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"It's not the story of the battle\; it's the battle of the story!"
Patrick Reinsborough
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In the last few years we have witnessed how the corrosion of the three main modes of so cial imaginary that defined modernity – the market economy\, the public sph ere\, and the self-government of citizens – has reached a critical point. A s a result\, the increasing number of people in different fields\, social s cientists\, artists\, public intellectuals\, and activists are calling for rethinking and reinventing social change. Such voices\, however\, are too o ften fragmented in their respective boundaries\, and\, consequently\, they have not yet been able to articulate a compelling alternative metanarrative that the public would identify with and which would thus result in a major positive change.

The project Cartographies of Hope: Chan ge Narratives was born out of the sense of urgency and the effort to address this situation. It seeks to bring attention to this condition and t o call for joint effort to identify alternatives we can agree. The premise of the project is that narratives of social imaginary play a key role in ge nerating positive changes. Social change is always seen as a certain story\ , which then becomes an important driver of the change itself. This double function of reflection and agency constitutes a methodological core of the project. 
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The last couple of decades have be en characterized by the dominant influence of neo-liberal ideology\, notabl y by its narrative about the market mechanisms as natural principles penetr ating all fields of social life\, including education\, healthcare\, scienc e\, and art. The result is rising inequality\, thinning social cohesion\, a nd the fragmentation of polity. In this situation\, to simply critique and historicize the neo-liberal system is not enough. We need to connect altern ative narratives into a coherent whole –  a metanarrative that would provid e us with a sufficient social cohesion
on one hand and openness and h ope on the other. The project Cartographies of Hope: Change Narratives< /em> comprises of an exhibition\, two conferences\, workshops\, and discuss ions. Its objective is to map different narratives of social imaginary and to start connecting them to a coherent bigger story\,  as well as to develo p networks and shared databases of individuals and institutions associated with those narratives on local and international levels. The exhibition is organized in several sections and subsections that represent diverse narrat ives of change\, while their sum and sequence indicate a larger picture tha t may inspire thinking about a new metanarrative:

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1.  Multitude of social change (local and global\, fast and slow\, generational and inter-personal)

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2.  Crises (ecologial\, financial and economic\, political\, moral)

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3.  Disrespect and pro test (forms of disrespect: injustice\, inequality\, unfreedom\, forms of pr otest\, protest movements)

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4.  Social imagination (solidarity and p articipation\, moral and political dimensions of economy\, global respect a nd justice\, humanity and nature)

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The proj ect is organized by the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague
in collaboration with the following partners: the Centre for Global Studies in Prague\, the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences \,
the Council for Foreign Relations\, Prague. Representatives of var ious NGOs
and social movements from the Czech Republic and abroad wil l also participate in the project.

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DTEND:20130221 DTSTAMP:20140919T234653 DTSTART:20121122 GEO:50.1067812;14.4470411 LOCATION:DOX Center for Contemporary Art\,Poupětova 1 \nPrague 7\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Cartographies Of Hope: Change Narratives \, Daniel García Andújar\, Kader Attia\, Eva Bakkeslett\, Kitchen Budapest\, Matthew Connors\, Teddy Cruz\, Amy Franceschini\, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg\, Ingo Günther\, Fran Il ich\, Michael Joaquin Grey\, Toril Johannessen\, OS Kantine\, Krištof Kinte ra\, Kultivator\, Suzanne Lacy\, Steve Lambert\, The Yes Men\, Lize Mogel\, Naeem Mohaiemen\, Christian Nold\, Nils Norman\, Terreform ONE\, Morgan Pu ett\, Daniel Latorre and Natalia Radywyl\, Oliver Ressler\, Michael Bielick y & Kamilla B. Richter\, Sascha Pohflepp and Karsten Schmidt\, Abu Bakr Sha wky\, Superflex\, Krzysztof Wodiczko\, Ztohoven UID:248481 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR