jubilee_artist_meetings::position_paper.md

PAD to co-write a text from Jubilee perspective as artist-run and research based organisation

Inspiration: Katleen's analyses books vincent mentioned (vincent?) EFAP mission statement

Focus: place in the ecology of the field/ how do we relate to 'kerninstellingen' what makes the organisation different/ what does it need to properly continue functioning?)

From the singular to the plural. Six principles of an artistic vision Jubilee, 2019

What brings Jubilee artists together is neither a matter of artistic medium, nor a matter of subject or themes, nor of aesthetics. If Jubilee’s practices cannot be differentiated by these categories and markers usually used in the field of art, what does?
What brings Jubilee members together is a desire to participate artistically in the co-construction of a common public space. We believe that artists play an active social role in the community not to set the tone, to set the latest trend or to distribute ‘good taste’, but when they act and operate in a critical way. Our approach to the work of art is social and inclusive. To propose an artistic form, we take into account the structural elements that affect its production: the urban, social, economic, technological and historical contexts in which we operate. What forces us and limits us is ultimately also what drives us to find ways to cross over, to find a life-giving hope for today and a horizon for tomorrow. Six main converging principles are present in our individual artistic practices and collaborative research projects as much as they are defining’s Jubilee structure and its relationship with other entities: artistic, cultural, educational and academic institutions.

SHARE: Commoning The question of access to and sharing of resources and knowledge is the founding principle of Jubilee. This is the economic motivation present in all scales of practice. There is a shared interest in social issues (access to infrastructure, to the discursive space, to resources) among all Jubilee members

COLLABORATE: Collective intelligence The work of art for Jubilee is the result of a collective effort. Collaborative artistic practice reflects the challenge of co-creating public spaces and project spaces in which the richness of the debate rises through the ability of its members to learn from others, to articulate a unique language and to share it freely. This collective intelligence is by definition heterogeneous and therefore open to collaborators regardless of their origin, position or role.

AFFECT: Aesthetic as experience The aesthetic experience provided by a work of art has the ability to disturb cognitive, social and political conventions. The work, be it a film, sculpture, performance, publication, sound piece or conversation, is a relational agent in itself and contains a powerful potential for transformation through its sensory capacity to touch, to sensitize and reconnect body and mind, a dualism built into each project by the European historical tradition.

CROSS: Intersectionality As a principle opposed to the binary and abstract aspects of universalism, intersectionality takes into account the main determinants that operate in our societies: race, class, and gender. It is a question of avoiding any essentialism and limitation of the self in terms of identity. This position reflects our diverse combined identities (artist, teacher, doctoral student, lecturer, family man, migrant, house owner) and our desire to engage in creative exchange with individuals from all genders, classes, and races.

NEGOTIATE: Fair practice Power relations are present in all situations and at all scales of daily life. Whether in terms of internal collaboration between Jubilee members or within a creation or in connection with an institution: Jubilee negotiates the terms of the situations it creates. We are engaged in collective and creative reflections (Caveat, EFAP) in order to implement the habits and practices used in the artistic field.

ACTIVATE: Performative archive Historical consciousness is about knowledge, transmission and narrative. But history is fleeting, it is only told in the present. All Jubilee artists root their work in in-depth research and put documents from the past back into motion. Unlike the written form of the historical discipline and its vain ambitions of veracity, artistic practices offer narrative strategies that are more credible in view of the complexity of our relationship to the past.