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Web platform dealing with the fields of practice and forms of knowledge within media, art and cultural work | March 2013—August 2014

Handbook. Working in the cultural field

Creating access — taking space — linking what it is

Young people will do research on art, theater, radio, design and new media, interview actors in these fields, and convey their experiences and perspectives. Together with artists, scholars, and educators, fields of activity, which are often not visible and not discussed in a transparent manner within debates concerning labor and equality within a migration society, will be made accessible. This project will question and break with normative ideas about who can act in art, culture and media, about which position which people can have, and with the knowledge economies in which these notions are embedded. The aim is to establish other forms of knowledge, stating fault lines and creating new venues of access to these fields.

Throughout the project, the participants will develop different formats for presenting their demands and sharing their experiences in these fields. Social relations, in- and exclusions, possibilities for access, and thinking through non-hegemonic forms of representation all play a key role. The outcome of these participatory processes will be a digital handbook presented as a web platform. This opens up space that enables them to become familiar with different perspectives on art, culture and media, and to adopt them in one's own work.

The transdisciplinary project team of trafo.K is made up of art and cultural educators Renate Höllwart, Elke Smodics-Kuscher and Nora Sternfeld, the artist Vasilena Gankovska social studies scholar Ines Garnitschnig and graphic designers Carlos Toledo and Eva Dertschei (TiD).

The handbook is part of the greater project INTERMEZZO, which is a partnership between maiz –  Autonomous Center for and by Migrant Women, Linz (Project lead), and SOMM – Self Organisation by and for Migrant and Muslim Women, Graz


Funded by the European Social Fund and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs