The Autonomous Fabric

Symposium The Autonomous Fabric: On self-organisation

Running self-organised spaces and platforms has become an artistic-creative
practice in its own right. In Rotterdam there are more than one hundred of them.
This symposium aims to strengthen their network and create space and time for
addressing issues that concern all self-organisers: which kind of autonomy
do we have? Which types of participation - of living, working and being together
- can we develop? How open are we to larger communities and changing demographics?
How do we relate to the gentrification of the city? And how should established
cultural institutions - including art schools like the Willem de Kooning Academy
- adapt to facilitate self-organised practices?

These questions will be explored in six workshops organised by and taking place at six
different self-organised initiatives in rapidly changing neighbourhoods in Rotterdam.

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Urban Fibers transforms discarded garments into recycled yarns that we optimize for manufacturing such as knitting, weaving.

We want to shift the textile industry towards a sustainable one and their potential in local production.


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