Within the framework of the European network RESHAPE, 3 137 artist-run space, with the support of and in collaboration with Onassis AiR, sets the ground for a dialogue on cultural management and policy in the contemporary art sector in Greece.
On Tuesday, October 26, and Wednesday, October 27, 2021, we are very happy to invite you at the space of 3 137 for the presentation of the research, as well as the launch of the research material that was produced within the scope of RESHAPE in relation to the art sector in Greece. RESHAPE: A Workbook to Reimagine the Art World, the final publication that brings together the research, will be on display in the space together with the printed materials that were the outcome of the program on a local and on a European level, part of which will be distributed for free. For those two days, during the opening hours, visitors will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the RESHAPE Athens-based participants, who will present the research at 7-8 p.m., on both days.
RESHAPE is a research and development program that brings together art organizations and professionals from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to reimagine and create new organizational models and alternative working methods. RESHAPE aims to respond to today’s challenges, aligning fairness, solidarity, and sustainability with the civil role of the arts. Exploring the expertise of those already experimenting with new models and ways of working, the RESHAPE Workbook gathers instruments for transition towards a fairer arts ecosystem.
The tangible results of this process are presented in the form of “Prototypes” proposals that contribute to a positive change in the arts and its relation to society. One of these “Prototypes” is the Department of Civil Imagination (DCI), that 3 137 was a member of. DCI is the outcome of a series of conversations on the relationship of imagination, art, and society. DCI is a fictional department that utilises the ‘civil imagination’ as a radical act to reshape realities in poetic, practical, and political ways, following the provocation by adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha that “all organizing is science fiction.”
In an effort to connect the research that took place during RESHAPE with the local art scene, we present a series of tools that were created over the past year. These tools include:
A collection of audio recorded one-to-one interviews with art professionals, who, in their respective professions, hold administrative and managerial roles in organizations that shape a wide spectrum of the cultural production in Greece.
A text that summarizes the discussions that took place during the RESHAPE Athens Workshop for the future of governance in the cultural sector.
A new publication by 3 137 on fair practices that proposes a tool -a contract template - in order to better define and enhance the working conditions in the contemporary art field. This publication is the continuation of the work conducted by the immaterial art institution GABRIELA and the publishing of Around Labor, Art, and the Auratic Condition (This is Not a Love Song); the outcome of the collaboration between 3 137 and sync curatorial fellow for spring 2020, Ilaria Conti.