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This is a takeover: students from GIOCA run BAM!’s coworking space for a night

By 1 Dicembre 2016Agosto 6th, 2019No Comments
Forse vi starete chiedendo perché BAM! pubblica un articolo in inglese… semplicemente perché non è stato scritto da BAM!, che, per una sera, ha lasciato in mano a un gruppo di studenti del GIOCA gli spazi del coworking in via Marconi 45 a Bologna e tutti i suoi canali web. 

Riuniti per il GIOCA Symposium, una ventina di ragazzi (provenienti da 12 stati, dall’Oman ai Paesi Bassi!) hanno presentato il loro paese di provenienza  delineandone il contesto socio-economico, politico, gli asset culturali e il panorama artistico. Come è andata? Ve lo raccontano loro, nella lingua che accomuna tutti quanti. Buona lettura!

On the evening of Wednesday, 9 November, the GIOCA class of 2018 (studying for their masters in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts at the University of Bologna) staged a takeover of the Co-Working space run by BAM! Strategie Culturali. Here you can read few words from the organizers, about their goals for the evening, and the conversation that occurred.

Firstly, we are so grateful to BAM! for allowing us to use their space – it made the entire evening possible. We are currently studying to become the next generation of arts and cultural managers in the GIOCA program at the University of Bologna. One of the great strengths of this program is the diverse students that make up each class. During our first meeting this September, we found our class was comprised of students from no less than twelve countries, all coming from a variety of backgrounds.

After casual conversations over aperitivo, at parties, and in between classes, the desire for a more formalized and intentional discussion about our cultural backgrounds and multi-national perspectives became apparent. We got organized and began seeking a location and format to share our experiences.

Thanks to BAM! we found the perfect space to host our event: The G.I.O.C.A. Symposium (Get an International Overview of Culture and the Arts). Our goal was, over the course of a three-hour discussion, to deepen our understanding of the diversity in our class, and examine our own cultural values in new contexts.

We accomplished this through a formalized series of questions and answers. Our conversation ranged across the sectors of economics, politics, arts, and culture, and featured questions like “What issues strain the relationship between government and cultural organizations in your country?”, “Are there are gender-based rules/restrictions for artists in your country?”, and “As a young and unknown artist, what resources are available to you in your country?”.

Needless to say, the conversation was complex, unexpected, and fascinating. We had eleven nationalities represented at the Symposium, expressing perspectives from Italy, Germany, the Nederlands, China, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Iran, Oman, Japan, and the US. We covered nations with populations of 4 million (Oman) to 1.4 billion (China). We discussed audience development, referendums, national pride, the balance between federal and local policy; the trend of bottom to top management, and the difference between race and ethnicity.

The diverse experiences of our class led to unexpected understandings, surprise, debate, but most importantly: the conversation led to new questions, ones that may never have crossed our minds had we not gathered to participate in this discussion. We look with very much enthusiasm toward our next opportunity to gather and discuss international issues of arts and culture.