The Holobiont Project is an art and culture initiative conceived from the realisation that creative and artistic ambitions and attempts between already existing contacts within the Nordic countries could greatly benefit from cross-pollination and international collaboration. In other words, it became apparent that many collegues have similar interests and are attempting similar projects and that a network between us would greatly increase our possibilities to achieve material and artistic ambitions through international mutual support.
The first stage of our project concerns formalising and developing the already loose network of people, groups and spaces that exist. We want to create a cross-Nordic network of art and cultural development that aims to lend material and creative strength to projects and remove them from their environment by exporting and importing ideas, exhibitions, analysis and perspectives. We are not interested in the mainstream art industry and market but rather in groups and individuals who are driven by a desire for creativity and innovation, cultural explorations and artistic adventures.
The development of this project is funded by the Nordic Culture Fund and made possible by the efforts of partners who are getting involved. We want to curate and produce exchanges in order to explore identity, local realities and alternative forms of creativity. Our main interests in relation to co-operation are artist run galleries and creativity created by the actors involved in its creation. Our work is focused on communality, equality and social and environmental sustainability.
As part of our exploration into local identities and realities in the Nordic countries we are looking into taking creativity out of its context in order to challenge and contrast it to better understand differences and similarities. This will be done by projects and individuals visiting each other in order to create events, presentations and workshops but also by exhibitions travelling between countries. We also want to bring meetings totally out of the Nordic context and are currently working on setting up spaces for this possibility in the Greek city of Athens, which offers a very different reality.