In June 2018, the Alliance of International Production Houses launched a part-festival, part-working-meeting called “Claiming Common Spaces” designed to link specific aspects of the alliance’s common key themes with different working practices at the venues themselves. At each instalment of the event, the alliance invites artists, researchers and activists to come together and engage in discussions, labs, installations and performances.
The first event in this series was held in June 2018 at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) and titled “Claiming Common Spaces I. Art and Urban Practice”. It brought together artists, urban researchers and activists to examine aspects of diverse global urban societies in the 21st century and also explored current socio-political developments in urban centres. In May 2019, the alliance organised the second instalment of “Claiming Common Spaces”, this time with the subtitle “Art and Digital Life”. Held in Düsseldorf at the FFT Forum Freies Theatre and at the tanzhaus nrw, the gathering explored the question of how the digital realm can be moulded into a field of joint action for artistic work and its contexts. The alliance is now gearing up for the third instalment of the event series, “Claiming Common Spaces III”, which will be held from 1o-13 June 2020 at Kampnagel. This third gathering will focus on new forms of commoning and strategies of complicity in the “Utopian Realness”.