Community Economies Research and Resource Centre, Rovereto (IT), 18-23 October 2016

2016/07/20

COMUNfARE explores what it means to live in common, through investigations across Europe and the development of proposals for a site in Northern Italy. During the week in Rovereto, we will work on establishing a community-based research-and-resource centre through which to intervene -- locally and trans-locally, through ideas and production -- in the realms of commons and community economies.

As the Centre starts out, it will be hosted in a disused industrial space, located next to a hotel that has been re-functioned to host up to 70 asylum seekers. The industrial space will be used together with associations and cooperatives who work with asylum seekers. The Centre will thus also try to create bridges between old and new inhabitants of the Vallagarina Valley as well as between different generations.

As Brave New Alps’ expertise in terms of material production is closely related to graphic design, the first production equipment the Centre holds is a Risograph printer (size of prints up to A3) and a professional paper cutting machine. With these we envisage the production of communication artefacts and art pieces that support community economies initiatives in the valley district. In preliminary workshops with a group of asylum seekers, the desire was expressed to also host spaces for hairdressing, tailoring, physical work outs (a gym), a space for DIY making and one for holding cultural events.

 

THE WORKSHOP WEEK

From 17 to 23 October 2016, we will spend an intense and varied week in Rovereto, where the centre is being established:

ECOLE_IG partners, Brave New Alps and their professional network will share their work in short presentations and we will visit a selection of local bottom-up initiatives fostering and building on community economies. In practical work sessions we will develop spatial elements and communication tools for the research-and-resource centre.

ECOLE_IG PARTICIPATING PROJECT PARTNERS
aaa (FR), Asociatia pro-turism nedeea valceana (RO), Sheffield School of Architecture (UK)

OTHER INVITED GUESTS
Portland Works (UK), Trade Test Site (DK), Wild yeast economies (ES/UK), Re-generajica (SLO)

INITIATIVES WE WILL VISIT
comun’Orto (community garden), Centro della Pace (community centre), Riciclofficina (solidary bike workshop), Gastronomia Formichine (solidary restaurant & catering), Quartiere Solidale (neighbourhood centre), DIY motorbike workshop

 

OUTLINE OF THE WEEK
Monday, 17 October
SSoA live project students group arrives
5pm – welcome aperitivo, Locos Bar

Tuesday, 18 October
10am – meeting at QuerciaLAB with SSoA group; short introduction to the context; coordination and planning
Afternoon – everyone else arrives
5pm – welcome aperitivo, Circolo Operaio Santa Maria

Wednesday, 19 October
9am-12 noon – welcome and introduction to the context by Brave New Alps
12.30pm – lunch at Formichine restaurant
2-5pm – walking tour around Rovereto and visit to local community economies initiatives

Thursday, 20 October
9am-12 noon – presentations by ECOLE_IG partners & guests
12.30pm – lunch at Formichine restaurant
2-5pm – workshop session

Friday, 21 October
9am-12 noon – visit to local community economies initiatives
12.30pm – lunch at Formichine restaurant
2-5pm – workshop session

Saturday, 22 October
9am-12 noon – workshop session
12.30pm – lunch at QuerciaLAB
2-5pm – workshop session

Sunday, 23 October
9am-12 noon – presentation of workshop outcomes
12.30pm – lunch at QuerciaLAB
Afternoon: departure and planning of the rest of the stay of SSoA group
Throughout the week, we will have lunch at the solidarity economy restaurant Formichine. They cook only with local ingredients and food is prepared and served by women who have been long-term unemployed.

 

AIMS OF THE WORKSHOPS
- Mapping of the web of exchanges and flows in which the Centre will be inserted
- Constructing spatial elements for the activities hosted at the Centre; these elements are being designed by MA students from the ECOLE_IG partner organisation Sheffield School of Architecture
- Implementing physical and digital tools to communicate the Centre and its aims
- Developing proposals of how the Centre can take into consideration the interdependence between humans and more-than-human others

 

KEY QUESTIONS AT THIS STAGE
What productive and educational activities could the space host to effectively foster community economies? How can the centre mobilise a diversity of support structures to guarantee its long-term viability? Through what physical and digital means can the centre and its aims be effectively communicated? How can the centre in its day-to-day activities take into consideration the interdependencies between humans and more-than-human others?

 

SUGGESTED READINGS
Franz, Fabio, and Bianca Elzenbaumer. “Commons & Community Economies: Entry Points to Design for Eco-Social Justice?” DRS2016, June 29, 2016.

Gibson-Graham, J.K., and Ethan Miller. “Economy as Ecological Livelihood.” In Manifesto for Living in the Anthropocene, edited by Katherine Gibson, Deborah Bird Rose, and Ruth Fincher, 7–16. New York: Punctum Books, 2015.

Haraway, Donna. “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble.” presented at the Anthropocene: Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, University of Santa Cruz, May 9, 2014.

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