*This exchange was conducted virtually due to COVID-19
Rashin Fahandej’s “Future of Inclusion Lab” is a series of co-creation workshops and incubator at Ars Electronica that provides technology and resource access to a mixed group of Linz-based creatives, including women and local immigrants. Fahandej’s methods take on the lens of “Art as Ecosystem,” creating a network of collaborations with a multiplicity of narratives that investigate social systems and occupy public sites as a critical discourse. The workshops explore social inclusion by investigating new media literacy and by providing access to cutting edge tools and technology to co-create prototypes for immersive and poetic reflections and experiences. The result is then shared with the community in the form of site-responsive public art interventions as well as web platforms accessible on any mobile device. Community projects from this incubator can be viewed below or on http://www.futureinclusionlab.cf/
“(Un)seen Sacred Spaces” is a project that deals with the (in)visibility of different sacred buildings in the cityscape. It questions why some sacred buildings are visible while others are not, as well as why some sacred buildings are deliberately made invisible and the effect that has on its communities...
Virtualpolitik wants to create a platform of open participation that imagines alternative forms of communication between the public and the political class, making visible with emerging media the feelings and voices of the marginalized communities most affected by the prevailing consequences of this political discourse...
How would our world be different if every president and prime minister’s action and speech were defined through a direct and collective contribution from every community member? How would our world be different if houses of worship and sacred spaces had multitudes of doors, welcoming humanity across different religions to enter with their own prayers?
First is the moist breeze, then the faint sound of water rhythmically slapping against the bank. The soles of my feet are not used to the unevenness of the cobblestones. I walk alongside the Danube, witnessing people crossing paths, exchanging greetings; encounters coming together as a jagged yet porous edge of beautifully diverse experiences…
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