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.
Transformer is a multifaceted, two-year project presented by Blitz, in collaboration with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, and culminating in a multi-site exhibition.
The project will build a relationship between a Maltes artistic context and an international cultural network through a series of border- crossing curatorial and artistic exchanges. The project includes curatorial research, artist residencies, public talks, workshops and a series of site-specific exhibitions in spaces across Malta during the 2018 European Capital of Culture year.
The activities will be a collaboration between project partners: Blitz in Valetta, CeRCCa in Barcelona, Le18 and Atelier Observatoire in Marrakech and Casablanca, and 3 137 in Athens, with the aim of building a network which will help develop Artist Run Organisations (AROs) and the contemporary art context in Malta.
Transformer focuses on the dynamic generated by AROs and their engagement with contingencies of the present, engendering artistic discourse via artists-based research activities in-situ. Transformer institutes a ground-up, grassroots, sustainable and long-lasting interchange; nurturing, developing and extending the activity of the Maltese contemporary art scene, widening its sphere of influence, and embedding it within European and international communities of practice. Transformer is supported by the Multi-Annual Support Grant – Arts Council Malta and is part of the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture programme.TRANSFORMERMALTA.COM PLATFORMHARAKAT.COM