Some call us Balkans includes a series of activities resulting in the co-creation of a mobile forum, opening spaces of encounter and imagination that transgress borders and nationalisms.

 

SCUB

Participatory Art Based Research

Situated at the intersection of art, research and society, PABR is a research practice that uses the arts as resources for fostering interaction between research and the public. It is applied within SCUB for rendering inclusive and accessible research practices in and for society.

Open Travelling Practice

We envision travelling as an open-scripted itinerary, traversing different notions of the Balkan as a tangible and intangible territory. SCUB promotes the open travelling practice negotiating the meaning and roles of the host and the guest as co-creators of a journey.

Socially Engaged Art

Socially engaged art can include any artform which involves people and communities in debate, collaboration or social interaction. The use of socially engaged art within SCUB aims to foster cultural democracy and diversity.

Mythography

Myths are an essential instrument of worldmaking and continuously shape our understanding of a territory and a culture. Myths are found often in our ways in which we speak of a territory and the result of competing narratives and views of the world. The research conducted within SCUB seeks to uncover and debunk contemporary myths and misconceptions of the Balkans.

The participatory art based research “Balkan Myths and Misconceptions” revolves around an overarching objective of reclaiming the term Balkan, while contesting sociocultural structures that produce divides in between people and other people, people and their environment, people and other species.

Ioannina, Greece

Passing Lines

Tirana, Albania

Peaks, Walks, Calls, Pause: Charting the Altitudes

Belgrade, Serbia

Taming the Wild

Pristina, Kosovo

Pllumaxhit

Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

TrashFormNation

Skopje, North Macedonia

Terms of Encounter

The Mobile Forum is conceived as a mobile public art installation where artistic practices and tools are used as triggers for cross-border dialogue, exchange and learning while travelling across geographies and peoples. Conceived as an open assembly space where new sociocultural imagination can take birth, the Mobile Forum aims to document and make grassroot claims visible that connect local cultural practinioners and communities of practice with artists and the hosting partners.

The words we use in our everyday culture shape the ways we think and talk about the Balkans. OpenSCUBglossary is a living vocabulary that includes terms of interest for the cohabitating communities, aiming to resituate our understanding of the territory. 

SCUB strives to create open and reusable resources within an “ethics in action” framework. The Code of Conduct is a living document co-edited and enriched along the SCUB activities, with the vision to be also a relevant document for other Balkan arts and cultural projects.

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