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Art Pluriverse.
A Community Science Series

Intangible Culture · Art · Open Knowledge

📌 December 3rd-23rd, 2020 📍Online 
Art Pluriverse aims to uplift intangible heritage
and empower communities of practice,
by documenting cultural knowledge
in open, ethical and participatory ways.

The Biennale of Western Balkans starts Art Pluriversea community science series on intangible cultural heritage, art and open knowledge. The 1st edition opens in December 2020 with a month-long online programme of collective actions, focusing on textile communities and their artistic heritage in the Balkan region. 

Art Pluriverse offers opportunities for artists, creatives, researchers and Open GLAM enthusiasts, together with cultural communities, regionally active groups and underrepresented collectives, in order to co-create research-based artworks and digital community archives.

The modules include artist-community online synergies, an Open GLAM online course, a VR public experience and a writing jam. The full programme of Art Pluriverse with the selected artists, communities and participants will be announced during November, 2020.

*In light of the contemporary global conditions, the second edition of BoWB (2020) has been postponed. Instead, Art Pluriverse is being developed as part of the Biennale’s year-round programme taking place in adjusted digital settings.

Open Calls.

Artists, creatives, researchers and all curious minds can come together with communities,
contributing to the creation of open knowledge.
Submissions now closed! 

illustration for Art Pluriverse

for Artists & Communities

Artist-Community Synergies

Deadline Sunday, November 1st 2020

for Participants

FAIR Community Archives

Deadline Sunday, November 1st 2020

A glimpse in Art Pluriverse. Textile month

Programme .

Events will take place during December 3rd-23rd, 2020. Full programme to be announced in November 2020.
Research-based art creation online

Artists-Communities Synergies

For: artists

Artists will have the opportunity to cooperate online with textile communities and co-create research-based artworks that explore the artistic heritage and cultural knowledge around textiles along contemporary art practices (incl. artist fee).

Apply here, open until Nov 1!

Open GLAM online course

Learn to create FAIR Community Archives

For: GLAM enthusiasts, students, researchers, curators, archivists, educators and cultural professionals

Participants will learn to use wiki-tools and apply Open GLAM practices for creating FAIR community-based archives (incl. academic certificate).

Apply here, open until Nov 1!

VR public experience

Enter the 3D Art Pluriverse

For: everyone!

Art Pluriverse and the meaning of pluriversality will be open to explore within a 3D art space, conceived as a serendipitous virtual meeting space.

Coming in December 2020!

Writing jam

Open-access Zine Publication

For: Art Pluriverse participants and collaborators

The 1st Art Pluriverse Community Science Edition will be released as an open-access zine publication, through a day of zine jam with texts, art, illustrations and content co-creation.

Post-event publication


Want to know more about the terms & concept?

Community Science

Communities and people can come together and create new knowledge in do-it-together research activities. The programme is engaging artists, creatives and researchers with small communities focused on the Balkan region, in order to collectively discover, experience and share local wisdom and intangible heritage practices.

Art Pluriverse

Conceived as a field in the making that explores pluriversality through intangible culture, art and open knowledge. We aspire to gradually form its meaning through month-long annual editions that focus on intangible heritage practices (e.g. performing arts, oral cultures), bringing up biocultural, critical art and interdisciplinary humanities issues.

Open knowledge

Defines how data and content can be openly accessed, modified, reused and shared by all. We advocate for openness and cultural data-mindfulness, fostering open access publishing, creative commons and open source principles. Open knowledge is the overarching practice for the Art Pluriverse Community Science Series.

A growing list of

Partners .

Interested in getting involved, becoming a partner, joining the organisation team or introducing your initiative?
Contact us! A growing list of partners will be added along, as we are getting closer to the opening.
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