C&C is very proud to be a member of the European Citizenslab.
Citizenslab is a participatory network of local actors of change from different sectors and context trying to generate systematic change from the root level and not just to tweak symptoms of what is not working. The underlying question is:
‘How can our diverse practices create a more meaningful quality of life in Europe’.
We use a so called Lab Approach to illuminate each other and let a new community intelligence emerge. The key elements of a Lab Approach are:
A shared longer term goal
A core group that co-designs and co-hosts the process and navigates the complexity of the lab
Series of experiments and prototypes where the new system is enacted in real-time
A community of practices for a new system of influence
Ed Santman and Monique Baan worked intensively in the first months of 2017, making a documentary with a group of inmates and prison staff at PI Sittard, a prison in the South of the Netherlands. The result is a very special portrait of the life behind the prison walls, it was filmed by the prisoners and the prison workers who collaborated as a team to produce this documentary. Later this year we will work with the same group on a magazine which will involve augmented reality as a tool to add some of the scenes of the documentary.
A group of young at risk at JP Heije institute in Oosterbeek worked on a magazine as a pilot for the Valmopris project. The teachers were Saskia Kettelarij and Sanne Willemsen.
With “Making the Magazine” they aimed to motivate these young people to contribute actively towards a common goal. The learners worked with photography, drawing, painting, writing and interviewing. In the first week all were researching what they like to do and what their talents are. This led to an editorial team and further division of tasks. Next the participants got creative and started to collect materials.
In the last week all material was made into one magazine with lay-out and graphic design. The final result was put together with the editorial team and printed in a limited edition so that the participants, teachers and the hosting organisation could disseminate them within their networks.
To celebrate the great Dutch painter Jheronimusch Bosch, who died 500 years ago, there will be a impressive parade of floating art objects drifting through the city of den Bosch. Working with a group of people who are recovering of their drugs and alcohol addiction, Peer de Rijk, Mirthe Wacki and Ed Santman will be working on a contribution for this parade based upon the Jheronimusch Bosch painting of the Ark of Noach. It is a big project and it will take us much of April, May and June to realize it. The result of the project can be seen in den Bosch on 16, 18 and 19 June.
One of our main projects in 2015 will be our contribution to the anual Bosch Parade. A parade of floating objects in the city centre of den Bosch. Theatre, music and visual arts will meet in this amazing festival on the water. With a group of ex-offenders and several artists we will work on a spectacular contribution based on the Hieronymus Bosch painting “the Seven Deadly Sins”. The festival takes place from 18 – 21 June. In the same period we will organise a prison art exhibition and a conference on the power of arts for those at the edge of society..