4Cs - From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture

Mediation Labs

About the Mediation Labs

One of the biggest challenges for contemporary art has been to mediate art – to understand the ways in which the audience can meet art, take part of it and engage with it as a methodology to actively participate in the world we live in.

The main goal of these mediation labs is to engage with the local communities, create and develop new audiences that usually do not attend art exhibitions and cultural events. By exploring the relationship between civic engagement, culture, and the arts, specifically through place-responsive arts projects and off-site, socially engaged practices, active audience participation and co-production, these mediation labs aim to develop the awareness and participation of the community.

A “handbook of good practices in mediation of conflict situations through artistic practice, creativity and culture” will reflect the lessons learned in this activity as well as in the workshops.

What’s on the news?

Museet for Samtidskunst hosts two workshops run by artist Stine Marie Jacobsen in the fall of 2019. The workshops are a part of an art project on memory and the media’s framing of the news.

Talk Tower for Forough Farrokhzad (2020)

"Talk Tower for Forough Farrokhzad" (2020) was designed for broadcasting poetry, as a homage to the Iranian poet and filmmaker Forough Farrokhzad (1934-1967). The work combines Ângela Ferreira’s concerns with the material consequences of modernism and how those forms evolve and change as they travel through the world. "Talk Tower for Forough Farrokhzad" is a work produced in the frame of the 4Cs Lisbon Mediation Lab.

"Penya" Tosquelles

This Mediation Lab, divided into three activities, has been designed to connect the figure of Francesc Tosquelles and the world of mental health with the world of art. With the Mediation Lab we have introduced one of the pioneers of critical psychiatry in post-war Europe. Institutional Psychotherapy is recovered here through the figure of Francesc Tosquelles: a discourse and practice that address not mental illnesses, but vital, social and ethical problems. Institutional Psychotherapy foresaw the dysfunctions that would eventually afflict people in contemporary societies and the dysfunction of the institutions.

Celebrating crafts for social change

4Cs Mediation Lab, ‘Celebrating crafts for social change’ will be ENSAD’s action within 4Cs 2018-19. It is a workshop and class that offers students to co-create a pedagogic service of know-how transmission.

The Silent University Language Café

As part of the mediation lab Tensta konsthall is elaborating further on the tailor-made strategies of art mediation that is at the very core of The Silent University: Language Café. The Language Café welcomes those who wish to learn the basics of the Swedish and Arabic language, meet new friends and share experiences and ideas.