COUNTERSPACE

DEFINITION

Counterspace is an independent curatorial platform and the first decolonial thinktank mapping cultural activism worldwide. Shaped by the phases of the decolonial process, Counterspace’s unlearning toolkit proposes common resources and experiences to unpack and redefine so far consisting of online and printed decolonial publications, an online ‘ Decolonial Library’, online and live ‘Decolonial Labs’, and online and live forum talks. And Counterspace’s relearning toolkit proposes common resources and experiences to reconnect holistically so far consisting of an online ‘Radical Imagination Library’, an online ‘Mutation School’, ‘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. A net where -as he defined it- every human being is an artist who shapes his/her/their state of freedom, where the position of freedom he/she/they experiences/experience at first-hand learns to determine the other positions of the total art work of the future social order. 

PHILOSOPHY

Oppression works alike everywhere, is intersectional, overlapping, and inflicted by a hierarchical power very much 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, 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 / CLIENTS AND SUPPORT

Counterspace founding curator is London-based cultural activist Cristina Morales, a transdisciplinary cultural practitioner with international experience working as researcher, writer, curator, speaker, critical pedagogue and artist at the intersection of art, psychology and politics for self and community development. 

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).

And it is a completely independent curatorial platform that you can support in many different ways here.


Image credit: Counterspace’s cultural strategy diagram by Cristina Morales.

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