FORMER WEST (FW), a long-term, collaborative, pan-European, transdisciplinary project. Initiated in 2008, and realized through intensive European cooperation—which has assured sustainability of creative practices, knowledges, and network throughout the project’s successive phases—FW aims at developing a critical understanding of the legacy of the radical transnational citizen resistance to power in 1989, in order to both imaginatively reevaluate the present and speculate about (global) futures. The creative imaginary “former West” functions as a catalyst for developing new works, ideas, and activities that reflect upon the impact of the end of the Cold War on the West itself, and rethink the West’s place in the conception of one world. The project innovatively deliberates on the changing relationship between artistic, intellectual, and other creative practices and the ongoing political, social, and economic transformations taking place in Europe.
FORMER WEST, Culminating Phase: Edits, Annotations, Proposals
Organisationtranzit.cz (CZ), Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie (PL), tranzit.hu (HU), Goldsmiths (UK)
Project date 09/2014 — 12/2016
Lead organisationStichting BAK, Basis Voor Actuele Kunst (NL)
ProgrammeCreative Europe – Culture
Total project grant200 000 €