Common Room Connects Szczecin and India
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March 2016 will be the start of the 4th edition of Common Room, an international project for young audiences popularising Polish art and culture. This year's topic is textile design and ethical fashion.
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The concept of the Common Room project is centred around the multiple meanings of the Polish word pokój (which can mean "peace", "tranquillity" as well as "room"). During the online workshops, conducted live via instant messengers, children from Poland and India will have a chance to work closely together. Getting to know each other, they will also have an opportunity to get to know diverse traditions and cultures they come from as well as understand each other's needs and dreams. This kind of understanding is supposed to create a basis for peace between different nationalities and ethnicities. Art, design and new technologies, which can easily cross state borders, are helpful in triggering the processes that shatter mental walls dividing people. Thus, Common Room becomes a platform independent from geographical and political divisions, and a truly "common room" filled with sounds and images.
In 2016, children taking part in the Common Room will design a fabric pattern, which will then be reproduced on textiles used to create clothes. Both the designs and the clothes will become a part of an artistic installation planned as the culmination of the first stage of the Common Room's 4th edition. The next stage will take place in the second half of 2016 in India.
Initiated by the ARTmosphere Foundation, Common Room project began in 2013 in Szczecin. Earlier editions were organised internationally in: Berlin, Jerusalem, Rivera, Santana do Livramento, San Diego and Tijuana.
The project's curators are Beata Kuracińska and Justyna Werbel.
The project is realised in collaboration with Culture.pl.
Author: OW, compiled by PW, translated by OK, 29 Feb 2016