© Jo Valvekens
!F Lab - the Interactive Factual Lab - helps creative minds to produce and develop their digital interactive factual stories. We enable talented creative minds to tell impactful stories using digital technology. Since the very first edition of !F Lab in 2015, we have been focused on offering a stimulating space to experiment, to work transdisciplinary and transsectoral, to generate know-how and to let a professional network expand. The result has been a vast array of stories from Europe, always documenting ‘the real’ and always activating the audience in the narrative, such as an i-doc about Latvian refugees or a VR experience about autism.
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“Crossing” is an art-travel project on the subject of crossing borders which includes documentary interviews with international artists. It is the aim of the project to show that cultural life/survive can be redefined and made possible through exchange rather than demarcation. The basic question of this artistic research proceeds from this Archimedean point, therefore: How can we achieve a fundamental connection between human and nature as expressed, for example, in the view of the relationship between the microcosm and the macrocosm? How can we strengthen this connection through art? Places of exchange/interviews: Iceland, Finland, Egypt, South Africa, Argentina, Italy, Thailand.
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It was designed to engage and mobilize citizens to demand information from institutions and public representatives via social media. We did this by utilizing channels already available in an innovative way to push forward a meaningful cause that would directly contribute to citizens’ well-being and would increase institutional transparency and accountability. Around 170,000 people watched the video sung by a famous hip-hop artist in Kosovo, a song full of questions, with a great demand for answers. More than 500 people asked governmental representatives specific questions on critical matters that are vital to their lives. Today, citizens still choose the #podumedite (#Iwanttoknow) to demand answers and to end the obscurity surrounding many important issues in Kosovo.
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© Opernwerkstatt am Rhein
4 New Testaments 4 artists with 4 different backgrounds and 4 different disabilities create and direct 4 different theatre productions. Each of them very different but all about the bible and each one with a total length of approximately 20 minutes.
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© Catarina Sanches
Grandma Came to Work is a creative hub that brings generations together by offering them a place where they can meet using a common language: creativity, immaterial culture and tradition.
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© Mark McNulty for Grow Wild
A Tale of Two Cities re-invigorated neglected public land, and fired the imaginations of people living in Liverpool and Manchester. Introducing expanses of wildflowers into visible sites was the driver for collective action, involving arts as the powerful catalyst for culture change.
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Artes à Vila is a new music and arts festival located at vila da Batalha. The concept of this festival is to promote the cultural heritage and alternative music outside mainstream show business. 3 stages, 17 concerts, 2 exhibitions and 4 workshops.
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The AstronART is a thematic prototype pop-up lab of Art and New Media Technology designed for children and adolescents regardless of age and ability. The AstronART project aims to empower generations to face future challenges and become the change makers of their communities and tomorrow’s pioneers.
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At home - open workshop for music in the refugee home Adlerstr., Dortmund, in the period from October 2015 to January 2016 on behalf of the Landesmusikrat NRW. The intention was to create a musical "castle in the air", that means, to play integrative free music with refugees. This music should restore their energy and serve as a resource. Free Music was black music, which mingles in Europe with classics and new music. In the center of the workshop were the drums and the viola/violins. On one hand, music could be a universal language, on the other hand it is the "healing force of the universe" (Albert Ayler).
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AtelierSieben is a creator workshop for children, teenagers and adults, who are guided based on the "sevengardens" principle, to produce colours from plants and waste of food, which grow in so called dye-gardens. In the sense of the common good economy we offer jobs for female refugees.
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The name of the project is "Automotive Perception/Ray Blaster 2". It’s a standalone computer program which uses synthetic means for creating individual audio-signatures like sounds, noises, textures and melodies/compositions for most of the existing and future upcoming automotive developments, belonging to the urban living situation where people get connected, e.g. traffic, public areas, cultural activities, concerts, events, secure leading of handicapped people inhouse and outbound.
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© IoDeposito Ngo
B#SIDE WAR is a unique case in Europe: artistic and experimental interventions that act on memory and history, enhancing heritages and local communities, created with the aim to investigate the legacies and heritages of the world wars and explain the XX century conflicts to the contemporary generations.
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© Ela Mergels
Ela Mergels' analogue Ricoh half-frame camera from the 50‘s, equipped with one Color film, has been traveling around the world since 12/2015. The job is: Take a picture of what is important to you. Whether wedding, cat, dog, friends or at home, ... When the camera returns, the film is rewound and inserted a second time for the next trip.
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Youngsters from Germany and Belgium combine animation and documentary in a creative way! For ten months, 18 teens met several times to shoot, edit and present three short Anidocs. By finding ideas for their films and working together they got a intense sense for the life, hopes and fears of the "others".
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© iCollective
bicyclope is a participatory method that allows neighbors to conceive, design and build, according to their needs, urban furniture that produces energy. With the energy produced by pedaling users can charge their phones, turn on some lights, listen to music and see how much energy they produce.
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Games for senior citizens are usually just XXL-versions of well-known board games. They are competitive: one winner, many losers. A well-known pattern for young players. But for patients of dementia, competitive actions mean stress and can be dramatically transferred to caring persons or family. I have developed a cooperative board game especially for this group to enhance social contacts and trust in others, to reminisce by-gone days, find emotional stability and, last but not least, share time and laughter with other players. Statistics show that the number of patients is enormous: in Germany 1.5 million, in Europe 7.6 million with numbers on the rise. That means that patients can be found in every culture and language.
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© Bridge&Tunnel
Bridge&Tunnel connects professional design & socially disadvantaged people. We manufacture from post- and pre-consumer waste with longtime unemployed migrant citizens and refugees. That’s how valuable material resources get a new life in style & people from around the world an empowering job.
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There is a growing and concerning impact on children’s language development which is influenced by smartphones and digital technology. In our modern society digital distractions are reducing the frequency and quality of essential adult/child interactions. However, technology offers so much to society so we spent 2 years working on a city-wide project exploring all available evidence to find what works best in supporting essential early language development. The result was “Chatta”. The simple method has been widely adopted by schools, nurseries and families and is proving to be extremely powerful for a range of areas of learning including foreign language acquisition, special needs interventions and even supporting people with dementia.
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© Creative Commons
The Common Study Program: Commons, Ruralities and Feminisms was born as an active listening space for the production and exchange of knowledge with a structure that translated experiences of government of the common, specifically of the communities of the Galician mountains, to a community of learning whose mission was to generate new narratives in the crossing of epistemic areas: commons, ruralities and feminisms. To get the crossing we facilitated an exchange of knowledge between spheres of knowledge that are traditionally unconnected: university, contemporary art and social movements. We have generated a critical space of learning about ways to live the rural; we have looked for genealogies of the women – subalternized historically – in the defence of the earth and we learnt ways of government of rural areas.
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The multidisciplinary project CONTACT ZONES wants to create interaction between performing arts, urban spaces and people. It takes place in non-conventional spaces where it is possible to reach new and enlarged audiences. The project by performing arts – theatre/dance/music/contemporary circus/street art/video – has generated a conscious and sustainable use of the public areas, generating good practices. It proposed a series of international residencies, site-specific shows, workshops and symposia, all hosted in urban places where audiences could be naturally involved. CONTACT ZONES has involved 3 countries (IT/DE/UK), 4 cities, 4 festivals, 4 organizations. The audience development actions organized has offered the participants new points of view to reflect about the arts and cities.
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© Institute of Social Ideas
CoolUkis is a social innovation which aims to reduce social exclusion of the elderly and promote sustainability among people in Lithuania. It is a garden sharing platform which connects landowners with free space for gardening to people who don't own their own land but are interested in gardening.
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© Politecnico di Torino
Crafting Beauty is a Turin-based interdisciplinary design anthropology lab for social cohesion. It focuses both on the empowerment of homeless people and on the development of skills in students of design and social sciences through participatory and interdisciplinary approaches.
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CULTUREMAKERS is a cultural intelligence skill-developing project, empowering local and refugee youth from remote socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds in Greece, to create films that future-proof the internationalisation of European culture by fostering shared peacebuilding values across the region and steering communities away from radicalisation. CULTUREMAKERS future-proof the internationalisation profile of European culture by producing films showcasing local heritage & traditions, whilst simultaneously improving well-being, acquiring cultural intelligence skills and increasing their 21st century resilience. The films are distributed to cultural institutions, governments and representatives of the civil society, tackling shared challenges on the internationalisation of culture across the region.
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Situated in-between the intersection of business and culture, Current Corporate employs innovative strategies that strengthen brand and industrial heritage through the implementation of cultural and artistic projects. At its core is a focus on art, as a primordial force and a syncretic medium that illuminates histories, generates meanings, and embeds products with an aesthetic and symbolic content. The company achieves this convergence of business and culture through a series of tailor-made services, with a specific focus on enhancing the creation of culture-based and art-based products, as well as the curation of corporate collections and museums, both of which contribute to the transmission and preservation of culture through business practices.
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We design labour; meaningful design products to create jobs for people whose health or other problems have prevented them from finding regular employment. Taking people's personal qualities as a starting point, a customised product range together with selected designers and workshop supervisors.
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DrOmnibus Inclusive Education is the multimedia solution supporting the therapy and education of children with special needs and developmental disorders (such as autism). The application consists of thousands of therapeutic tasks in mobile games, progress monitoring and therapy process organizer.
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© Katharina Götzendorfer & Verena Blöchl. Abgebildetes Kunstwerk: „Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1“ von Georgia O’Keeffe, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
"Eye to Ear" is the first app that makes visual arts accessible to blind and visually impaired people. The method is based on the combination of verbal descriptions and sound interpretations. The interactive app gives blind people the opportunity to experience art without the help of others.
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The Future Architecture platform is an exchange and networking platform for architecture. It promotes cooperation between emerging professionals and architectural institutions in order to bring ideas about the future of architecture to the top of the architectural discourse and closer to a wider public. The platform organizes the European Architecture programme – a series of interconnected exhibitions, conferences, workshops, prototyping and publishing activities – which present emerging talents in architecture. Currently the platform has 21 member organisations from 16 countries. Members can be museums, festivals, publishers and producers that play a role in the local environment, serve as a source of architecture-related information and have the skills to create outstanding events.
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The Future City Dome is an anual multi-disciplinary interactive exhibition about Future Cities. Made for and by children. The main theme (2016) the children worked on is densifying the city. They did this by building on roofs, in water and by re-using old buildings.
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© Luciano Paselli
Future Masters means 1000 kids and teens from 3 to 18 years old, working with artists, experts, social and cultural workers and institutions to talk and act about Love, War, Work, Crisis and Migration through dozens of workshops in many different fields, 5 special events, 1 exhibition and 1 show.
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© Painted Series
GOLDEN JOINERY is a non-commercial clothing brand, developed in togetherness. In playful workshops you are invited to repair a dear but broken garment with gold. A collection of golden scars emerges: GOLDEN JOINERY. You are invited to this new mode of togetherness, no skills needed in advance.
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H2arvester is an array of solar panels, assembled on a light weight structure and supported on wheels, randomly moving or on rails between the livestock, crops and across ditches. The solar energy can be processed into hydrogen (H2) and stored locally. The solution to convert the generated kWh directly into hydrogen ensures not just an autonomous functioning installation, but is also a solution for the need to balance the production and use of generated energy while ensuring no electricity network reinforcements. Because the solar power plant is mobile, it can be seen as one extra crop in rotational cultivation that many arable farmers use. The variant where the installation ‘creeps’ across the land is literally double use of agricultural land.
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© South Netherlands Philharmonic / Simon van Boxtel
The South Netherlands Philharmonic and Dance Company Project Sally have developed the dance concert HeartBeat about exclusion and inclusion for students aged 10 to 14. The dance concert encourages students to rethink their own part in creating an inclusive world.
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© C.K Photography
The H4C aspires for positive change towards a society based on equality, contributing to the establishment of a culture of peace, tolerance and non-violence. It uses cultural, artistic, social and educational means to reach out to individuals across Cyprus and enables meaningful interaction.
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© Conor Crowe, http://conorcrowe.com
HOTEL TOTAL was a Pop-up project which raised integration and participation through social and creative innovation. A creative hub for art, culture and common living where events took place and new networks emerged - a joint project - arised through the initiative & engagement of many enthusiasts.
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The ICCI project is a capacity building action for the Creative and Cultural sector, meaning both creative and cultural entrepreneurs, artists, operators and the intermediaries which are supporting them in business incubators, networks, associations etc.. The focus of the project is to support the CCI sector in developing internationalization competences starting from an analysis of the gaps they felt, developing a tailored training path delivered both locally and in a European training pilot (held in Matera), virtually with an online platform hosting a community of over 300 users that have the chance to learn individually, from peers, start projects, sell products in other European markets. The project has reached in only 2 years over 1,300 European creative minds that used its products.
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© Parlamentsdirektion/Raimund Appel
The texts about democracy were staged in the original room of the Austrian parliament so that every visitor has had the opportunity to see all the scenes. In alternation with the drama scenes, musical theater scenes took place. 15.000 visitors came to see the performance on two days.
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© Studio Lunik
KALKI [kόlki] is a collective which combines contemporary design with traditions, crafts and materials from Bangladesh. It’s a collaborative project founded by Studio Lunik in 2015 in Rome in Torpignattara, a multiethnic neighborhood with the largest Bangladeshi community in Italy. The work approaches self-production as social research, with a design language focused on plurality and equal exchange of stories, cultures, and traditions. KALKI redesigns everyday objects from Bangladesh, exploring the creative possibilities connected with their use in a different context. It is inspired by the Bengali culture. Combining Italian territorial crafts with traditions from Bangladesh, the project pursues a creative and productive ideal based on interactions and shared experiences.
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© Kronenkreuz, www.kronenkreuz.de
KRONENKREUZ are craftsmen, designers, artists and educators who work creatively together with long-term unemployed people. In product development no scheme exists. The employees and the unemployed inspire each other and create together unique design.
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Tanzrauschen together with the Wuppertal community have produced a series of five short dance films that depict Wuppertal with its many treasures and its diversity. Under the artistic direction of Jo Parkes Wuppertal, citizens and dancers, film makers and musicians developed these short dance films in five independent workshops in 2017. The nonprofessional performers were sensitised to work in creative processes, to teamwork, collaboration and media authority. The resulting quality of the short films was largely sustained by the commitment of each participant. Co-produced by Tanzrauschen (Wuppertal) and Mobile Dance (Berlin). Artistic Director: Jo Parkes; Mobile Dance Producer & Project Management: Kerstin Hamburg; Tanzrauschen Executive Producer: Kim Münster, Treibsand Film.
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© Volker Hildebrandt, for love, C-Print Dibond, 2013
“love pro toto“ is a wonderful online art project, a “social network” or, better yet, a “global social sculpture”. It is for everyone. No exceptions. In contrast to other “social networks”, it has a goal: a world full of love. Yes, it is a dream shared by all of humanity. From the beginning it will link the virtual world with the “real” world. New members create their project image, print it out and hang it in their homes. And those of their friends as well. After the construction of the virtual museum, the library, the concert hall etc. exhibitions, readings, and concerts in real life will follow. “love pro toto cafés” will become meeting points. “love pro toto” is a global cultural complex: a worldwide, unifying, artistic way of life.
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© Volker Hildebrandt
“love pro toto“ is a wonderful online art project, a “social network” or, better yet, a “global social sculpture”. In contrast to other “social networks”, it has a goal: a world full of love. Yes, it is a dream shared by all of humanity. Let’s make it come true.
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© Heike Wippermann
With "Made in Wehringhausen" working and living resident fashion designer Chandra Prakash Jha sets a glamorous exclamation mark, to change the heedless handling of rubbish in the multicultural creative quarter "Wehringhausen" (in Hagen, Westfalen). Since the careless and illegal waste disposal is a current problem of Wehringhausen (as of many districts in the world) our motto was: From waste to fashion! By the power of RE/UP-Cycling! Therefore the team organised three workshops for kids and adults in September and a glorious fashion show in October 2018. The project will be continued with a documentary movie and a label called "made in wehringhausen" which makes GOTS certified fashion, which will be sold online, in a local shop and B2B. Profits will partly go to social institutions on site.
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© Berta Tilmantaitė, Nanook
Since August 2017 Kaunas Biennial has been leading a 4 year-long (2017-2021) Creative Europe platform titled MAGIC CARPETS, which involves 13 cultural organisations from the EU and candidate countries. The platform is intended for traveling emerging artists who work in a socially engaged and responsible field of art (visual art, public art, community art, exhibitions, performances, documentary theatre, online art, etc.) to research and implement new productions together with local artists and local communities. MAGIC CARPETS is based on the sharing of experience and knowledge, hot and relevant European topics, such as nomadism, displacement, social uncertainty and the need for inclusiveness of cultural offerings, growing nationalism and populism and how culture can contribute to intercultural dialogue.
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© Birmingham City University
Maker Monday is a creative, collaborative innovation network, based in Birmingham. We bring creatives, technologists, artists and curators together to make innovative projects of artistic merit and social benefit. We are a growing ecosystem that fuses learning, knowledge, practice and production.
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© Théâtre Au fil des nuages 
A play revolving on bicycle, from one language to another. Performed in French and German by Christina Gumz and Clément Labail, accompanied by various workshops in order to focus on the exchange and the encounters between different cultures and habits.
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© MIGRATE 2016
“MIGRATE – MIGRation pATtterns in Europe” is an open source, game-based Web Mapping application with the purpose of educating and raising awareness on the phenomenon of migration in Europe. Analysis of the answers to the game allows to derive fruitful insights on people’s perception of migration.
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migration is an inclusive artistic project operating from a base camp and deploying an architectural capsule in the public space. It enhances the conditions for intercultural exchange and creative participation while revealing the genius loci before migrating.
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© Chris Grodotzki
Integration is not assimilation. It's about possibilities for the diverse individuals that form a free creative society. We started a 200sqm newly renovated penthouse right in the city of Essen where Roma, Maroc and German musicians live and work together and spread out their activities into society.
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In August 2018, Peut-Porter realized a collaboration with Paraa. The project reflects on the role and social situation of women in Dhaka, engaging with the public through a day-long performance following a series of collaborative workshops. It took its starting point in looking at Bangladesh’s economic powerhouse - the ready made garments industry. A working class theatre, a chorus of costumes and masks, performances were presented by a diverse community across four public sites in Dhaka. Ten characters and enacted stories presented fierce everyday Bangla women from a cross-section of society who challenged and redefined the female identity –despite facing crisis, loss and maltreatments succeeding in their very own way.
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NE5T is an online platform for effective knowledge art management in the complex environment of the art market. You can think of NEST as a web-enabled system for the management of art and the exchange of concepts, a platform where galleries, artists, curators and researchers can present work, enter into collaborative media experiments, and play with the meaning of media objects. The portal has advanced tools that serve to search and visualize direct and latent relations between people, groups, events, projects, places, institutions and fields of art and culture.
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Find out how urban furniture becomes a catalyst for trust, mutual help and creativity in the neighbourhoods. Learn about innovative placemaking adaptive to the needs of the neighbourhoods!
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© Diadrasis
Are "official" landmarks of a city recognized as such from the inhabitants of an area or not? The community based research project "Pithari" searched in Exarcheia, Athens, for heritage, culture & social landmarks with a "bottom up" research starting from the people’s views and stories.
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© FilthyKids Production
prespa stories was set up to inspire connection, co-creation and collaboration across Great Prespa lake, the border triangle of Greece, Albania and FYR of Macedonia. It is a platform of communication and exchange among local youths, who share the same lake but are quite alienated from one another.

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PUSH was a 2-year Creative Europe co-operation project involving five partners from Scotland, Belgium, Ireland, Norway and Denmark to ‘push’ and develop thinking, ideas and the art forms within theatre and dance for children and young people in Europe. It focused on the three themes of gender and sexual identity, (over)protection and migration. It entailed 3 artistic labs attended by 41 artists from the 5 partner countries, 3 PUSH two-day events at each lab for sector peers and the general public, 5 international festival visits for 56 artists from across the 5 partner countries, 5 PUSH two-day public presentations at the 5 partner festivals, a bespoke project website including resources around each topic, and the production of a series of professional films.
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© Priscilla Katzenmaier
QUIBO – the play furniture system for children aged between 2 and 7 years – is an inclusive project that shows what human-centred design and sustainability can look like. Made of unused production waste, the manufacture takes place ecologically and socially and the function is educational.
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© erdbeerwoche GmbH
READY FOR RED is an innovative e-learning platform on the subject of menstruation, the female cycle and menstrual products. Its goal is to allow girls AND boys a self-determined and natural way to deal with menstruation. The game-based learning platform focusses on adolescents between 11 and 16 years, but also on teachers who are supposed to integrate READY FOR RED into their classes. In its pilot phase, READY FOR RED has already been tested with more than 2,000 youngsters in 53 school sessions. After each workshop, the students gave feedback on the platform through an anonymous online questionnaire: 80% of the students said they had learned something new and in addition, have developed a positive attitude towards menstruation. 65% want to continue using RFR outside of class.
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Nearly 100 residents of a shelter in Berlin Neukölln have turned the formerly abandoned top floor into a village of opportunities. "Refugee Open Cities" wants to rewrite the social software of how refugees are hosted and shelters are run across Europe.
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© Semra Sevin
REglam promotes diversity in fashion. REglam is body positive, race, lgbt, age and disability inclusive. Its new website focuses on fashion photography and its dedication to inclusivity. REglam's partnerships with fashion brands, diverse models & websites spreads its mission to a wide audience.
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© Aleksander Lilik
The Revealed Hands - Human and Business Achievements is a collection of handmade pillows created by a group of immigrant women from the former Yugoslavia living in Slovenia. Textile design became a medium for psychosocial empowerment as well as a sustainable business model for financial independence.
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© Luiza Puiu
Route 28 is an event that allows its participants to experience European countries in an entertaining atmosphere in their own city. Because we are convinced: Europe is a feeling! And a positive European spirit is the basis for empathy, co-operation and peace in Europe.
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A film about how people treat cultural heritage in a small Serbian town. A dialogue between people and politicians and a few personal points of view about a problem that is more general then it seems.
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© Felix Meier
Open-air cinema on the river Elbe, theater on channels, waterbound-concerts, readings, workshops and parties. The Schaluppe - the raft for Hamburg - a project of the Verein für mobile Machenschaften e.V. is a mobile culture venue, which seeks to include and connect people through cultural stimulation.
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SPEAKER SCULPTURES Participative Electroacoustic Sculptures was created from active (functioning) recycled electronics and spectators’ voices.
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STORY FOR FOOD is a model for an alternative economy based on stories. It will be a café shop in Berlin where you trade your story for food and drinks. Its mission is to help value stories in society by encouraging the practise of sharing them and to foster the culture of listening to them.
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© SuperCity
SuperCity creates gamified & geolocated routes with interactive 3D historical personages in Augmented Reality to discover with them cities, museums and natural parks in family as if they were in a movie. Our mission is to approach families to the heritage and culture of cities and nature parks.
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Tada is an agency that provides technologic tools for artists to help them organize their daily life so they can be more focused on their creation. The relationship between an artist and his or her art is not just the ideation process and the creation, it is way more complicated and a lot of people, administration and documents are involved. Artists have specific needs in terms of life management. Moreover, the artworld demands a lot of networking, personalization, and adaptability in professional relationships. So how might we help artists? With a personal dashboard in which they can store, centralize and manage all their artistic life, from artworks to documents, contacts and sales with automatic transmission of accounting and social data to organisations in charge of recovery.
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© COLLABORATING CENTRE ON SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION (CSCP)
Tapping into the power of the senses, Taste the jeans is a stakeholder engagement process that enables first-hand experiences of vibrant solutions for sustainable lifestyles. The goal is to open up minds and enable innovative multi-stakeholder dialogue for sustainability. What is on your menu today?
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© Katarzyna Mazur
"The Borderline Project 2018. 8 border towns - 8 reporter teams - 6 languages". 100 years after Polish independence, young pan-European reporter teams report in cross-border multimedia features on Polish youth, their visions of the future, their relationship to the country's history and their relations with neighboring regions to deliver an authentic and multifaceted view of Poland and its role in Europe. Bi-national teams enable perspectives that break with stereotypes, the cross-media presentation (text, photo, video, data, social) provides creative access, multilingualism a broad target group. The Borderline project is translated into 6 languages and published as an independent storytelling project of the European magazine Cafébabel to promote European dialogue on Poland.
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There is a need to involve citizens and experts from all levels of society to collaboratively imagine, build, and experience new futures. This requires open, transparent, inclusive and creative practices. The Co-creation Navigator is an online platform that gives any organisation the agency to involve citizens and experts in their processes. It is based on an educational programme by Waag and is meant for change agents who want to facilitate a co-creative process. The Navigator guides users through tools, methods, and existing toolkits on hosting, design thinking and co-creation. It helps users to make relevant choices for their context, and to reflect on what they have learned. The Navigator is developed in co-creation with users across Europe.
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The Degrowth Institute is an initiative with the aim of establishing emancipatory narratives in cities whose population has been steadily decreasing over the years. Our objective is to do so by establishing bottom-up, transversal, and horizontal approaches to master-planning in these territories. Our mission is to challenge the notion that suggests that growth - population in particular - is necessary when determining the success of a human settlement. The outcomes of the Degrowth Institute might range from an individual’s transformative experience upon taking part in the project to a group suggestion of guidelines, corrupting existing recommendations, or the collective abuse of a particular imposed strategy regarding the assessment and management of the heritage of a particular city.
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© AlcateiaLab
We are a young creative design agency, working with entertainment events for leisure and retail spaces. We are usually challenged to design concepts for children interactive exhibitions. Doing that, we look into themes, materials security, logistic, etc. to design the most appealing play spaces. We also believe that in our position, designing for crowns, we have a social responsibility to address important and pedagogical contents. After all, children will be the future decision makers. That is why we create the "Eco-Healthy Village"! We were inspired by the increasingly urban and technological world, where social behaviors are getting far from what we should adopt for healthier humans and a sustainable and balanced environment.
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© ZwischenWerk gUG
The Freegees is an online platform which empowers collaborations for different causes in a meaningful and sustainable way. It aims to help artists displaced by war and conflict express themselves in an artistic way again, by connecting and collaborating with local cultural scenes. Unique 360° storytelling campaigns, which combine interdisciplinary forms of art, music, and technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, will expose the co-creations and help cultivating the existence of displaced artists as humans with creative skills who contribute to diverse societies. Through automated storytelling, we create empathy by giving insights about the struggle of refugee artists. The platform provides a way for everyone to contribute to good causes while getting a piece of art in return.
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© The Insightist
In the context of increasing skilled workers migration, the Insightist develops an app-based personalized learning program for young professionals, especially from emerging economies, to enhance their cultural intelligence that helps them adapt to cosmopolitan work and living conditions better.
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© Peter Bihr, ThingsCon
"The State of Responsible IoT" is a multi-authored publication, featuring essays and insights from two dozen experts and thought leaders in the Internet of Things. It is brought about by ThingsCon, a global community of practitioners, aiming to promote a human-centric and responsible IoT.
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© Revista Atelierul, Daniela Lazar
Our national project The White Night for Product Creators and Designers has been implemented so far in 4 cities in Romania: Bucureşti, Cluj Napoca, Timişoara and Iaşi. The event is by now an active and inspiring networking platform, dedicated to creative and talented people from all over Romania and beyond. Since the year 2012 we have had over 50,000 visitors, over 100,000 indirect beneficiaries through the digital material of the project and through the media data, over 100 exhibitors, over 700 products and ideas on display that have later become successful projects, over 200 media partners and funding from the Romanian Ministry of Culture, as well as other public sponsorships.
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© TRIPOT collective; www.t-r-i-p-o-t.tumblr.com
Tracking the Subject is a transmedia artwork by the Brussels based artists collective TRIPOT, that sets out to confront the audience with the subjective memories of the experiences immigrants lived during the 'illegal' journey towards Western Europe. The work presents a subjective counter narrative of the human being, too often lost and left invisible between either quantitative or trauma-reductive media perspectives.
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UPMADE is a design and production method that turns production leftovers to revenues thanks to clever design. It is based on 6 years of field research by sustainable designer Reet Aus PhD and her team. In 2014-16 it resulted in creating the first upcycling certification and a software.
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© Uusi Kaupunki (New Urban) Collective
Uusi Kaupunki (New Urban) Collective is a collective of young architecture offices from Finland. The objective of the collaboration is to encourage municipalities, communities and companies to use architecture and planning as a tool for problem solving.
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The 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair is a cultural beacon that represents, still, the positive power of love, hope and societal change. Through the W00dstock summits we aspire to re-spark the movement of the digital hippies, that will honour and spirit of the original festival for our current time. Aiming to change current tech paradigms and create a global movement by a tribe of digital and social change-makers. The summit is a mix of presentations and workshop activities aimed at 1. Establishing a dialogue around narratives and practices of technology today 2. Forging new/alternative future tech visions 3. Framing tools and actions to achieve a more meaningful application of technology – that truly betters the human experience and existence.
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© Filmband Film- und Medienproduktion
WikiRail is the world’s first interactive audiovisual guide for rail passengers. With this app monuments, localities, historical events, passing on the journey from "A to B", will be snatched from anonymity. WikiRail changes the landscape outside the train window into a cultural landscape.
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© Alexander Luna
Neighbours and students of the Folkwang University of Arts are working together in a project to develop a positive and diverse neighbourhood in a district of Essen, Germany.
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WIT Ruhr was founded in 2016 in Dortmund. We aim to create a strong network of attempts to empower women, inspire tech culture and reinvent workplaces in Dortmund and the Ruhr area. WIT Ruhr is an independent, self-organizing community, which, after two years of various activities, has more than 100 members. We raise awareness of gender parity and diversity in technology companies in the Ruhr area. We organize WIT-Ruhr events open for women and everyone who is interested in socialising and knowledge exchange. Our speakers are members of our professional network. Our event cover different topics that are promoted by our WIT-Ruhr community: salary negotiation, conflict management, feedback and much more.
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We believe by showing & sharing modern art & cultures it can give ignition to a youngster community to find LOVE and make them follow an alternative, entrepreneur & cultural positive way of live. Battle styles: Bboying, Bgirling, Hip-Hop, House, Popping and Locking (Main Event). Extra battles: Bboying 1vs1, Bboying kids, Bonnie&Clyde, Footwork, Toprock, Powermoves, cyphers of Locking, Popping, Hip-Hop, House, Dancehall, Krump & Open Styles 3vs3. In the last edition we had 600 dancers from 46 different countries and an audience of over 15,000 people achieving millions of views online. A 7-day festival, + 600 dancers, 3 arenas + 46 countries, 2019 coming! Original concepts & creative exchange. Integrative & inclusive: "Le savoir est une arme", knowledge and culture are the new social tools for success.
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Youngfish Forward seeks to increase the chances of occupation & adaptation for youngsters and newcomers through a programme where a real challenge is set out for them to face innovative development models and problem resolution strategies, to promote the use of their skills, creativity and tech.
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© ZAWP
ZAWP (Zorrozaurre Art Work in Progress) is a project created to address the meanwhile state produced while the urban development plan for a neighborhood of Bilbao is finished. It is a movement of many people working to regenerate an industrial area in decline through new opportunities based on culture, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. In 2015 ZAWP started to work in diverse international projects and networks to share its experience and place value on the ‘meanwhile’ concept of areas in urban and/or social transformation. The objectives are to make a different way of creating city and community visible, for the citizens and from the citizens through art, culture and creativity, and to address the transitory nature of areas in transformation; ZAWP talks about spaces and action.
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