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Title: Commoning the Network: Cultural Producers as Co-Creators of Cultural Commons in Medellin, Colombia

The paper looks at a network of cultural producers and grassroots art spaces in Medellin, Colombia focusing on their creation of cultural values in the city – and apparently of cultural commons. The paper is based on an ongoing ethnographic research initiated in 2015 where initial data has shown an emerging network of cultural producers in Medellin who are merging together traditional Colombian cultural values (buen vivir, buen conocer) with new media art ethos (Do-It-With-Others, free libre knowledge, open source, peer-to-peer learning) as well as decolonizing and autonomous forms of knowledge production. The data has also demonstrated their clear interest in co-creating ‘cultural commons’. Following this line of inquiry, the paper looks at collaborative creative practices as paradigms of a new ontology of knowledge through action and sociality, which transforms the way art producers co-create, partake and make use of the products of their creation. Within this context, creativity, and subsequent knowledge formation is looked as forms of social interaction rather than the outcomes of social activities or otherwise as a collective becoming; a commoning. The paper also proposes an ethnographic research on-its-making where participants are peer-ethnographers using collaborative tools to engage with the fieldwork practices and writing-up of the ethnographic text.
Period3 Nov 2017
Event typeSymposium
LocationBrussels, BelgiumShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational