AltVisions3 Sep – 5 Sep 2020 / Seminar@Stroom
The urgency for a new, different future to come is now felt across the world through the many uprisings and protests demanding a different system; a society that treats the resources of our planet and all its inhabitants with respect. This requires new insights.
During the AltVisions seminar, academics, initiators and artists are challenged to speculate on a fairer and more resilient future. Throughout the festival, all works of art will be on display in an open-access exhibition, which will remain open to the public for a fourth day on 6 September.
Thursday September 3rd
11.00 – 13.00 Alternative Forms of Democracy – with Wendy Harcourt, Elly Rijnierse, Jay Navarro Oviedo, Jonas Staal and Iliada Charalambous
From Extinction Rebellion to #BlackLivesMatter, people are losing faith in the democratic process. This panel explores ways that democracy can be reimagined and how citizens are ‘taking back control’ of their future through bottom-up initiatives. From the perspective of feminist political ecology scholars, concerned citizens and activist artists, the panel will discuss how local communities seek to build resilient societies, with a focus on commoning.
14.00 – 16.00 The Commons – with Tine de Moor, Binna Choi, Bregje Hamelynck and Ivanka Annot
First they stole our land, then they stole the world. This panel brings together social science and community farming to explore how the masses can take back control of their food production by removing land from market speculation. It brings art to this discussion to explore the potential of commoning in structures of governance, work, culture and sociality.
16.30 – 18.00 Alternative Visions of Reciprocity – with Tim Stacey, Angus Mol, Joeri Oudshoorn, Naaierij and Conscious Kitchen
We are seeking to transition to a less growth-driven and more relational economy amidst increasing diversity. Old forms of reciprocity rooted in faith, flag or family may no longer suffice. What then are the technological, procedural and cultural ties that bind us?
Friday September 4th
11.15 – 13.00 New Ways of Art – with Heske ten Cate, Miriam Meissner, Cathy Wilcock, Myriam Braakhuis, Rosa Marie Mulder, Flag of Compassion and moderator Quincy Gario
Politicians and policymakers increasingly recognise that logic on its own doesn’t persuade people to change. This panel looks into alternative, contemporary artistic practices that contribute to, influence and transform attitudes and activate audiences.
14.00 – 16.00 Reconciled with the Earth – with Daphina Misiedjan, Matthias Kramm, Jessica den Outer, SeMUel Sahureka, Esther Kokmeijer and moderator Antion Deul
Drawing on visions from beyond the West, philosophers have recently speculated that prioritising human thought and human rights may be at the root of our devastating social and economic practices. This panel explores ways of re-valorising the earth to the centre of ethical reflection. In particular, the panelists will discuss the possibility of assigning legal rights to nature.
16.30 – 18.30 New Economic Visions – with Giuseppe Feola, Arpita Bisht, Femke Sleegers, Damaris Matthijsen, Maarten vanden Eynde & Musasa, Amber Oskam, Maarten Nijman, Sam de Muijnk, and moderator Rojan Bolling
Is there an alternative to the capitalist economy as we know it? Many scholars and activists tell us that what is really required is de-growth. But is growth essential for human welfare? And what would degrowth look like in practice? This panel tackles these questions head on, and reflects in particular on the consequences of degrowth for the extraction industry, from sand to fossil fuels. The panel will be followed by an interactive workshop by Our New Economy, to help us reflect on the question of what needs to degrow, and what needs to grow instead.
For the full program, panel, speakers and artists, please visit altvisions.org
Nest and Stroom contributed to the organization of AltVisions and its co-hosts of this event.
This program is part of A Fair Share of Utopia