As part of NoLA – No Lockdown Art initiative, the “Common Ground Project”, initiated and coordinated by the artist Kika Nicolela during confinement, proposes the creation of a growing database, with the collaboration of artists from around the world, sharing video, audio and/or text pieces. The main immediate goal was to collect a large and varied snapshot of what’s going on in different places in the world right now, how people are coping with these huge changes in their routine, but most importantly, how we can imagine and adapt the world after the lockdown(s).
For almost two years now the human species faces an invisible, faceless, brainless yet highly efficient enemy: a virus that menaces our lives and our way of life. While the virus does not discriminate and treat us all equally, this menace exposed our fragility not only as beings, but also as a society – social inequality, government control, structural racism and domestic violence as being some of the issues that were exacerbated by this crisis. Furthermore, confinement forced us into an unprecedented period of isolation, during which we had to face ourselves, and try to find alternative ways of being together and connected to each other.
Researchers worldwide have pointed to the fact that the transmission of viruses from wild animal species to humans is directly related to the degradation of ecosystems provoked by human economical and commercial activities. A lot of the factors that facilitated the emergence of this pandemic is closely linked to the global climate crisis and the rest of environmental disruptions of the Anthropocene. So while the first and more urgent response to the pandemic should be focused on human health, we need to think of new ways of being in this planet and to build a more sustainable, just, inclusive society.
The COMMON GROUND PROJECT proposes a creation of an international database of artworks produced since the end of 2019, that deal directly or indirectly with these questions. We invite artists around the world to share moving and still image, sound, text and/or web based pieces. Out of this database, a series of online and offline events and exhibitions will be curated.
The main immediate goal is to collect a large and varied snapshot of artistic reactions to the covid-19 pandemic. How did people in various corners of the world cope with the confinement and the post-confiment? How can we reshape the world and break with old patterns? This project should grow exponentially, and beyond the covid-19 crisis, so we can keep reflecting on how to create common grounds amonst humans and between humans and more-than-humans.
• Fill the form and follow its instructions to send your files.
• The project submissions is open to artists worldwide.
• By submitting your files to the project, you confirm their authorship.
• By submitting your files to the project, you confirm that you allow the Common Ground Project to archive them in its database.
• Artists will be contacted and informed before each and every public presentation of their works.
• All artists retain copyright of their original work as submitted.
• You can participate with as many artistic files as you want, but please keep in mind the project’s framing: video, sound, text or web based works that have been produced since the beginning of the covid crisis. The work should reflect direct or indirectly on the impact of the crisis, the lockdown, their consequences and/or speculations about the future following these events.
Any running time / Mininum resolution 1920px X 1080px / Recommended format: .mp4 or quicktime with h264 codec file / Mininum 15 Mbps data rate
Any running time / Format : WAV, AIFF prefered, but also possible mp3 or AAC with mininum128 kbps bit rate
Format : .txt file
You can submit your writings in text format, but you can also perform it, record it and submit it in sound or video.
Link to web based work
- This project is supported by Transcultures (interdisciplinary centre of digital & sound cultures – La Louvière – Belgium) and European Pepinieres of Creation (international network supporting various collaborations for the contemporary arts – based in Paris).
- In the framework of NoLA – No Lockdown Art, Creaconnections program, launched in Spring 2020. This project will benefit from their large network and possibilities of distribution in various places and countries.
- transcultures.be – pepinieres.eu