What do we think about when
we think about the periphery?

In its first sense: a periphery is a suburb, the outskirts of an area; a marginal or supporting position in a group; something revolving around the “center” that lacks equally distributed resources.

On the other hand, in its conceptual communal meaning – a periphery is a state where external perspective and reflection are finally possible. Peripheries are potentially a perfect place for an art residency – an experimental laboratory for innovations – which would disbalance the center. 

Today a periphery —
tomorrow (un)expectedly
in the center, turning places.

MitOst seems to love the periphery and strives for grassroots initiatives, organizations and rural areas. The answer as to why, might rely on the fact that MitOst strongly represents peripheral experiences and highlights non-mainstream practices.

Art exists in the communication between centers and peripheries. It rejects the center, and confirms the periphery. Using art and words can help us as a community, to describe these topographies and divisions. We as well can jointly find out the opportunities of the periphery.

MitMission invites you to both, but mainly – to an encounter with each other and Lindow.

Peripheries: Local Consultations in depth

Aligned with the thematic focus, MitMission takes place in Lindow (Mark), a small town in Brandenburg, Germany. MitMission sounds like “mitmischen” in German, i.e., “get involved”. It is exactly what our local partner Plattform Paradies e.V., invites you to do in the local cases consultations. Using examples from practical work on-site, you will dive deeper into the Lindow context and have the opportunity to test prototypes or support the colleagues from Plattform Paradies and other local initiatives with your experience.

How has MitOst been involved in
the topic of peripheries in the past?

While we are excited and look forward to the experience and knowledge you will bring in the Local Consultations, we invite you to take a look into the past and learn more about our long-standing involvement in working in peripheries.

Rural Inititiatives Workshop

As part of the Dialogue for Change, eight programs were implemented in Ukraine’s peripheral and central areas between 2016 and 2017. One of them is the Rural Initiatives Workshop. It aimed to support rural communities’ development through working with young people of school age. In addition, the program offered support in decision-making, developing ideas and taking responsibility for positive changes in their local environment. With the help of non-formal education methods, the program created favourable conditions to support the innovations of the rural youth in the form of social initiatives in the villages for the development of civic engagement

Tandem Regions for the Sustainability
of European Peripheries

With a network of cultural mediators in action, Tandem Regions connects place-makers and change-makers across Europe through innovative prototypes, which involve experimenting with new collaborative approaches and arrangements. From the end of 2021 to 2023, efforts have been involved in implementing 4 Local Prototypes (Portugal, Bulgaria, Italy, and Greece), forming cross-border constellations with other realities (Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands), and influencing policy.


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