Saturday, September 4th 2021
6 PM till 8.30 PM
Schleifhalle, Werkstätte Wattens
This public forum held space for encounters between participants of the Rural Commons Assembly 2021, invited guest speakers and a general public. It consisted of several short input presentations and was followed by an open, moderated conversation.
The presentations highlighted diﬀerent experiences in establishing and maintaining trans-local networks and learning environments in the ﬁelds of art, culture and citizen engagement across Europe. Together with our guests, we were exploring potentials and challenges of existing projects with a focus on forms of organising such as the modes of governance, resources and stakeholders involved. That way, we were dissecting patterns for sustainable cooperation across places and diﬀerences and discussed potential role models for the Alpine context.
Introduction and Moderation:
→ Bianca Elzenbaumer and Maddalena Ferretti - Rural Commons Festival
Bianca Elzenbaumer is a design researcher based in the Italian Alps. She is a founding member of the design practice Brave New Alps, currently works as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Eurac Research (IT) and is co-president of CIPRA International, an environmental NGO spanning the alpine arc. Her 40-year research plan focuses on supporting and creating community economies and commons starting from the places she lives in.
Maddalena Ferreti is an Architect, PhD and Associate Professor in Architectural and Urban Design at Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy. Until 2017 she served as a researcher and lecturer at LUH Leibniz Universität Hannover. Maddalena is the national coordinator of “B4R. Branding4Resilience”, PRIN 2017 Miur (2020–2023). She is the former director of the research group for building and settlement development of “Regiobranding”, BMBF (2014–2017). Her research topics are: strategic spatial transformations, sensitive and rural contexts, heritage enhancement, branding, commons. Book: Scenarios and Patterns for Regiobranding (with J. Schröder, JOVIS, 2018).
→ Danijela Oberhofer Tonkovic - Magic Carpets
Danijela Oberhofer Tonkovic is an independent cultural manager, curator and producer. She serves as a project manager and curator of Magic Carpets - Creative Europe Platform in cooperation with the cultural organization openspace.innsbruck. Danijela is co-founder of the creative agency Lab 852 in Zagreb, Croatia with the aim of management, production and mediation in the fields of art and culture.
→ Michael Hiltbrunner - Dalvazza Group
Dr. phil. Michael Hiltbrunner is a cultural anthropologist and art scholar at the Institute for Contemporary Art Research at Zurich University of the Arts. His recent research focuses on personal archives of research-based art and the F+F School in Zurich as a lab for experimental design. He also works as an independent curator and lectures on art theory and cultural analysis. He was the initiator of the Dalvazza Group at SARN Swiss Artistic Research Network in 2018/2019 and its moderator since then.
→ Florian Cope-Ladstätter - Trans Europe Halles
Florian Cope-Ladstätter studied international business in Innsbruck and then did a PhD in organization studies. Whilst struggling with his PhD he came in contact with Die Bäckerei - Kulturbackstube and a new world unfolded. All of a sudden there was chaos and so much potential for contribution and self-efficacy. For the last nine years Florian has worked in this ever changing ecosystem that is Die Bäckerei in many different ways. It still is an enigma and that is what keeps him motivated.
→ Harriet Matzdorf - Green Art LAB Alliance
Harriet Matzdorf is an Artistic Research and Programme Specialist at Pollinaria, Abruzzo, Italy, working at the intersection of art and science, agriculture and the environment. She is the Coordinator of the Rural-Urban Relations working group of the Green Arts Lab Alliance (GALA) which brings together arts organizations to exchange knowledge and strategy on dynamics of culture and biodiversity between Rural and Urban environments. Matzdorf has worked on a number of international collaborations and solo artistic projects, through Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin, Weisman Art Museum, Midway Contemporary, The University of Minnesota, The University of Dundee, SCT, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, and others.
→ Green Event
The Rural Commons Assembly 2021 was hosted as a Green Event Tirol basic accredited by Klimabündnis Tirol. Consequently, there were various sustainability measures put in place. These measures concerned areas such as waste and energy management, mobility, catering and social relations – from reusable dishes, local and organic food up to barrier-free event locations.