The European network IN SITU, an advocate for site-sensivite art, has organised yet another edition of Emerging Spaces, a series of intensive workshops. On paper, the seminar’s opening days in Budapest focused on post-industrial areas, with the ruined but beautiful Csepel Industrial Park as its central location, although the set topic would go through various changes throughout the three days of the workshop.
How can artistic creation in (post-communist) Europe continue in a context of economic crisis and democratic regression? We discuss the current climate with three festival directors from Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia, and Polish Theatre Director Krzysztof Warlikowski.
This Emerging Space was a strange experience, with a strange title, open to many interpretations, especially in English: "breaking down barriers"… At this time of acute migrant crisis, challenges to the European project and the re-establishment of national borders, this idea promised stirring speeches on the modern world in societies threatened by isolationism and the temptation to close in on ourselves. But in the end, it was the artist Anne Corté (Roure Company, Belgium) who launched this discussion on the third day of the event. The meeting had already had a very strange beginning though, held the day after the major terrorist attacks on the Brussels metro system and airport, which meant that our Belgian partner, Hugo Bergs, and his guest artist only “emerged” in Marseille after a heroic battle.