Living Monuments: Commemorative Spaces Between Removal and Re-invention is an educational program that through artistic interaction with memorial landscapes of Germany and Ukraine seeks to enhance understanding of the politics of remembrances and promote active stance in the composition of public space and creation of more inclusive cities.
Particularly, the program focuses on the phenomenon of monument that attracts the public attention in recent years worldwide and propose to examine it as a responsive to the environments, shifting under ideological pressures, and inviting to the participatory revision. It urges the participants to deconstruct memory spaces of German and Ukrainian cities through different lenses and historical narratives and interact with them in order to experience monuments as living and open to discussion and influence in democratic societies.
With the help of texts, discussions, meetings with experts, and artistic involvement, we invite participants to take advantage of current research on post-colonial city planning, gender theory, discrimination studies and enhance their interdisciplinary competencies and re-approach the planning of commemorative spaces.
The results will be documented in the form of brochure or/and website and presented during our official participation in the der "Tag des offenen Denkmals 2018" in the spaces of neurotitan /Haus Schwarzenberg, which is a monument itself.
The program consists of two group encounters:
Kharkiv - Uzhgorod , Ukraine, 6-14 August
Berlin (including trip to Dessau), Germany, 2-10 September
Profile of the Participants: We are looking for young people residing in Germany and Ukraine (18-30 y.o) with wide range of backgrounds that might include, but not limited to, interest to memory studies, urban history, culture of remembrance, and ability to work with artistic mediums (photography, texts, performance, etc.). The interest should be proven by experience in the sphere, field of study and/or strong motivation to get acquainted with the topic and apply knowledge in the future. Importantly, the participants are expected to have a good knowledge of English, a pro-active position and be ready to take part in BOTH encounters.
Cost and Conditions: Food, accommodation, transportation in the cities and between the cities during the project are fully covered.
The participants have to pay for their way to the venues within their own countries as well as to contribute to the organizational expenses paying a participation fee - 40 Euro for young people from Ukrainian, 60 Euro from Germany. The cost of the tickets to the venues of the project (Ukraine-Berlin-Ukraine or Germany-Ukraine-Germany) will be reimbursed for foreign participants at the end of the project in the amount that does not exceed 275 Euro per round ticket per one trip.
To apply to the project please fill in the form goo.gl/UDyLME
June 25, 23:59 the latest. In case of any questions, please, contact Galyna Sukhomud galynasukhomud (at) gmail.com regarding the participation from the Ukrainian side and - Annika Hirsekorn annika.hirsekorn (at) googlemail.com from German.
The application period is now closed for Ukrainian participants.
Deadline for German participants extended until July 5, 23:59.
The project is realized by NGO “Cultural Geographies” (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Neurotitan /Haus Schwarzenberg (Berlin, Germany). The project is implemented within “MEET UP! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters” program with the support of the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ).
MigrARTion is a project that seeks to explore the migration processes in the region of the Lower Silesia through the lens of a camera.
It brings together young people from Poland and Ukraine and gives them a chance to hear the stories of the ordinary people living in the Lower Silesia region who were either displaced to the region after the World War II or moved there in the recent past from Ukraine. The participants are invited not only to listen passively to the stories but also try to find the way to tell them in a short documentary/documentaries, which will be created together during the project.
MigrARTion will give the youth an opportunity to learn more about the history of common Polish-Ukrainian migration and contemporary migration processes between both countries, explore how migration background influences human identity and how identities are shaped by the culture a person is living in, find out how art can be employed in presenting the issue of migration and, last but not least, establish new contacts between themselves
Curator of the documentary workshop is Dmytro Tiazhlov, the Ukrainian cinematographer, and film director.
Since 2013, Dmytro Tiazhlov is a head of Indie Lab, in which 10 Ukrainian young filmmakers develop 10 short documentary film projects every year. Tutoring by American and Ukrainian filmmakers, Dmytro Tiazhlov helps them go from concept to finished short movie. 28 Indie Lab documentaries were screened at multiple Internation festivals after being premiered at American Independence film festival.
Profile of the Participants: We are looking for the young people from Poland and Ukraine (18-35 y.o.) that have minimal experience in the filmmaking or strong motivation to gain it during the project as well as have an interest to in Polish-Ukrainian history and migration processes between both countries.
The working language is English.
Age requirements: 18-35
Project’s dates: 18-26.08.2017
Project’s venue: Krzyżowa, Poland (a village around 60 km from Wrocław)
Costs and Conditions: Food and accommodation during the project are fully covered. Travel expenses to and from Krzyżowa will be reimbursed (up to 100 Euros for Ukrainians and 50 Euros for Poles). Visa expenses are covered for Ukrainian participants.
Charitable сontribution from a participant: 35 EUR
The project is realized by Fundacja Krzyżowa dla Porozumienia Europejskiego / The Krzyzowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe (Krzyżowa, Poland) and NGO “Cultural Geographies” (Kyiv, Ukraine) with the support of Polsko-Ukraińska Rada Wymiany Młodzieży.
In a case of any questions, please, contact Galyna Sukhomud galynasukhomud (at) gmail.com regarding the participation from the Ukrainian side and Elena Syrbu elensyrbu (at) gmail.com from Polish.
To apply to the project please fill in the form July, 18, 23:59 the latest.
Call for Applications.
Take Part / Bring Change: Participatory Urban Practices and Democracy in Europe is a youth exchange program that explores modern ways of civic engagement in European cities with a particular focus on tools of community action.
The program focuses on the grassroots activism in the urban context that responds to the global political challenges as well as to the local practical concerns. The grassroots under scrutiny employ various methods to participate in the decision-making processes in the cities such as art, education, inclusive planning, and placemaking but all of them are united by one common idea of the possibility to change the environment by small-scale efforts. Thus, Take Part / Bring Change proposes the participants to look at the successful cases of bottom-up urban initiatives during the study visits in Berlin, Frankfurt (Oder), Kyiv, and Chervonograd, and apply acquired skills and knowledge in the work with local communities, creation of short videos, and organization of public screenings.
The program consists of two group encounters:
Berlin - Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, 15-23 June, and
Kyiv - Chervonograd, Ukraine, 21-28 July.
Profile of the Participants: We are looking for young people from Germany and Ukraine (18-25 y.o) who have interests in urban studies, civic activism, community development, film and video production proven by experience in the sphere, field of study and/or strong motivation to get acquainted with the topic and apply knowledge in the future. Importantly, the participants are expected to have a good knowledge of English, a pro-active position and be ready to take part in BOTH encounters.
Cost and Conditions: Food, accommodation, transportation in the cities and between the cities during the project, and visa costs are fully covered. The cost of the tickets to the venues of the project (Ukraine-Berlin-Ukraine or Germany-Kyiv-Germany) will be reimbursed for foreign participants at the end of the project in the amount that does not exceed 275 Euro per round ticket per one trip.
To apply to the project please fill in the form goo.gl/ZUuaP8 May, 14, 23:59 the latest. In case of any questions, please, contact Galyna Sukhomud galynasukhomud (at) gmail.com regarding the participation from the Ukrainian side and Valentyna Zalevska valentyna.zalevska (at) citizens-of-europe.eu from German. Program description in PDF.
The project is realized by NGO “Cultural Geographies” (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Citizens of Europe e.V. (Berlin, Germany). The project is implemented within “MEET UP! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters” program with the support of the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ) and Jugend für Europa - German National Agency of Erasmus+ Youth in Action.
DOC/SADOC - is an edutainment program for kids at the International human rights documentary film festival Docudays UA (25-30 March 2017). While being an additional free service for festival's visitors, children's space is also a place for meeting interesting people, get new knowledge and develop new skills. It is already the second year when Children's Geographies provides the workshop and artistic research program for kids at the festival. This year's topic of the festival is environment issues and DOC/SADOC invites the representatives of various initiatives who stands for ecology and environment protection to meet the children. We have prepared the workshop to get know how to live in the harmony with nature: discovering how ecovillages operate, and how, if to prefer urban landscapes, to live thoughtfully choosing green habitation.
We have also initiated documentary theatrical studio for 9-14-year-olds. the participants will discover their capacity to speak freely on personal experience, in connection to an environment and urban topography. 5 days practice and city exploring will end in a presentation of theatrical etudes and essays for an open audience.
Doc/SADOC space speaks English too: http://docudays.org.ua/eng/kids/
As part of the Sustainable Urban Development Camp, Galyna Sukhomud conducted a workshop for high schoolers of Schule Eins Pankow, Berlin. During the workshops, the participants created subjective maps of Berlin and discussed their favorite places in the city. Analyzing a number of places, the teenagers learned the principles of sustainable urban development and created their own criteria of for inclusive urban spaces. Additionally, the workshop invited the students to develop their thoughts about the urban processes in the modern cities and share their ideas with the youth from other cities.
The Dream. Play. Act: Gamification for Action project was initiated and implemented together with Cultural di@logue and Urban curators in Kyiv and Kremenchuk cities with the support of Small Grants Contest byCANactions and WNISEF.
The idea of the project is to promote the participatory planning of schoolyards together with children using such gamification tools as popular game Minecraft. Students of two schools took part in three-day workshops in their schools to analyze its territories and develop recommendations and ideas for their renovation. Invited media expert from Germany Andreas Gottschalt, together with professional architects with the support of Microsoft Ukraine provided Minecraft workshops so children can virtually create their projects using Minecraft, which is a widely used abroad in participatory urban practices and education but still not appreciated as a useful tool here, in Ukraine. The project may be extended on request from other schools, NGOs and municipalities.
On August 28 we held workshop and lecture in Chernivtsi city during the project "Common Space".
SpilnoDiy! Together we create our yard.
SpilnoDiy (“CommonAction”) was a workshop in which children analyzed their playground and inner yard in the remote district of Chernivtsy. Young participants and adult residents of neighboring houses learned through the game and modeling simulation. They dreamt and visualized together how their common yard could be renewed. During the one-day workshop it was possible to start moving towards qualified analysis, discussion, and joint action for change.
Lecture: Children are in town! Why and how to involve children in the analysis and planning of spaces.
During the lecture, we talked about world practices involving children in the planning of a space unique to them, and discussed local context and experiences based on previous "Children's geographies" projects. This, in turn, prompted discussion about the opportunities and requirements for participatory planning.
The "Common Space" was directed by the Bukovinian Agency for Regional Development and Roşa Collective with financial support by the International Fund "Renaissance."
In the frame of the International Architecture Festival CANactions, (19-21 May, 2016) on the grounds of the ethnological museum, Children's Ggeographies conducted the workshop for creation of an Indian tipi, the traditional mobile dwelling of nomadic tribes in North America.We built, played, and talked about mobility in the modern world and intercultural exchange. Moreover, we learned about different cultures, stereotypes and generalizations, popular culture, and kitsch.
Also, participants joined in the preparation of Native American's sweets to discover the cultural life of other nations. In the work, we tried to learn how uncertain the interpretation of people's everyday popular culture is and encourage participants to independently overcome barriers. Further, the engagement with simple forms such as sweets makes it possible to interest young participants in the analysis of basic needs and in the construction of their own inventions.