The winner of the Self-Sustaining Creative Economy Award is FREEDOM COOP. The legal tool for the integral revolution, a project by FairCoop.
The call for entries for this award was launched by the artists Núria Güell and Levi Orta, in the context of the exhibition Triggering imbalance organized at Arts Santa Mònica (May-July 2015) as part of the exhibition cycle Shots in the Middle of the Concert and is part of their workplace project at FLACC, with the aim of promoting the values of artistic creation and extending them into the sphere of social utility. In the context of their project Degenerated political Art, the Patrons Debt they created a call for entries for the Self-Sustaining Creative Economy Award open to European proposals, with an award of 9,500 euros to be put towards implementing the winning project.
As an artistic project, this call for entries was in conjuction with the Fundació Banc Sabadell, FLACC and Arts Santa Mònica. A total of fifteen entries for European projects were presented in response to the call.
The winning project, following a unanimous decision by the panel,
for the Self-Sustaining Creative Economy Award is:
The FairCoop legal tool for the integral revolution
The Freedom Coop project is an innovative European legal tool intended to provide freedom of operations from economic and financial controls. It aims to foster fairer social relationships and sustainable development through disobedience and self-management.
FREEDOM COOP aims to create social change through three different areas of intervention:
- A legal tool for social and community movements: FREEDOM COOP’s VAT number
- The spread of economic disobedience all over Europe
- An alternative to banking for the sake of complete autonomy
The panel for the Self-Sustaining Creative Economy Award, which met on 7 January 2016, was formed by Luuk Nouwen (artistic director of FLACC, Genk, Belgium), Jaume Reus (director of Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona), Núria Güell and Levi Orta (the artists who created the award) and Dídac S. Costa (ecosociologist and specialist in alternative economy)
With the aim of promoting the values of artistic creation and extending them into the sphere of social utility, the artists Núria Güell and Levi Orta launched the call for entries for the Self-Sustaining Creative Economy Award, with a prize of 9,500 euros to go toward implementing the winning project.
A self-sustaining creative economy project is taken to mean any initiative, not necessarily artist-conceived, that harnesses artistic creativity for an economic purpose and has social applications.
FairCoop is an open cooperative on a global scale which is self-organized via the Internet, operating outside the boundaries and control of nation-states. Its aim is to make the transition toward a new world, by reducing the economic and social inequalities among human beings as much as possible, while gradually contributing to a new global wealth accessible to all humankind in the form of the commons.
FairCoop believes that the transformation to a fairer monetary system is a crucial element along that road. That is why it promotes the cryptocurrency Faircoin as the foundation for its efforts toward the redistribution of resources and the construction of a new global economic system.
For more information: https://fair.coop
The call for entries for this award was sponsored by Fundació Banc Sabadell, Arts Santa Mònica and FLACC.