To diversify dialogue and debate in society.
Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa
Freedom of expression is the main measure of openness in a society, but globally the space for free expression is shrinking, which in turn reduces the diversity and independence of makers, media, content, channels and audiences.
Art and media have the power to question dominant structures in society, propose alternatives and bring about change. So R.O.O.M supports the creative work of a new generation of artists, makers, musicians and critical content producers around the world who strive for openness and lead the resistance to shrinking civic space. R.O.O.M. provides funding for new audiovisual artworks and safe online/offline environments for makers. Its funding also supports research into the power of art and the creation of accelerator toolkits for creative hubs. Together with the CSE program, R.O.O.M. co-organizes African Crossroads, an annual retreat where future-oriented thinkers and doers meet to exchange knowledge, and the research fellowship Digital Earth for artists who investigate our current technological reality.