The art of creative resistance: a workshop with the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination and Platform (tbc) – February 12th – 14th 2015 10.00 – 18.00
Faced with the urgency of the social and ecological crises it is clear that everything has to be transformed ; this includes the definitions of art and the way we struggle for a better world. For the last decade the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Labofii) has been bringing artists and activists together to design and carry out new forms of creative resistance. For the festival Burning Ice, taking place at the Kaai Theatre in Brussels, the Labofii will facilitate an intense three day workshop which will co-create actions to take place with the general public on Saturday 14th of February. (see details below)
Open to artists and activists interested in the boundaries between politics and performance, art and activism, the workshop will explore how we can escape the old rituals of protest to find a space where the poetic and the pragmatic fuse into successful and efficient moments of disobedience. The workshop will be hands on, we will work together to design and then implement actions (with the participation of the public on the 14th) around the theme of climate chaos and the movement to divest from fossil fuel corporations.
The workshop is free but places for February 12th and 13th are limited. If you would like to apply please fill in the form here. The deadline for applications is Monday 19th of January
For more information, contact info (at) labofii.net
On the 13th of February at 20.30, the Labofii will present the show We Have Never Been Here Before at the Kaaitheater, Sainctelettesquare 19 – 1000 Brussels.
« The Labofii… reminds us of the time when it was still possible for free theatre to try out loving anarchic social utopias… The is about saying goodbye to representation and is therefore the most radical form of theatre » The Frankfurter Rundschau, 2010.
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Love Life – Hate Fossil Fuels: An info-action day for the climate. February 14th 2015 10am – Midnight.
« If each of us loved our homeplace enough to defend it, there would be no ecological crisis, no place could ever be written off as a sacrifice zone. » Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything : Capitalism vs. The climate. 2014.
In 2015, St Valentines day will not be what it used to be. The Kaai will open its doors to the public and transform the theatre into a temporary climate action zone to celebrate a culture of life over the toxic culture of fossil fuels. Coinciding with the 350.org global day of action, calling on institutions to take their investments out of the fossil fuels corporations, Love Life : Hate Fossil Fuels will take us on a day long adventure of creative resistance (prepared during the workshop) together with an international array of artists and climate activists.
Food and information will be shared, you will hear about plans for the Paris UN climate summit mobilisations and a taster training in civil disobedience will warm you up for the “action speed dating” event. The “speed dating” will culminate in affinity groups taking on “secret missions” to be performed across the city. As darkness falls we will return to the Kaai to party and celebrate life over profit with our new found rebel friends.
Please bring food to share and ferocious love to give away.
With The Climate Coalition, Climate Express, The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, 350.org & Platform.
Infamous for touring the UK recruiting a rebel clown army, running courses in postcapitalist culture, throwing snowballs at bankers, turning hundreds of abandoned bikes into machines of disobedience and launching a rebel raft regatta to shut down a coal fired power station, The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Lab of ii) merges art and life, creativity and resistance, proposition and opposition.