The European Virtual Congress Let's Be Radicals ´21 will take place in virtual format for all participants. However, the physical headquarters in Baeza, Spain will be maintained. The virtual mode is the form of total participation without the need to complete anything in person. Attending through the Baeza office provides the relationship aspects that we usually have in this form of meeting. Therefore, everyone will be able to attend virtually and comply with everything necessary, leaving face-to-face assistance as a voluntary choice if desired and possible. For everything, the dates will be three days: July 6, 7 and 8, 2021 because both the virtual congress and the Baeza headquarters will be shared spaces.
What do we understand by being radical
If we have solutions, our intention is not to dictate them. If we have answers, our intention is not to impose them. We want to be radical in the way we make actions. Art education blurs and vanish when we forget that its core is the artistic action. In educational contexts , we have to often turned artistic practice into an adjective. Other times we transformed it in a goal or any other complement. Artistic practice is educational per se. The artistic action serves on the same dish the content and the form in which content is shaped; and that’s why its action is doubly effective.
What we propose, being radicals, is to bring artistic action to the foreground. We don't want to talk about art or art education, we want to make it. Through the process of making; the process is internalized and we are credible if what we are claiming for is what we carry inside us.
Because of all this, the axis of the congress is the format of the participation: let's not talk about art education using scholastic ways do communication, let's share by doing it. In this way the participation and the organizational structure of the congress, are articulated around action as theoretical development.
The central theme of the congress is, therefore, the same: the action is always iniciated with a starting point. Plenary sessions are actions that reflectively develop a concept, but always based on the action. Presentations will be real actions or graphic, videographic or audio evidence of actions.
At the end of the congress, the closing sessions will engage participants in collective dialogue and reflection. Other sub-themes of the congress will be all those we always bring, no matter what is proposed. Our social commitments, the nature, the technologies. Through art everything is connected, consequently, every theme can be important.
Therefore, the invitation to participate in this congress is a call to bring our experiences of art and education or artistic education through our own experience of art or education.