The New Dictionary of Old Ideas
Created in 2017, the New Dictionary of Old Ideas is a network of independent organisations from Central and Eastern Europe that is led by MeetFactory (Czech Republic). It expanded in 2018 with the incorporation of Spain and Georgia. The platform began working on the idea of Central Europe, its political and geographical resignification throughout the centuries, and its relationship with the current resurgence of nationalisms, populisms and anti-immigration attitudes. The research, which is already under way, has now been enhanced by a residency exchange programme for curators and artists and a travelling exhibition that are taking place during 2019 and 2020.
A total of nine artists have been selected through an open call to take part in a residency. The three artists who have been selected in Spain, Erik Beltrán, Veronica Lahite and Elena Lavelles, completed their residency at MeetFactory during June and July 2019 and in Trafostacja Sztuki in August, as did the artists from Georgia, Katharina Stadler, Sandro Sulaberidze and Nino Zirakashvili. Polish artist Irmina Rusicka and the Czechs Adela Součková and Jiří Žák will complete their residencies at the Silk Museum in September and October and at Hablar En Arte and CentroCentro in November and December. The final exhibition will visit the Czech Republic, Poland and Georgia during 2020.