Converging sites involves (1) contemporary artists that will collaborate with local specialists and communities, in employing methods from (2) heritage studies (mainly archaeology and folklore) to explore (3) the respective roles of landscape and narrative in the constructing of local histories and identities, specifically in the wider regions of Veszprém, Hungary and Leeuwarden, Fryslan, The Netherlands. Converging sites explores the regional landscape, historical artefacts and concepts of cultural and immaterial heritage through artistic research and community involvement. We aim for a lasting impact on participants and audiences in both regions, through actively involving local communities, stimulating cultural exchange and creating opportunities for emerging artists.
The project is initiated and led by curator Arda van Tiggelen (NL) and archaeologist Tamas Petervary (HU) and involves a long term collaboration between them, contemporary art initiative Stichting VHDG in Leeuwarden, the museum for cultural heritage Laczko Dezso Museum in Veszprem. Archeologische Steunpunten Fryslân and other local organisations will be involved as well. Converging sites takes place within the context of Veszprem European Capital of Culture 2023; the collaboration has been established in 2019 through the Tandem Cultural Capitals programme by Tandem for Culture, an initiative of the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and MitOst (Berlin).
Tandem is a cultural collaboration programme that strengthens civil society in Europe and neighbouring regions.