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Art Pluriverse.

A Community Science Series

illustration for Art Pluriverse

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

We are uplifting local knowledge and intangible heritage
through research-based art creation and collaborative learning.

In December 2020, the Biennale of Western Balkans will be launching Art Pluriverse, a community science series on intangible culture and open knowledge, supported by the Creative Commons OpenGLAM Network, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the European Citizen Science Association. The 1st edition will be focusing on textiles, aiming to empower living or documented communities and their work around textiles, in any form, aspect or technique.

Art Pluriverse offers opportunities for artists, creatives, researchers and all curious minds to collaborate with cultural communities, regionally active groups and underrepresented collectives, by uplifting their local knowledge and intangible heritage practices through research-based art creation, collective learning and creative forms of engagement.

*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.


Want to know more about the terms and concept?

Community Science

allows everyone to explore and create new knowledge in Do-It-Together research activities. The programme is engaging artists, creatives and researchers with people and small communities from around the world, in order to collectively discover, experience and share local wisdom and intangible heritage practices.

Art Pluriverse

is conceived as a field in the making, inspired by the concepts of pluriversality, intangible culture and open knowledge. We aspire to gradually explore its meaning through month-long editions that will be focusing on different intangible heritage topics (e.g. oral cultures, performing arts, social practices, craftsmanship), bringing up contemporary ecological, gender, critical and intercultural 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.