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programme BoWB 2020

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 and researchers, together with cultural communities, regionally active groups and underrepresented collectives. The modules include artist-community online synergies, an open GLAM online course, a VR public experience and an open-access zine publication.

*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.

Meet the

Weaving Communities .

Weaving communities participating in Art Pluriverse. Textile Month
Meet the

Artists & Researchers .

5 artists & 5 researchers/research groups

5 artists will collaborate with 5 weaving communities in order to create research-based work, while 5 researchers/research groups will document the communities' practice

Enter the

VR experience .

We will meet you there!

The VR public experience is the collaborative outcome of a digital design workshop that took place within the framework of the academic course “Spatial Representations II”, at the Architecture School of the University of Ioannina in Greece. The workshop is running during the Art Pluriverse programme, experimenting on the forms and semantics of traditional Balkan motifs and symbols as transgression vehicles in the digital design and virtual reality field.

Tutor: Iason Pantazis 

Participating students: Sofia Kalakou, Maria Patmanidou, Anna Gkoufa, Vasilios Dimos, Athanasios Kokkalis, Despina Kritikou, Evangelos Ntaflos, Maria Mparlou, Antonia Papavasileiou, Ioannis Papageorgiou, Ileana Pantazopoulou, Vasiliki Spiliopoulou, Elisavet Tsatsaroni, Ioannis Mavrogonatos, Ioannis Efthimiadis, Dimitrios Tsoumanis.


Weaving Communities & GLAMs .

Art Pluriverse - Communities & GLAMs focused on textile in the Balkans

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.

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