Occupying Public Space in Brazil

Collectives and Bottom-up Initiatives. Learning from the Examples in Brazil. An article by Iva Čukić, as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016.

The aggravation of social inequalities and poverty, and the rise of unemployment and existential uncertainty in Brazil, especially among young people, has driven various groups and individuals to seek niches beyond traditional social structures in the hope of discovering new possibilities and ways of (re-)action in order to achieve their desires and needs. Continue reading Occupying Public Space in Brazil

What Is Lost Is Lost Forever

An article by Sun Siwei 孙思维, as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016. The text was conceived for the discussion “Between Crowds and Empires / 群众和帝国之间” that took place at Goethe-Institut Beijing on 18 June 2016.


Yin and I were in Namsoo’s, a Yunnan restaurant near the Andingmen station, eating mushrooms. It started raining outside again. Continue reading What Is Lost Is Lost Forever

Rethinking Cultural Assets, De-Capitalising Intellectual Property

CTRL – Rethinking Cultural Assets, De-Capitalising Intellectual Property. A New Comprehensive Approach to the Music Market. An article by Margherita D'Andrea and Corrado Gemini as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016.

Summer 2016: the heat is oppressive as you book your house by the sea on Airbnb. You managed to organise seven special days of holiday.

After having filled all the places in the car with passengers who will share the cost of the journey with you, thanks to BlaBlaCar, you rush to prepare dinner for the Norwegian who’s passing through and will stay in your house next week while you’re away. Continue reading Rethinking Cultural Assets, De-Capitalising Intellectual Property

Digua Shequ 地瓜社区

An Underground Middle Path. How Does a Social Initiative Test Commercial Rule and the Common Good? An article by Chen Yiming 陈奕名 as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016.

The Digua Shequ 地瓜社区 community centre is a city basement renovation project  in Beijing initiated by Zhou Zishu 周子书. Two floors below the street, the basement was once a bomb shelter designed to withstand wartime air raids, before later becoming residential. Continue reading Digua Shequ 地瓜社区

Cultural Mobility in Brazil

Our friends at Embaixada Cultural have just published a not-to-be-missed guide on cultural mobility funding opportunities for Brazilian artists, cultural professionals, organisations and opportunities for non-Brazilians to develop projects and cultural mobility experiences in Brazil. This very useful resource could be downloaded for free in English or Portuguese (PDFs).

The 6th Ring Project

This is a survey project started by the publishing house Floor #2 Press and conducted by artists in the administrative villages within the fifth and sixth rings of Beijing. The project invited and welcomed each participant to conduct field surveys in an artistic form on one particular aspect of a selected village in the region, to be carried out independently or cooperatively with local people for a period of not less than 10 days.

Interview with Man Yu 满宇, Ge Fei 葛非 and Ge Lei 葛磊 by Luigi Galimberti 鲁及 and Ma Yongfeng 馬永峰, as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016

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‘Periferia’: The Game

Across 2015 and 2016, Transnational Dialogues  has been developing a research on the shifting role of “marginals” as motors of social and cultural change – looking at perspectives from China, Brazil and Europe. The Brazilian designer Andrés Sandoval created a series of 32 stamps called “Periferia” (i.e., periphery), which represents elements, which he associates with the marginal areas of São Paulo, such as crowds, rain, floods, tear gas, drones or militar police. Continue reading ‘Periferia’: The Game

TD Journal 2016

The Journal mirrors the two principal thematic approaches of Transnational Dialogues for the year 2015-16. The first section, ‘Between Crowds and Empires’, examines the polarities of collaborative and sharing economies, taking into account the different cultural perspectives from Europe, China and Brazil. The second section, ‘Marginalia’, deals with the inequalities and racialisation of geopolitics, as well as with the practices of those groups and individuals that are seeking niches beyond traditional social structures.

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Between Crowds and Empires | Beijing

The sharing economy has enjoyed remarkably rapid growth over the last five years and looks set to scale new heights over the next decade. Some projections put the sector’s revenues at $335 billion globally by 2025, and the scope for further widening its geographic reach remains huge. The core of the sharing economy is the distribution of unused resources. Continue reading Between Crowds and Empires | Beijing

Voices from Brazil: Making art in troubled times

During its last Residency, Transnational Dialogues recorded the voices of Brazilian artists and political activists. They answer about the role of the margins in the formation of artistic and political practices. This unmediated commentary originates in the current political turbulence that is affecting Brazil, as well as other countries throughout Latin America. Continue reading Voices from Brazil: Making art in troubled times