Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio

Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio holds a PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the University of Barcelona (2009/2012). He is a PhD fellow at the research group “Art, Architecture and Digital Society,” also at the University of Barcelona, and a PhD associated researcher at the international platform “Global Visual Cultures.”

His current focus of research involves the subjects of intercultural processes, globalization and mobility in contemporary art, the interactions between artistic, educational, media and cultural practices in the Mediterranean, the impact of new technologies on art, communication and contemporary society. He also researches cultural mobility, art residencies and intercultural exchanges between Asia, the Arab world and Europe.

Herman has participated in several international conferences and developed projects and research residencies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Furthermore, he has collaborated with the Pistoletto Foundation, MEDIATECA of the Caixaforum Barcelona, OVNI Archives, ISEA2011 Istanbul, IEMed: European Institute of the Mediterranean, Arts Santa Mònica, Roberto Cimetta Fund, Istikshaf, Platform for Intercultural Europe, MACBA: Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, On the Move, Delfina Foundation, Culture360, Asia-Europe Foundation, JISER: Reflexions Mediterrànies, Culturelink, Encatc, and with many researchers, departments and universities worldwide.

He is an Expert of the Roberto Cimetta Fund’s Selection Committee and was Junior Editor (2011-2013) of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac.

As an art critic and independent curator, he writes articles for several international magazines and is co-founder of the Platform for Contemporary Art and Thought, InterArtive. He is editorial contributor to Culture360, Asia-Europe Foundation; author and member of the DIGICULT / DIGIMAG Network on Art and Digital Culture; and member of the “Young Researchers Forum on Cultural Policy” organized by LabforCulture.

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ENCC – European Network for Cultural Centres

The European Network for Cultural Centres (ENCC) is an Europe-wide network bringing together cultural centers from 12 European member countries (national associations) and another 7 countries represented in the network by associated members. Furthermore, the ENCC is in close contact with related initiatives and organizations on a European level. Members of ENCC are those national associations and confederations which represent the cultural centres of their country. The ENCC intends to represent the cultural centres of Europe and aims at stimulating the socio-cultural and artistic life in Europe, especially via cultural centres and their functioning. Since its foundation, the ENCC has made many contacts all over Europe in order to find out which and how many cultural centres are operative.

In view of the social consequences of globalisation, economic problems and in the context of migration large parts of the population in today’s European societies have no sufficient access to culture and education. The role of cultural centres is presenting and facilitating artistic work with the aim of creating access to culture and contributing to cultural diversity, as it was proclaimed by UNESCO in its Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The exchange of ideas, the possibility to compare your own work with the one of other cultural operators in other parts of Europe is a fundamental task of the ENCC.

It therefore organizes Shortcut Europe conferences, platforms for debate on different aspects of the work of the cultural centres. They are organised by the local national network of cultural centres together with the ENCC each year in different places in Europe. Concrete information about the daily work in cultural centres is offered at the ENCC European Project Fair, also organized every year at alternating locations in Europe. On these occasions members and interested guests are invited to present former, current or planned projects and look for partners from all over Europe. Furthermore, the ENCC offers the staff exchange programme Bridge between European Cultural Centres (BECC). It provides the possibility for people working in cultural centres to take part in the daily life of a cultural centre in another country.

The general objectives of the ENCC are: “Debate, Lobbying and Service” on a European level, while its specific objectives are to:

  • implement a professional network service for cultural centres on a European level
  • promote intercultural communication and partnerships, especially in building local partnerships between cultural centres in European countries
  • promote dialogue between cultural centres with European and global perspectives
  • foster an international exchange of experiences, professionals and young activists
  • articulate the interests and strengthen the voice of cultural centres on a European level
  • provide funding opportunities for cultural centres and their networks
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Eduard Miralles

Eduard Miralles is the Cultural Relations Advisor at the Barcelona Provincial Council, where he also managed the Cultural Studies and Resources Center (1996-2004) and the biennial “Interacció” on cultural policies (1996-2002).

He is also the chair of the Interarts Foundation, an organisation focused on international cultural cooperation, and a consultant on culture, cooperation and development for several international organisations such as FEMP (Spanish Federation of Municipalities), AECID (Spanish Cooperation for Development Agency) and the OEI (Iberoamerican States’ Organisation for Education, Science and Culture).

During 2002-2004 he was on the committee for the Agenda 21 for Culture and after 2004 represented the Barcelona Provincial Council at the Culture Commission of the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG). Eduard Miralles is also a board member of Roberto Cimetta Fund, an international non-profit organisation supporting artistic mobility in the Mediterranean region.  Since 2007 he takes part in the UNESCO’s international group of experts  for development of the Convention for Cultural Diversity.

Selected publications:

  • (2010). “Casi cincuenta años de relaciones entre la cultura y el desarrollo: de la cultura como factor de desarrollo al desarrollo cultural”, en El sector cultural hoy: oportunidades, desafíos y respuestas. Memorias. Bogotá: Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia.
  • (2009). Cultura, cooperación descentralizada y desarrollo local. Montevideo: Observatorio de Cooperación Descentralizada.
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Cultural Center REX

Cultural Center REX is a laboratory for research of new fields of culture. The centre is the member of the European Network of Independent Cultural Centres – Trans Europe Halles, the coalition of centres for creative development and use of new media (the ECB network – European cultural backbone), the Clubture – the informal regional project platform (M2, Croatia) and the Association of Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia.

REX was formed in 1994 by Belgrade based radiostation B92, by the name of Cinema REX and as a cultural centre space for providing the conditions for realisation and presentation of domestic production from the field of theatre and visual arts, music, film, video, new media; organizing  workshops, promotions and discussion and being actively involved in social and political movements, networking the co-operations throughout Yugoslavia.

REX is coverning contemporary culture and promoting creative use of new media by:

  • supporting production and presentation of analytical and critical culture;
  • promoting values of open and democratic society and culture and art that reflect current civil needs and initiatives;
  • carries out projects in collaboration with cultural workers active on local or ex-Yugoslav scene;
  • carries out programmes in Belgrade and throughout Serbia with the aim of playing an active part in the European cultural milieu: organizes guest visits of various artists, participates in forums and workshops, initiates and carries out international projects, exchanges programmes and experiences with similar centres;
  • insists on working with young people and audience, emphasizing educational aspect of such an activity;
  • creates a “free zone” for discussion about current political and social processes.

Some of the REX culture and exchange activities in focus are:

The Crossroads East West programme focus is on detecting and analyzing different processes and projects of intercultural dialogue of existing cultural and artistic project activities, and mapping of intercultural dialogue in Serbia focused on contemporary cultural and artistic sphere in order to explore and better understand the nature and capacity of intercultural dialog  in the Eastern and Western Europe. The Crossroads East West intercultural dialogue programme meetings and debates are part of the Engine Room Europe, a three-year project focusing on independent cultural workers and their field of activity.

Engine Room Europe, REX is one of 11 co-organisers in a three-year capacity building project dedicated to the sustainable future of the European independent cultural sector through investment in its cultural workers and their creative processes. This objective will be achieved by a three-year programme of Europe wide activities. The main aim of the project is to enhance the capacity and sustainability of independent culture in Europe. The project is carried out with the support of the European Commission.

Mission Less Probable is a REX series of public presentations and debates, held by artists, architects, cultural workers, policy makers and NGO activists chiefly from the SEE region with the task of locate and analyse the gaps between aims and real outcomes of the selected case study artistic, architectural, civil society or cultural policy-related production.

Intercultural Dialogues’ Mapping in the Republic of Serbia is a project of Working Group for preservation of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, realized by Serbian Ministry of Culture and Cultural Centre Rex as a partner organization. Project of Mapping and Affirmation of Projects and Processes of Intercultural Dialogues in the Republic of Serbia serve to locate and research different aspects of intercultural dialogues under conditions that are characteristic for Serbia and within the existing cultural, activist or research practice.

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The Clubture Network

The Clubture Network was established in 2002 and it gathers 39 independent cultural organizations active in different contemporary cultural and artistic disciplines in Croatia. It functions as a collaborative exchange platform trough which organizations directly collaborate, on principles of mutual decision-making and inclusiveness. Programs also have an educational segment, where, through workshops and trainings as well as the exchange of experience, organizations acquire relevant knowledge and skills in the field of policy processes, most notably in the field of advocacy actions. Main goals of the Clubture network is to facilitate partnerships and strengthen collaboration between organizations, to increase public visibility and influence of the independent cultural sector on the cultural policy-making in Croatia, in the region of former Yugoslavia, and internationally. The Network conducts different program activities in order to successfully contribute to the decentralization of cultural production, trough enabling distribution of innovative independent cultural and artistic programs in different cities and smaller communities across Croatia.

The Clubture Network conducts activities aiming to increase influence and public visibility of the independent cultural sector and towards establishment of the independent cultural sector as a relevant actor on the cultural-political map. Clubture was the first organization in the region of former Yugoslavia to promote active participation of the independent cultural sector in the processes of cultural policy-making and implementation, organizing educational activities, as well as joint advocacy actions towards different decision-makers in Croatia and beyond.  The Network is recognized in Croatia, in the SEE region and internationally as a catalyst for collaboration and a relevant actor in the field of cultural policies, in terms of envisioning and advocating for a successful implementation of bottom-up models of cultural policy-making.

Clubture activities are carried through following programmes and initiatives:

  • CLUBTURE HR – Programme exchange is a key activity based on direct collaboration of organizations of civil society, non-formal initiatives and artistic organizations, which mutually share cultural contents and/or mutually create projects and programs (exhibitions, film programs, music performances, workshops, dance and theatre plays and other performing forms, lectures..).
  • CLUBTURE’S REGIONAL INITIATIVE – regional program sharing initiative and a project collaboration network. Pilot-phase started in 2006 between organizations from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Macedonia. 
  • KULTURPUNKT.HR – portal aiming to promote and to present primary the independent cultural scene, and civil initiatives connected to the independent cultural scene that managed the process of public advocacy directed towards wider social issues. develops instruments for analytical and critical approach to the topics in the area of culture in general.
  • KULTURA AKTIVA – program consists of different advocacy and monitoring public policies activities, aiming to improve institutional framework that is relevant for civil cultural sector, but also the cultural sector in general. Program also deals with issues in youth policies – such as youth clubs, organizations that are active in youth culture, or those that deal with organizing youth free time, etc.

The most of the activities are aimed towards the formation of transparent cultural policies models in local (regional and cities) administrations.

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CUPORE – Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research

Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research (CUPORE) was founded on the initiative of the University of Jyväskylä and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to monitor developments in both Finnish and international cultural policy and to promote research in this field.  The foundation supports and carries out research on cultural development and cultural policies and it is involved in international joint projects. Its research areas include: public and private financing and  legislation,  artists’ and cultural workers education and training, employment and labour market positions and international mobility. It is also developing cultural indicators and cultural statistics. The Foundation operates using a relatively small group of researchers but finances research carried out on a contractual basis at universities research centres and by groups of experts.  The Foundation  works in close co-operation with the University of Jyväskylä’s cultural policy studies and it cooperates with the ENCATC network (European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres).
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BalkanKult Foundation

BalkanKult Foundation, first established in 1999 as a BalkanKult Association in Sarajevo with the main goal to promote and support needs and work of cultural practitioners and artist of the Balkan region. BalkanKult Foundation is promoting cultural cooperation and cultural diversity within the SEE region as well as participating in creative industries development and enlargement of cultural market. BalkanKult is providing support in mobility within the cultural sector forming a platform for new initiatives and networking opportunities. BalkanKult is initiating and maintaining an intercultural dialogue, it is an umbrella of different cultural events (festivals, exhibitions, meetings, international cultural exchange programmes), and it is supporting development of cultural tourism and creative industries sector.  The main cultural research focus and publishing activities of the Foundation are connected with contemporary policy making, decentralisation, inter-cultural dialogue and rights manage policies. BalkanKult is a hub institution and regional meeting point of a cultural sector.

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Interarts – Interarts Foundation for International Cultural Cooperation

Interarts promotes knowledge about the cultural sector, cultural policies and its contribution to development at local, regional and international levels.  It is committed to combining its research activities with the management of international cooperation projects in order to stimulate cultural knowledge, dialogue, professional development and networking. Cultural policies research and the promotion of European cultural cooperation have been core components of Interarts’ work since its establishment.  It provides services to public, private and third sector organisations in: research proposals design; consultancy; providing training, and information. Interarts carried out PRACTICS - project supported by the European Commission, which aims to provide information to help the mobility of artists and cultural professionals in Europe.

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