The first six seminars of the Glossary of Common Knowledge were organised during a five-year research project run by Moderna galerija (MG+MSUM) within the framework of the broader European project Uses of Art - the Legacy of 1848 and 1989 by the European confederation L'Internationale which concluded in 2017. In 2018, an extended confederation commence another four-year research programme Our Many Europes. Europe's Critical 90s and the Constituent Museum, organising another series of four seminars repeating the referential fields and readdressing the issues they concern. Terms for the GCK were contributed by narrators chosen by L'internationale partners and by global family of the world of art.
L’Internationale proposes a space for art within a non-hierarchical and decentralised internationalism, based on the values of difference and horizontal exchanges among a constellation of cultural agents, locally rooted and globally connected. The confederation takes its name from the workers’ anthem “L’Internationale”, which calls for an equitable and democratic society with reference to the historical labour movement.
During Uses of Art programme the confederation comprised of six major European museums:
- Moderna galerija (MG+MSUM, Ljubljana, Slovenia);
- Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS, Madrid, Spain);
- Museu d’art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA, Barcelona, Spain);
- Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium);
- SALT (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey);
- Van Abbemuseum (VAM, Eindhoven, the Netherlands).
Joined by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw for the Our Many Europes. Europe's Critical 90s and the Constituent Museum programme.
Uses of Art programme was supported by complementary partners:
- Grizedale Arts (GA, Coniston, United Kingdom);
- Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU/LSAD, Liverpool, United Kingdom);
- Stiftung Universität Hildesheim (UH, Hildesheim, Germany);
- University College Ghent School of Arts (KASK, Ghent, Belgium).
Our Many Europes programme is supported by complementary partners:
- Valand Academy (Gothenburg, Sweden);
- National College of Art and Design (NCAD, Dublin, Ireland).
The ethics of L’Internationale are based on the values of difference and antagonism, solidarity and commonality. L’Internationale also serves as an apparatus for making visible the standardisation of individual and collective beings, and defends the critical imagination of art as a catalyst in times of crisis for concepts of the civic institution, citizenship and democracy. L’Internationale declares that art and its institutions have the power to question and challenge their own specific systems, as well as the formal structures of institutions in general, and to be an appropriate platform for the discussion of a renewed social contract. It intends to rehearse new protocols and provide decentred models that transcend the bureaucratic and self-referential structure of cultural institutions. L’Internationale represents a new internationalist model for heritage today, challenging traditional notions of exclusiveness, closure and property. It defends a concept of common heritage that is based on interconnected archives and collections, and it brings together those who view legacy as an active tool in the processes of individual and collective emancipation. While anchored in Europe, L’Internationale is connected with different parts of the world by a shared sense of urgency with regards certain common questions. One of these urgent questions concerns the possibilities of participation in the global exchange of ideas from any given space. Thus, L’Internationale challenges the way globalising art institutions replicate the structures of multinational powers and the streamlined, centralised distribution of knowledge.