platforma11 | September 10th to September 19th 2011, Leipzig/Lindenau, Germany

platforma11 is an international and interdisciplinary project week in Leipzig and Markkleeberg, Germany, which aims to create an OPEN SPACE process reflecting on the topics “art, politics and education” and their relationship to one another. Around 50 young people from Germany, Western- and Eastern Europe, Russia, North Afrika and Israel with interdisciplinary approaches working together in organizing workshops, panels and lectures as well as exhibitions, concerts, performances and interventions.

platforma11 is a process without pre-defined events and topics. The platforma11 working groups constitute themselves through the platforma11 blog, where all participants are introduced (link zu Network/Participants: „See a list of all participants“) and discuss questions, ideas and approaches.

The project week and its participants of artists, curators, political activists, education workers, scientists and art-mediators might create new tools and techniques for for an independent, alternative and non-commercial project work, strategies for self-empowerment and self-organisation, concepts for networking platforms, which provide opportunities for sharing knowledge, experience and any kind of (educational) material, ideas and ambitions and new approaches to an artistic, political and educational practice.

platforma11 is meant to be a long-term process continued within an extended internationale network. The idea behind the project is based on previous events like Dialogue of Cultures (link working router) and Vostok Forum (link ag ru) in Northern Russia, an cooperation of AG Russland and the Youth Human Rights Movement Murmansk.

Who organizes platforma11?

The AG Russland (working group Russia), is an open and continuously growing network which organizes political, artistic and social projects, particularly in the North-West of Russia. We are also part of the Youth’s Educational Network at Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation and cooperate with various partners in Russia and Germany.

As cultural and political activists and artists we are aiming at interexchange and further development of joint projects with people, networks and groups in Russia and Eastern Europe. In Germany, we want to inform about the situation in Russia and point out critical similarities. For a number of years yet we are working on a cross-national and cross-continental project cooperation.

Of particular importance to us are equal cooperation and mutual artistic and educational processes. Thereby, we consider dealing with capitalist, undemocratic and patriarchal conditions as well as ecological destruction to be of the same relevance as discussing possible alternatives. However, we are definitely not just about analysis and critics but about concrete project approaches, too.

Focus of many of our activities is Murmansk on Kola peninsula – the world’s northernmost major city. Here, our annually educational academy “Vostok“ and the cultural and educational festival “Dialogue of Cultures“ take place. Our main local project partners are the Humanist Youth’s Movement of Murmansk Region and its related networks. The projects are also supported by the Moscow Office of Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation. >>

The association Kulturbahnhof Markkleeberg e.V. wants to develop a cultural end education center in Markkleeberg, a small town in the neigbourhood of Leipzig. The members of „Kulturbahnof e.V“ are engaged in a bright network of cultural organisations in Leipzig and neighbourhood and want to create new possibilities of communication, participation and experiences for the inhabitants of Markkleeberg. With the main focus on educational methods influenced by Contemporary Art practices, the projects, workshops, seminars, public actions and exhibitions of the association are dealing wih topics like tolerance, diversity and democratic participation. >>

Giro e.V. >>

Main Coordination platforma11:

>> Yvonne Anders |

>> Julia Kurz |