PROTOCOL #2 Conference OFFOFF 2021 / 16.10.2021

OFF OFF 2# CONFERENCE / 16.10.2021 | 5pm–9pm / Palazzina Art Space Basel

OFF OFF – WHO IS AROUND?

Short welcome. Announcement that photos will be taken and then we start with a round of introductions. Short info about OFF OFF and the last conference.

Those present introduce themselves. Unfortunately, not all with exact name and initiative could be recorded. Therefore see resolution, in the future all participants*innen before the meetings announce themselves, or register in advance, or afterwards in an open google form.

OFF OFF – WHAT HAPPENED SO FAR?

Former idea collection:

– What is our goal?

– Specific Ideas?

– Newspaper? 

– Monthly Newsletter?

– Lobby Group for political discussions?

– Conferences?

OFF OFF WEBSITE AND EMAIL

WEBSITE AND EMAIL / The conferences are announced online on the website and via email. Everyone agrees, on communication via Email about the current activities, annual national conferences and other activities.

WHAT IS OFF OFF?

Discussion on DEFINITIONS / What is independent? What is an independent space?: If you feel the need to be on the website, then you are an independent space. When you are not independent you know it! We don’t need to work all the time without money. Is it an idea to build a strong lobby group? There is money but it goes all the time in the same places. The question of the naming is a difficult one. What is an initiative?

OFFOFF CAN BECOME… / Offoff can be a label of an association that is Swisswide. It should help you to be bigger. We are divers and heterogen. That’s the core of all the off spaces. MONEY / KNOWLEDGE (Offoff can be a place where we discuss money issues etc. share our knowledge LABEL / OPEN TO EVERYBODY (Offoff can be a label, you can use it, if you need it – for ex. As a broader approach on systemic issues), REGULAR MEETINGS (Offoff can be meetings for certain topics), OFFOFF WEEKENDS (Offoff can be a week-end to cooperate), ARCHIVE (Offoff can be an archive), BIGGER CONFERENCE (Offoff can be conferences about detail issues), PARTNERS IN CULTURE POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS (Not focus on definition questions, opened to be used for different purpose), OFFOFF LOBBY  (can be used politically and have a political agenda and discuss cultural politics and what steps we want/can to take as an association ) OFFOFF (Offoff can be for  artists), OFFOFF FOR ALL  (for artists,  exhibitors, cultural managers and mediators), OFFOFF, Can be a lot of things… Off off can do… Off off can be…

WHAT IS NOT OFF OFF?

MONEY AND ARCHIVES 

  1. Talking about money and archives are against the spirit of spaces, against the concept of spaces, which is about being independent and fluid and ephemere. Money and archives are destroying the spirit of spaces. 
  2. If something is not reachable for historians, we will not be in cultural consciousness. If we can get more money, visibility or power. This is about information transfer. Don’t waste this knowledge.
  3. Not being used to talk about those issues or organizing ourselves in order to evolve in those areas, shouldn’t mean we don’t talk about it. We just have to take more time for it / discuss it in the regional meetings / or in the retraite / not in the conferences (just one evening ist not enough for those topics, the other ones fall too short). 

WHAT COULD OFF OFF BECOME?

– ANNOUNCEMENTS ONLINE

Research activities announced online

Archive of Initiatives Online

– MONEY / LOBBYIST

Groups for certain topics like the survey, national maps, statistics

Announce separate meetings for certain topics

Regional meetings for regional topics

Regional groups

– LABEL / OPEN TO EVERYBODY

The label could be used by initiatives to get funding

The label could get used by initiatives to get resources by private

The label could be used by regional groups to raise visibility concerning political decisions on regional cultural funding

The label could be used to raise visibility concerning political decisions on national cultural funding

The label could get used by everyone involved if they are invited somewhere or want to raise their voice concerning the topic of nationwide alternative art spaces

MEETINGS

  • Two annual national conferences in spring and autumn always in another region 

1. Short welcome and context/activities of the host-initiative/space

2. Overview work done by regions/Ambassadors

3. Overview work done by the Bord

4. Exchange & Drinks & Dinner

  • Regional meetings by regional ambassadors for specific topics like: Money, Funding, Regional issues, actual culture political issues etc.
  • Board-Meetings  

23. November 2021 by offoff
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