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The use and reinvention of urban spaces through cultural projects is booming. The concept of "Creative Cities" is enlisted equally by artists and city governments, foundations and NGOs as a starting point for new projects. With the hope of participation and dialogue, cultural projects seem to open up new spaces in urban contexts. But can cultural projects actually be methods of and stimulus for innovative urban development? Or are they rather used as a temporary "pretty showpieces"? And: how do artists and cultural actors deal with the challenges of constantly changing cities? In talk five we tried to cast a critical eye over the approaches of "urban development through culture" in Europe. Our two guests approached the topic from two directions: while Mustafa Tazeoğlu of Urban Rhizome operates - with regard to social structures - between urbanity, (inter)culturalism and economy, Ivana Dragšič works as an artist and political activist - with a focus on spatial structures - at the interface of art, political activism and urban planning.
Ivana Dragšič (Macedonia)
is a sociologist, activist and artist from Skopje. She is active in the registered citizens’ association "Freedom Square”, which acts as an informal movement as well as on a project basis. It consists of a core of city-enthusiasts, has acquired in-depth knowledge of the urban planning system, its philosophy and legislation; but which also has a creative approach to the topic. Actions range from street protests, a self-organised choir and the production of a documentary to research and policy-making.
She is a member of “Kanal 103”, the only non-commercial self-organised radio in Macedonia, which supports the Macedonian independent music scene.
Ivana’s artwork gravitates around issues like the lack of dialogue in society, the ignorance disregard for different voices and the need to rise up.
Mustafa Tazeoğlu (Germany)
studied Economics and French in Duisburg. As a Front Office Manager of the 23rd Universiade 2005 in Izmir, he coordinated 10,000 athletes from 142 countries in the Olympic village. From 2006 he headed the marketing department of the first Turkish-German TV channel with a broadcast license in Germany (Kanal Avrupa TV). Between 2007 and 2010, he was part of the Media Bunker Marxloh collective. He led the project Kreativ.Quartiere for the European Capital of Culture Ruhr 2010. In 2009 he was honoured as one of hundred outstanding European talents by the Committee of the Regions of the European Union in Brussels for his innovative ideas about “urban creativity”. In 2011 he founded the agency Urban Rhizome together with Christine Bleks.