We, cultural entrepreneurs, researchers, philanthropists and even a few bureaucrats, we as a collective group, we believe that there is a need for dynamic spaces, giving existence to centres dedicated to the culture of Europe. Centres, in different places of the world, devoted to cultural exchanges, meetings, exhibitions, creative projects, with Europeans and others. By all our activities, realizing that the beauty is in uniqueness, it is our aim to cherish our differences and strengthen our cultural commons.
Sixty years ago, the Swiss philosopher and great pioneer of European integration, Denis de Rougemont, believed in a cultural Europe, in a Europe with direct participation of people beyond the nation-state and culture as a vital ingredient for Europe's post-war rebuilding and healing. Sixty years later, the importance of culture within the paradigm of our society's well-being still needs recognition and further active stimulation more than economic growth. To achieve a sustainable Europe, the environmental, social and cultural objectives have to be rebalanced against the financial and economic ones. The role of creative and critical thinking, fostered by arts and cultural activities, also plays a key role if the citizens are to regain trust in Europe. The reason for the need of the existence of a place for European arts and culture is rooted in this statement by Denis de Rougemont. Today's ‘Erasmus generation' is living Europe and is its future. Coming from Europe and abroad, they share an interest in the development of alternative approaches and improvement of cultural research and awareness. Implementation of knowledge, which leads to an ongoing questioning and through knowledge and many connections come through the internet these days. A real physical venue in the city of Venice offers everybody a unique meeting place in Europe to explore, experience, document and present cultural togetherness.
The European Cultural Centre (ECC) is a place for reflection, research and creation, for interdisciplinary encounters, as well as for resources and experimentation. The ECC provides the conditions to invite artistic and creative practices, a process of learning and experiencing from all fields - visual art, dance, performance, theatre, music, literature, architecture, etc. It is a place for investigating the most vital contemporary issues in order to design a shared future. Being a place in perpetual motion, besides exhibiting finalised projects, the ECC goes further and presents projects that strongly interact between the various creative practices, the city, participants and visitors from all over the world.
ACTIVITIES AND RESIDENCIES
The activities include hosting creative professionals in residence, providing research assistance to all artistic disciplines, organising art events, exhibitions, publications, training, lectures, public debates and symposiums for various fields of thought. The participants of the residencies come from all artistic and cultural backgrounds. The subjects and forms of research do not necessarily fit the usual practices or disciplines. The purpose of the ECC Residency Program is to explore new collaborative and creative processes, as well as a new interaction with the city, its surroundings and its visitors.
The publications are an extension of the projects and research that have been developed and/or presented at the ECC. Various editorial forms and the website reflect different practices and activities carried out by the ECC, thus building up and making visible a platform for theoretical and artistic perspectives on culture.
The ECC is in the continued process of establishing Satelites in several different cities in the world. Cities where it is possible to set up a creative work centre. A network for cultural activities, the creation of exhibitions, publications, videos and many other projects. The ECC has now established regional offices in Italy, the Netherlands, Russia and the USA. The European Cultural Centre Global office is in Amsterdam the Netherlands.
NETWORK AND PARTNERS
The ECC is operated by the European Cultural Centre Foundation and works with the curatorial contributions of several European structures: EU networks, universities, foundations, curators, festivals, private initiatives and scientific as well as cultural institutions. To strengthen its European dimension, the ECC establishes contacts with a network of partners. This network of partners can also play the role of correspondent in a regional or national area.