Performance and Activism: Developing Resilient Futures through the Arts

 

September 11, 2020, 16:30 - 18:30

free

A new wave of activism has been sparked around the globe. While 2019 was one of the biggest years for climate protests, 2020 has proven to be an even more significant year for global protest and activism. New forms of digital and offline protest are emerging at rapid rates that ask us to reconsider the kinds of tactics that are used to dismantle oppressive systems. As a result, we have been forced to rethink how performance, art, and activism intersect.

This multi-faceted event will explore the ways in which new instruments of communication have fundamentally shaped the way we orchestrate and stage protests on a revolutionary new global scale.

The first portion of our event will be a guided workshop led by Chihiro Geuzebroek, a long-standing climate activist and filmmaker, which will explore the role and efficacy of performance art in contemporary climate activism.

Following this workshop, Nishant Shah (VP Research & Acting Director at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, NL) will present his lecture "Flirting with Fakeness", which will explore how fakeness can be understood as a mode of performative activism, brought upon by the conditions of our current digital technological reality, that might ultimately be used an important tool for our survival.

Afterwards, Chihiro and Nishant will discuss questions surrounding performance and performativity within global activism, as they critique how we can collectively tackle issues of climate change, colonialism, and capitalism together to develop a resilient future through the arts.

Due to the coronavirus, we ask that attendees of this event maintain a 1.5 meter distance at all times. Masks are recommended though they are not compulsory. If you or those in close contact with you have symptoms of the coronavirus (fever, cough, etc.) please stay home to prevent the spread of the infection.

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