Communitism is an open community of creative professionals experiencing practices of commoning at Keramikou 28 in Metaxourghio, Athens. Communitism revives abandoned or under-utilised cultural heritage buildings – transitioning them into cultural commons entrusted and operated by active communities by building a cooperative relationship between owners and community members. Communitism calls for building owners (public or private) and communities to share the responsibility for maintaining and preserving cultural heritage.
They are based on principles of sharing spaces, means of production, skills and time through practices of cooperation, solidarity and mutualism. Inspired by civic use principles they grant accessibility, usability, fairness, inclusiveness and common decision-making processes in the use and care of spaces.
Communitism rejects any form of fascism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism through active policies of inclusion and respect for differences.
What makes your organisation unique?
The uniqueness of the organisation lies in the social experiment that is being performed in the specific socio-economic circumstances for the first time. A society that has lost collective memory in commoning, is being called to consciously cooperate towards a specific goal: The revival of an abandoned cultural heritage building in Athens. The process has attracted people with diverse cultural backgrounds and needs. Together they reverse the damaging factors that have caused decay in the building by keeping it in use, in collaboration with numerous communities of the local creative ecosystem. This exchange is producing rich outcomes on self-regulation dynamics developed within the organisation. The sustainability of the experiment is a measuring factor, as well as the establishment of common ethics. The state of maintenance of the building is a mirror of the community residing in it.
What TEH activities is the centre a part of?
Small Concert hall (audience capacity: less than 300), Outdoor stage, Multifunction Hall, Art Gallery, Meeting Room, Workshop room, Artists Studio, Rehearsal or Practice Room, Cinema, Artistic Residency Accommodation, Co-working Space, Maker Space, Arts / Creative / Business / Social Incubator, Community Areas, Multi-purpose Space, Courtyard
Research, Production, Exhibition and Programming, Mediation
Fashion, Music, Visual Arts, Crafts, Architecture and Urbanism, Art residencies, Community and Relational Arts, Democratic and civil society development, Entrepreneurship