Cold capitals – hot borders. Cross border art as a creativity and soft security tool for regional development.
Our artistic director, Andreas Hoffmann, traveled to Germany to take part in the “Go Local” conference being held at the Nordic Embassies, Felleshus, Berlin. The conference is a meeting place to discuss regional development of culture and the arts in Northern Europe. Andreas conducted workshops which invited participants to explore the creative and artistic possibilities of working with borders and with cross border projects.
After a brief insight into the border situations of today’s world and the resulting challenges, participants where asked to define various limiting forms in their own work and to record the differences between boundary, demarcation, limit, border and edge. In an interactive way we discovered the value of borders while strengthening local cultural identity and the importance of interaction with the “other side”. Where are we and on which side do we want to be?
Special thanks to Rán Flygenring for the superb illustrated documentation of the workshop