The project

Risk Change (2016-2020) is an interdisciplinary art-science-education-technology project, connecting European and trans European multicultural creative communities and migration phenomena.

Partners of the project are European institutions, private and governmental, from Western and Eastern European countries: University of Athens/EL, FOPSIM Zejtun/MT, ZINC Marseille/FR, ACAX Budapest/HU, RICX Riga/LV, MMSU Rijeka/HR, MSU Novi Sad/SRB, Takomat Cologne/Germany, X-OP Maribor/SI and KIBLA Maribor/SI. Beside the organising partners, there are 25 European associated partners and 7 partners outside of Europe.

Risk Change aims to research, think, create, speak and integrate social and cultural diversity related to contemporary migrations and continuous social and cultural change in 21st Century.

Europe faces major structural challenges – globalization, migration, poverty and an aging population. The economic downturn has made these issues even more pressing. The gap between art, culture, science, technology, economy, politics planners and wider society has been shown to still exist, although surveys reveal a very positive and optimistic perception of what science and technology can actually do for humanity in terms of improvement of life quality, survival strategies, medical research and opportunities for future generations. A better understanding of what is going on in contemporary environment and society can be achieved by sharing knowledge, opening closed scientific circles and isolated decision-making institutions, and displaying complex problems to public and engaging audiences in creative ways.

The president of Slovenia, Mr. Borut Pahor, is an honorary patron of the project Risk Change.

The first larger-scale exhibition in a frame of the Risk Change project, entitled MIG21: Migratory Interdisciplinary Grid 21, took place in Maribor, Slovenia, at the exhibition place KIBLA PORTAL.

Why Risk Change?

Risk is a child’s game. It is about conquering as many countries and continents globally as you can. By attacking co-players’ territory a player causes an effect. Hostile pushes will result in forced movement, causing forced migrations. Risk Change is alluding to people who must take a risk of change for the best. Riskis a word for migrantsand changeis a word for settled inhabitants/non-migrants.

Two conflicting sides mirroring intolerance, stereotypes, prejudices, social fear, mislead visions of a better life, social networking, information as a weapon, human exploitation, slavery, paedophilia, prostitution, mobility, transportation, detention…a being is publicly presented as an overrated value.

Art media are not limited, nevertheless the aim is:

  • classical media
  • digital media
  • to connect classical and digital media
  • to develope interdisciplinary art
  • to include community engaging production
  • to encourage trans-disciplinary practices; artists working outside the limits of their own discipline, expanding toward the open field of contemporary society
  • to test social, humanistic and life sciences
  • to explore old and new technologies
  • to envision sustainable future scenarios with regards to food and energy
  • to reflect migration social issues and contemporary politics
  • to question human empathy, tolerance, friendship, solidarity and collaboration
  • to challenge a society forward into more promising directions

Targets of collaborators:

  • artists
  • thinkers, philosophers, writers, storytellers
  • hackers, engineers, game designers, coders
  • scientists and experts: from ICT and new technologies, formal sciences (statistics, game theory, linguistics), life sciences, social sciences (anthropology, sociology, humanities, economics, psychology, human geography), applied sciences (environmental technology, applied engineering, forensic science, food science)
  • migrant organisations helping and supporting migrants (social, cultural, scientific etc), social workers, policy makers, different NGO’s, migrant communities and institutions

 Project RISK CHANGE (2016–2020) is co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union. The project is also supported by the Municipality of Maribor and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia