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#artist-oriented
Kaaitheater Brussels
19 Jun 2020 - 20 Jun 2020

the tiger eats the zebra and the bird flies away in terror [CANCELLED]

Benjamin Verdonck

Benjamin Verdonck is an all-round artist. He creates visual work and theatre – poetic, nimble and compelling – both in theatres and in public spaces. In this performance, he builds and operates an unusual planetarium of sticky tape, ropes and cardboard.

Please note: cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

#commissioned work
Bunker Ljubljana
10 Jun 2020 - 11 Jun 2020

Triptych::: Archive of Self-Sufficiency

Installation by Tery Žeželj & Ivana Vogrinc Vidali

Who are we? Are we the ones who created the environmental crisis? Are we the ones that feel it? And whose world is coming to an end? The elementary basis of this audio visual installation is a set of several technological, random and personal information about various scientific discoveries. Thus, these provide an alternative to the current methods of production in organization of life, waste, emissions, etc.

#commissioned work
Bunker Ljubljana
10 Jun 2020 - 11 Jun 2020

Triptych::: For the health of the Nation

Fun monodrama by Brina Klampfer

We seem to be living in a time when comedy and satire can proclaim they have been overcome by reality. It’s hard to be more ridiculous than reality, which is becoming the greatest absurdity of the absurdity itself. The improvisations we are playing to comply with the new regulations, government outbursts, our own feelings, have flooded our everyday lives and become the new normal.

#commissioned work
Bunker Ljubljana
10 Jun 2020 - 11 Jun 2020

Triptych::: Trans-Plant

Performance by Nika Švab and Luka Martin Škof

Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe and could help save the planet. (Fantastic Fungi, 2019)

#learning
Kaaitheater Brussels
9 Jun 2020

Hyperpresent talk #5: On Tianxia [CANCELLED]

Zhao Tingyang

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they engage in a conversation with the philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series.

The philosopher Zhao Tingyang introduces ‘Tianxia’: a conceptualization of the world as the composition of three realms. These are the physical, the psychological and the political, thus placing inclusivity and harmony at the heart of a global worldview.

Please note: cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus

#incurable curious
COAL Paris
1 Jun 2020

COAL Prize 2020

Biodiversity

In 2020, the COAL Prize foccuses on the topic of biodiversity and its destruction. This 11th edition is part of the VIVANT programme, a cultural season on Biodiversity. Furthermore, this festival sets the way for the IUCN Congress on World Conservation (postponed to Jan 2021).

Award ceremony: June 2020, in Marseille (FR).

#incurable curious
Kaaitheater Brussels
28 May 2020

Hyperpresent talk #4: On Antiphilosophy [CANCELLED]

Boris Groys

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they engage in a conversation with the philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series.

Art critic, media theorist and philosopher Boris Groys argues that modern ‘antiphilosophy’ does not pursue the universality of thought as its goal, but rather proposes the universality of life.

Please note: cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus. 

#localising
Culturgest Lisbon
27 May 2020

Mental Storm #4 [Postponed]

Debate on Skin

Tempestade Mental (Brain-storm) is synonymous with a self-governed youth parliament. In this context, participants receive an interactive and permeable multimedia script. They can work on it freely – without the presence of adults. Indeed, for 90 minutes, they develop a laboratory for engaging in dialogue. Thus, reflecting and creating images of their own future.

#spaces and means
New Theatre Institute of Latvia Riga
27 May 2020 - 17 Jun 2020

With For About 2020

Call for Artists

Working with artist and mental health activist ‘the vacuum cleaner’, curator and agitator Cecilia Wee and a stellar line up of international artists, activists and academics, With For About 2020 creates a vital, slow and complex space between art, activism, care and social practice in response to COVID-19.

The organisers are looking for contributors from anywhere in the world. Thus, they are very keen to hear about things they won’t have heard about, the unchampioned, undiscovered and low-key.

#solidarity
Lokomotiva Skopje
27 May 2020 - 31 Jul 2020

#ArchiveOfReflections

Where are we now, and where are we going?

“Facing these unpredictable times and our already fragile position in society, we found ourselves in need of urgent reflection with our colleagues, partners and friends.” Therefore, Lokomotiva decided to promote online reflections on the changing conditions brought about by the actual pandemic situation. It is an attempt to create a new public space since the existing one has been taken away by the virus. All reflections are on Lokomotiva’s YouTube channel.

#incurable curious
Kaaitheater Brussels
18 Apr 2020

On Enclosed Spaces and the Great Outdoors [CANCELLED]

By David Weber-Krebs & Jeroen Peeters | PERFORMANCE & TALK

We live in an age in which human activity has a profound impact on our physical and ecological surroundings. Thus, there is the need to question what role can the performing arts play in the debate on climate crisis? Indeed, in this performative conference by David Weber-Krebs and Jeroen Peeters (curators), a variety of hybrid artistic and theoretical interventions wander around these issues.

Please note: cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus. 

#learning
Culturgest Lisbon
2 Apr 2020 - 19 May 2020

Conference – Economy and Regenerative Cultures

Daniel Christian Wahl

Daniel Christian Wahl’s live streaming conference on how to redesign the human impact on Earth. In Wahl’s perspective, both as a biologist and sustainable development expert, the capitalist system is no longer working for the majority of the world’s population. Would a new paradigm enable us to become more resistant to the test that the recent Coronavirus ordeal presents to the global economy?

#learning
Kaaitheater Brussels
23 Mar 2020

Hyperpresent talk #3: on Immaterialism [CANCELLED]

Graham Harman

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they engage in a conversation with the philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series.

Indeed, what objects exist in the social world and how should we understand them? Founder of object-oriented philosophy, Graham Harman sheds light on the nature and status of objects in social life.

Please note: cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

#artist-oriented
Kaaitheater Brussels
4 Mar 2020 - 5 Mar 2020

Spin, Spin, Scheherazade

By Orla Barry | PERFORMANCE

This is a humorous and passionate monologue rooted in a form of artistic barefoot anthropology. Indeed, Orla Barry directs Einat Tuchman, exploring the boundaries of art, gender, and the rural everyday. Thus, the artist reflects on a culture in which the connection with nature has been broken.

#learning
Kaaitheater Brussels
3 Mar 2020

Hyperpresent talk #2: On Posthumanism

Rosi Braidotti

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they engage in a conversation with the philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series.

The posthuman helps us make sense of our flexible and multiple identities. Thus, it helps us to measure the effects of post–anthropocentric thought. A talk by philosopher and feminist theorist Rosi Braidotti.

#learning
Culturgest Lisbon
3 Mar 2020 - 4 Mar 2020

Conference – Things Founded in Silence

Artistic Coordination by Marta Rema

Silence is not a luxury, but rather crucial to physical and mental health. However, we cannot celebrate silence acritically. Being silenced is what happens to the victims of abuse. Furthermore, the concept of bad noise is often controversial. Even silence has its politics. For two days, writers, artists, architects, astrophysicists and philosophers, all get together to discuss the importance of silence.

#artist-oriented
Kampnagel Hamburg
28 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020

no apocalypse not now

Performance by Ariel Ashbel and Friends | RECLAIMING HISTORY Festival

In his new performance, inspired by Derrida, Ariel Efraim Ashbel offers a critical and equally hopeful view on the world’s end. Investigating apocalyptic culture, the show unveils the possibilities and aesthetics of a reality after human kind. Thus, it proposes a revelation: joy without nihilism, optimism without compliance, and fun without irony.

This performance is part of the RECLAIMING HISTORY Festival.

#artist-oriented
Kampnagel Hamburg
28 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020

AZIMUT dekolonial remix

Performance by Hajusom | RECLAIMING HISTORY Festival

The term AZIMUT – from Arabic السموت , as-sumūt, is a term from astronomy. It means, among other things, “the paths”. Following the traces of colonialism, the young performers of the transnational ensemble Hajusom travelled to their countries of origin. They brought back stories and transformed their memories into choreography and songs, thus creating this multilingual performance.

This performance is part of the RECLAIMING HISTORY Festival.

#spaces and means
Kampnagel Hamburg
27 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020

Reclaiming History

Festival

RECLAIMING HISTORY’s artists and theorists reflect on the colonization of history and its contribution to postulate a stable patriarchal power. Thus, the festival presents unheard narratives. It also practices alternative cultures of remembrance and “herstory” telling. Indeed, the goal is to think of a present and a future that gives both visibility and a voice to those who have been left outside of his-story until now.

#artist-oriented
Kampnagel Hamburg
27 Feb 2020 - 29 Mar 2020

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Performance Lucy Mccormick & Ursula Martinez | RECLAIMING HISTORY Festival

The artist Lucy McCormick presents this “as trashy and crass as it is honest and exposing” (The Guardian) performance. Thus, she crawls through the annals of history in this enthusiastically humiliating exploration of power and purpose.

This performance is part of the RECLAIMING HISTORY Festival.

#localising
Kampnagel Hamburg
13 Feb 2020 - 16 Feb 2020

Queer-B-Cademy 2020

Part 1: House of Hope

With HOUSE OF HOPE – the first part of the TRILOGY OF TOMORROW – QUEER B-CADEMY sets out on a visionary journey within our own four walls. How do we experience being at home, where and under what conditions do we feel at home? What if we have never felt that way? For four days Kampnagel is being transformed into a home, with a bathroom, open-plan living room and a play area. The heart that seeks a home needs hope. And hope is at the heart of the QUEER B-CADEMY curriculum.

#communicating
Theater Rotterdam Rotterdam
10 Feb 2020 - 11 Feb 2020

Network Meeting #2

Rotterdam, Feb 2020

Theater Rotterdam hosted the second Network Meeting of the ACT – art, climate, transition project. Apart from strategic and operational decisions that took place at this gathering, Theater Rotterdam designed a special two days program to welcome all the partners. This program included exchanges with resident artists Boogaerdt / VanderSchoot and
Zarah Bracht, as well as the guerrilla curation program with Maureen de Jong and Rodrigo Batista.

#artist-oriented
Kaaitheater Brussels
5 Feb 2020 - 6 Feb 2020

Cry Me a River. The Quest for the Source.

Performance by Katja Dreyer & Karen Røise Kielland

An expedition to the source of the Styx led Karen Røise Kielland and Katja Dreyer to the heart of Greek mythology. This mythical river symbolized the border between our upper world and the underworld. Indeed, its water made Achilles immortal, it made Narcissus fall in love with his own reflection. They breathe new life into an old myth through numerous encounters with local residents and their stories about the river.

#political propellers
Bunker Ljubljana
3 Feb 2020

Youth for Climate Justice

Carbon Roundup Round Table

Youth for Climate Justice promotes this Carbon Roundup Round Table, with the purpose of debating national strategies and policies. Together, the goal is to critically examine the comprehensive National Energy and Climate Plan. Thus, looking for ways in which Slovenia can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

#localising
Culturgest Lisbon
15 Jan 2020

Mental Storm #2

Debate on the Earth

Tempestade Mental (Brain-storm) is synonymous with a self-governed youth parliament. In this context, participants receive an interactive and permeable multimedia script. They can work on it freely – without the presence of adults. Indeed, for 90 minutes, they develop a laboratory for engaging in dialogue. Thus, reflecting and creating images of their own future.

#learning
Culturgest Lisbon
9 Jan 2020

Conference – The Climate of History: 10 Years Later

Dipesh Chakrabarty

Ten years ago, historian Dipesh Chakrabarty published “The Climate of History: Four Theses”. This was the first of several Anthropocene-focused articles that turned out to be as influential as controversial. Indeed, Chakrabarty’s work fostered an extensive discussion on the relevance of political and socio-economic divisions between the northern and southern hemispheres, namely in the threats to survival.

#learning
Culturgest Lisbon
7 Jan 2020

Conference – Governance of risk in a heating planet

Scott Knowles

“Slow disasters” are events whose damage and disruption result from factors developed over a long time, such as climate change, environmental degradation, desertification or wildfires. In this Conference, Scott Knowles addresses the topic of risk, governance, vulnerability and resilience in relation to slow disasters.

#learning
Culturgest Lisbon
6 Jan 2020 - 11 Jan 2020

Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax

Anthropocene Curriculum (Lisbon, PT)

The Interuniversity Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT, Lisbon PT) is establishing a series of initiatives to advance and disseminate new experimental modes of higher education and research, within the Anthropocene Curriculum. Indeed, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science initiatied the Anthropocene Curriculum in 2013, and it is nowadays a collaborative network spanning around the globe.

#incurable curious
COAL Paris
28 Nov 2019

COAL Prize 2019

Displacement

The COAL Prize 2019 tackles the subject of displacement related to natural disasters and climate change. Indeed, this 10th edition of the COAL Prize takes place in collaboration with the Platform on Disaster Displacement and DISPLACEMENT: Uncertain Journeys.

Award ceremony:
28 November 2019, at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
3-5 December 2019, at the COP25, Madrid (ES)

#political propellers
Kaaitheater Brussels
10 Nov 2019

#GENERATIONHOPE

ECOPOLIS 2019 | TALK & DEBATE

The massive protest of young people against the climate impasse represented the most sensational event of 2018. Indeed, the Generation Hope holds up a mirror to politicians and shifted the climate crisis to the center of our social debate. They became united, refusing to accept half-hearten measures and insisting on radical climate policies. Thus, young people conquered a prominent place on the political stage.

#localising
Culturgest Lisbon
6 Nov 2019

Mental Storm #1

Debate on Social Networks

Tempestade Mental (Brain-storm) is synonymous with a self-governed youth parliament. In this context, participants receive an interactive and permeable multimedia script. They can work on it freely – without the presence of adults. Indeed, for 90 minutes, they develop a laboratory for engaging in dialogue. Thus, reflecting and creating images of their own future.

#artist-oriented
Lokomotiva Skopje
5 Nov 2019

This building talks truly

Performance - Installation

This performance installation represented the Republic of North Macedonia on the Prague Quadrennial for Performance, Design and Space (6-16 June, 2019). On this occasion, it received the award “Golden Triga” | 1st Prize.

#artist-oriented
Lokomotiva Skopje
4 Nov 2019

Moonlight

Performance by Aleksandar Georgiev and Darío Barreto Damas

MOONLIGHT is a choreographic project that focuses on poetic structures. This project explores dispersed meanings, as well as a malleable reality, on stage. It rediscovers identities that are persistently established, by unfolding and queering normativity.

 

#communicating
Lokomotiva Skopje
4 Nov 2019 - 5 Nov 2019

Network Meeting #1

Skopje, Nov 2019

Lokomotiva – Center for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture is hosting the first ACT network meeting, in Skopje. The main topic on the agenda is how to act, towards a just transition.

#learning
Kaaitheater Brussels
14 Oct 2019

Hyperpresent talk #1: On Extrastatescraft

Keller Easterling

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they engage in a conversation with the philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series.

Extrastatecraft controls everyday life in the city: it is the key to power – and resistance – in the twenty-first century. A talk by the American architect and urbanist, Keller Easterling (Yale University). Also, it is part of the Ecopolis festival.

#artist-oriented
Kampnagel Hamburg
4 Oct 2019 - 5 Oct 2019

Maggie the Cat

Performance by Trajal Harrell

In his trilogy Porca Miseria, Trajal Harrell’s inspiration is the study of “bitches”, aka strong women from literature and history. The key figure of this performance is Maggie, from Tennessee Williams’ classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. Thus, Harrell reveals and deconstructs the social fabric of a segregated society, while dancing, voguing and celebrating the American South.

#incurable curious
Kaaitheater Brussels
3 Oct 2019 - 5 Oct 2019

Moving in Concert

By Mette Ingvartsen | DANCE

Inspired by the digital’s effect on the bodies, the choreographer Mette Ingvartsen creates a new universe. There, people, technology and organic matter coexist and create an abstract set of movements. Thus, the performance explores a poetics of plasticity, abstraction and imagination.