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Mladi Levi International Festival 2015

'not all who wander are lost'

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Network Member
Bunker
Artist
Benjamin Verdonck
Discipline
Theatre & Visual Arts
Location
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The forthcoming program emanates a new sort of courage and optimism, as if the theatre is once again returning back to the colossal themes and majestic dramas, to passion, to the characters constituting the Greek divine pantheon, to the partisan art and to the most exquisite of all mechanisms of mental distancing: humour. The engagement is still equally there, but it seems as if the artists are once again reclaiming their space to create and thus co-create a better world, to immerse in philosophy and in the profound contemplations. As if the newly emerging struggle is self-exclusion from the dynamics of rapid changes, from constant alterations, from the deafening circle of novelties and for a return to in-depth reflection and aesthetics.

 

Emanating from the motives of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, the opening performance by the Brazilian theatre team guided by the director Christiane Jatahy, What if they went to Moscow?, revives Chekhov’s play with the fusion of Russian and Brazilian passion.

 

The Mladi levi will host Benjamin Verdonck for the second time. Nine years ago he mesmerized the audience and theatre critics with his performance wewilllivestorm. His projects are a blend of theatre, performance, visual art and poetry; he is also fascinated by other modes of work – those that allow for an alternative kind of creative event, evading constant hyper-production and rapid touring performances. For example, he spent the whole of 2009 in Antwerp, carrying out an artistic action almost every day as part of the CALENDAR project.

Verdonck is coming to Ljubljana with the miniature performance one more thing and the performance notallwhowanderarelost, which borrows its enigmatic title from Tolkien’s poem.

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Wunderbaum – DIY weekend

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Network Member
Rotterdamse schouwburg
Artist
Wunderbaum
Discipline
Theatre & film
Location
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

DIY-weekend Rotterdam

After a hot summerholiday, we return to our illustrious participation society. But how self-sufficient are we?

Wunderbaum, Het Tussenuur, LOKAAL, het Instituut voor Publieke Waarden and the Rotterdamse Schouwburg soften and disrupt these transition with a spectacular Do-It-Yourself-Weekend. Meet active citizens and politicians in an interactive workshops, follow a masterclass democratic renewal or get carried away during an audio guided tour through Rotterdam by a world in which the Government no longer exists. And don’t forget the new theatre play of Wunderbaum: We doen het wel zelf, a Punk-like investigation of the participation society.

Programme

Saturday 5 september

18:30 Workshop Reclaim The Public!

20:15 Performance We Doen Het Wel Zelf (Wunderbaum)

 

Sunday 6 september

11:30     Audiotour We-doen-het-wel-zelf

12:45     parallel session (take your pick)

Audiotour We-doen-het-wel-zelf

Workshop Reclaim The Public!

Masterclass Democratische Vernieuwing

14:30 Performance We Doen Het Wel Zelf (Wunderbaum)

16:30 Afternoon Afterparty (drinks & live music)

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Lab de Chamarande

Network Member
COAL

The Domaine départemental de Chamarande and COAL invite you to celebrate the art of science at the opening of the first laboratory for reliable culture.

 

This day of discovery is part of the program Fête de la Science 2015. The Domaine de Chamarande and COAL work with scientists and innovators from the environmental field to explore and react together on the big questions of our future world.

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A New Era

SCIENCES AND ARTS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE

Network Member
COAL
Artist
Pascale Marthine Tayou; Otobong Nkanga
Discipline
Visual arts & lectures
Location
FIAC, Paris, France

FIAC is holding three round-table talks on the theme “A New Era: sciences and arts of the Anthropocene” in association with the National Museum of Natural History and COAL association (Coalition for Art and sustainable development).

 

Each round-table talk presents a dialogue between an artist, a scientist from the Museum and a philosopher, related to the theme of the potential interactions between art, science, and political activism.

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ArtCOP21 Conference of Creative Parties

COAL

To truly meet the climate challenge we need to get creative.

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Network Member
COAL
Location
Gaîté lyrique, Paris, France

To truly meet the climate challenge we need to get creative. Climate change is often seen through a policy or scientific lens, and solutions are discussed only in behind the closed doors of political offices, boardrooms and negotiating halls. ArtCop21, launched ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris, aims to challenge those tropes. What is required is the active engagement of citizens worldwide in the urgency, value and opportunities of a transition away from fossil fuels and the embracing of a greener, sustainable future economy.

 

The Conference of the Creative Parties, proposed by COAL and the Gaîté lyrique, is a series of daily public talks built on imagination, creativity and collaboration to build and invent a new response to the climate challenge. From the 1st – 11th December 2015 over 60 inspiring and eloquent creatives, artists, architects, scientists and thinkers will come together for round-table conversations, debates and artistic performances addressing the climate challenge. Themes explored will include collective intelligence and digital climate service, deconstruction and clarification of language to rethink the climate and ecological crisis, provide practical cultural responses, citizen mobilization through culture, new models for the commons and reflection on UN negotiation models.

 

Alternating each afternoon between panel talks and one-to-one interviews with an international artist, these conversations focus their sights on a manifesto for the world of tomorrow. Shared internationally for signature, this worldwide statement will unite the global population in an inspiring, creative and viable ways to uphold the resolutions of Cop21.

BREAKING THE SURFACE

Part of Installations COP21

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
MICHAEL PINSKY
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
Park of La Villette, Paris, France
Commissioned
A project co-produced by La Villette and COAL and Imagine 2020 - Creative Europe for ArtCOP21

Echoing COP21, La Villette and ArtCOP21 invited Michael Pinsky to invest the Ourcq Canal with the work "Breaking the surface", composed of forty floating parts, either side of the 2 banks.

 

The Paris canal, historical and sustainable transport routes in essence, are a place of exchange and key resource in our history. But this ecosystem is very sensitive to climate, is also often the receptacle of waste thrown by residents. Invisible discharge that conceals our overflow of objects in its backwaters. 

Using a team of divers and service channels in Paris, Michael Pinsky went to get into the deep waters of oblivion, domestic wrecks, whose community has cleared for exposing them to the surface. 

Confronting society with its waste production, artist Michael Pinsky gave life and highlighted on the surface of the channel: bicycle, container, shopping carts, signs, both strange and familiar.

 



The installation was accompanied by a soundtrack made from these metal objects out of the water. The public was invited to download it to their phone and listen close to the work. The sound objects used as veritable instruments, causes a wave of vibration that resonates in the body of spectators. This sound musical score is created in workshops with groups of adolescents living near the park and, as part of the mediation process initiated by La Villette. 

The work had a positive effect on the environment by cleaning the canal in full sight of passers arraigned. 

With this poetic and educational work, Michael Pinsky raises questions about the consequences of a gesture "banal", the cast, reproduced throughout society.


 

ArtCOP21 Cultural Agenda

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Artist
COAL
Discipline
Online

Conceived as a platform to stimulate and encourage artists and other creatives to respond to climate issues, ArtCOP21 showcases the best cultural initiatives at COP21.

 

In total, 550 major events;  installations, plays, exhibitions, concerts, performances, talks, conferences, workshops, family events and screenings – plus a whole range of people power gatherings and demonstrations – took place right across Paris and in 54 total countries worldwide and were inscribed to the ArtCOP21 cultural agenda. All these events highlighted the need for governments meeting in Paris to support strong climate action and signal the end of the fossil fuel era – making climate change a people issue, not one to be left solely to the politicians.

 

www.artcop21.com

THE ANTARCTICA WORLD PASSPORT DELIVERY BUREAU

Part of Installations COP21

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
LUCY + JORGE ORTA
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
Grand Palais, Paris, France

As part of COP21 at the Grand Palais and in co-production with COAL, Lucy + Jorge Orta imagined a monumental Passports Bureau. Each visitor was be issued a passport and was invited to sign a commitment charter for the protection of the environment and the future of the human race.

 

This work highlights the urgent need to consider the human dignity of people suffering as a consequence of climate change. The Antarctica World Passport is designed to encourage citizens across the globe, to become members of the Antarctica World Community, and to join a platform, which will bring people together to tackle human and environmental issues on a global scale.

Inside Paris’s famous Grand Palais and during the COP21 climate summit, Lucy + Jorge Orta created a new Antarctica World Passport Bureau, where they delivered thousands of passports. Visitors have been issued with an Antarctica World Passport, in exchange for a commitment to join a community dedicated to the safeguard of the environment and for the future benefit of human beings.
With more than 50,000 passports already circulating, the passport is a tool to unite citizens, to fight against climate change and to speak out for peace. 

On receipt of their passport, the Antarctica World Citizen pledges their support to:



 

- To act in favour of sustainable development through simple, daily acts.


- To defend natural environments under threat, as a global public resource.


- To fight against climate change generated by human activity.


- To support humanitarian actions aiding displaced peoples of the world.


- To share values of peace and equality.



 

Antarctica is a symbol of the unification of world citizens. The continent’s immaculate environment embodies all the wishes of humanity and spreads a message of hope to future generations. Since the first Antarctica World Passport was printed in 2007, it has brought together thousands of citizens from around the world, to respond to these global challenges we are facing.



 

http://www.antarcticaworldpassport.com

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Friendly Takeover at Kampnagel, Hamburg

Summer Camp for pupils

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Network Member
kampnagel
Discipline
workshops
Location
Hamburg, Germany

During July the Kampnagel complex is usually abandoned; but why leave the doors closed? Since 2014 Kampnagel offers pupils to do a Friendly Takeover during the summer holidays in July. The Kampnagel summer camp brings together pupils of different ages and social backgrounds to work together with international artists. The fee for the participation is low; thus also and especially children with difficult social backgrounds who cannot go on holidays during summer are addressed.

This year pupils could take part in workshops comic-writing, up cycling fashion and voguing, longboard/cruiser selfmade, video and film.

COAL Prize Art and Environment 2015

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
Alex Hartley, Collective Disaster, FICTILIS, Julie Navarro, Livin Studio (Katharina Unger et Julia K
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France

The COAL Prize Art and Environment rewards each year a project by a contemporary artist involved in environmental issues. Its goals are to promote and support the vital role which art and creation play in raising awareness, supporting concrete solutions and encouraging a culture of ecology. The winner is selected out of ten short-listed entries by a jury of well-known specialists in art, research, ecology and sustainable development

 

In 2015, from November 30 to December 10, France hosted the 21th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21). The COP21 was a key international meeting to negotiate an international agreement to fight climate change. Its goal was to engage all countries through a universal binding climate agreement to contain global warming to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100.

 

The special 2015 edition of the COAL Prize Art and Environment seized the opportunity of COP21 to open the doors to the wider public and show the political players that there are alternative ways to comprehend the complexity of the climate challenge; to achieve a sustainable cultural shift inspired by creativity and innovation.

 

This sixth edition of the COAL Prize Art and Environment was part of ArtCOP21: an exceptional cultural festival initiated by COAL that took place in France during COP21. ArtCOP21 is an unprecedented collaboration of cultural actors who are keen to instigate an ecological transition towards a healthier environment- through arts and culture. The mission of ArtCOP21 was to engage the wider public in creating a positive vision for a sustainable future.

 

On September 17 2015 at Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Alex Hartley was awarded the COAL Prize 2015 for his project "Nowhere" and Elsa Guillaume was awarded the special "Oceans" COAL Prize for her project "Cosmographie corallienne".

Artistic Residency – Luka Tomac

Luka Tomac

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Network Member
Domino
Artist
Luka Tomac
Discipline
visual arts; photography
Location
Zagreb, Croatia

Luka Tomac, photographer, environmental activist and adventurist, was born in 1986 in Zagreb, Croatia, where he currently works and studies agricultural ecology.

For the last 6 years he has been following both Croatian and international environmental and climate movements. He has participated in several United Nations Climate Change summits worldwide, held many lectures and organized expeditions in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.

Beside wildlife photography, the main themes in his focus include social, environmental and climate justice.

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The 3 Ecologies Festival

Various artists

The program will look into the personal and social values that support potential routes beyond consumerism and exploitation.

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Network Member
EGEAC
Artist
Various
Discipline
Lectures, debates, performances, workshops etc
Location
Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal
Commissioned
Curated by: Liliana Coutinho, Mark Deputter and Vera Mantero

The transition towards an ecological and social sustainability implies the acknowledgement of the intimate connection between three fields of experience: the human subjectivity, the social relationships and the environment and nature. The intertwinement between these three ecological spheres is the trigger of a program of artistic proposals, debates, workshops and meetings, focused on the possibilities of personal commitment to shape the context of our collective and institutional behaviour.
The program will look into the personal and social values that support potential routes beyond consumerism and exploitation. The aim is to encourage imaginary and revealing practices that are able to help us understand that to take care of ourselves, to take care of the other and to take care of the world are reciprocal gestures.

 

FILM and DISCUSSION  8 March → 6:30pm
The Century of the Self – Part 1 of Adam Curtis
followed by a discussion with GABRIELA MOITA (PT), Psychologist
Talk with the psychologist Gabriela Moita, based on the screening of the movie The Century of the Self – Happiness Machines. The discussion will centre itself in the way the corporate and political world used the Freudian theory of desire and human drive to create the individual of consumerist society.

 

WORKSHOP  12 March 2016 → 10:00am to 6:30pm
Practices of Inner Transition. Permaculture from the Inside to the Outside
FILIPA SANTOS (PT), Head of Education for Sustainability at Biovilla

This seminar explores the ecological being in their individual, communal and global dimensions, resorting to the principles of permaculture for the construction of a shared community working for a sustainable future. Permaculture will be approached as an art of caring for people – for each one of us, and for us among others.

 

LECTURE  15 March → 6:30pm
Towards an Ecological Policy
CATHERINE LARRÈRE (FR), Foundation for Political Ecology’s president

In what way can large scale public policies promote local action, facilitating processes of change for a sustainable and engaged society? To approach this question we have invited Catherine Larrère, chairperson of the Fondation de l’Écologie Politique, in Paris.

 

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Mental

The Vacuum Cleaner

“This essential show is a fascinating, stigma-smashing experience” The Scotsman

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Network Member
EGEAC
Artist
The Vacuum Cleaner
Discipline
Arts activist; performance
Location
Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal

the vacuum cleaner is an artist and activist working with intervention based performances, videos and online with a focus on mental health, consumerism, and climate change. With Mental he presents an autobiographical performance told through his psychiatric records, police intelligence files and corporate injunctions collected through the Data Protection Act.  

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The Clean and the Dirty

Vera Mantero

O Limpo e o Sujo

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Network Member
EGEAC
Artist
Vera Mantero
Discipline
Dance
Location
Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal
Commissioned
Teatro Maria Matos

With O Limpo e o Sujo [The Clean and the Dirty], Portuguese choreographer Vera Mantero draws from the experience of art, and dance in particular, as a way of handling the materials of the world. To handle objects, images, words, movements, intensities. To handle spaces, times, affections, desires, vibrations and ghosts. To get dirty in that handling. To get clean in that handling.

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Oblivion

SARA VANHEE (BE)

During one year working and living, Sara Vanhee tried to not throw anything away.

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Network Member
EGEAC
Discipline
Installations project
Location
Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal
Commissioned
Teatro Maria Matos

During one year working and living, Sara Vanhee tried to not throw anything away.

Imagine a place where you would find yourself reconnected to everything you had discarded, deleted or thrown away. Objects, thoughts, relations, you had already cut yourself loose from and forgotten about, now they all re-appear. They are yours; you care about them. You reverse, re-value, reinvest. Everything is worth something. When does your trash stop being your trash? Think an inverse world, for instance that scene in Bunuel’s The Phantom of Liberty where hosts and guests shit together around the dinner table and eat alone in the toilet.

Oblivion is a trip through a plentiful horizontal plane of things, carefully embracing it all, cruising between abundance and destruction. Like nature it doesn’t discriminate between what’s valuable or worthless. The network prevails over the entity, what is usually invisible becomes visible – a slow celebration of things unhidden.

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The Rédimeide Day

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Network Member
EGEAC
Artist
António Arroio art school
Discipline
Installations project
Location
Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal
Commissioned
Teatro Maria Matos

Drawn from the articulation between the three ecologies –personal, social and environmental– we challenged the António Arroio art school and three artists, António MV, José Capela and Rute Carlos, to intervene in the theatre’s spaces, reinventing the building and its functions, through a project of installations in which different interactivity relations can be developed, and where everybody can participate and enjoy each piece.

Ecopolis 2016

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Various
Discipline
Conference
Location
Brussels, Belgium
Commissioned
Kaaitheater

Power, politics and chocolate
As an annual rendezvous for those working on a sustainable future, this latest Ecopolis starts out from the question ‘what can we do about the current ecological challenge, and by what means?’
The concepts of power and politics also involve chocolate: as a reference to human desire, to the human being behind the systems. Moreover, the global chocolate market makes the separation of power and politics painfully tangible.

 

Citizens in the world
The world is in the midst of change, while at the same time there is little that can be changed. There is a great temptation to sit back cynically and do nothing – but isn’t that simply a form of laziness. Should we not argue for a mature idealism, as the American writer and moral philosopher Susan Neiman does? It’s not enough to know the world, but having the courage to make it a more just place is. This is the sort of thinking – akin to the Enlightenment – that we urgently need in these uncertain times.

 

Confirmed
Susan Neiman, Joris Luyendijk, Natalie Eggermont, Mamadou Bamba, Niko Paech, Wannes Capelle,
Annelies Verbeke, Warda El-Kaddouri, Bart Staes, John Tackara, Karel Verhoeven, Jonathan Holslag, Olivier De Schutter

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Mladi Levi International Festival 2016

Bunker hosts the Mladi Levi International Festival 2016

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Network Member
Bunker
Artist
Various
Discipline
Various
Location
Ljubljana, Slovenia

19th consecutive edition of the Mladi levi international festival of contemporary arts is set and ready to perk up the late summer scene in Ljubljana and bring leading-edge stage artists from all over the world. An allegorical performance by the French director Philippe QuesneNight of the Moles, will open the festival and have us follow gigantic magical creatures as they lead us into the cavity of the world in their search for shelter.

 

The festival this year also proudly presents Penny Arcade, the legend of the New York underground scene, and last year’s festival highlight, the Brazilian artist Christiane Jatahy, with video installation of the performance #thewalkingforest.doc. The festival will see the return of enfant terrible of contemporary Belgian avant-garde Benjamin Verdonck, joining forces with a young Portuguese artist Maria Lucia Cruz Correia to orchestrate poetic surprises across the city. Joris Lacoste will make an appearance with Suite N°2, one of the most exhilarating performances in its composition of musicality of the spoken language. The classical festival repertoire this year consists of the international hit performance Clean City, which shines light on cleaning ladies under the Greek directing duo Anestis Azas and Prodromos Tsinikoris.

 

A portion of the festival programme is dedicated to young hopes with uniquely bold autopoetic expressions: Mladi levi is to play host to the young Indian-based activist performer Mallika Taneja with a surprising solo Be Careful, the Polish artist Ludomir Franczak who is to dig through the archives to bring out the memories of the “recovered ones”, and a German student collective ScriptedReality is to perform an exorcism with an entertaining Kabbalistic invention to break the curse cast upon the philosopher Friedrich August von Hayek. A renowned Polish visual artist and curator Waldemar Tatarczuk will show us Up.

 

Collectives representing home soil at the forthcoming festival are Beton Ltd. with their much-anticipated premiere Ich kann nicht anders and No!training collective, with their Variations on Slowness: TIME OUT 2. – unfolding an exploration of performing possibilities. Plus a concert evening to spice it all up with the real »badass gangsta rapper« Smaal Tokk.


The international Ready to Change conference with the title theme New Political Mythologies and Art will take place as part of the forthcoming festival.

 

Mladi levi remains the central arena of encounters and surprises, bringing together national and foreign artists in their experience of art and providing the space of mutual reflection on contemporary social and art issues. In times of all too frequent flight in nostalgic pasts and national contexts, the Mladi levi festival insists on embodying a transnational haven of uncensored thought, active presence and future horizons.

 

Click here for the 2016 program

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Debates at Bunker – Ljubljana

SERIES OF DEBATES

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Network Member
Bunker
Discipline
Debates
Location
Stara Elektrama, Ljubljana, Slovenia

We will have a series of debates in the Old Power Station from January to December, mostly accompanying our performances program.
* January 2016 – following a performance by tandem Kitch we will organize a debate with Mitja Velikonja and Andreja Kopa? around the issue of Balkan(isation). The key words of debate will be: spectacle, transition, (political) representation.
* February 2016 – following a premiere of Slovene theatre director Andrej Jus about primary school we will organize a debate around the reform of the primary schools system. Not focusing on the now so popular »alternative« approaches in the private schools, but more on the necessary reform of the public schools. The debate will also include topics such as the power shift in the education system parallel to power shifts in theatre …
* April/May 2016 – May School: Religion – Capitalism – Left, a 4-day festival/educational program composed of lectures, debates, performances. Organized in cooperation with the Institute for Workers’ Studies
* September 2016 – Slovene collective Beton Ltd. is preparing a performance on migrations. We will organize a small series of events related to migrations – everything from debates, films, exhibitions…

Calling Tree

Rosemary Lee and Simon Whitehead

In a park in Tottenham sits a magnificent ancient Oak tree...

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Network Member
Artsadmin and LIFT
Artist
Rosemary Lee and Simon Whitehead
Discipline
Performance
Location
Bruce Castle Park, London, UK
Commissioned
Artsadmin and LIFT

In a park in Tottenham sits a magnificent ancient Oak tree – a 500-year-old symbol of permanence that dominates a corner in this forever-changing pocket of the city. Bird-like calls, songs and messages echo out from the canopy of the tree as performers continually appear and disappear, fluctuating between restful perching to passionate vocal and physical activity. The performers beckon knowing audiences and unwitting passers-by alike, enticing them to stop, look up, contemplate and enjoy. Bring your blanket or rug, lie on the grass, and expect to see – and hear – the iconic tree in a completely new way.

 

An associated programme of activities developed with the local community will also be woven into the daily performances. Using the tree as a gathering point, these will range from spoken word, songs and dance events; a local history talk and a walk with an ecologist and bird specialist.

 

 

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Empathy Museum

Clare Patey

“To understand others, we need to walk in their shoes – literally” Philosopher Roman Krznaric

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Network Member
Artsadmin and LIFT
Artist
Clare Patey
Discipline
Outdoor performance and installation
Location
NOW Gallery, London, UK
Commissioned
Artsadmin and LIFT

What is it like to have spent years in prison, or to be a child growing up in Tehran, or to have rediscovered love in your eighties? The Empathy Museum could help you find out.

 

Installations and events explored how empathy can have the power to transform our personal relationships and tackle global challenges.

An interactive shoe shop, A Mile in My Shoes, invited participants to (literally) step into someone else’s shoes and embark on a mile-long physical, emotional and imaginative journey to see the world through their eyes.

 

Meanwhile the mobile library, A Thousand and One Books, was home to hundreds of donated favourites. Pages were perused and then passed on, to friend or stranger. The library is tracking the books’ journeys and see how far they travel.

 

 

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Summer Lab Ljubljana

The Ljubljana Marshes Barje, located south of Ljubljana, is the largest marsh in the country. It covers 163 square kilometers or 0.8% of the Slovene territory.

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Network Member
Bunker
Discipline
Summer Lab
Location
Barje, Ljubijana, Slovenia

The Summer Lab will focus on nature and bio-diversity in Ljubljana Marshes named BARJE and its challenges (extensive farming, building business – residential – industrial – commercial complexes, floods).

The Ljubljana Marshes Barje, located south of Ljubljana, is the largest marsh in the country. It covers 163 square kilometers or 0.8% of the Slovene territory.

 

At Ljubljansko Barje, nature could have followed the changes caused by man and his activities for thousands of years, but now it looks that this cohabitation is gradually coming to an end. The fact is that human encroachment upon this wetland is becoming increasingly aggressive and that the need to expand agricultural production as well as to build business – residential – industrial – commercial complexes is already beyond control.

 

Ljubljansko Barje is the largest Slovene and southernmost European wetland. Similar areas are a true rarity in Europe today, due mainly to the intensive farming and urbanization. About 70 % of the European wetlands are all history now. In the 1990s, the European Union adopted, for many too late but still, the legislation with which it attempted to protect rare and endangered animal and plant species and their habitats. Ljubljansko Barje, home to numerous endangered species, has been proclaimed a Natura 2000 site.

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Museum of Water

What water would you want to keep?

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Network Member
Rotterdamse schouwburg
Artist
Amy Sharrocks
Discipline
Museum
Location
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

What water would you want to keep?

 

Take it to the Museum of Water The Museum of Water is working on a Rotterdam water collection with accompanying stories. Donate your own bottle during Festival De Keuze.

 

Do you swim in pools? ?Do you drink from a tap?? Do you splash in puddles?

 


During Festival De Keuze the Museum of Water, founded by Amy Sharrocks, will be asking Rotterdam inhabitants and visitors of the festival how they enjoy water and what water is most precious to them. On the big square in front of the Schouwburg you will find Water Bar, a free pop-up outdoor bar serving tap water. Come and explore a part of the current collection of water. You are also invited to make your own donation. Tell us why you choose this water and we will keep it for you.

 

Museum of Water is a collection of publicly donated water and accompanying stories. There is 129,000-year-old water from the Antarctic, apocalyptic water from 1999, the Flew family snowball, a newborn baby’s bath water, spit, wee, tears of joy and drops of water in a watercolour paint set that has travelled the world for over 30 years. Accumulating over years in different places all over the world, Museum of Water is an invitation to ponder our precious liquid and how we use it.

 

Amy Sharrocks is a live artist, sculptor and filmmaker from London who invites you to come on journeys in which your own experience is a vital part. With Museum of Water she is gathering a collection of water for future generations to consider. Founded in 2013, the Museum was a widely acclaimed installation in London at LIFT Festival 2014. For Festival De Keuze, in collaboration with Anouk Driessen, Sanneke van Hassel and Simone van Hulst, she is setting up a Rotterdam collection. Till September 2016 The Museum will be searching for Rotterdam water for an exhibition that will take place in September 2016 at Gemaal op Zuid.

RESSOURCE0

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Network Member
COAL
Discipline
Various

Ressource0 is the first media and resources centre dedicated to both national and international initiatives gathering arts and ecologies.

 

The website objective is to question  environmental issues, integrating the aesthetic, creative, relational, sensitive and imaginative dimensions of Art.

Ressource0 has a multi-stakeholder collaborative approach, in which solutions emanate from various exchanges and sensitivities.

 

This unique collaborative platform enable the universes of culture and ecology to get to know one another better, exchange, share visions and design common projects, among five different headings: News, Guide, Topic, Practical Guide and Bibliography.

 

www.ressource0.com

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Success Story

Valters Sīlis, Jānis Balodis

A theatre performance that questions and re-writes the success story of Latvian economy between 2008 and 2010.

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Artist
Valters Sīlis, Jānis Balodis
Discipline
Performance
Location
Riga, Latvian National Theatre, Latvia
Commissioned
Latvian National Theatre, New Theatre Institute of Latvia

Director Valters  Sīlis  and dramaturg Jānis Balodis are two young Latvian theatre artists whose work regularly deals with the issues of current socio-political situation and climate change on local and global level. In their previous collaborations they have addressed the institution of presidency in Latvia, the absurdity of state bureaucratic documents, visited the borders of Eastern Europe as it is in 2015, looked into the consequences of the overnight pollution of a small local river and melting ice in Antarctica, delivering witty and personal comment on the effects of decision-making on everyday reality in Latvia and globally.

 

Their latest collaboration is a piece for Latvian National Theatre where they question and re-write the success story of Latvian economy between 2008 and 2010.

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Cry Me A River

Anna Mendelssohn

Cry me a River deals with the complexity of climate change communication and it’s rhetorics.

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Artist
Anna Mendelssohn
Discipline
Performance
Location
Riga, Gertrudes Ielas Tetris, Lativia

Everything is so much more complicated than you think. There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make.At some point I began to cry. And that went on for many months. Because how do you refreeze the ice up there? It just can’t be done.

 

Cry Me A River is a solo about inner and outer climate catastrophes. Walking the thin ice between the personal and the political, the piece deals with the complexity of climate change communication and it’s rhetorics. Playing with the monologue-format it focuses in on the multiplicity of talking heads, voices and opinions buzzing around this topic. Emotions of fear, anger, hope and despair, strongly connected with visions of a changing climate are whenever necessary chemically reproduced or bio-engineered.

 

prize at the renowned Impulse Festival 2011, as well as the Jury and the Coproduction prize at Arena Festival 2010.

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Burning Ice #10

Various artists

Uncompromising analyses

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Network Member
Kaaitheater (Brussels)
Artist
Various
Discipline
Cross-discipline
Location
Brussels, Belgium

How can artists meaningfully relate to climate change and the social and ecological crisis in their themes and practices? This was the question posed nine years ago, when the first edition of Burning Ice was staged. We have now come to the tenth and final edition. In autumn 2017, we will be starting up a brand new festival. It will connect Burning Ice’s ecological theme with the intercultural perspective of Festival Kanal, and be staged both at Kaaitheater itself and at various other locations in the Brussels Canal Zone.

 

But before all that, there’s still a tenth edition to come. Playing a central role will be artists who over the past few years have demonstrated that art does in fact have a role to play in the transition towards a sustainable society. They go about this by undertaking critical and uncompromising analyses of the current system, by offering perspectives that allow us to deal with confusion and uncertainty, and by sketching out an alternative view of human beings and the world. Heike LangsdorfDavid Weber-KrebsKate McIntoshMyriam Van ImschootEls Dietvorst and Kris Verdonck are all former guests at Burning Ice. New names signed up for this year’s festival include Benjamin VerdonckPieter AmpeLotte van den Berg and Niko Hafkenscheid. The full festival programme will be announced in October.

The Clean and the Dirty

Vera Mantero

'In reality, life is not clean. Acknowledging this fact is the best way of making it less dirty, and of making ourselves happier in turn.' – Ana Cristina Leonardo

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Vera Mantero
Discipline
Dance
Location
Brussels, Belgium

Change our inner selves


The transition towards a sustainable society has been central to Vera Mantero’s work for some years now. In The Clean and the Dirty, the Portuguese choreographer focuses on the inner transition. If we want to change our relationship with our environment and with the way we care for it, then we also need to change our inner selves. This means caring for that precarious ‘self’.

 

Mantero sees a connection between these inner transition processes and what happens when art is being created. “Dealing with the materials of which the world is comprised! That is one of the ways of describing what we do in art. Dealing with objects, images, words, movements, intensities, space, time, longings, vibrations and ghosts both makes us dirty and cleanses us.”

 

• Vera Mantero is the grande dame of Portuguese contemporary dance. She has previously appeared at Kaaitheater with “::” (2005) and Until the moment when God is destroyed by the extreme exercise of beauty(2007).

 

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Guilty Landscapes. Episode I (part of Homo Novus festival)

Dries Verhoeven (Studio Dries Verhoeven)

With the large-scale video installation Guilty Landscapes, Dries Verhoeven brings the reality of uncomfortable news images dangerously close.

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Discipline
Performance
Location
Riga, K.K. fon Stricka villa, Latvia
Commissioned
Co-commissioned by SPRING Festival Utrecht (NL), Foreign Affairs Berlijn (DE), Theaterfestival Boule

Every night the news report on natural disasters, wars and degrading working conditions. Every day we can feel uneasy by the confrontation with alleged poverty and despair. But is the news camera neutral? Whether they want it or not, the filmed are framed as victims but the socially overconscious spectator is swept away in a whirlpool of guilt and shame.

 

With the large-scale video installation Guilty Landscapes, the Dutch artist Dries Verhoeven brings the reality of uncomfortable news images dangerously close. He poses the question whether a personal connection between the viewer and the viewed is possible. What if the protagonists of the news look us straight in the eyes? Through livestreaming Dries Verhoeven organises a one-to-one encounter with the ‘victim’ at the other end of the world.

 

“As simple as it is refined, as deceptive as it is genuine. (…) Your feelings of guilt are jolted by the unexpected proximity during this first episode of Verhoeven’s series Guilty Landscapes.” Annette Embrechts, Volkskrant.

Of All The People in All The World (Part of Homo Novus festival)

Of All The People In All The World uses grains of rice to bring formally abstract statistics to startling and powerful life.

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Artist
Stan’s Cafe
Discipline
Exhibition
Location
Riga, LMS Gallery, Latvia

Of All The People In All The World uses grains of rice to bring formally abstract statistics to startling and powerful life. Each grain of rice is one person and you are invited to compare the one grain that is you to the millions that are not. Over a period of days a team of performers carefully weigh out quantities of rice to represent a host of human statistics: the populations of towns and cities; the number of doctors, the number of soldiers; the number of people born each day, the number who die; all the people who have walked on the moon; deaths in the holocaust.

 

The statistics are arranged in labelled piles creating an ever changing landscape of rice. The statistics and their juxtapositions can be moving, shocking, celebratory, witty and thought provoking.

 

Artistic Director: James Yarker

Associate Director: Craig Stephens

Executive Producer: Roisin Caffrey

Administrator: Jessie Coller

Performers: Sarah Archdeacon, Gerard Bell, Amy Taylor and Jack Trow

Local guides: Marta Lortkipanidze, Kristīne Katrīna Liniņa

The Forgetting of Air (Part of Homo Novus festival)

Francesca Grilli

The Forgetting of Air reflects upon the idea of the air as a territory of true exchange.

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Discipline
Performance
Location
Riga, K.K. fon Stricka villa, Latvia

Starting from the research on the figures at the margins of society and contemporary migration processes, The Forgetting of Air by Italian visual, sound and performance artist Francesca Grilli reflects upon the idea of the air as a territory of true exchange. In the space where air and time has become tangible four performers, who left their countries risking in some cases their own lives, share the air with the audience.

April at La REcyclerie

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
Arctic Perspective Initiative
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
La REcyclerie, Paris, France

For the Polar Circle month at La REcyclerie COAL invited the Arctic Perspective Initiative (API), a transnational art, science, and culture working group, founded by Matthew Biederman and Marko Peljhan, intends to direct attention to the global cultural and ecological significance of the Polar Regions.

 

The installation presented here included the flags of the nations and peoples of the Circumpolar region and a printed version of API’s Phoenix Declaration which states the importance of the circumpolar region within the world's systems and collaboration with the peoples who have lived there for thousands of years. While the topic of the Arctic is visible in many sectors of society, the declaration stands for the principles of true collaboration and partnership in order to forge a better world. The Arctic is at the forefront of issues surrounding the impacts of climate changes, and can serve as a model of adaptation and the convergence of traditional knowledge and science with new technologies for the rest of the world.

Since his foundation, API has developed equipment, mapping devices, manifestos, open source applications and participatory communications infrastructures that are deployed across the Circumpolar region. Aware that the vested geopolitical and economic interests give very little deference to the indigenous cultures inhabiting the Arctic, and that climate change and the exploitation of natural resources are impacting significantly on the North, API develops collaborative projects between indigenous cultures, artists, hunters, scientists and engineers.

March at La REcyclerie

Prospective Europe Programme

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
Robert Montgomery
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
La REcyclerie, Paris, France

In 2016, La REcyclerie invites COAL to lead artistic action. Within the frame of the program "2016, PROSPECTIVE EUROPE", each month, a country is chosen, and an artist from this country or one who work on ongoing society and sustainable issues of this country, is invited by COAL to display one artwork at La REcyclerie.

This artistic program supports a more general reflection on the different ways of thinking sustainable development in each country and the impact and role of the artists in changing minds.

 

For the first month of, dedicated to the United Kingdom, COAL presents a monumental work by the artist Robert Montgomery, in collaboration with Nuke Gallery.

This British sculptor and poet, who defines himself as a "melancholic post-situationist," is known for his in situ installations created from neon lights and text. Robert Montgomery invests public space as urban artists to create a space for free expression. With subtle references to Jack Kerouac or Ezra Pound, Montgomery's work pushes us to be more attentive to environmental and ecological issues by referring to the unsustainability of these electric cities we have created and by underlining the need for a radical transformation of our way of life.

 

This work is the result of his last exhibition presented by Nuke gallery in Paris, where the artist explored ecological and social issues.

Laboratory of sustainable culture #1 - Soils Fictions

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
Germain Meulemans, Marine Legrand, Yesenia Thibault-Picazo, Anaïs Tondeur, Alan Vergnes and Nathalie
Discipline
Visual arts and science
Location
Domaine départemental de Chamarande, Essonne, France

The Soil LAB is an art and science program conceived and launched by COAL on October 11 2015 at Domaine Départemental de Chamarande. Under the patronage of Nathalie Blanc, geographer from the LADYSS research institute, it brings together artists Yesenia Thibault-Picazo and Anaïs Tondeur, and scientists Marine Legrand, Alan Vergnes and Germain Meulemans, around the theme of soils.

Soil Fictions is the exhibition resulting from nine months of transdiciplinary research and exchanges that occurred within the Laboratory of sustainable culture #1.

 

Soils are still often seen as an inert and static medium, an inexhaustible resource and infinitely manipulable material, whereas in reality, they are a moving milieu that has been weakened by recent human activity. More than providing a living environment for thousands of animal and organic species, soils support a rich diversity of landscapes and genetic reserves. As well as being rich in cultural and social portent, they also host human activities, conserve archaeological remains and traces of past climates and biology. They are a source for building and combustible materials, minerals and pigments.

 

The LAB investigates ways to revive our relationship with soils and re-establish fruitful dialogue with them. In order to do so, the members proposed to link diverse disciplines concerned with the soils. From the study of the soil fauna to fertilization rituals, the LAB aim to cross bridges between the natural and social sciences, art and craft.

 

To spark a discussion, the LAB set the hypothesis that the division between disciplines had never occurred. Thus, at the interface between art and science, the Soil Fictions exhibition takes the form of an imaginary cabinet, the lab of a “soil researcher” that displays a range of experiments arising from different soil expertise. It is composed as a sensorial and imaginary journey blending approaches, methods and tools, yet, without losing sight of reality.

A NEW ERA

Science and Art of the Anthropocene

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
Patrick Blandin (biologist), Christophe Bonneuil (historian of sciences), Pascale Marthine Tayou (ar
Discipline
Visual arts and lectures
Location
FIAC out-of-walls, National Museum of natural History, Banks of Seine river, Paris, France

FIAC hold three round-table talks on the theme “A New Era: sciences and arts of the Anthropocene” in association with the National Museum of Natural History and COAL.

 

Each round-table talk presents a dialogue between an artist, a scientist from the Museum and a philosopher, related to the theme of the potential interactions between art, science, and political activism.

COAL Prize Art and Environment 2016

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
Florian Bérenguer, Alex Cecchetti, Futurefarmers, Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet, Jenny Lee, Emeric
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea, Paris, France

Since 2010, the COAL Prize reveales the wealth of responses provided by artists to current environmental issues and encourages the emergence of a new culture concerning nature and sustainability.

 

The global ecological crisis, in the form of climate change, loss of biodiversity, depletion of resources, and various forms of pollution, is above all a cultural challenge that is determined by our individual and collective behaviour.

The COAL Prize call for entries is open to artists from all over the world who deploy their creativity to devise and experiment with solutions and bear witness to the transformation of territories, lifestyles, organizations, and means of production, while making a contribution to the process themselves. Together they are participating in building a new collective narrative, a new world of imagination, an evolving shared heritage, a positive framework that is optimistic and essential for everyone to find the motivation to implement the necessary changes towards a more sustainable world.

 

Organized under the patronage of Madame Ségolène Royal, the COAL Prize 2016 was awarded during a ceremony organized on October 12 at the French ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea..

 

Angelika Markul was awarded the COAL Prize 2016 for her project "Tierra del Fuego".

 

Every year the COAL Prize highlights ten projects by artists working on environmental issues in the field of visual arts. They are selected through an international call for projects. One of them is awarded the COAL Prize by a jury of personalities from the domains of art and ecology.

 

Watch the entire ceremony at 40'10": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnJNJsrVwdc

COPBOX, part of ArtCOP21

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
lemoal & lemoal architectes
Location
Banks of river Seine, Gare du Nord, Palais de l'Elysée, Pont Alexandre III, Paris, France

Placed in the public space among and during COP21, COPBox allowed any citizen to record a personal video message to the negotiators from 195 countries participating in the COP21. Oriented awareness of climate issues, it was be the symbol of citizen mobilization throughout ArtCOP21 until December 2015.

 

The climate is everyone's business and without the involvement of citizens, international negotiations that will take place during the 21th United Nations Climate Conference (COP21), can not succeed. To account for citizen determination and raise its voice with decision makers, the COAL Association Art and Ecology and the agency LEMOAL & LEMOAL Architects have designed the COPBox, participatory module designed to collect citizen speech and raise awareness of climate issues. 

This micro-architecture arranged in the public space is equipped with a digital application that allows every citizen to share his ideas for the climate by recording a personalized video message to the negotiators from 195 countries met at the COP21. 

In both unique and bound by the identity of the COPBox, these messages are the symbol of the collective international mobilization for the climate. They are freely distributed on social networks, on the website of ArtCOP21, cultural agenda of COP21; transmitted to the Secretariat General of the COP21 and a selection of the best messages will be projected at the Paris on the official website of the COP21.

 



Watch registered messages on YouTube

ArtCOP21 Festival on the banks of Seine River (part of ArtCOP21)

Artist and speakers: YA+K, Olga Kisseleva, Nathalie Blanc, Thierry Boutonnier, Ferme du Bonheur, Déc

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Network Member
COAL
Discipline
Visual arts and lectures
Location
Banks of Seine river, Paris, France

On July 11 and 12 2015, the ArtCOP21 Festival on the Bank of Seine river (Berges de Seine) in Paris, offered a weekend of citizen participation in COP21 debate through artists' interventions on climate issues.

 

Climate change is everyone's business. In 2015, the Parisian atmosphere was particularly attentive on this subject with the preparation of COP21 that took place in Le Bourget from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

 

This first highlight of ArtCOP21 was conceived as a mechanism of exchange, animated by artists but entrusted to the citizens, to make the Berges de Seine, a historic and lasting communication platform in essence, a space for dialogue, awareness and mobilization around Climate.

ArtCOP21 Professional Workshop

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Network Member
COAL
Discipline
Visual Arts, Theatre, Film, Architecture, Design, Philosophy, Science
Location
Gaîté lyrique, Paris, France

In the framework of the COP21 event, COAL, Julie’s Bicycle, IFACCA and On the Move gathered some 150 international key players from more than 25 countries to define together how the cultural sector can better embed sustainable development in its activities.

This Professional Workshop is based on a series of preliminary reports and international recommendations. Based on an exchange of best practices, the workshop aims to reinforce cross-sectorial dialogues between various types of actors.

The objective is also to highlight the necessity of a focused support and adapted funding mechanisms to ensure the leadership of the cultural sector with regards to sustainable development.

 

Objectives

 

            •            Facilitate a direct dialogue between policy makers and funders (arts councils, ministries, regional/city governments, foundations etc.) and the cultural/arts sector to exchange on policies and practices encompassing art, culture, sustainable development and environmental sustainability in France, Europe and internationally;

            •            Highlight partnerships involving various stakeholders (institutions, civil society organisations, governmental bodies etc.) coming from diverse disciplines (art, research, science) and in different contexts (local, regional, national, international);

            •            Recognise and support the role of arts and culture in relation to environmental sustainability and, more broadly, sustainable development in order to scale up initiatives with adequate support and funding mechanisms;

            •            Disseminate a final common pledge developed with the Professional Workshop’s participants and interested parties within the ArtCO21 Conference of Creative Parties;

            •            Produce an ad-hoc online toolkit of references and resources shared during the two-day Professional Workshop.

 

This workshop is co-curated by COAL, Julie’s Bicycle, IFACCA, On the Move in partnership withIETM, Imagine 2020 and GALA.

The Workshop also receives contributions from Institut Français in China (Consulat Général de la France à Wuhan) and from the following Foundations: Asia-Europe Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, Hivos and Doen Foundation.

 

URBAN DATASCAPE

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
Olga Kisseleva
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
Banks of Seine, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Urban DataScape is an interactive multimedia installation which immerses the viewer in the heart of Parisian climate issues. Designed for the Banks of the Seine, this work inaugurated the launch of ArtCOP21, a cultural event on climate change that took place throughout 2015 until COP21.

 

Invited by COAL to investigate the Banks of the Seine, the artist Olga Kisseleva created Urban DataScape, which allows individuals to connect to their urban environment and reveal their collective dimension and systemic issues related to climate. The work was developed specifically for ArtCOP21 in collaboration with the laboratory Art & Science of the Sorbonne, the Parisian Agency for Climate, Weather and France architect Etienne Delprat.

 

Urban DataScape is a monumental installation that playfully uses QRCode, which once offered individuals the opportunity to travel in an enriched digital landscape and connect to historical, economic, political, cultural, social and climate related in the world and in their immediate environment. The individual is also invited to participate in an interactive game where he/she will have to confront their own behaviour in relation to climate change.

 

Urban DataScape also offers a non-market reappropriation of the QR-code to encourage citizen involvement and participation of all the great climate challenge through the digital potential.

RADICAL ACTION REACTION

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
Ackroyd & Harvey
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
Jardin des Plantes, Paris, France
Commissioned
Co-production COAL, National Museum of natural History, Imagine2020 and Nature addict Fund

On the 3rd December a monumental installation is unveiled in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris; a majestic tree in front of a huge live grass draping to inaugurate the COP21 and celebrate the role of trees in enabling cities to adapt to (and mitigate) climate change.

 

The symbolic tree join the Arboretum National Museum of Natural History and catalyze a series of reactions of citizens plantations and cultural structures in a network engaged in awareness of climate issues.

Radical Action Reaction (RAR) is an art project created by internationally recognized artists Ackroyd & Harvey ArtCOP21, a continuation of their work 'Beuys' Acorns' based on the reactivation of the 7000 oaks planted in Kassel in 1982 by the artist Joseph Beuys. 

Throughout Autumn 2015, the work Beuys' Acorns - composed of a hundred oaks from acorns of oak Beuys - were planted in sites in Bordeaux, Lyon, Mulhouse, Nantes, Nice, Tourcoing. Each exhibition accompanied by lectures and debates on adaptation to climate change in cities.

May at La REcyclerie

Nikos Papadopoulos

For the month of May dedicated to Greece, COAL presents the artist Nikos Papadopoulos at La REcyclerie.

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Network Member
COAL
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
La REcyclerie, Paris, France , France

For the month of May dedicated to Greece, COAL presents the artist Nikos Papadopoulos at La REcyclerie.

 

Nikos Papadopoulos was born in 1970. He lives and works in Athens and studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Since 2000, he is a member of the Filopappou Group. He was recently awarded the new artistic program of the Laboratory, Accelerate of CERN for his works that combines the study of nature and science.

 

For La REcyclerie, he realized an in situ artwork which starting point is "Le déjeuner sur l'herbe" of Claude Monet. As opposed to the human process, which means that, in the open air, are deposited on the earth all our food and objects in order to have a picnic, the artist here works the earth so that it comes to rest as a tablecloth on our table. This tablecloth is made by different qualities of land.

July at La REcyclerie

COAL invites Thierry Boutonnier - awarded artist of the COAL Prize Art and Environment 2010 - to present his work "Frech Egg Vending Machine" for the month of July, dedicated to France.

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
Thierry Boutonnier
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
La REcyclerie, Paris, France

COAL invites Thierry Boutonnier - awarded artist of the COAL Prize Art and Environment 2010 - to present his work "Frech Egg Vending Machine" for the month of July, dedicated to France.

 

Thierry Boutonnier, born in 1980 in the southwest of France, grew up in his parents' dairy farm. He realizes actions and objects with an interdependent relationship with ecosystems such as the works ha created for Domaine de Chamarande (2012), domaine de Belval (2014), STUWA program and the Grand Paris Express (2016).

 

In 2010, he created "Frech Egg", a diverted automatic distributor (the program and the engines of the machine are modified): the visitor introduces a coin into this dispenser filled with fresh eggs and witnesses the fall of the egg, which irremediably breaks, as a metaphor of the fragility of resources and our irresponsible behavior towards them. It highlights our conditioned consumer behaviors. The desire to contemplate the destruction of a symbolic fresh product puts us face to face with our self-destructive mechanisms. Eventually, before the apparent choice of the same, we operate an alienated gesture and we press the button.

 

In 2016, with La REcyclerie and COAL, Thierry Boutonnier imagines a new version of the work, a reversal of "Frech Egg Vending Machine". Rather than fighting fire with fire by causing irreversible collateral damages, "seed eggs" take the place of fresh eggs in the machine while the monetary transaction was replaced by a weighing of the soul evaluated by using a feather ...

 

A spelling mistake in "Frech"? This is done on purpose ! "Frech" means bad in German, it's "French" without the N, and a little nod to "Fresh Window" by Marcel Duchamp.

September at La REcyclerie

Prospective Europe Programme

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
HeHe and Veit Stratmann
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
La REcyclerie, Paris, France

On September 21, for the month dedicated to Germany with a focus on nuclear energy and atmosphere pollution, COAL invites HeHe on the occasion of the release of their book "Man made clouds" for a session of signature and the artist Veit Stratmann for a lecture of his work "A Hill" on nuclear waste.

 

Man made clouds - HeHe, HYX Editions

Edited by the artists, Man Made Clouds Clouds is based on a series of artistic interventions and a cultural analysis by six authors of atmospheric emissions.

Natural clouds occupy a special place in our imaginations, their countless forms and meanings offer infinite possibilities for metaphor. HeHe's projects use clouds as a visual metaphor to aestheticise toxin coated atmospheric emissions. Smog, radioactive clouds, clouds produced by exhaust fumes, cigarettes or industrial emissions are visualised, highlighted, outlined, coloured or put under the spotlight, to alert us— not without humour—on our arrival in the Anthropocene age.

 

 

A Hill - Veit Stratmann

Video 5 min. 46 sec.

During the summer of 2011, Veit Stratmann was contacted by the National Agency for Management of Radioactive Waste (ANDRA) and asked to participate in a study initiated by a working group within the Agency. This working group aimed to study ways of maintaining the memory of nuclear waste storage sites and transmitting information about the content of such sites over long periods of time. The study was entitled « Art at the Service of Future Generations » (Art: Serving Future Generations?).

Because ANDRA specifically asked for a study, Veit Stratmann considered that his artistic  proposal should make sense within the context of the study itself. Thus « A HILL »  constitutes both an actual study and a genuine artistic gesture.

November at La REcyclerie

Prospective Europe Programme

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
Gruppo Tökmag
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
La REcyclerie, Paris, France

For the month dedicated to Hungary, COAL invited Gruppo Tökmag, a Hungarian artists duo and created an installation called "The marks on the walls are indelible" for the place inspired by graffiti and tags found in the streets of Budapest.

 

András Tábori and Tamás Budha of the Gruppo Tökmag collective took the graffiti, and particularly a set of engravings found on the walls of the urban space Budapest. Fond of street art, both artists consider the street and its walls as open exhibition spaces. For them, the marks left by authors, for the most part anonymous, reveal a set of hidden phenomena, popular and citizen expressions, that they collect as they explore urban areas across Europe, and reproduce them afterwards in artistic installations. They currently own a photographic collection of more than 6000 of these graffiti pictures. Like metropolitan archaeologists, they reveal the almost invisible marks, revealing by this way our society current codes.

 

At La REcyclerie, the engravings were represented on suspended bricks. They were composed of three categories: those which have lost their meaning due to the difficulty of deciphering them and the effects of time; those which found an unforeseen interest in the eyes of artists; and those which find clear echo in all minds, preserving their universal meaning over the centuries.

 

These engravings, imperfect and realized in a surge of spontaneity, question the intention of the people who realized them: what could they think, what did they want to pass through these achievements? Are they works of art while their authors are for the most part merely passers-by?

Indelible insofar as it is very difficult to erase them, they persist in their location and can, in this sense, be considered as irreversible markers of urban expression.

December at La REcyclerie

Prospective Europe Programme

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Network Member
COAL
Artist
Magali Daniaux and Cédric Pigot
Discipline
Visual arts
Location
La REcyclerie, Paris, France

For December, dedicated to Scandinavia, COAL invites the artists Magali Daniaux and Cédric Pigot to propose a selection of their collection of videos shot by the motion detector of a camera they settled on the International Research Station of Ny Ålesund in Svalbard, Norway, in 2012.

 

Over the years, the duo have accumulated a collection of 178 short videos made from 2014 to 2016, which are all capturing short instants when actions took place in front of the camera: the theft of a bird, gusts of snow raised by the Wind, human presence that can be felt with the rays of light, headlights vehicles station.

 

Since their encounter in 2001, the work of Magali Daniaux and Cédric Pigot is marked by the double seal of experimentation and performance. Their pieces mix various media and combine opposing registers with a predilection for correspondence between science fiction and documentary, advanced engineering and fantasy tales. Videos, sound creations, music, poetry, olfactory research, virtual works on the borders of digital art have formed a cycle of works devoted to arctic expanses that address issues related to climate change, economic, political and geostrategic issues, urban development and food resource management.

They are currently working in Alaska on projects related to archeology and global warming.

 

Magali Daniaux and Cédric Pigot have been nominated for COAL Prize Art and Environment 2010.

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Burning Ice #9

Man’s presence on earth represents only a tiny fraction of the planet’s timeline.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Paul De Grauwe & Federico Demaria | Lieven De Cauter & Isabelle Stengers | Maguy Marin | Kris Verdon
Discipline
Performing arts
Location
Brussels, Belgium

Tipping Points, end of story


Paul De Grauwe & Federico Demaria | Lieven De Cauter & Isabelle Stengers | Maguy Marin | Kris Verdonck | Annie Dorsen | Sandy Williams | Karl Van Welden | Orion Maxted | Lawrence Malstaf

 

Man’s presence on earth represents only a tiny fraction of the planet’s timeline. Yet according to a considerable number of scientists we have for some time been living in the Anthropocene, the geological era in which the impact of human activity has affected the climate and the atmosphere.

 

Over the last few decades it has become clear that our actions are taking us closer to dangerous climatological, biological and technological tipping points, when we lose control and are no longer able to foresee the consequences. However, there are no indications that we wish to make fundamental changes to our behaviour.

BURNING ICE #9 once again brings together artists, academics and theorists and asks why we are increasingly eager to brazen it out when it comes to speculating on our own future. Is it a collective desire for the ultimate thrill? The end of the planet as we know it: could this be the main act of the next decade?

Tonight, Lights Out! (Part of Homo Novus festival)

David Weber-Krebs

Tonight, Lights Out! focuses on the creation of belief. The belief that by jointly carrying out a simple task you can truly change something.

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Discipline
Performance
Location
Riga, K.K. fon Stricka villa, Latvia

For ten years now, we have all been turning out the lights together during the annual Earth Hour. In Tonight, Lights Out!, David Weber-Krebs does the same thing: not on a worldwide scale but with a group of sixty people in a theatre space. Hanging on the ceiling are the same number of light bulbs as there are spectators. Everyone is given one light switch that is linked to a lamp. Together you are part of an installation, which you control individually and collectively leading towards the moment where together you put out the lights.

 

Tonight, Lights Out! focuses on the creation of belief. The belief that by jointly carrying out a simple task you can truly change something. What will happen, together in the dark? This theatrical experiment investigates our capacity for democracy and presents a metaphor for ecological urgency.

Club Imagine #5 The Global Issue

Arie Lengkeek

Fairtrade to fairness

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Network Member
Rotterdamse Schouwburg
Location
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The global issue brings short between North and South, between now and then. We need some kind of development to make the transition to sustainability?

 

Imagine that well-intentioned travelers from a distant civilization and see us. Their goal is to bring our lives to further development. Our dependence on fossil fuels, our apathy to get them to fundamental change, our consumption which continues to grow at the base. How would they actually change our lives?

 

After the edition of commons we seek to come up with Club Imagine how the scale of the world and our own room for maneuver efficiently with each other. The analogy with development is a starting point. It then goes on providing assistance to plants or soil to make fertile again a tree. It is about consumption and the right to a middle class existence it is about our CO2 footprint and how to reduce them.

Including:

 

Dependency Statement 
Anoek Nuyens made the presentation HELP and comes at Club Imagine having her silence Pamphlet.
 

Double Talk  
Carolien Hoogland (a year without money) and Aetzel Griffin ( Rotterdam Vakmanstad ) visited the show HELP and speak in double talk about dependency, growth and development perspective.
 

A reenactment of key moments in interviews with Naomi Klein by Carole Ditzhuyzen and Michiel Bakker ( Temporary gathering );
 

A protest song by Derk Over and others from the Sandberg Institute ,
 

And other familiar formats Club Imagine, the program for people who do not want to sit still.

Parliament of Things (part of Homo Novus festival)

otte van den Berg & Daan ‘t Sas

We are used to hearing people speak not only on behalf of themselves but also on behalf of other entities. Parliament of Things makes a case for the rights of objects.

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Discipline
Performance
Location
Riga, Kaņepes Kultūras centrs/ The Mill, Latvia

We are used to hearing people speak not only on behalf of themselves but also on behalf of other entities: heaven, the rain forest, animals, the city, and so forth. The Parliament of Things is a theory developed by Bruno Latour that makes a case for the rights of objects. In developing this form of conversation, we want to distance ourselves from anthropocentric thinking, which places man in the centre of the universe, and investigate the relation between ourselves and things. Can we speak on behalf of things? Will this remain a dualistic relation between people and things, or is it conceivable that a different relation will unfold, that we will give ourselves a different place in the universe?

 

 

Imagine 2020 (part of Homo Novus festival)

Together with Cape Farewell and Agents of Alternatives

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Discipline
Lectures, workshops
Location
Riga, Kaņepes Kultūras centrs, Latvia

Imagine 2020 is a platform of lectures, workshops and conversations about future scenarios developed together with international activist and artist organisations Cape Farewell and Agents of Alternatives.

 

We have arrived at a critical point, where it is becoming more and more difficult to pretend that depletion of natural resources, climate change, local and global inequalities, radicalisation of opinions and the consequences of all these processes have nothing to do with us. The question is no longer whether there has to be change and whether there will be change. The question is how it will happen. This time instead of talking about the world we currently live in we will attempt to talk about the world we want to live in the future and how we could get there.

 

 

Club Imagine #6 The Humans Issue

Man, where are you? 

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Network Member
Rotterdamse Schouwburg
Artist
Various
Location
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Commissioned
Part of the Club Imagine series

Man, where are you? As never before our species is changing the planet. Do we remain the measure of all things? Is it irreversible? Come warm up for the new year with The Humans Issue of Club Imagine .

 

We live in the Anthropocene: the period in which man has the greatest influence on the changes in the biosphere. With an American president coming who openly wondering whether that connection is there, and our own good intentions we go into a new year.

In Club Imagine we are looking for the imagination that is desperately needed to face what we produce. That sounds ominous, but there are also stories of change that show new life and new life forms.

 

We look over the shoulder of the painter Olphaert den Otter , which through its series World Stress Paintings walk. They are "re-enactments" of the news photos which we all know as the distress signals from the planet. Tell them, these paintings?
 

Michiel de Man of Common Land explains the method for large-scale and long-term landscape restoration that develops its organization and apply successfully. Key is the quadruple revenue from the country economically and ecologically, in community and meaning.
 

Artist Leanne Wijnsma dig tunnels in the earth to escape. Writer Joris Casteren tells the story of the preparations to bring the man to Mars. Together they visit the show Tierra  by Jens van Daele and Ginette Laurin and talk about this in a thorough double talk.

 

And further…

Theater maker Lotte van den Berg , co-founder of Building Conversation , Parliament introduces the Things, an invitation aloud to practice what it means to replace the man in the center by Things;
 

To conclude a cocktail by Maidie van den Bos , which stimulates the senses and open puts a whole new year. On earth!

 

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2 Degrees Festival 2017

2 Degrees Festival is Artsadmin’s biennial celebration of art, environment and activism.

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Network Member
Artsadmin
Artist
A to Z Unit, Bernadette Russell, Disobedient, Andy Field, Ant Hampton, Jo Hellier, Andrew Simms and
Discipline
Multi-disciplinary
Location
Toynbee Studios & East London, UK
Commissioned
2 Degrees Festival is delivered by Artsadmin and supported by Arts Council England, TippingPoint and

 

Artsadmin's biennial festival of art and climate change returns for the fifth time this Summer. 2 Degrees Festival gives us the urgent reminder that what we do individually and collectively today, will have a global impact on tomorrow.

Situated at the crossroads between the East End and the City, Toynbee Studios is the festival's hub, with a programme of performance, discussion and public installations popping up across East London. 2 Degrees Festival invites you to inspect the microscopic fabric of our city in one moment and to zoom out and look from above the next. It asks 'What voices are we missing by shouting instead of listening?'

The artists and companies presenting work at 2 Degrees Festival include A to Z Unit, Bernadette Russell, Disobedient, Andy Field, Ant Hampton, Jo Hellier, Andrew Simms and Sarah Woods. 

 

Find out more: http://www.artsadmin.co.uk/projects/2-degrees-festival

Parliament of Things

Lotte van den Berg & Daan ‘t Sas

Parliament of Things pleas for the right of objects. Theatermaker Lotte van den Berg and artist Daan van ‘t Sas, research what is means for us Westeners, to talk on behalf of things (meaning nature).

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Network Member
Rotterdamse Schouwburg
Artist
Building Conversations
Discipline
Theatre
Location
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Time, space and sharing words

 

We are used to hear people speak, not only on behalf of themselves, but also on behalf of other entities: heaven, the rain forest, the animals, the city. Parliament of Things is a theory of Bruno Latour who pleas for the right of the object. According to Latour human beings refuse to acknowledge the rights, autonomy and agency of the object, in modern thinking. He pleas for a vision wherein the values of objects and other entities play an active role. During the development of this form of conversation we want to take distance of the anthropocentric thinking, wherein human beings take a central spot within existence, and ask ourselves what is the relationship between ourselves and the things. Can we speak on behalf of things?

 

During the Parliament of Things, theater-maker, Lotte van den Berg and visual artist Daan van ‘t Sas, research what is means for us Westerners, to talk on behalf of the things. Will it stay a dualistic relation, from human begin to thing, or is it thinkable that there will exist another relationship and we will give ourselves a place within the universe?

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On Xeno-Architecture

Lietje Bauwens, Wouter De Raeve, Alice Haddad, Armen Avanessian and Markus Miessen

PERHAPS IT IS HIGH TIME FOR A XENO-ARCHITECTURE TO MATCH

Network Member
Kaaitheater
Discipline
Lecture
Location
Brussels, Belgium

Xeno-architecture is not a description of the given but a speculative concept that will only show itself in and from the future. The curatorial and research platform Perhaps it is high time for a xeno-architecture to match invites philosopher Armen Avanessian and architect Markus Miessen to discuss the possibilities of “xeno-architecture” and reflect upon how spatial practice, by embracing alienation, may open up a larger space for the (as yet) unknown. By turning away from "what is" toward "what could be”, is it possible to built an architecture (of knowing) that can deal with today’s overwhelming complexity and global unrest?

 

This evening is a speculative sense event investigating how space can be understood differently. How does smell influence space, what is its sound? In an experimental attempt to abductively produce something “other,” we witness the development of new knowledge in the making. Embracing a process of poetic encounters, philosopher Armen Avanessian and architect Markus Miessen host scent artist Beau Rhee (New York), noise musician Mattin (Berlin) and video artists Tim Tsang & Parches (Los Angeles) to live-explore the potentiality of a xeno-architecture.

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Caspar Western Friedrich

Philippe Quesne

Caspar Western Friedrich combines the narrative force of the Western with the dreamy longings of Romanticism.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Münchner Kammerspiele
Discipline
Performance
Location
Brussels, Belgium

Artists’ studio for cowboys

 

Drawing his inspiration from the lonesome cowboy and from the paintings and personality of Caspar David Friedrich – one of the most important landscape painters of German Romanticism – Philippe Quesne builds a studio of landscapes on stage. This artist’s studio transforms the actors into painters of their own being. Just like in Westerns, they recall memories around the campfire, which they interweave with poetry and literature from the German repertoire. Caspar Western Friedrich meanders towards an unreachable horizon as time flows calmly on. Quesne created the piece in January 2016 at the Münchner Kammerspiele with the actor Johan Leysen, amongst others.

 

• Having studied visual arts, Philippe Quesne worked as a scenographer for theatres and museums. In 2003 he founded his company Vivarium Studio. With actors, visual artists and musicians, he creates performances as installations or vivaria in which to study the human microcosm. He has previously appeared at Kaaitheater with L’effet de Serge, La mélancolie des dragons, Big Bang, Swamp Club, Next Day (with Campo) and The night of the moles. He has been co-director of Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers since January 2014.

 

Further reading links:

https://www.kaaitheater.be/en/articles/performatik-video-salon-4-bringing-nature-into-art

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Breaking Rainbows

Orla Barry

From stories on a sheep farm to what categories reveal about the mind. From singing competitions in Ancient Greece to ecological issues today.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Orla Barry
Discipline
Performance
Location
Brussels, Belgium
Commissioned
Argos

300 kilos of sheep's wool

 

From stories on a sheep farm to what categories reveal about the mind. From singing competitions in Ancient Greece to ecological issues today. With a year’s production of her own wool and two performers, Orla Barry addresses our complex relationship with nature. The result is compelling live performance and a video installation, made up of a series of vignettes that reflect upon the primal, poetic and unpredictable bond we have with the natural world.

 

• Orla Barry is both visual artist and shepherd. She lived for 16 years in Brussels and now lives and works in South East Ireland where she runs a flock of pedigree Lleyn sheep. In her work she deals with the physicality and poetics of oral language. A recent leitmotif is the cannibalistic, symbiotic tension between being an artist and a farmer in rural Ireland. She has shown work at The Irish Museum of Modern Art, SMAK and Tate Modern, amongst others, as well as taking part in Manifesta 2. During Performatik13 she performed the much-lauded Mountain at Bozar.

 

Further reading links:

https://www.kaaitheater.be/en/articles/performatik-video-orla-barry

In_Dependance

Alioum Moussa & Maarten Vanden Eynde

An open invitation to join around the table, an exact copy of the 18th century British Lunar Society’s original table

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Discipline
Performance
Location
Brussels, Belgium
Commissioned
Performatik

The Belgian Maarten Vanden Eynde and the Cameroonian Alioum Moussa are building a two-part mobile structure, of which one side is the other’s opposite. Yet the structures depend upon one another to stay in balance. During Performatik17 they set up shop at Place de la Monnaie, where you are invited to visit them – in pairs – for a discussion about dependence and independence. At a personal, political ánd artistic level. The project will be translated into a growing photo exhibition at Kaaitheater. Moussa and Vanden Eynde originally created the project for SUD2010, the triennial art event in Douala (Cameroon), whose starting point was the 50th anniversary of independence being marked by 17 African countries.

 

• Alioum Moussa and Maarten Vanden Eynde first encountered one another during Present Perfect. This project by Enough Room for Space initiates collaborations between European and Cameroonian artists. Vanden Eynde’s artistic practice encompasses sculpture, video, photography, installation and performance – which are often context-related. From a globalised perspective, he asks questions about evolution. What is progress? Are we actually progressing? And what are we progressing towards? He founded the Brussels-based independent arts space Enough Room For Space together with Marjolijn Dijkman. Alioum Moussa is a visual artist and graphic designer. His work ranges from street art to installation art, clothing and craft design, and is often based on social issues.

 

LUNÄ talk

 

Enough Room for Space is organising a LUNÄ round table discussion about the many different meanings of independence: social, political, ecological and technical. They invite to you to join them around the table, which is an exact copy of the 18th century British Lunar Society’s original table. This group of industrialists, scientists, poets and writers would meet up at every full moon.

 

Further reading links:

https://www.kaaitheater.be/en/articles/performatik-video-alioum-moussa-maarten-vanden-eynde

https://www.kaaitheater.be/en/agenda/lunä-talk

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Building Conversations

Lotte van den Berg

With Building Conversation, the Dutch theatre maker Lotte van den Berg and the visual artist Daan ’t Sas build a space in which perspectives can be exchanged.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Discipline
Performance
Location
Brussels, Belgium

Sharing time, space and words

 

Inspired by conversational techniques from a number of different cultures, Lotte van den Berg raise up the discussion to the status of an artwork. Starting from their fascination for encounters, they build up a repertoire of possibilities for sharing time, space and words.

 

The Agonistic Conversation

 

How do you facilitate a good discussion between opponents? The Agonistic Conversation was developed as a reaction to the philosopher Chantal Mouffe. She speaks about the importance of conflict in the political arena, and the way in which the Maori deal with conflict within their own community.

 

• Lotte van den Berg uses theatre to render relationships between people visible. Rather than being something that one simply views from a distance, her work emphasises life as an activity. Kaaitheater has previously programmed performances of Pleinvrees (Het Theaterfestival 2013), Cold Turkey (2010) and Braakland (2008).

 

Conversation without words

 

Experience what lies at the root of human contact, and how a group can come together in a very direct way. To look at one another without speaking is highly intense. This encounter is based on the annual meeting of Inuit leaders, which is conducted without speaking.

 

Further reading links:

 

https://www.kaaitheater.be/en/agenda/parliament-of-things

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Flood

Daniel Linehan

In the midst of our throwaway society and the flood of new technologies and ideas, Linehan questions the cultural domination of the new.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Hiatus
Discipline
Performance
Location
Brussels, Belgium

Flood is a choreography of entrances and exits: simple actions that go hand in hand with a certain tension. What does a person do when he enters? Where does he go to when he exits? And when will he be coming back? Linehan wants to focus our attention on the importance of entering and then exiting again. In between, he always positions an ‘event’ that stands for ‘something’ that is no longer in use, for example a dance to the rhythm of Morse code, a discussion in a dead language, or a demonstration of a forgotten theory. After every event, the dancers take ritual leave of the out-of-date or forgotten thing.

 

In the midst of our throwaway society and the flood of new technologies and ideas, Linehan questions the cultural domination of the new. At the same time, he considers what is disappearing, and what is becoming superfluous at an ever-faster pace.

Club Imagine #7: The Imagination Issue

On the night before the Dutch Election, we ask: what drives our imagination? How can that imagination effect our future?

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Network Member
Rotterdamse Schouwburg
Artist
Christiaan Fruneaux, Mijke Slot, Sarah Sylbing, Isabel Vries, Ewald Brunesse and Joe Cillen
Discipline
Theatre, Science, Art, Environment
Location
Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Commissioned
Club Imagine Series

In the debates leading up to the Dutch elections, discussions on energy transition and climate change were uncomfortably avoided. While we know of different prototypes and testsites operating towards a sustainable future, a large-scale change still seems difficult to imagine. Working on that imagination is an urgent issue, and people are looking to the arts for an answer.

 

In this edition of Club Imagine, different forms of visibility and imagination are looked at, each with a different level of engagement and social embeddedness. We will confront the now and look at the strength of individual and collective imagination.

 

The Imagination Issue will explore:

 

College: As a historian of modernity, Christiaan Fruneaux works with Monnik to develop future scenarios and imaginative worlds in an attempt to achieve an inclusive and sustainable planet. He will talk about craftmanship, instruments, and the art of imagination.

 

Conversation: Benjamin Verdonck's performance ‘Who I would like to be, if I wasn't who I am’ is point of departure for two stories regarding imagination. Documentary maker Sarah Sylbing's 2016 ‘Schuldig’ (Guilty) makes visible the debt problems in the Vogelbuurt Amsterdam Noord, sparking public debate, and media and cultural scientist Mijke Slot researches the societal importance of science fiction.

 

Mediawall: We will show the IABR production '2050, An Energetic Odyssey', which is a collective imaginative project about energy transition. The aftertalk will be with Ewald Breunesse (Shell) and Isabelle Vries (Havenbedrijf), who have help put this project into motion.

 

We will end this Club Imagine with MS Noordereiland, created by artist Joe Cillen, about the island The Noordereiland in the heart of Rotterdam.

 

#clubimagine

 

For information, check out our website:

https://www.rotterdamseschouwburg.nl/agenda/5878/Club_Imagine_7/The_imagination_issue/

Aoarlivre (Outdoors) 2017

An afternoon dedicated to children and their families with artistic events and scientific experiments that address our daily concerns with sustainability.

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Network Member
EGEAC/Teatro Maria Matos
Discipline
Young audience - Installations-Games/Workshops/Performances/Music
Location
Teatro Maria Matos - Lisbon, Portugal

Since 2009, Teatro Maria Matos have traditionally ended the season and started the holidays in the company of artists, performers, neighbours and families. This is the day when we transfer almost all of the Theatre to the street and invite the city to come and celebrate with us. In the afternoon, the gardens of Bairro das Estacas, the neighborhood next to the Theatre, will be filled with different artistic events and scientific experiments that address our daily concerns with sustainability. As night falls, we will serve a dinner prepared by a group of Syrian refugees in the middle of the street, Rua Bulhão Pato, offering everyone the perfect excuse to spend the evening together and share a new experience together.

Programme “Indigenous Issues: Ecology, Earth and Amerindian Knowledge”

A programme dedicated to the cultures and political struggles of the indigenous peoples of South America.

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Network Member
EGEAC/Teatro Maria Matos
Discipline
Lectures/Films/Roundtable/Workshop/Conference
Location
Teatro Maria Matos - Lisbon, Portugal

Thinking in solidarity with the indigenous peoples of South America, as far as we understand their cultures and political struggles, is the great challenge this programme issues. These dialogues will approach indigenous ethics and aesthetics; the land as a sensitive being and the expression of multiple potentialities of interaction; the Amazon and Patagonia as areas of resistance and confrontation; as well as proposing ways of living together which differ from the manner imposed by colonialism. When we think of the indigenous, we see that the old idea that cultures, languages or indigenous minority societies are or have been endangered is, after all, a threatening expression, since when we approach an indigenous people, we approach a world project - which we will debate - in which we Europeans are also involved.

The programme includes different dialogue formats: round tables, conversations with Americanist anthropologists and indigenous leaders, workshops and reflections on how the indigenous viewpoint challenges how we behave in the world.    

 

5th May - Lecture 

The Involuntaries of the Homeland - on the concept and condition of "INDIGENEITY" in the world today, with special attention paid to the Brazilian situation

Eduardo Viveiros de Castro (BR)

         

5th May - Films + Discussion

Video in the Villages

O Espírito da TV/The TV spirit (1990) + Bicicletas de Nhanderú /Nhanderú’s Bicycles (2011)

Rodrigo Lacerda (PT)

 

6th May - Roundtable

On the Relationship with the Earth

Alejandro Reig (VE), Elisa Locon Antileo (CL) and Luisa Elvira Belaunde (PE)

 

6th May - Lecture

Of Dream and Earth

Ailton Krenak (BR)

 

6th May - Film

The Dream of the Stone

Ailton Krenak (BR) and Marco Altenberg (BR)

 

7th May - Workshop

Ethic of Living

Luísa Elvira Belaunde (PE)

 

26th May - Lecture

Humanity and Animality in the Indigenous Amazonic World

Aparecida Vilaça (BR)

 

27th May - Conference

Amerindian Political Resistance

Felipe Milanez (BR), José Bengoa (CL) and Raul Llasag Fernandez (EC)

Have A Good Day!

Have a Good Day! focuses on the inner lives of cashiers in a shopping centre, showing what lies behind their mechanical "Good afternoon!" and "Have a nice day!"

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Network Member
EGEAC/Teatro Maria Matos
Artist
Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė
Discipline
Opera
Location
, Portugal

Have A Good Day! is minimalistic and conceptual work for 10 singing cashiers, supermarket sounds and piano.

 

The plot of the opera by composer Lina Lapelytė and librettist Vaiva Grainytė, directed by Rugilé Bardziukaité, is set around the inner lives of cashiers in a shopping centre: shows what lies behind their mechanical “Good afternoon!“, “Thank you!“,  “Have a good day!” and fake smile. Faceless, robot-like shop workers found in everyday life are transformed into unique and lively characters; their secret thoughts and biographies are turned into short, personal dramas. The characters of different saleswomen, embodying universal archetypes, convey predominant social landscape. The libretto is a revealing mosaic of spoken, literary language and documentary.

 

The atmosphere of the supermarket is established by glinting and buzzing installation of the daylight lamps and environmental sounds, connecting the audience space and the stage with 10 cashiers. The set itself is very minimalistic: real goods – sort of obligatory decoration of a shopping center – exist only in acoustic and verbal form.

 

The monotonous beep that happens every time an item is being scanned is a key sound through the whole opera. It gets louder and quieter but it is always present. Songs that accompany the beeping are as monotonous as the process of shopping and selling. Instead of becoming the main point of the opera, music serves the thoughts of the cashiers – it facilitates their voice.

 

To avoid any moral or condemnatory suggestion, a critical attitude towards capitalism is expressed through humor, paradox, irony and poetry. The mosaic of different destinies is transformed into one poem suggesting the pleasure of consumption.

 

Further reading links:

http://haveagoodday.me/

 

 

 

Blessed

With Blessed, Meg Stuart has poetically and compellingly grasped the essence of the human condition.

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Network Member
EGEAC/Teatro Maria Matos
Artist
Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods & Eira
Discipline
Dance
Location
Teatro Maria Matos - Lisbon, Portugal

The American Meg Stuart and the Portuguese Francisco Camacho, both choreographer and dancer, worked together for the first time on Stuart's debut evening-length work Disfigure Study. Their second collaboration, Blessed, had its premiere in Ghent (BE) in 2007. Now, ten years later, this production is still on the living repertoire performed by Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods. This is not a dusty revival, but more of a deeper exploration by Francisco Camacho, for whom this choreography was created.

 

Even after a decade Camacho continues to propel himself forward in his cardboard pseudo-paradise, tormented by unceasing rain, holding on desperately to a world that has long been in ruins. Though a work of great somberness focusing on the unrelenting struggle for life, Blessed, comforts us with the sensitive power of the aesthetics of destruction. Our world of artificial gadgets, role models and external appearances is breached by the most basic fundamentals. To the accompaniment of a musical composition written and performed by Hahn Rowe, Blessed thus outlines the slow loss of an illusion, down to the last shred.

 

 

 

Pájaro

A group of friends find themselves chatting in a house when the owner of the house brings with her an unknown person, who claims not to be a man, but a bird.

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Network Member
EGEAC/Teatro Maria Matos
Artist
Trinidad González
Discipline
Theatre
Location
Teatro Maria Matos - Lisbon, Portugal

Pájaro [Bird] is the third work written by the Chilean playwright Trinidad González, after La reunión [The Reunion] and Elías. At night, a group of friends, all linked to the world of the arts and humanities, find themselves chatting and drinking wine in a snobbish and self-satisfied manner. The owner of the house leaves the room to put the rubbish out. When she comes back, she brings with her an unknown person, who claims not to be a man, but a bird. The group of friends receive him in a pleasant and polite manner, but gradually the atmosphere becomes increasingly violent, in a slightly hidden manner at first, but decisively so.

 

 

Artigo 19 (Article 19)

Starting from a research on human rights, Artigo 19 (Article 19) seeks to reflect on the relationship between the speakable and the unspeakable.

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Network Member
EGEAC/Teatro Maria Matos
Artist
Urândia Aragão
Discipline
Performance
Location
Teatro Maria Matos - Lisbon, Portugal

When we sense strangeness in the encounter with the other, something is revealed – beyond treaties, conventions, expectations, and personal conflicts. What is said and what remains unsaid is part of the construction of an image of ourselves for the other. From this arise expectations that move us in a dialectic of illusions, of fiction and reality. The masks that can as easily either serve us or oppress us, are called into question.

 

This is the moment we choose to keep them or to let them go. Is it in this letting go that we experience something close to a state of consciousness and freedom? In the world of formal language, declarations try to protect us from fear, but they say little about this place and time between ‘I and Thou’, about the matter we are made of and its intelligence beyond rationality.

A-Life

In the whirlwind of work, relationships, deadlines and discussions, we sometimes get distracted from the most important things in life.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Elke Van Campenhout, Stijn Smeets, Robin Amanda Creswell
Discipline
Rituals
Location
Kaaistudio's, Brussels, Belgium

In the whirlwind of work, relationships, deadlines and discussions, we sometimes get distracted from the most important things in life: feeling alive and being conscious of our entire being and everything around you. The Monastery is an experimental spiritual urban community that aims to do exactly that: by performing daily rituals and making every action an intense experience.

 

The Monastery is coming to the Kaaistudios four times this season with A-LIFE, a ritual day that is patterned to the rhythm of the seasons. You can live the life of a monk for an entire day or take part in only one ritual, attend a lecture, or join a ritual dinner. During the WoWmen festival, A-LIFE will devote several days to feminine energy and cyclical transformation. The ‘monks’ who will lead the A-LIFE cycle are Elke Van Campenhout, Stijn Smeets and Robin Amanda Creswell.

Salt

Eko Supriyanto explores the relationship between Javanese cultural heritage and the rhythm of the underwater world – a world without gravity where new perspectives emerge.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Eko Supriyanto
Discipline
Dance
Location
Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium

Anti-gravity

 

Following the international success of Cry Jailolo and Balabala – both created with young people from the Indonesian province of North Maluku – dance pioneer Eko Supriyanto has shifted his focus to himself with a solo. He revisits the theme of Cry Jailolo: the threat to his homeland’s marine life.

He explores the relationship between Javanese cultural heritage and the rhythm of the underwater world – a world without gravity where another perspective emerges. He draws from his classical dance training, his diving experience, and the Javanese agricultural tradition of carving in the ground.

Conversations (at the end of the world)

Wars, simmering conflicts, terrorism, ecological disasters… an ever-greater number of possible endings present themselves.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Kris Verdonck
Discipline
Performance
Location
Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium

What to do when the end is in sight?

 

Five figures stand in an empty theatre space, accompanied only by the time they have left. Together, they form a portrait of humanity in the insane twentieth century, awaiting the inevitable catastrophe. Wars, simmering conflicts, terrorism, ecological disasters… an ever-greater number of possible endings present themselves. Despite the shock, they continue to talk, perform, and play music. Beyond all efforts and hope – but with a robust sense of nonsense – they live in a state where a great many new possibilities emerge.

 

The oeuvre of Russian author Daniil Charms inspired the script, supplemented with work by contemporaries, crazy prophets and philosophers, and tweets from warzones. This piece is performed by star actors José Kuijpers, Johan Leysen, Jan Steen, Jeroen Van der Ven, accompanied by pianist Marino Formenti.

In Koor!

Because people are at their most vulnerable when they can’t (yet) do what they most desire.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Myriam Van Imschoot & Willem de Wolf
Discipline
Performance/music
Location
Brussels, Belgium
Commissioned
Campo

To begin and to begin again

 

IN KOOR! is a musical theatre project by the Brussels-based performance artist Myriam Van Imschoot and Willem de Wolf, an actor and author at de KOE. Along with unpractised singers – theatre students at the KASK Ghent and twelve amateur actors – they are exploring the rehearsal process of a choral production. Choirs rehearse endlessly so that they can ultimately achieve unison and harmony. The misses, repetitions and mistakes that occur in the process form the performance material of this production. Because people are at their most vulnerable when they can’t (yet) do what they most desire.

 

IN KOOR! is not only an ode to the wrong tone, flat notes and the shaky voice that has not yet found the right balance and cadence, it is also a carrousel in which the authors zoom in and out on the process itself, rehearsals, improvement, hope, (dis)harmony, and on the way individuality relates to the collective. If you are looking for cantatas and virtuoso vocal parts, you will have to make do with musical theatre that turns singing out of tune into art.

Het houten ezeltje

What starts as a lecture about Benjamin Verdonck’s new book <i>even i must understand it</i> enjoyably derails into a production that introduces you to one or more table stages. 

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Artist
Benjamin Verdonck
Discipline
Performance
Location
Kaaistudio's, Brussels, Belgium

From studio to stage

 

What starts as a lecture about Benjamin Verdonck’s new book even i must understand itenjoyably derails into a production that introduces you to one or more table stages. In The Wooden Donkey, Verdonck presents a playful guide to the winding road from his studio to the stage, using stories, photos, films, a little theatre in a box, a cat, and music.

Crazy but true

A text is whispered to children on stage via headsets. They repeat what they hear, and thus present a growing list of extraordinary facts.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Ant Hampton
Discipline
Performance
Location
Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium
Commissioned
Kaaitheater, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Artsadmin, Vooruit

Fearlessly curious

 

Children have an insatiable hunger for unusual facts and trivia of the ‘crazy but true’ type. In the performance, children between the ages of seven and eleven form a panel of experts. A text is whispered to them via headsets. They repeat what they hear, and thus present a growing list of extraordinary facts.

While some are very funny, others are serious, describing a world for which the adult audience is often collectively responsible. This simple proposal using minimal resources becomes increasingly addictive and complex, the longer you stay with it. It is a tender, intergenerational confrontation involving tragic ánd comic extremes.

Ecopolis 2017

Het Groene Boek

Hardware, apps and digital alter egos are giving new meanings to commitment, cooperation and connections between people.

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Discipline
Conference
Location
Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium
Commissioned
Oikos

Shared horizon

 

Obtaining and sharing information, campaigning, making friends, dating, working, gaming… we are increasingly doing these things online. Hardware, apps and digital alter egos are giving new meanings to commitment, cooperation and connections between people. What are the implications of this digital reality for building a shared horizon?

 

After decades of individualization and fragmentation, one of the biggest challenges of our age is a new definition of ‘a we’. What does ‘together’ mean today, and what can we ‘achieve together’? These questions are not only being addressed in the public debate but also in very concrete initiatives, such as citizens’ co-ops for example. Ecopolis 2017 investigates ways in which the digitization of society can contribute to new forms of collectiveness. How can this digitization play a role in the transition to a more social and ecological society?

The Guardians of Sleep

The Guardians of Sleep is a collective attempt to withdraw in a world that is always ‘switched on’ – and where an ‘off’ button simply doesn’t seem to exist.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
David Weber-Krebs
Discipline
Performance
Location
Kaaistudio's, Brussels, Belgium

What happens exactly when we fall asleep? Where are we headed? By interrupting all our activities and retreating from the world, sleep is perhaps the only possible escape from the ever-busier present. A place where you can let everything go and finally be alone.

 

But what happens when can’t even be alone there? What is it like to be a viewer watching other people fall asleep in a theatre, to witness this most intimate act? The Guardians of Sleep is a collective attempt at disobedience in a world that is always ‘switched on’ – and where an ‘off’ button simply doesn’t seem to exist.

The Thing

THE THING is an automated and hybrid form consisting of four episodes, in between performance, workshop, and journey.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Christophe Meierhans & Ant Hampton
Discipline
Workshop
Location
Kaaistudio's, Brussels, Belgium

Leap of faith

 

Ant Hampton and Christophe Meierhans join forces to create THE THING, an automated and hybrid form between performance, workshop and journey. Over four episodes, THE THING takes you on an exploration of the overlap between things which matter to the world and a thing each of us could set into motion at any moment.

 

Doing THE THING is about creating the best possible conditions to take a leap of both faith and imagination, daring to enact another possible version of oneself. To decisively step out of one’s comfort zone by – as David Graeber coins it – ‘insisting on acting as if one is already free.’ In THE THING, no charismatic leader stands in your way. The only ones present are you, a group of 8 to 12 people who open a suitcase and follow a wild mix of different triggers as a guide.

Concert for Plants

This lecture-performance, installation and concert explores the question - Is plant a commodity, an exhibit, a thing or living organism?

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Artist
Toms Treinis, Martins Zarins
Discipline
Performance
Location
Botanical Garden of University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Commissioned
New Theatre Institute of Latvia

Is plant a commodity, an exhibit, a thing or living organism? The first jointly devised site-specific work by young Latvian directors Toms Treinis and Mārtiņš Zariņš combines the elements of lecture-performance, installation and concert.

 

The work is based on the research of the world of plants, their systems of perception and communication, the originally written musical score and conversations with people whose lives are deeply connected with nature. In this concert for plants humans are only visitors; hence their physical, intellectual and emotional wellbeing is subordinated to the one of the plants.

Crazy but True

Bringing a child into the world is the easy part. More difficult is how to bring the world into a child?

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Artist
Ant Hampton
Discipline
Performance
Location
Riga, Former Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia, Latvia

Crazy but True is an interactive installation performed by children aged 8-12, who, cast as ‘experts’, are given their lines via headphones, repeating what they hear, without rehearsal. What results is a rolling list of extraordinary facts – some serious, others very funny. Despite the fun, one thing becomes clear for the adults watching: bringing a child into the world is the easy part. More difficult is how to bring the world into a child.

Brussels based British artists And Hampton is best known for his nine Autoteatro works, which deliver instructions to audience members to enact the performances for each other. Hampton’s other solo projects include ongoing experimentation around live portraiture and structured encounters with people from non-theatrical milieu. He has been a head dramaturg for Projected Scenarios at Manifesta 7 Biennial for Contemporary Art, and has contributed to projects by Jérôme Bel and Forced Entertainment.

The Art of Culture of Hope – A Sharing

Where is hope? Where is a room for potential in our society? An exploration by two artists of fear, hope and the future.

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Artist
Jessica Huber & James Leadbitter
Discipline
A sharing
Location
Dirty Deal Teatro, Riga, Latvia
Commissioned
New Theatre Institute of Latvia

Hope dwindles when we take a look at the future: climate catastrophes, peak oil, wars, migration, financial uncertainty, nationalism, attacks on human rights. Yet, Jessica Huber and James Leadbitter aka J&J refuse to be ruled by a policy of fear.

 

In 2016 they have started a long term exploration of our value system by initiating a dialogue about fear and asking – where there is hope, or, in other words, where there is room for the potential of our society. The Art of Culture of Hope is an evening of sharing the experience and material created during three workshops Space for Hope conducted by artists in Cēsis and Riga.

Homo Novus Festival School

Workshops for a group of pre-selected 13 young artists from 6 countries; lectures, talks and events for the festival audience.

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Artist
Daniel Blanga Gubbay (BE), Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (NL), Ant Hampton and Christophe Meyerhans (B
Location
Riga, Latvia

Programme of the Festival School:

 

September 3

Workshop “Spaces of Pedagogy” and lecture “The Pedagogy of the New World Summit” by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (New World Summit)

The New World Summit is an artistic and political organization dedicated to providing "alternative parliaments" to host organizations that currently find themselves excluded from democracy. An important element of the New World Summit is a pedagogical practice in the form of the New World Academy, a series of weekend-long workshops in which the New World Summit invited organizations invested in the progressive political project to collaborate with artists and students on the role of art at the center of political struggle. Particular attention in the workshop and lecture will be paid to the collaboration with the Kurdish Women's Movement and the project of Stateless Democracy.

 

September 4 – 8

The Thing. Automatic Workshop by Ant Hampton and Christophe Meierhans

The Thing is an automated and hybrid form between performance, workshop and journey. Over 4 episodes, each about 4 hours long, The Thing takes its participants on an exploration of the overlap between things which matter to the world, and a thing each of us could set into motion at any moment. Doing The Thing is about creating the best possible conditions to take a leap of both faith and imagination, daring to enact another possible version of oneself. To decisively step out of one’s comfort zone by, as David Graeber coins it, “insisting on acting as if one is already free.” In The Thing, no charismatic leader stands in your way. The only ones present are a group of artists who open a suitcase and follow a wild mix of different triggers as a guide.

Participants of Riga workshop: Melanie Frances Phillips (London), Antra Leite Straume (Riga), Mapengo Námoda (Maputo), Barbara Lehtna (Tallinn), Paulius Markevičius (Vilnius), Ina Sladič (Berlin), Asher Simiso Gamedze (Cape Town) among oters.

 

September 8

The Second Nature by Aleppo

How can we think ecology beyond the division between human and non human? Moving from the perspectives of First Nations this programme opens a reflection on an expanded idea of ecology. What is excluded from the right of protection in Western ecology, and its following the sharp and artificial division of nature and culture? Merging different ways of thinking (words, sound, image) this programme discloses the interconnection of feminist, indigenous and queer perspectives on nature, to centre what Mirko Nikolić defines the possibility of minoritarian ecologies. The programme invites to the sound listening and theory session by Elin Már Øyen Vister and Mirko Nikolić and a screening by Melanie Bonajo.

The Second Nature is project by Aleppo (Brussels) curator Daniel Blanga Gubbay – a researcher in political philosophy and performance.

 

September 9

Elizabeth Povinelli talk

Elizabeth Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University where she has also been the Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Law and Culture. Author of numerous books, essays and films, a former editor of the academic journal Public Culture, Povinelli is also part of the Karrabing Film Collective, a grassroots Indigenous based media group. Her work focuses on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support the anthropology of the otherwise. In her lecture Povinelli will address indigenous alterity and multinaturalisms and her latest project – Geontologies – an analysis of how ‘late liberal power’ appears as it is encountered from the perspective of the Karrabing media collective.

After the talk – a conversation between Elizabeth Povinelli and Candice Hopkins (Yukon, Canada), a curator, writer and researcher in the areas of history, art and indigeneity, a member of documenta 14 curatorial team.

The screening of Karrabing Film Collective short films will take place before and after the talk.

Space for Hope (part of Imagine 2068)

Workshop “Space for Hope” is a dialogue about fear, hope and future.

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Artist
James Leadbitter
Discipline
Workshop
Location
Cēsis, Latvia

Workshop “Space for Hope” facilitated by artist and activist James Leadbitter is a dialogue about fear, hope and future, which leads to think of how we are affected by fear and where our society has space for action.

By collaborating, listening and interacting with one another participants (13 – 18 old teenagers) of the workshop create an exciting vision of the future, which becomes part of the bigger artistic project “The Art of Culture of Hope” by James Leadbitter and Jessica Huber.

 

1 place and 14400 seconds (part of Imagine 2068)

A creative an interactive workshop for youth tackling issues like climate change, crimes against nature and exploitation of nature.

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Network Member
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Artist
Maria Lucia Cruz Correia
Discipline
Workshop
Location
Cēsis, Latvia

The workshop focuses on one location according to environmental emergency in the city of Cēsis and environmental crime. The participants of the workshop (13-18 year old teenagers) are challenged by the relation between the gaze and action, the vision and perception, the feeling and acting. They cruise through a network of texts, video, and physical practices that open reflections and experiments with new forms of restorative action in dialogue with current environmental injustices
The work is one of observation, planning and action. Unraveling the consequences of the chosen location, a dialogue with the concrete space is created.

Appel d'air

A participatory work with the trees of the Grand Paris Express.

Network Member
COAL
Artist
Thierry Boutonnier
Discipline
Multidisciplinary
Location
Les Groues, Nanterre, France

Appel d'air is a participatory and environmental work by the artist Thierry Boutonnier, which accompanies the construction of the Grand Paris Express, a subway project surrounding Paris, until 2030.

 

The aim of this artwork is to give back its place to the living and the plant in the planning policies of the territories and to involve the inhabitants in the transformations of their cities.

 

The inhabitants of the cities concerned by the future metro are invited to take part in this artistic and citizen project by adopting trees, that will then be planted in front of the future subway stations. These trees will grow in an urban plant nursery. The participants will also take care at home of a cutting of the tree they have adopted.

 

The participants will meet at least four times a year during workshops to learn how to take care of the trees, as well as during festive and convivial moments.

COAL Prize Art and Environment 2017

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Network Member
COAL
Discipline
Visual Arts
Location
Hunting and Nature Museum, Paris, France

The COAL Prize 2017 will be awarded on November 29th by the French Ministry of Culture during a ceremony organized at the Hunting and Nature Museum in Paris. The event is part of a day dedicated to Art, Culture and Biodiversity organized at the Hunting and Nature Museum, by the French Ministry of Culture, the Hunting and Nature Museum, COAL, the French Center of Funds and Foundations and the French Agency for Biodiversity.

In seven years, the COAL Prize has become an international meeting place for artists who take up the main universal issue of our time: ecology. This year, nearly 350 artists from 66 countries representing the six continents competed during an international call for projects. The ten nominated artists were selected for the artistic value, the relevance, the originality, the pedagogy, the social and participative approaches, the eco-design and the feasibility of their project. Together, they demonstrate how creation, in its diversity of forms and actions, is a key force in shaping the future of our societies.

The finalist artists of the 8th edition of the COAL Prize are:

Erich Berger et Mari Keto (Austria, Finland) - INHERITANCE - The Ritual of Measurement
Isabelle Daëron (France) - Topique - eau non potable
Abdessamad El Montassir (Morocco) - Résistance Naturelle
Anne Fischer (France) - Rising from its Ashes
La Vallée (France) - Pietra P.
Martin Le Chevallier (France) - Obsolescence programmée
Le Nouveau Ministère de l'Agriculture (France) - Les nouveaux produits du terroir. Les diamants Maquignons
Gideon Mendel (South Africa) - Drowning World
Afour Rhizome (South Korea) - Ce vent dont vous parlez nous porte loin de nous-même
Anaïs Tondeur (France) - Noir de carbone

The global ecologic crisis now affects all societies, territories and activities, whether by climate change, depletion of resources, various forms of pollution or loss of biodiversity. A global crisis that criss-cross its economic and social consequences. But this crisis is also a cultural one. The dominant values and representations, our globalized culture, determine our individual and collective behaviours, and ultimately our collective impacts on Planet Earth. Therefore, the solutions to this crisis can not only be political and technical. Culture can be a major player. This is what COAL has been promoting since its founding in 2008. The COAL Prize is open to artists from all over the world who deploy their creativity to devise and experiment with solutions and bear witness to the transformation of territories, lifestyles, organizations, and means of production, while making a contribution to the process themselves. Together they are participating in building a new collective narrative, a new world of imagination, an evolving shared heritage, a positive framework that is optimistic and essential for everyone to find the motivation to implement the necessary changes towards a more sustainable world.

This year the selection committee was composed of Raphaël Abrille, curator at the Hunting and Nature Museum ; Olivier Lerude, from the sustainable development mission of the French Ministry of Culture ; Thierry Boutonnier, artist, winner of the COAL Prize 2010 ; Loïc Fel, philosopher, sustainable development advisor and co-founder of COAL ; Lauranne Germond, curator, director and co-founder of COAL ; Julie Tanneau, coordinator of the COAL Prize 2017 and Clément Willemin, landscaper, manager of the BASE agency and co-founder of COAL.

Prize-Giving Ceremony on November 29, at the Hunting and Nature Museum

Under the patronage of the French Ministry of Culture and the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, the COAL Prize 2017 will be awarded by the French Ministry of Culture on November 29, during a ceremony organized in Paris at the Hunting and Nature Museum. The COAL Prize is supported by the French Ministry of Culture, the European Union and the Imagine2020 network, the Hunting and Nature Museum - François Sommer Foundation. The Ceremony is available by invitation.

The winner of the COAL Prize 2017 will be chosen by a jury composed of personalities of art and ecology. The Prize-winner receives an award of € 5,000 and is invited for a residency including an additional aid in production at Domaine de Belval (Ardennes – France) by the François Sommer Foundation.

Jury 2017

Claude d'Anthenaise, Heritage Officer, Director of the Hunting and Nature Museum
Christophe Aubel, General Director of the French Agency for Biodiversity
Monique Barbaroux, Senior Sustainable Development Officer of the French Ministry of Culture
Nathalie Blanc, Director of Research at the CNRS and Director of the Laboratory LADYSS UMR 7533
Chantal Colleu-Dumond, Director of the Castle and the International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire
François Hers, Founder of the Program "Nouveaux commanditaires"
Isabelle Le Galo Flores, Delegate for Spain at the Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation
Frédéric Martel, Writer, Researcher and Journalist
Lucy Orta, Visual artist

Cultures Fertiles, l’art de la transformation écologique, a day dedicated to Art, Culture and Ecology on November 29, at the Hunting and Nature Museum

Before the Prize-Giving Ceremony, the French Ministry of Culture, the Hunting and Nature Museum, the French Center of Funds and Foundations and COAL in partnership with the French Agency for Biodiversity, will present Cultures Fertiles, l'art de la transformation écologique, an afternoon dedicated to the issues of a cultural approach of the ecological transition, during which Olivier Darné, artist, winner of the COAL Prize 2012 will participate. During this day the movie La mémoire des glaciers by Angelika Markul, winner of COAL Prize 2016, will be broadcasted.

Blessed (part of season 2017-2018)

Damaged Goods & EIRA

Melancholy and the struggle to survive form the antipole of the consoling aesthetic that is aligned with destruction and decay.

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Meg Stuart
Discipline
Performance, Dance
Location
Brussels, Belgium

A man moves carefully between cardboard set pieces. Everything appears peaceful in this stylized paradise, until a sudden rain shower escalates into a destructive deluge. A decade after the première of BLESSED, Francisco Camacho continues to cling to a world that has long been left in ruins. Melancholy and the struggle to survive form the antipole of the consoling aesthetic that is aligned with destruction and decay. In the blink of an eye, our world of artificial gadgets, role models, and keeping up appearances is transformed by unpredictable, primitive forces. Set to a soundscape by Hahn Rowe, BLESSED sketches the gradual loss of an illusion, right down to the core.

 

Meg Stuart and the Portuguese dancer and choreographer Francisco Camacho first collaborated in Disfigure Study (1991), Stuart’s debut production. BLESSED was their second collaborative project. Now, ten years later, the production is still in the Damaged Goods repertoire.

 

"As BLESSED grows more involved, its meaning seems increasingly imposed from without, and its internal mysteries dim." – The New york Times

"BLESSED demonstrates that ignorance is bliss. […] A perturbing and penetrating performance that sends you back out onto the street befuddled." – De Standaard

 

Watch an extract of the show on YouTube: 

 

 

Against the Anthropocene (part of season 2017-2018)

The many names of resistance

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Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
T.J. Demos & Jeroen Peeters
Discipline
Lecture & Debate
Location
Kaaistudio's, Brussels, Belgium

Drawing on his recently released book, Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today (Sternberg Press), UC Santa Cruz professor and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies T.J. Demos will examine creative models of cultural practice modeling alternatives to the human exceptionalism, anthropocentrism, and technoscientific rationality of the Anthropocene thesis.

Rather than uncritically endorsing and recirculating the terminology, conceptualization, and practice of Anthropocene ideology, radical artistic and activist practitioners are exploring multi-species ontologies, experimental and multidisciplinary pedagogies, eco-sexual economies, and forms of institutional liberation. These, Demos argues, offer vital resources for how to imagine the reinvention of the world in ways socially just and ecologically sustainable, and to counter the seeming ineluctability of catastrophic climate change.

On enclosed spaces and the great outdoors

On invisible transformations in the Anthropocene

20171121_154035-JeroenPeeteres
Network Member
Kaaitheater
Artist
Jeroen Peeters & David Weber-Krebs
Discipline
Performance
Location
Brussels, Belgium

We live in an age in which human activity has a profound impact on our physical and ecological surroundings. Nevertheless, these transformations often go unseen – they are literally too large or small for our senses and imagination to take in, despite the fact that we have appropriate measuring instruments.

 

How can we create stories, aesthetics, and spaces of experience to deal with this situation reflexively and critically? And in the theatre, how can we focus attention on the many non-human actors and factors that play a role?

 

Looking for answers, David Weber-Krebs and Jeroen Peeters make a variety of hybrid artistic and theoretical interventions resonate with one another in a performative setting.

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