In June 2021 we launch a new series of online workshops, working with UK based Future Ventures Foundation. After Art School is a 7 week long free workshop which invites participants to explore what might come after art, what it would mean not to go back to normal after the pandemic, What would the future look like if art as we know it – this European invention a little over 200 years old, invented by the white elites in the colonial metropolises and imposed as a universal feature of civilization everywhere – merged back into the everyday life from which it was violently ripped?
The IPPC, the UN climate scientists not known for their radical imagination, wrote in their 2018 report that if we want to avoid the worst of the climate catastrophe we had 12 years left for “rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”. For us in the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (L.I.I) this has to include art. In a time of historical crises, is it enough to continue to represent the world, to make more performances about fortress europe, more installations about mass extinctions? How can we re-inhabit art, give it back its uses and its habitats, how can we heal the divisions between genius and skill, the beautiful from the useful, art from craft, culture from nature, Art from life?
The AFTER ART school will explore how art can become a means not an end, encourage participants to extend (maybe even transform) their practice, by re-localising it and making it “useful” to radical social and ecological transformation and movements. In these highly stressful times, it will also explore how to build a supportive network of fellow practitioners and to look at how to make practices sustainable by sharing regenerative tools, emphasizing the balance between connection with self, other and the living world.