh Foundation, as well as the promotional support of Trans Artists, Res Artis, and the H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Network.
’11-10-13´ is a collaborative project between the Syrian filmmaker Mahmud Hassan Alhoussian and the Syrian poet Emad Al Ahmad both now a days living in Egypt as refugees. The ’11-10-13´ Project is composed by a documentary and poems about the tragic events that happened on Friday the 11th of October 2013. In that night a boat with more than 116 refugees from Syria and Palestine sank in front of the coast of Alexandria with the outcome of 12 people dead. The remaining 104 refugees are still kept at a prison/refugee camp in Alexandria. The documentary and the poems reflect on personal stories about the event while framing it within the current political policies taken by Egyptian authorities towards Syrian refugees. The aim of the ’11-10-13´ is to evolve as an event composted of film screening, poetry readying and a round table about the situation of refugees in general and the Syrians that have to flee their county in particular.
The aim of the residency at CeRCCa will be not only to edit the documentary and write the poems but also to have them translated in English and Spanish. This task will be done with the help of CeRCCa team. Furthermore together with CeRCCa we will organize a series of events in the village where the residency is located as well as in Barcelona. In short the event will take place as part of the Jiwar Creativity and Society Program, Casa Palestina, the IEMed Institut for the Mediterranean Program and CIDOB Barcelona Center for International Affairs.
We believe that ’11-10-13´ is a project that combining film, poetry and public debates can become an example of how creativity and innovation go hand in hand with the social responsibility of the artists. The aim of the project is to raise awareness and solidarity towards the experience of Syrian refugees through the documentation of the events that happened on that tragic night of the 12th October. Those tragic events will be the starting point to talk about the current situation of Syrian refugees in Egypt and the policies that the current military government is adopting towards them.