Do you feel European? Does Mr O’Keeffe in Ireland feel more or less European than Mrs Stylianou in Cyprus? And if so, why? What is the idea behind Europe and do Europeans feel included? Do Europeans trust their leaders? Maybe there are as many different answers on these questions citizens in Europe.
The United States of Europe (U.S.E) project presents various reflections on those questions through four dimensions:
- 1. Artists interpretations. Curators and artists and been invited to give their interpretations on European identity through photos, multimedia, video and other installations.
- 2. Sociological studies. 50 people from 10 different countries countries have been interviewed. The result is video-recorded interviews that give comparable results of a potential belonging to a European entity.
- 3. An interactive laboratory. This is a place at the exhibition where the artistic and sociological parts are combined. It’s a creative environment for real-time exchange about Europe today.
- 4. A series of debates. Several aspects will be discussed, for example “What does it mean to be European and how is contemporary art dealing or not with that question?” and “Europe, its politicians and the people – about confidence and commitment today”.
Between November 14 2011 and April 30 2013 the exhibition will take place in Poland, Finland, Lithuania, Portugal, Cyprus, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Ireland and Belgium.
The Partner Consortium
United States of Europe?
The “United States of Europe” is a name given to multiple, though similar, hypothetical scenarios that envision Europe as a single nation or a single federation of states similar to the United States of America. European unification has been projected by writers of speculative fiction, political scientists, politicians, geographers, historians and futurologists. Moreover, the concept of the United States of Europe has been evoked by many high-profile historical figures, such as Napoleon Bonaparte, the Marquis de Lafayette, Winston Churchill, Tadeusz Kościuszko and Victor Hugo. In an 1849 speech, Hugo said: “A day will come when all nations on our continent will form a European brotherhood. ... A day will come when we shall see ... the United States of America and the United States of Europe face to face, reaching out for each other across the seas.”
U.S.E. presented in Ravenna
From May 9 - 25 2014 / Monday to Friday 4-7 pm Saturday and Sunday 10 - 7 pm
Ravenna, Palazzo Rasponi dalle Teste, Piazza Kennedy
Artists: Luchezar Boyadjiev, Anna Konik, Kyriaki Costa, Maria Lusitano-Santos, Apostolis Polymeris