The Co-writing lab is a space to document shared experiences, ideas and methods. The lab developed based on a philosophy that learning and knowledge sharing offers possibility and collaboration networks.
The essential topics, unique to community art in public space, ranged from intention, methodology, context, design, community engagement, security, and after-life of the performance.
The challenges unique to community art
To commence the co-writing lab and to create a common framework for the exploration and reflection process, the group of participants generated – collectively – a set of key questions to address before, during, and after an artistic intervention in public space.
Tales of Community Art and Art in Public Space in the Arab World
“Tales of Community Art and Art in Public Space” was a three-days co-writing lab organized in Cairo in spring 2017 by Mahatat for Contemporary Art. The Co-writing lab is a space to document shared experiences, ideas and methods.
The lab brought together forty-one artists, practitioners, and culture makers from Egypt, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, and Tunisia. The Lab gathered artistic knowledge and expertise from all over the Arab region plus France and harvested that collaborative creative experience in order to develop multimedia works. After the lab, the editorial team finalized the content in three languages – Arabic, English, and French – for publication on this online platform.
The platform is divided into four main sections; Artistic Identities, Methodologies, Contexts and Communities. Each section includes a group of articles, photo articles, audio and video narratives developed and harvested through the collective process of the three-days co-writing lab.