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cultural practices within and acrossThis book brings together a series of refections and practices around issues of local and trans-local cultural production within different contexts in Europe, prompted through the agency of a collaborative and networked project: Rhyzom ( these cultures developed within local contexts are intrinsi-cally related to political, economic, social and material as-pects and to specifc temporalities, spatialities, individual and collective histories and experiences. Like the whole Rhyzom project, the book is an attempt to create transversal links and connections within and across different local framings and to seize instances of the dynamic and complicated nature of no-tions of local and culture through multiple forms of practice, which address the critical condition of culture incontempo-rary society. In relations with local, and trans-local, place and culture, issues of confict and contest, ecologies, politics and care practices, common and commonality, institutions and agencies are addressed. The book is written by architects, artists, activists, curators, cultural workers, educators, sociologists, geographers and residents living in different rural and urban areas in Europe and is addressed to anyone concerned with the relation be-tween culture, subjectivity, space and politics today. The list of projects and topics presented in the book is open:the Rhyzom website provides the framework for further displays and possible collaborations.15INTRODUCTIONTrans-Local-Act: Cultural Practices Within and AcrossEXPERIENCESCultural Agencies by Cultural Agencies (Nikolaus Hirsch, Philipp Misselwitz, Oda Projesi, Ece Saryz) International Village Shop by Public Works Fields by PS2 (Bryonie Reid, Craig Sands, Sarah Browne, Ruth Morrow, Gareth Kennedy, Fiona Woods, Anne-Marie Dillon, Peter Mutschler)R-Urban by atelier darchitecture autogre (Constantin Petcou, Doina Petrescu, Nolwenn Marchand, Florian Huyghe, Hlne Palisson)Agencies of Live Projects by Agency (Cristina Cerulli, Florian Kossak, Doina Petrescu, Tatjana Schneider)READERCONSTANTIN PETCOU, Cultures rhizomatiques et translocales / Rhizomatic and Translocal CulturesFERNANDO GARCIA DORy, Ecology and Politics of The LocalBRyONIE REID, Reading Performing and Imagining Place FIONA WOODS, Some Practices of in-between VALERIA GRAzIANO, Place is Now, Time is Everywhere ANDREW GRyF PATERSON, Connections between Rural and Online Co-operation in Finland MIhAELA EFRIM, Esecul intreprinderii comune intr-un orasel din Romania post-comunista / The Failure of the Common Undertaking in a Post-communist Romanian TownCRISTINA CERULLI, Mutually, Commonly CELINE CONDORELLI, KAThRIN BhM, ANDREAS LANG, Common Talking DOINA PETRESCU, Jardinires du commun/ Gardeners of the Common ANNE QUERRIEN, Le Rhizome contre la dsertifcation / The Rhizome against Desertifcation ChRISTOPh SChFER, Aggressive Cosiness. Embedded Artists vs. Interventionist Residents ERDOAN yILDIz (INTERVIEWED By CULTURAL AGENCIES), Kent Mcadelesi Hakk ve Baka Olaslklar / Right to the City Struggle and the Other Potentials JULIA UDALL, Opposing Practices: Making Claims to the Works in a Post-industrial Northern English City PETER MUTSChLER, RUTh MORROW, What Culture Where? CULTURAL AGENCIES, Culture between Institutions and Agency in IstanbulMANUELA zEChNER, Caring for the Network, Creatively UNIVERSIDAD NMADA, Prototipos mentales e instituciones monstruo / Mental Prototypes and Monster InstitutionsATLAS CONTRIBUTORS 192866100136172215239247255261269279287299309323335339355365373377385401405TRANS-LOCAL-ACT: CuLTuRAL PRACTiCeS WiThiN AND ACROSS19TRANS-LOCAL-ACT: CuLTuRAL PRACTiCeS WiThiN AND ACROSSWe live in a moment of re-assessment of cultural practice and redefnition of the role of culture in a society which faces a number of economic, social, political and environmental crises. Globalisation has demonstrated its critical effects and localism is becoming a key term for the way we envision the management of the future. We are moving towards deglobalisation, to quote French landscape designer and ecologist Gilles Clement, which translates into a localised consumption and production of goods.1 What is the role of culture in such a deglobalisation process?how is culture produced and consumed in a deglobalised world? how can local forms of cultural production circulate and be connected through alternative channels?And also, what should be considered culture and what are the criteria to assess it?These were some of the questions that were addressed by the collaborative project Rhyzom, which was set up between fve organisations, within the framework of the EU Culture 2000 programme. All these organisations had in common an interest in local cultural practice but each of them brought a different perspective and a specifc set a questions. atelier darchitecture autogre were interested in cultures of resilience, Agency in education as cultural practice, PS2 in regional and rural aspects of cultural production, Cultural Agencies in models of cultural collaboration and institutional practice within peripheral contexts, public works in methodologies of exchange and networking cultural knowledge, goods, and people.Fieldtrips were organised by each of the fve organisations to investigate together with other participants their own questions and discover existing practices and initiatives in their feld of interest with the idea of setting up connections and networks of production and dissemination. The Rhyzom project tried to literallymake a rhizome, that is to say, if we quote Anne Querrien, going towards the other () in the perspective of an alliance and the construction of a temporary micro-territoriality that will soon after be shared with others, by the new offshoots of the rhizome.1

it is this micro-territoriality that we wanted to discover when we visited a series of projects in different european regions that had in common lifestyles that questioned stereotypes and shared authentic values anchored in the local. in the South of France, we visited a series of self-managed farms (Cravirola, Bauchamp, Caracoles de Suc), eco-villages and intentional communities in Germany (Brodowin, Gut Stolzenhagen and Siebenlinden) as well as traditional forms of self-organised projects in Romania (Obste and Monasteries), emerging eco-networks like Transition Towns in Totnes or rural art 20 21The current book is called Trans-Local-Act, and addresses ways of framing cultural acting through trans-local networks and agencies that connect without hierarchy and ideological limitation across heterogenous locations (rural and urban), following specifc affnities between local practices of all kind: practices which create collaborations between existing and newly invented formal and informal cultural institutions - in rural areas, at the peripheries of cities or at the border between different kinds of identitarian systems (political regimes, disciplines, territories, etc.), practices which activate new types of socialites, alternative economies and ecologies, practices that are concerned with commons and communality, with the collective production of knowledge, etc The book has three main sections:EXPERIENCES, READER and ATLAS. The EXPERIENCES section includes the fve collaborative projects developed within the Rhyzom framework: Cultural Agencies, International Village Shop, Fields, R-Urban, Agencies of Live Projects. Cultural Agencies is a project initiated by a group of curators, artists, architects, planners and cultural workers during 2009-2010, and seeking to develop contemporary models of cultural collaboration and institutional practice within the context of Glsuyu-Glensu, a gecekondu neighbourhood in the Asian outskirts of istanbul. The project attempts to forge a trust-based relationship with selected local communities, conducts feld surveys involving local residents, and draws participatory mapping of existing forms of agency. International Village Shop project by public works, explores trade as a methodology for exchanging traversunegomtrierhizomatique,leprojetderseau-action PePRAV (Plateforme europenne de Pratiques et Recherches Alter-natives de la Ville) bas sur des principes dautonomie, dchange etdecomplmentarit,assurelapossibilitdagirdiffrentes chellesspatialesettemporelles,permettantainsiunetransver-salitinstitutionnelleetunancrageterritorialrenforcspardes contacts avec des acteurs et des rseaux locaux multiples, par des changes dexpriences et de mthodologies daction.Dans ce sens, le projet a dvelopp, notamment, une srie de mo-ments de travail collectif (workshops) dans les diffrents contextes desprojetsmensactuellementparlesquipespartenaireseta permis, progressivement, la mise en place des outils ncessaires pour les dmarches dun rseau trans-localWhOaneuropeannetworkincludinggroupsworkingonrelated problems about the cityWhATplatformforcollectiveactionandresearchonalternative contemporary practices in the cityWEB culture - activism - alternative institutionParis, Brussels, Sheffeld, BerlinPEPRAVnetworks like myvillages in hfer Waren. We have also participated in gatherings that addressed the role and necessity of creating new types of organisations or institutions that can stimulate the idea of common knowledge production and dissemination. (i.e. Casa invisible in Malaga, Grizedale in Cumbria, Mobile Community Centre in Ballykinler Northern Ireland, Organic Centre and Leitrim Sculpture Centre in Ireland).A number of workshops followed and sometimes overlapped with the feldtrips. These workshops were moments of collaborative experimentation, fabrication and critical refection which engaged directly local and trans-local participants. Notably, three workshops related to the projects of the three partners have involved students from Sheffeld:aaa, PS2 and Cutural Agencies, addressing issues of pedagogy in relation to differently contextualised local cultural