Since its beginning, MEXE has been organised in a participatory manner developed, among other spaces, in foruns open to anyone who wants to think and create together. As usual, it was in a collective discussion where the trigger theme for the next edition of MEXE emerged – “The risk”.
This year has been defined by particular vagueness and intensity. Many of the inequalities and problems experienced by many are now exacerbated by a pandemic which has shaken the tyranny of certainties. The daily lives of citizens are shaken by the discredit of political life, the removal of tenderness and body contact, the growing power of technology, climate emergencies, social disorientation, the emptying of public space and the difficulty of affirming subjectivities. In an environment and space that often seems to be referring to a great impasse, the need to live the risk and its multiple facets propels us towards the active realization of other futures yet to come. Is that risk, virtual and real, where we live, here and now? What are its contours and nuances? Beyond the production of fear, paralysis, blocking and control, what constructive developments can this risk potentiate? In the fields of artistic creation, political action, democratic discussion and community life, confrontation and difference are inherent elements, just like risk.
19.10 - 4.12.2020
The applications for the next edition of MEXE are open.
In this next edition, MEXE completes 10 years. In this path it has been consolidated as an international platform of reference in the field of community artistic practices. Like last year, the next edition will also have an extension: in Viseu (PT). In it’s previous five editions, MEXE had more than 1600 participants from 22 countries, and more than 25,000 spectators in 200 actions that occupied 47 different spaces of the city of Oporto.
In this edition, applications should seek a connection with the goals (Article 2) of MEXE - 6th International Art and Community Festival, with the aim of creating links to the topic presented.
MEXE VI - open call
MEXE VI - open call
In the year it celebrates ten years of existence, MEXE will once again bring together citizens, artists and structures in ten days of programming that aim to trigger spaces for the confluence of artistic creation that contaminates and is contaminated by social and political realities. In its sixth edition, the event proposes a reflection around "The Risk" and, in addition to Oporto, it will have extensions to other cities in the country. It is already open the period of presentation of proposals for projects in various formats that can integrate the programming for 2021. The open-call will remain open until next December 4th and projects that integrate different artistic areas such as Theatre, Dance, Music, Circus Arts, Performance Art, Painting, Sculpture, Video, Photography, New Media, Installation, Design, Architecture, among others, will be able to apply. Taking place between September 17th and 26th of 2021, MEXE will once again present a program oriented in four fundamental pillars: Presentation, Thought, Training and Documentation.
The final projects to be publicly presented will be evaluated and selected by an independent jury, nationally and internationally recognized in different artistic areas, as well as by elements representing the PELE community groups. The tearms and conditions are available at www.mexe.org.pt
The last edition of MEXE focused on the theme "The Common". How do we situate ourselves in a collective experience contaminated by the ecstasy of success and the imperialism of the individual and his needs? After the disappointment with different political configurations what inspires us in today and in the future? These and others were some of the issues we have unveiled here.
The 3rd edition of EIRPAC will take place on 16, 17 and 18 September 2019 in Porto, as part of the 5th edition of MEXE_International Art and Community Festival, focusing on the theme “The Search for the Common - contributions of artistic practices to other possible future”.
Considering the complexity of this field of action and the growing importance that these practices have been acquiring in contemporary artistic creations, understanding these as inseparable from the social and cultural manifestations and experiences of communities, it is essential to create spaces for reflection and sharing among all its stakeholders. The III EIRPAC is strongly inspired by the social movements that emerge from the proliferating political transformations around the world and the emergence of new and renewed spaces for participation and artistic creation. In moments of restlessness and hopelessness, how do artistic practices imply the projection and collective construction of new realities and new futures?
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