COUNTERSPACE

Counterspace is an independent curatorial platform and the first decolonial thinktank mapping cultural activism worldwide. Counterspace Unlearning Toolkit proposes common resources and experiences to unpack and redefine so far consisting of decolonial publications, a decolonial library, decolonial labs and forum talks. And Counterspace Relearning Toolkit proposes common resources and experiences to reconnect holistically so far consisting of a radical imagination library,  a mutation school,  a mutants podcast, and a cultural activism global directory browsable by continent, praxis and social construct. A Beuys-inspired ‘social sculpture/organism’ network which by connecting the dots, links the experiences and culture shakers creatively decolonising culture, while inspiring others to join the collective machinery towards change. 

PHILOSOPHY

Oppression as a mechanism works alike everywhere, is intersectional, overlapping, and inflicted by a hierarchical power interested in promoting divides to sustain the privilege structure. As Guy Debord did with his ‘critique of separation’, deconstructing the binaries of the status quo and paving the understanding of our commonalities, is the true revolutionary key of global freedom.

That’s why Counterspace brings the conversation further beyond the -still dividing- identity politics activism scene:

Believing on one hand that we are not governed by people but ideas and that creativity is the only counter-space to question, imagine, create and inhabit other realities (in words of James Baldwin, the only asset which- unlike government and religion- has ever been able to revolution culture). 

And on the other hand, being deliberate to do so -but unprecedentedly- together. Not only connecting our current neocolonial and hierarchical gaps in the paradigm shift mission, but understanding healing, health, and the expansion of both personal and community development as a necessarily interdependent exercise on a physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and natural level.


TEAM, COLLABORATING PARTNERS AND SUPPORT

Counterspace founding curator is cultural activist Cristina Morales, a transdisciplinary cultural practitioner working internationally as a critical researcher, writer, curator, speaker, educator and artist linking creative practice with decolonial theory and the full spectrum of human sciences.

Counterspace has so far partnered up with Actipedia by the Center for Artistic Activism (New York); Social Art Network (UK); Humanities, Arts & Society + Memory of the Future (Paris); London Institute of Contemporary Art (London); Inhabit (Global); Ouvrage (Montreal); A Beautiful Resistance (Seattle); Antiuniversity Now (London); Socially Engaged Art Salon (Brighton), Publib (UK); Utopian Studies Society (UK), Ephemera (International), Primary (Nottingham), Narratopias by Plurality University Network (Paris), and -Ism (London).

Counterspace is an independent non-profit project. If you would like to support it financially please get in touch.


Image credit: Counterspace cultural strategy by Cristina Morales.

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