Urban dwellers collective manifesto - text submissions
Deadline: 31/03/2021 | Published: 11/01/2021 | City: International | Cooltsalon
Let’s imagine the future of our cities, together. Cooltsalon is inviting written contributions to a collective "Urban Dwellers Manifesto". The point of this collective document is to highlight what we have in common, our shared beliefs and experiences of the city; what common problems are we facing and what shared hopes we have. The document is to be published alongside the zine, "Cooltzine", vol.4 in May.
What do our high streets look like? Parks? Work place? Do we walk more? What makes us happy?
After a year like 2020, we felt that Cooltsalon’s motto #unitedwecreate really needs to come forward. It is what motivated us to open a call for written thoughts, ideas and suggestions, to produce a collective “manifesto” of what it means to be a city dweller, now and in the (foreseeable) future.
At the core of our work is the desire to expand the notion of “creative”, not limiting it to those exercising a profession or trade in one of the “creative industries”. This manifesto is about all of us, as urban dwellers. We are keen to hear from non-artists and those not directly employed in the creative-cultural sector, as well as urban researchers, self-taught creatives, and creatives at any stage of their career, practicing in any medium.
What is a manifesto?
Generally, a manifesto is a declaration of aims and policy. More broadly, it asks about ones beliefs and states the answers to that.
What would be our manifesto?
Rather than a set of aims or solutions, we want to develop a collective set of narratives that tell one story: that of the urban dweller, set in present continuous, so spanning the now and the next.
The point of this collective document is to highlight what we have in common, our shared beliefs and experiences of the city; what common problems are we facing and what shared hopes we have. The “manifesto” can paint a bigger picture of the “Future Now” examination proposed by the zine.
What kind of text?
The "Urban dwellers manifesto" will be made up of many different pieces, but will read as one. So there is no authorship credit. There will be one "list of contributors" published at the end of the document, with those who request to be named. Texts can be also submitted anonymously.
When submitting your text, please start with "I, urban dweller, believe/think/feel that...." Other than that, you are welcome to use your own style, grammar, etc. Maximum word count is 200 words.
To help you start writing, we suggest thinking about any of the questions below:
⬥ What do you think of when you face the phrase “Future Now”?
⬥ What do you think is the way forward, in times when questions outweigh the answers? Can we talk about a way forward, at all, or are we all suspended in collective act of waiting?
⬥ What urban life issues, beyond immediate pandemic response measures, do you think need to be addressed as a priority?
⬥ What might be a way of dealing with this uncertainty – practical, physical, psychological, individual or collective, for a given city?
Thoughts are to be sent in by 31 March.
The collective text will be published alongside the #cooltzine4 and made available during the international event on 15-16 May 2021.
More details and updates can be found on www.cooltsalon.com
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Each individual text will become a part of one big writing - manifesto - edited to read as one, showing the shared beliefs and values of city dwellers around the world.
It will be related to the zine "Cooltzine", vol.4 "Future Now".
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