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BORGOFUTURO SOCIAL CAMP #5

OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The fifth edition of the Social Camp will take place from 14 to 17 July 2022 in the Val di Fiastra valley. This year’s theme is Esserci Non Esserci – pratiche perpetue e cure del divenire (Being There Not Being There – Perpetual Practices and Cures of Becoming).
On this occasion we are launching an Open Call inviting artists, artisans, makers, designers, researchers to interpret this year’s theme and co-create the programme with us.

What is the Social Camp?

The Social Camp was born in 2017 as an experiment in horizontal and collaborative self-education with a residential format. Born in the frame of the Borgofuturo festival in the Val di Fiastra, the Social Camp inherits suggestions, imaginaries, interests and concerns of a generation that grew up in the inland area of Alto Maceratese. The Camp offers perspectives of analysis and comparison based on experiences and good practices learned from this territory as well as other ones.

The Social Camp addresses the themes of sustainability on a village scale dealt with by the Borgofuturo festival. Yet it does so in a more intimate, participatory, convivial and reflective form. It is a space where we share knowledge and experiences, while also sharing the mundane tasks of everyday routine.

The Camp is a self-organised and self-financed event. Its content and methodologies are the result of the collaborative work of a group of people that grows every year. This group shares curiosity, research interests and experimentation on topics such as socio-ecological sustainability, horizontal participation and direct experience.

Under socialcamp>previous editions of the menu you can find information on past years editions.

Being-Not-Being

Perpetual Practices and Cures of Becoming

 

Who really inhabits a territory? In how many and in what ways can we inhabit it? 

Can we inhabit a territory while hovering between being there and not being there? 

How can we interact with a territory that we feel we inhabit, even if only temporarily?

 

How can we interact with a territory that we feel we inhabit, even if only temporarily?

Aware of the fact that a place can be experienced in many ways, that the decision to be there permanently and be sedentary is only one of the ways of inhabiting it, this year we decided to explore new ways ofbeing there.

In this edition of the Camp, we would like to collectively play with practices that generate presence in a place, regardless of how long we are there for.

 

Inhabiting appears today as an increasingly fluid and porous concept, not only in its spatial dimension, but also in its modes and expressions. The depopulation of inland areas, the numerous housing emergencies and natural disasters are some of the phenomena that generate major human movements and lead us to reconsider being and inhabiting. At the same time, digitalisation has led to greater interconnection between people and territories, even in absence.

On the other hand, traversing a territory while being aware of the trace we inevitably leave can be a form of presence, as well as reclaiming manual knowledge can be a form of dialogue with a place and its intangible heritage. The experience of folk dances or the practice of handicrafts through the use of local materials can be examples of how we can create a form of continuity between the past of a land and its future.

Format

As we question what it means to inhabit a territory and to be a community, during this edition of the camp we will experiment different ways of being collectively in the context of the Val Di Fiastra. We invite you to join us and inhabit the territory of Alto Maceratese. We will celebrate the temporary presence of social campers and create a space for reflection on the inseparable relationship between being and not being. We will reflect upon how we can allow the coexistence of presence and absence, indeed recognising in the latter an equally necessary and inevitable condition of being there.

During the days of the Social Camp, we will inhabit the territory of the Val di Fiastra in three different ways:

 

To be in the place we temporarily inhabit – to ground ourselves

The activities will take place in our basecamp and will be the starting point to get familiar with the place we will inhabit. 

In this phase we will try to establish, through the workshops, new opportunities to weave connections between the participants. 

 

Being on the road – to explore

A day of walking where movement is a space to generate content. We accept activities that can be done while walking and/or during the breaks. Walking will also be functional to the preparation of the final artistic intervention, scheduled for the following day.

In this phase it will be a question of weaving a relationship between the participants and the territory.

 

Being there in the public space – to engage with the public space

A temporary, participatory, artistic intervention in one of the villages of the Val di Fiastra. The precise form of the intervention is a work in progress that will also depend on your proposals! The aim will be to establish new opportunities for relations between our temporary community and the local community. 

We welcome proposals for actions, interventions, modalities that will activate a space for inclusive and convivial exchange during the camp’s final event.

 

Open call


We are launching a call to invite artists, artisans, makers, designers, researchers willing to co-create the program of the days together in Val di Fiastra. The Social Camp will be enriched by your activities and will culminate in an artistic, collaborative and temporary intervention in the public space of one of the villages of the valley.

In interpreting this year’s theme, the proposed activities may address questions related to temporary inhabiting, care of resources, sedentarism and nomadism, inland areas and socio-cultural services, reception and eco-sustainable tourism, community-generating practices and the body as a place of presence. This list is not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive. We therefore invite you to dare in originality and creativity.

How to participate

We invite you to submit proposals that are imagined within one or more of the camp’s three inhabiting formats. The selected proposals will be invited to dialogue with each other and with us, in order to build together a coherent programme converging towards the final event on the last day. 

Selection
The aim of this call is to collect a diversity of workshop proposals that are articulated around the key themes of this edition of the Social Camp.
Activities will be selected on the basis of their originality, diversity, logistic feasibility and coherence with respect to the theme and to the structuring format of Social Camp 5. Preference will be given to activities that focus on direct experience and doing-together, as opposed to ‘lecture format’, and which call upon a variety of practices and tools. 

Participation
The temporary community of the Social Camp follows the principle of “all participants”, during the days of the Camp. Everyone is invited to collaborate in the functioning of the daily life of the Camp without distinction between organisers, guests and participants. Therefore, we invite the proposers of the selected activities to take part in the Camp throughout its duration.
As this is a self-financed event, the budget for reimbursements is small. In return for your contribution, we guarantee you free board, free camping and free access to the whole programme.

Send us your proposal

How to submit a proposal: Send your application no later than 13:00 on 25 May 2022 to:

borgofuturo.socialcamp@gmail.com

Timeline
Open Call: 12-25 May
Communication of results: 5-10 June
Social Camp: 14-17 July 

This Call is open to all, all disciplines and all media.