The Story of CORNERS
Chapter Two: Facts and Numbers
Playing traditional games on the Caucasus Xpedition
CORNERS brought many people together around the same goal: co-creating and presenting art in the corners of Europe. We visited many places that sit either geographically, politically or socially on the edges of the continent. Firstly, through our research and development period, and then through our production and presentation period, we met many beautiful people whose stories we wanted to share through the artworks we produced. Below are some facts and numbers illustrating the size of CORNERS.
Katarzyna Pastuszak performing on a piazza in Lycksele in Sweden on North Xpedition
Duration: 93 Months
CORNERS began in May 2010 with an initial meeting of the project partners who outlined the shape of the project together. CORNERS ends officially in February 2018, although our artwork is already having a life outside of the project. The first 2 years of CORNERS were dedicated to research and development, and were followed by a combined Research and Development and production period. We began presenting our work to the public through CORNERS events in November 2014.
Number of Artists: 71
Our CORNERS artists come from 12 different countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. They work in many artistic disciplines; from visual and performing arts, dance, new media arts and film to sound art and literature. Some are young and emerging, some are established and recognised with many years of work behind them. Many stayed throughout CORNERS from the beginning, some of them joined later, while some continued their career outside of CORNERS.
One artist sadly left us forever in 2013, our dear friend and colleague Željko Zorica Šiš.
Number of Artworks Produced: 16
CORNERS artworks are collaborations between two or more artists. These collaborations create templates for artworks, and the final projects are then co-created with local audiences in each place the artworks are presented. These artworks include a film screening programme, artistic guided tours, a collection of new and existing games, mappings, small community projects, workshops for kids and grownups, audio walks, participative performances, newspapers, exhibitions, printed booklets and live radio broadcasts.
On the slideshow below, click the arrows on the left and right edges of the screen to see our 16 artworks.
Number of Partners: 15
CORNERS was initiated by six cultural organizations: Intercult (Stockholm), Exodos (Ljubljana), POGON (Zagreb), Drugo more (Rijeka), City Culture Institute (Gdansk), and Umeå 2014 – European Capital of Culture. The project was then further developed together with several institutions, new core partners and associates: Donostia / San Sebastian 2016 – European Capital of Culture, Arts Council of Northern Ireland (Belfast), ISIS Arts (Newcastle), REX (Belgrade), DokuFest (Prizren) and Teatro Pubblico Pugliese (Bari). 2 further organisations joined CORNERS as partners for specific activities: Theatre in the Mill (Bradford) and Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival (Belfast).
Detail from North East England Xpedition
Local partners: Numerous
Since our story is intensely local, many organisations that are rooted in their local context joined us in carrying out CORNERS events. They are: Group 484 Belgrade, Trnovo Elementary School, KUD France Prešeren, Romany Information Centre Anglunipe (Ljubljana), Ersboda Folkets hus, Ersboda Slöjdföreningen, Kulturistan Ersboda/Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan i Västerbotten, Skolor i Ersboda, ABF Ersboda, m.fl, Haninge cultural center, Beach Hut Radio (Blyth), Blyth Academy, Blyth Comrades Club, Blyth Development Trust, Blyth Neighbourhood Police Force, Northumberland Police, Blyth Town Council, Buffalo Community Centre, Croftway Primary Academy, Keel Row Shopping Centre, Morpeth Road Primary Academy, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service, Silx Teen Bar and St Mary’s Church, Cirkulacija 2 Ljubljana, DIC Ljubljana, Upgrade / Zagreb: open cty?, Center kulture Španski borci Ljubljana, Ana Desetnica Ljubljana, Forum/Stripcore Ljubljana, Gledališče Glej Ljubljana, Bunker Ljubljana, KUD France Prešeren Ljubljana, Mestna občina Ljubljana - Četrtna skupnost Moste Ljubljana, Kooperativa, Močvara / URK Zagreb, Ženska pomoć sada Zagreb, Hrvatski Telekom, Media bus Ljubljana, Bar PERLA, Knjižnjica FUŽINE-Mestna knjižnjica Ljubljana, Cona FUŽINE, Udruga STUP, Što, kako i za koga/WHW, Nadalina, Grad Rijeka - Mjesni odbor Zamet, Rijeka sport d.o.o., Osnovna Škola Zamet Rijeka, GKR - ogranak Zamet, Boćarski klub “Zamet”, Centar Zamet, Radio Terminal, Radio Student, Kulturpunkt.hr, Radio Študent, Moja Rijeka, Tportal, Ernest Lluch K.E. (Amarauna), Amara Berri Gurasoen elkartea, Barianterik ez (asociación para la eliminación de la variante de Amara), Asociación de Vecinos Amara Osinaga/Amara Osinaga bizilagun elkartea, TAE Donostia (Taller de Artes escénicas), Vecinos y vecinos de la plaza Cofradias Donostiarra/Cofradias Donostiarra enparantzako bizilagunak, Iglesia Evangélica de Amara, MusikAmara (academia de música), Escivi. Zine ta bideo eskola. Escuela de cine y video, Caritas, Metxea, Stop deshaucios, Kaxilda, Amarauna, Easo Politekniko. Zurgintza ikasleak / Estudiantes de carpintería del Politécnico de Easo, Uba harrera etxea / Centro de acogida Uba, Amara Berri eskola publikoa / Colegio público Amara Berri, La Salle Ikastetxea Usandizaga / Peñaflorida Institutua, Uba harrera etxea /Centro de acogida Uba, La Salle Ikastetxea, Tabakalera, Lurraldeko artista gazte taldea / Grupo de artistas emergentes locales, Deustoko Turismo Fakultatea / Facultad de Turismo de Deusto, Caritas (Catholic Charity Fundation) Gdańsk, Day Care for Senior Citizens Branch Gdańsk, Bistro Rzecz Jasna, Królewska Fabryka Karabinów, Cafe Zajezdnia, GAIT - Gdańsk Buses and Trams, Primary School nr 65 Gdańsk, Oświata-Lingwista Primary School and many many more...
Number of Xpeditions: 8
In chronological order, our CORNERS Xpeditions were: North Xpedition (north of Sweden and Norway), Caucasus Xpedition (Azarbajan and Georgia), Balkan Xpedition (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania), East Xpedition (Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Kaliningrad oblast), Basque Xpedition (Spain and France), Northern Ireland Xpedition (Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland), Puglia Xpedition (south of Italy) & North East England Xpedition. We visited 19 countries and more than 50 towns and villages.
Each Xpedition lasted for 2 weeks and brought together 20 to 25 artists and researchers. Xpeditions were our way of researching the corners of Europe, visiting some of the ethnic, political, religious and economic enclaves that exist on the edges of the continent. We explored the stories that belonged to each place and initiated new narratives. From this research, seeds of new ideas were sown for new collaborative artistic works that were produced and presented in both the places we visited through our Xpeditions and in new corners of Europe.
Audience Links and Digital Labs: 5
Beside Xpeditions, CORNERS artists and partners took part in capacity building events to develop their knowledge around audience development and digital engagement.
Audience Links Seminars were opportunities to share experience and knowledge between partners, artists and experts to develop a common approach to audience development. We focused on finding tools to develop closer relationships with our audiences, tactics on how to meet them, and formats for interaction. These seminars took place in Donostia/San Sebastian, Gdansk and Stockholm.
Digital Labs were meeting points for artists and experts working in digital media. Working together, we developed digital extensions of our CORNERS artworks, making them accessible to an even wider audience. These labs were held in Newcastle and Zagreb.
Number of CORNERS Events: 11
CORNERS artworks were presented at 11 events in: Umeå (in the Ersboda neighborhood), Stockholm (in the Haninge neighborhood), Belfast, Prizren, Zagreb (in the Trnje neighborhood), Ljubljana (in the Fužine neighborhood), Rijeka (in the Zamet neighborhood), Donostia/San Sebastian (in the Amara neighborhood), Blyth, Gdansk (in the Dolne Miasto neighborhood) and East Durham.
Lasting for two weeks, CORNERS events enabled our artists to dedicate a significant amount of time to work with local people. Through a participatory process, local people co-created the CORNERS artworks with our artists for presentation in each neighbourhood.
Alongside CORNERS events, we also organised 'Kids on the CORNERS' events in Ljubljana, Bela Crkva and Vranje. These events targeted young people and their creativity through specific CORNERS artworks.
Our CORNERS artworks are also accessible digitally on CORNERS Live.
Papyrint at CORNERS Prizren, kids practising for the performance
Euros Invested: 2.7 million €
Corners received support from the European Commission twice: firstly, for our research and development phase over the first 1.5 years and later for a 4-year production and presentation phase. The EU supported CORNERS with 1,4 million €, which returned a match investment from partner organisations.
In the Next Chapter...
…we will focus on the Research and Development phase of CORNERS, presenting the unique working method we were brave enough (or crazy enough) to undertake.