(In)formal Cultural Actors
The Katowice study identifies and interviews stakeholders creating the culture in / of the city and results in a transferable...
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Partner: Miasto Ogrodow
Cooperation: KeK, Mindspace, Curatorial Lab
Duration: September 2016 – December 2017
The Katowice study identifies and interviews stakeholders creating the culture in / of the city and results in a transferable methodology and a research based, data-visualizing product for other cities where the issue of mapping urban actors (particularly liquid networks of cultural, NGO, civic sector) is highly relevant. It expands an understanding of cultural (creative) actors from traditional areas (visual arts, cinematography, architecture, design, etc.) towards a wider definition of creators of urban culture. This definition tentatively includes local activists, SMEs, neighborhood groups, street musicians, organizers of local community events, souvenir designers, online culture creators: website designers, city guides, social media fan pages, commentators of cultural events, bloggers, people who make movies, photos, applications, etc.
Mapping and research activities determine novel possibilities for new communication models and forms of citizens engagement. With the methodological help of European partners Miasto Ogrodow will map the above to identify the flow of information between various stakeholders and to create conditions for them to network and cooperate.
- data-driven approach (data analysis, research of online phenomena, work in the open data model);
- use of different disciplines and competences, alternative and experimental research; methods (study of the quality of public area sounds through field recording, air quality measurement with open source tools);
- combining expert knowledge and bottom-up actions;
- engaging various stakeholders into the research process
The outcomes of the research will be published in the form of a book. The map of cultural actors will be displayed at the exhibition and additionally its digital version will be accessible on the project website.