EAM, no-trivial

Online, Madrid

A laboratory of hearing, thinking and acting on cultural participation in education and educational involvement in culture.

Escuela de atención mutua, (School of mutual attention) is a place we open for meeting and exchanging knowledge and questions, building new and inventive bridges between the cultural ecosystem and the educational community.

We are collaborating with 15 cultural agents, coming from institutions such as Tabakalera Donosti, MNCARS, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Intermediae and Medialab Prado, mediators, scholars, teachers and artists building a compendium of cultural policies that will enable significant, sustainable and attentive collaborations between art institutions and schools.

Working in three groups, caring and relationships, the unforeseen and formats, we are now reaching the fourth stage of the workshop. Along with the questions and answers from the previous work sessions, we have created, in the online platform, a deck of cards for the non-trivial game.

Non-trivial stands for a device whose objective is to generate cultural and educational practices and policies from a playful perspective. A game that takes questioning as a trigger to project coherent possibilities on shared challenge.

To deepen hearing and attention processes, this tool takes the critical analysis of the participants' experiences and projects opening itself to curiosity, uncertainty and limitations as a starting point towards innovation. It creates a space to reflect upon our practices and doubts, learning from other experiences how to approach processes that we usually find ourselves immersed in, in a new way.


Escuela de atención mutua is a collaborative project created by hablarenarte and Sofía de Juan, with Medialab Prado, in the framework of Cultural Creative Spaces and Cities. Seven European cities and over twenty cultural and educational organisations are part of CCSC, a pilot programme for the analisys and proposal of grassroots cultural policies, supported by the European Comission. For two and a half years, citizen iniciatives and cultural spaces have been connected to local political agents, through participative processes aiming at identifying the artistic and cultural organisms that actively transform public spaces and cities. Learning from their practices, the goal is to propose a compendium of recomendations to be implemented by the EU.

From hablarenarte, we are working together with citizen and institutional cultural organisations that workwith participating education and with childhood as a political subject.

The participating international organisations are:

  • Trans Europe Halles (Sweden), European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), Peer2Peer Foundation (Holland and Greece), Universidad de Amberes - Prof. Pascal Gielen (Belgium)
  • Laboratorios Urbanos: City of Lund (Sweden), CoBoi (Spain), Region de Skåne (Sweden), Ambasada (Romania), CIKE (Slovakia), Kaapeli (Finland) y hablarenarte (Spain).

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