We are living through years where different crises, from the personal to the political and economic, are intertwined and feeding each other. Despite this (or maybe, in response to this) our desires for a more just and convivial future are stronger than ever, as we question the absurdity of the state of things. Looking at our practices and the wider social context with critical optimism, we can see the crisis as the end of something. From here, we can construct a reality that is welcoming to different doubts, needs and visions. 

This year, the Borgofuturo Social Camp will take a pragmatic and playful approach to these uncertain times. We will focus on the practice of collective construction, from the material to the abstract. Throughout four days we will inhabit the Val di Fiastra, where the Borgofuturo festival takes place. Activities will range from building infrastructure, to building imaginaries of alternative futures, with a mix of theory and practice running through all workshops. We will imagine new, playful ways to re-frame the crisis as a creative space to open up to different paths. The lived experience of the Social Camp will be a practice in itself: practicing care for the space and the communities that inhabits it will be central to the time we will spend together.

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Days by theme

PONTI

Worlds that are apparently different can assume other forms and values when connected through relations of affinity, reciprocity, support and mutual learning. The aim of this thematic line, “bridges”, is to analyze how to respond to the crisis of isolation (e.g., geographic, economic, social), with dynamic practices to construct ties and connections. Throughout the workshops, we will explore different modalities of creation and consolidation of these ties, embodied by the different collectives that we will host. Starting from the practice of inhabiting, as a means to fill the gaps in the margins, we will analyze the practice of narrating, to give a voice to silenced places and lives; the practice of welcoming and sharing knowledge and resources, to resist crises to come; and the practice of living nomadically, to weave networks of mutualism across territories. This thematic line, that also acts as a meta-structure tying together the other lines of the Social Camp, will converge with the collective writing of a fanzine, as an ode to relationality and to radical interconnection.

STRUCTURES

Contemporaneity has long revealed difficulties in what it means to inhabit a space, both in rural and urban contexts: from the economic unsustainability of having to pay rent or buy a house, to the ecological crisis in terms of materials and land use, to the inability of the hyper-individualized mode of living to favor and sustain conviviality. The thematic line of “structures” reflects (through the act of building) on living as a process of care and relation, through practices of elementary self-construction and of “making place”, to open new perspectives and critical reframings on what it means to inhabit a space today. What we call a home is the result of an interpretation of space, loaded with symbolism, a spatialized interior state. Is setting roots in a place the same thing as inhabiting it? Or can we also find a definition of home that fits temporary states? What subjective and collective conditions make us think of a shelter, a small mobile house, or a temporary refuge, as a home? During the Social Camp we will construct temporary minimal architectures through the assemblage of modular elements, learning together how to regain our constructive skills as a tool of resistance and self-organization. Looking at the surrounding landscape, we will experiment with found materials and natural tinctures to imagine new and unexpected relations with the environment and the species that inhabit it.

FUTURES

Constructing from the crisis, while being grounded in the past and in the present, is something that also requires a utopic, optimistic and hopeful gaze towards the future. In the thematic line of “futures”, we will explore the construction of alternative futures at different scales: individual, collective, social, and political. Three threads will weave through the workshops that we will explore: individual and collective liberation; transformative justice; and alternatives to dominant social structures. An ecstatic-institutional ceremony will bring us closer to one another and to our territory, to re-imagine the relations between individuals, collectives and the transcendental; we will discuss how to handle conflicts within collectives; we will rethink how to organize politically in a decentralized way; and we will close this theme with a day of theater, where we will construct an ephemeral community, building on the material from the previous workshops. The activities will be imbued with a sense of imagination and creativity, in order to think in a way that is both serious and light about the construction of a future that is beautiful, just, radical, and abundant.

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Social Camp 2023 registration fee : 80-100 euros.

What does the fee cover?

The registration fee makes the Social Camp possible!
The fee covers approximately half of the camp costs: food, campsite fees, a token fee for the kitchen coordinator, logistics expenses, petrol for people giving lifts, our communication materials, travel costs for our workshop givers, and workshop materials.

The other half of the Camp’s funding comes from our Yoppeleyeppefundraising events in the Marche region, Brussels, and Barcelona.

Why include a sliding scale? We operate on the principle of a solidarity sliding scale to make the camp more accessible to more people, while ensuring our costs are covered.

Please get in touch if you’d like to attend but the fee is an obstacle and we can work to find a solution. And if you feel you’d like to contribute more, that is also possible.

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What is the Social Camp?

The Social Camp started in 2017 in Val di Fiastra, in the region of Marche, as part of the Borgofuturo Festival. It is an experiment in horizontal and collaborative learning, with a residential format. It offers a space to re-imagine our relation to the territory and to each other, in the context of an inner area that confronts us with unique challenges and opportunities. 

 

The Social Camp addresses the themes of conviviality and sustainability on the same “village scale” that characterizes the Borgofuturo Festival. Yet it does so in a more intimate, participatory, 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.