COMMON LAB MANUAL
Common Lab is a programme by Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and ArtBOX that took place in 2020-2021, in the framework of Goethe-Institut's Excellency Initiatives 2020. It is implemented in partnership with TIF - Helexpo and FHNW Academy of Art and Design / IXDM HyperWerk LAB (Basel), which contributes to the project's evaluation research.
Common Lab is based on the experience gained through project LABattoir, which started in 2015 and was completed at the end of 2019 according to schedule, as well as through previous projects realised by Goethe-Institut and ArtBOX in partnership with FHNW Academy of Art and Design / IXDM HyperWerk LAB (Basel) and other institutions, such as GRenter and EnterViews on Crisis (2012-2013), and Artecitya. Envisioning the City of Tomorrow (2014-2018, supported by Creative Europe programme of the European Union).
The Manual is the distillation of all these experiences in conceptualisation and implementation of socially engaged art projects that targeted a barrage of crises, starting with the worldwide financial crises in 2008. As has been widely written and become more and more evident, crisis is inherent in the post-capitalist system and therefore finding ways to overcome is a basic skill for collective survival.
Over its two years' duration, Common Lab created actions that on the one hand responded to yet another crisis (the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the world so hard in the early 2020), while at the same time were targeted to deepen, test and verify the knowledge gained through previous projects mentioned above.
Common Lab's Manual for Social Innovation through Art offers the methodology to communities to create their own, sustainable solutions to identified problems through a collective experience of learning and doing. CoL's Manual presents both key theoretical concepts and a best-practice example, offering a valuable tool that can be adapted and scaled to different circumstances by different users. The Manual is addressed to artists, creatives, institutions and citizens initiatives. It is highly adaptable to fit the needs of various communities on a local, national and transnational level, offering highly transferable skills and abilities that strengthen civil society.
About Common Lab
Tale of X Cities & media competences for community building
State of the Arts & the digital public spheres
KEY THEORETICAL CONCEPTS
Social innovation through art
Art for social change
Cultural and creative industries
CASE STUDY: TALE OF X CITIES
About the case study
Tale of X Cities key results & findings
Lessons learned and recommendations
Model project flow
Media productions as evaluation tool
Digital events and communication formats