The ACTOPOLIS projects were developed jointly during 2015 in a transnational and interdisciplinary working process (Lab), before they were implemented throughout 2016 in Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Ankara/Mardin, Oberhausen, Sarajevo and Zagreb. Their common ground was established early on by these eight ACTOPOLIS precepts:
- ACTOPOLIS is a transnational laboratory for art as urban practice.
- ACTOPOLIS projects and their topics are developed out of the urgency of the social, urban and political context in each city.
- ACTOPOLIS fosters alliances between artists, activists, urbanists and local communities.
- ACTOPOLIS projects set things moving: they permit us to see what is possible in impossible situations.
- ACTOPOLIS projects lend distance: they establish a critical space for the reflection of present-day civil society and its challenges.
- ACTOPOLIS projects make things visible: they also lend a stage to those city-dwellers, things and issues that are without a voice.
- ACTOPOLIS projects produce public spheres.
- ACTOPOLIS actors are not lonely heroes but are curious team players. They seek exchange with protagonists from other cities in South East Europe and Germany.
What do you like most about your city and what causes you most concern? How can artistic practice change the urban space and why is ACTOPOLIS particularly important at the present time? That is what we wanted to learn from the ACTOPOLIS curators at the beginning of our joint project: The videos from seven cities link city portraits with curatorial positions.