Counterspace is the first decolonial thinktank mapping and exploring Cultural Activism worldwide. Shaped by the space-time of the decolonial process, Counterspace’s unlearning zone-phase comprises resources and experiences to unpack and redefine so far consisting of online and printed publications, a decolonial library, decolonial labs, and forum talks. And Counterspace’s relearning zone-phase comprises resources and experiences to reconnect holistically so far consisting of a Radical Imagination library, Mutation School, Mutants podcast, and a Cultural Activism global network browsable by continent, praxis and social construct. A Beuys-inspired ‘Social Sculpture’ directory which by connecting the dots, links the experiences and culture shakers (artists, curators or both) creatively decolonising culture, inspiring others to join the collective machinery towards change. A ‘Social Organism’ net where -as he defined it- every human being is an artist who shapes his/her state of freedom. Where the position of freedom he/she experiences at first-hand learns to determine the other positions of the total art work of the future social order.
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 by ideas, and that creativity is our 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 mission, but understanding healing 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 Cristina Morales.
It has so far partnered up with Actipedia + 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 Salon (Brighton), Publib (UK); Utopian Studies Society (UK), Primary (Nottingham), and -Ism (London).
And it is a completely independent curatorial platform that you can support in many different ways here.