Romeo Gongora

« Commun Commune » [FR] (“Common Commune”)


Abstract: This presentation will explore the concept of common space developed through the Common Commune project. Inspired by Quebec utopias and the commune culture of the 1970s, this project consisted of life in a commune, in June 2015, in order to “rethink the world through creation.” Motivated by the desire to create a space for collective exchange and authentic human relations, the commune developed activities meant to help “leave the paths traced by our logical/production-oriented society and rethink our social structures, experiment art in a collective and communitarian way, take on the risk of living an experience of personal and collective growth, enter in profound connection with the environment and the contact of the other.” We will examine how this experience attempted to reconfigure the common through the introduction of a non-violent communication method (Marshall Rosenberg), a sociocratic mode of decision-making, opening a space for the experiential and the elaboration of an unexpected life experience.


Bio: Romeo Gongora (Canada/Guatemala) is a visual artist. He completed a Master’s in Media Arts at UQÀM in 2005. He has received many grants and presented his projects notably at the Kin Art Studio (Kinshasa), HISK (Ghent), CAC (Lagos), The Office (Berlin) and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal. He was recently invited to work at the Récollets (Paris), the Centro de la Imagen (Mexico) and the Neumünster Cultural Center (Luxemburg). In 2007, he began a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam) and, in 2009, represented Canada at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin). “I consider myself to be a researcher: my purpose is not an art object, but a research project that materializes in a trans-disciplinary form (performance, encounters, writings, installations, etc.). Thus putting the emphasis on the process rather than the final product, my work makes use of dialogue, empathy and trust as a production strategy. This procedure implies a period of research in close collaboration with various communities. The result is an in situ work of deep emotional intensity that seeks to analyze the socio-psychological constructions of a physical and mental environment.”