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CERFI: Collective Equipment and Institutional Programming

Principal Investigator: Dr Godofredo Pereira

Project Team: Susana Caló  (co-investigator)

Partners: Revue Recherches; Arts Catalyst, London; DPR Barcelona

This project will develop the first account of the work produced by the research collective CERFI (Centre d'Études de Recherche et de Formation Institutionnelle). Active between 1967 and 1987, CERFI was a multidisciplinary research collective concerned with the programming of local collectivities, organisations of cultural activity and social institutions, referred to as 'collective equipment'. Under the heading of 'institutional programming,' its ambition was to convert institutional processes into mechanisms of empowerment. Thus far, CERFI's concrete interventions have never been systematically investigated; its work remains largely unknown both in France and abroad.

This research project addresses this gap in knowledge by providing the first comprehensive review of CERFI, with a focus on its holistic approach to the programming of 'collective equipment', and an assessment of the impact of CERFI's methodologies.

The research will be carried out in institutional archives containing material on CERFI, mostly of IMEC, Revue Recherches and Archives Nationales in France, but also personal archives of former members and persons involved with the CERFI. It will also involve conducting interviews and collect oral histories on the interventions of CERFI with both its members and end-users. The project team have established collaborations with third sector organisations, including the Social Cooperative La Collina, Conferenzia Basaglia and Department of Mental Health Gorizia (Italy), Lacol and Escola Arcadia (Spain), and St Ann's Redevelopment Trust (UK). These will be engaged through focus groups hosted by Arts Catalyst, London. 

The project is working in partnership with the editorial platform DPR Barcelona to publish the first monograph ever to review CERFI's work, across its theoretical, methodological and practical dimensions. The project will also develop a diverse programme of public events in partnership with Arts Catalyst, alongside a website.

This project sits within the Architecture & Social Movements Research Group.

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