Counterspace is an independent curatorial platform functioning as the first decolonial thinktank mapping cultural activism worldwide. The first common global directory, network and social movement linking countercultural projects and radical culture shakers (artists, curators or both) creatively decolonising culture. Apart from the common global directory browsable by continent, praxis and social construct, it also shapes collectively decolonial toolkits with other online and offline common tools and resources.

Counterspace Unlearning Toolkit proposes common resources and experiences to unpack and redefine so far consisting of collective decolonial publications (coming soon), a decolonial library, collective decolonial labs, and collective forum talks. And Counterspace Relearning Toolkit proposes common resources and experiences to reconnect holistically consisting of a radical imagination library,  a collective mutation school and mutants podcast (coming soon), and the cultural activism global directory. A Beuys-inspired ‘social sculpture’ network which by connecting the dots links the experiences creatively decolonising culture, while inspiring others to join the collective machinery towards change. 

Departing from creativity as the source that any human being has, and via these common toolkits, Counterspace aims to create new collective knowledge production pools in circulation addressed to individuals, collectives and institutions while self-organising, exploring horizontal relationships, unlearning and relearning personal and community development, with a decolonial and hence holistic approach.


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 colonial binaries and paving the understanding of our commonalities, is in that regard the true revolutionary key of global freedom. That’s why Counterspace pushes the conversation further beyond the -still dividing- identity politics activism scene by:

-Believing that we are not governed by people but ideas, and that art/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). 

-Being deliberate to do so -but unprecedentedly- together. Not only connecting our current neocolonial and hierarchical gaps in the paradigm shift mission, while functioning as a grassroots platform, 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 was founded in 2019 by cultural activist Cristina Morales, a transdisciplinary cultural practitioner working internationally as a critical researcher, cultural producer / curator, writer, educator and artist at the intersection of art and politics for self and community development. A singular trauma-informed cultural strategist linking decolonial theory and the full spectrum of human sciences with social practice art.

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), and Narratopias by Plurality University Network (Paris).

Counterspace is so far an independent project. If you would like to support it financially please get in touch.


Image credit: Counterspace cultural strategy by Cristina Morales – London, 2021.

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