Urban and rural development, Arts and cultural activities, Cross-sectionally, the project addresses issues of social inclusion, environment and sustainability, community development and civic education.

Towards an agropolitan citizenship

Imagine new ways to re-articulate the link between countryside and city to help mitigate the global ecological crisis, demographic imbalances and the transition to an equitable and sustainable society

Creators

Who is behind this?

Susana Moliner Delgado

Asociación Grigri Proyectos Socioculturales

http://www.grigriprojects.org

Spain

Who is joining forces?

Proyectos Artísticos Casa Antonino

http://pacaproyectosartisticos.com

Spain


Néxodos

http://nexodos.art

Spain


Medialab Prado (through the program Experimenta Educación)

http://www.medialab-prado.es/noticias/experimenta-educacion-online

Spain


Coordination and design of the program will be shared with PACA as the main partner, while Néxodos and Medialab Prado will mainly support dissemination and contact with local networks.

Idea

Idea pitch

Both rural periurban areas, affected by social devaluation, and peripheral urban environments, threatened by diverse factors of vulnerability, are seen as irrelevant territories in the common imagination that attributes solely to central urban spaces a value of economic, social and cultural progress. We seek to connect these two neglected spaces in order to broaden the over-simplifying and sterile urban-centric vision and to open an unprecedented path in interregional rural-urban cooperation.

Where will your project idea take place?

Between rural areas of Asturias and educational centers of the Vallecas district, Madrid (Spain).

What is the local challenge?

In peri-urban rural environment of Central Asturias area, challenge is related to depopulation, substitution of an economic model based on industrial monoculture by a service monoculture and population concentration in urban centers. While in the peripheral urban environment of the Vallecas district, the challenge lies in the inequality in the redistribution of resources between districts of the city of Madrid, which increases the vulnerability of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Both territories share a problem caused by a centralization of culture in urban centers. This causes a gap in access to culture that leads to serious territorial inequalities, social devaluation, loss of knowledge and irrelevance in the representative decision-making spaces of the inhabitants of these areas.

How does your idea strengthen democracy and active citizenship at a local and community level?

The project promotes the creation of alliances between these two devalued territories, both vulnerable and threatened by various imbalance factors that seriously jeopardize the citizenship rights of the people who inhabit them, regarding their legitimacy to be taken into account in the drafting of territorial development policies.
We propose to activate spaces that allow a re-reading of informal and non-regulated knowledge of peasant origin with the aim of recovering its transforming potential for a more participatory and environmentally responsible model of city construction, directly involving the people who possess this knowledge and putting them in relation to inhabitants of disadvantaged peripheral urban areas through educational actions of an experimental nature.

Who are you doing it for?

Through specific work with hórreos and paneras, multifunctional buildings of rural tradition located along the Spanish Cantabrian coast -understood as living heritage with a relational character, container of individual memories and, simultaneously, a common and representative object of collective meanings- the project wants to mobilize a wide diverse network of people.
From rural older adults, voices especially neglected in processes of civic innovation; to younger generations, to enable them, from rural environments on one hand, to give value to their territory of origin as an alternative for the future, and from the city on the other hand, to broaden the urban-centered vision ignorant with the layers of knowledge that are hidden under the simplifying understanding of the countryside.

How do you plan to get there?

Phase1: Applied research articulated around a multidisciplinary action program. Through a collaboration between creators from different areas and local agents from rural areas concerned, the different knowledge displayed around hórreos and paneras will be interrogated: ethnobotany, iconography, architecture, food …
Phase2: Formalization of a kit of pedagogical actions. For the development of educational projects applied in educational centers of urban nature that will rely on the composition of knowledge collected in rural environment with knowledge of urban territory. Projects accomplished will be, in turn, presented within the framework of a meeting that will take place in PACA gathering participants from rural population and educators involved in developing the project in urban areas.

What are the expected results?

It will have contributed to break the polarized idea of rural-urban through the development of a common imaginary built collectively from different knowledge, agents and disciplines.
Rural-urban communication channels will have been restored so that peasant culture will no longer be understood as obsolete, and will be valued as a container of key knowledge to rework urban way of life and ways of producing the city.
Collaboration networks will have been activated for the development of cultural and citizen initiatives scattered throughout the territory, outside the hegemonic centers of cultural production, which will favor a horizontal relationship of exchange and mutual support, fostering new spaces for meeting and social relations from which community and collective will be encouraged.

How does your initiative contribute to strengthening democracy in Europe?

The project helps to understand the problem of urban-rural duality as something not so much economic as cultural, derived from the fact that the rural has been reviled and emptied and the urban has been associated with progress. An imaginary that survives widely in both urbanites and people who still live in towns and villages.
It also contributes to re-sewing an urban-rural common network as a basis for sustainable habitability from a triple point of view of the ecological: environmental, social and mental.
We share a trajectory of years in this direction, developing sustained work over time. Thus, specific or ephemeral actions carried out are always part of a program: promoting democratization of culture in pursuit of social justice and balanced development between rural and urban.

What is your story?

There is a personal connection to the proposal on the part of all partners, as our biographies are crossed by a rural-urban migration and a feeling of devaluation of our places of origin.
The proposal is linked to the vision of Grigri Projects concerning the promotion of community processes of a transdisciplinary, collaborative and situated nature as the basis for the creation of networks between agents from diverse territories.
Likewise, the idea is aligned with PACA’s mission based on activation of artistic experiences that favor a relationship with community, territory and its history, so that practice, research and artistic experimentation, generate new ways of interpretation and knowledge of the territory in which they operate, through cultural, environmental and social values.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

€ 58000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Project coordination: 5.000 €
Design and communication: 4.500 €
Travel, allowance and accommodation: 1.800 €
Mediation and research: 6.000 €
Audiovisual documentation: 3.000 €
Applied research through a multidisciplinary action program: 18.500 €
Pedagogical proposal development and implementation: 8.000 €
Educational digital platform development: 2.000 €
Project evaluation and continuity proposal: 1.200 €

Own contributions (space rental and expenses): 8.000€

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

It would be very valuable for us to receive the insight of the community in relation to the proposed work methodology, the difficulties that can be perceived in relation to the territories that are put in relation and, finally, regarding possible aspects that may need to be emphasized.

Team

Grigri Projects

PACA

Medialab Prado

Idea created on May 26, 2020
Last edit on May 27, 2020

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