The European Union Creative Europe programme and Sweden’s Västra Götaland Region have kicked off a new project: the Boderline Offensive. The purpose of the project is to engage newly arrived migrants and established local communities in dialogue, using participatory art and humour aesthetics to address difficult topics and create opportunities for shared enjoyment.
Boderline Offensive – which was kicked off in 2017 and runs to 2020 – is open for applications until 14 February 2018. The selected artists will be notified by 9 March.
Within the project, artists from 12 European and Middle Eastern countries will explore issues of xenophobia, intercultural conflict and dialogue, sociological contact zones, violence-promoting radicalization, migration and integration, collective identity-building, and community cohesion in contemporary Europe.
From April until August 2018, the artists will meet in Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia or Sweden to attend lectures and workshops. By September 2018, they will develop concepts for artistic objects, which will be then be exhibited in at least three stations in different European countries in 2019 and 2020. The project covers all travel and accommodation costs as well as support for the artistic concepts.