The International Village Shop is a growing trans-local network of cultural producers who set up trading places for goods with strong local connections.
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public works is a London based group of artists and architects who share the ambition to keep and make public spaces complex, open and playful - through exploring and using art and architecture as means and traditions of socio-cultural and spatial production. public works has worked frequently with forms of collective product development and informal public trade/exchange, and joins the International Village Shop with a particular interest in spatial production and the production of common space and goods.
the useful arts organisation style, design, program, build, manage & find solutions for media, internet, installations, exhibitions, performances and people.
the useful arts (also called technics) are concerned with the skills and methods of practical subjects such as manufacture and craftsmanship. It has now gone out of fashion, but was coined in Victorian times as a mirror of the performing arts and the fine arts.
Fernando García Dory (Madrid, 1978) is a neo-pastoral artist and agroecologist. His work deals with subjects affecting the current relation between culture and nature in the framework of landscape, rural areas, desires and expectations related to aspects of identity, crisis, Utopia and social change. He often uses self-organization strategies, initiating collaborative social plastic processes.
RHYZOM is a collaborative trans-european research project that specifically addresses " local cultural production and trans-local dissemination". The International Village Shop has been linked to numerous events througout the project, both as a case-study and a real shop that faciliates and means local production and offers a network for wider exchange of goods and debate.
myvillages.org was founded in 2003 by the artists Kathrin Böhm, Wapke Feenstra and Antje Schiffers to reflect and adress rural issues and links within their own practice and more wider cultural production. myvillages.org was "artist in residence" at Grizedale Arts in 2007, and as a result of their visits, conversations and observations they proposed to take the production/trade/network idea further in the form of a joint international village shop.
Somewhere is a multi-disciplinary creative company run by artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie since 1997, who produce ambitious, innovative and challenging projects spanning film, the web, installation, live events and broadcast media.
Grizedale Arts runs a thought-provoking programme of events,
projects and residencies that develops the contemporary arts in new
directions, away from the romantic and modern assumptions of
culture, making artists more useful in this complex and
Based in the English Lake District National Park, Grizedale Arts has over the last decade acquired a significant reputation for pioneering new approaches to artistic production and exhibition. In contrast to traditional institutions and, indeed, to its own history in the UK land art movement, GA has neither studios nor exhibition space, but rather provides artists with the opportunity to realise projects using the social, cultural and economic networks of the area and beyond.
KULTIVATOR is an experimental cooperation of organic farming and visual art practice. The group is situated in the rural village Dyestad, on the island Öland on the southeast coast of Sweden. Near to the active agriculture community Kultivator provide a meeting and working space that points out the parallels between provision production and art practice, between concrete and abstract processes for survival. Kultivator runs a permanet shop on their premises.
"INLAND- CAMPO ADENTRO" is a project that examines the role of
territories, geopolitics, culture and identity in the relationship
between the city and the countryside in Spain today. Its objective
is to launch a cultural strategy in support of rural life over a
period of three years (2010-2013), specifically made up of an
international conference, artistic production through a residency
program, an exhibition and a publication.
The project provides artists, farmers, intellectuals, rural development agents, policymakers, curators and art critics, amongst others from the rural and urban spheres, with an open platform for presenting their research and practice. The content is gathered here before it is conveyed to the rest of society.