IT'S A MATCH - Day 1 - 20.11 - The ecological reorientation of performing arts
The ecological reorientation of performing arts.
Mon 20.11.2023, Budascoop Kortrijk (BE)
The current ecological catastrophe is undoubtedly the challenge of the century, since it involves nothing less than preserving the habitability of our planet for our generation of humans and for the living creatures on which we depend. Like all human activities, art and culture are being called upon to participate in the necessary paradigm shift: in its practices to reduce its own impact and in its narratives to bring about the necessary bifurcation of our societies. In fact, there is an increasing number of reflections, initiatives, manifestos and concrete, well-established initiatives.
And yet the sector is also showing a certain reluctance: fear of new constraints, of associated work, fear for creative freedom, intercultural relations, distinction and loss of competitiveness in a highly competitive sector, temptation to preserve privileges (could there not be a new "cultural exception" in the new Climate Regime?).
IT'S A MATCH proposes to examine the conditions under which live performance can become a driving force for the necessary ecological redirection, through its stories, its works and the materiality of its practices. The question of the collective action needed to activate the transition will be addressed at the Euroregion level, with a dialogue between players from Flanders, Wallonia and Hauts-de-France, as well as inspiring examples from elsewhere.
Study day for programmers, artists, arts centres, production centres, policy-makers and all interested parties
08:30 > 09:30 - reception
09:30 > 12:30 - start of workshops
Make your choice:
1. ARTISTIC PRACTICES AND NEW NARRATIVES 09:30 > 12:30 - 10 participants in English (understanding necessary, expression in French or Dutch possible) led by Christophe Meierhans
Following on from the work carried out as part of the Where to land forum's dedicated workshop, and based on the manifesto drafted on that occasion, Christophe Meierhans invites a group of artists, curators and professionals to reflect on whether and how the arts can contribute to the paradigm shifts required to establish a truly sustainable way of living. Starting with a discussion of the narratives used to describe the current ecological situation, the workshop will propose rethinking the practices and narratives aligned with these issues.
2. TRANSNATIONAL FAIR PRACTICE 09:30 > 11:00 - 12 participants in English (understanding necessary, expression in French or Dutch possible) led by Dirk de Wit
Using fictitious cases, we discuss cultural, political and financial inequalities in international collaborations. What is right, what could be improved and how, what are the inspiring examples and practices? Our starting point will be the Transnational Fair Practice Letter, written by artists and arts workers working on 'sustainable international work' in the context of A New Fair World! (2022).
3. TAROT OF TRANSNATIONAL AND POST-NATIONAL PRACTICES 11:00 > 12:30 - 12 participants in English (understanding necessary, expression in French or Dutch possible) led by Ingrid Vranken
This workshop is built around a tarot deck created as part of the RESHAPE project. By imagining an art world "after the national", this prototype invites you to give priority to the idea of movement and the sense of connection in a transnational and post-national artistic practice. The workshop is working on tools to develop this capacity for connection, making it a central element of our work, by mobilising awareness, understanding and a sense of place, connections, generosity, multiplicity and rupture.
more information about the tarot of transnational and post-nationale practices via this link.
4. CLIMATE FRESK 09:30 > 12:30 - 16 participants in French (comprehension necessary, English expression possible) led by Hermann Lugan
A fun workshop based on 42 maps taken from the work of the IPCC, designed to raise awareness of CLIMATE CHANGE in a collaborative way. The approach is based on a scientific approach (information from the IPCC reports) and is intended to be non-partisan. To date, over 1 million people around the world have been trained in 2 years by La Fresque du Climat, and the association hopes to contribute to a better understanding of climate issues, so as to help trigger the changes needed to preserve life as soon as possible.
5. CULTURAL MOBILITY FRESK 09:30 > 12:30 - 16 participants in French (understanding necessary, expression in English possible) led by Camille Louedec
Developed by the Shifters association, the Cultural Mobility Fresk is a specific version of the Mobility Fresk for the cultural sector. The first part, common to both versions of the Fresk, provides an overview of mobility in France (transport modes, energy sources used and impacts (health, ecological and economic)). The second part focuses on case studies from different sectors (cinema, audiovisual, performing arts, visual arts, etc.), which are discussed in a collaborative way to approach and play with the levers of action that can be taken to reduce the impact of cultural mobility.
6. CULTURAL FRESK 09:30 > 12:30 - 8 participants in French (understanding necessary, expression in English possible) led by Lise Hemelsdael
The Cultural Fresk is a tool for raising awareness among culture professionals in the form of a collaborative, fun and educational workshop, which helps them to understand and take ownership of the challenges of the ecological transition in the culture sector (role, carbon impact and vulnerability of the sector), but above all to identify concrete and sustainable levers for action that professionals can mobilise at the level of their structures or collectively.
In the carbon audits carried out in the sector, the mobility of audiences, artists - and professionals - and sets and equipment is the main impact of the sector in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. We will be focusing on understanding these impacts and the levers for action that can be mobilised.
- An initial round table discussion bringing together specialists in supporting cultural players on mobility issues will open up theoretical and practical perspectives on the changes that are necessary and possible. In the presence of : David Irle (Author), Rudy Guilhem Ducleon (Collectif des Festivals) - project Festivals en mouvements, Julia Reist (Kunstenpunt/Flanders Arts Institute (Fair new world, reframing the international, Start to train map...), Céline Schall (Cooprog, Université de Luxembourg)
- A second round table will bring together practitioners from the sector, artists, venues and festivals experimenting with new practices in Flanders, Wallonia, Hauts-de-France and elsewhere. In the presence of : Flore Taine, Aéro easy go programme at l'Aéronef in Lille, Stefan Bastin, Armodo, and other guests to be confirmed from Flanders and France.
16:45 - Focus: What's Next In The Border Region?
To conclude this day of reflection, we raise the question of the methods, tools and resources for collective action to initiate and accelerate the reorientation of the performing arts at the Euroregional level. We give the floor to networks and initiatives carrying this challenge in Flanders, Wallonia, Hauts-de-France and elsewhere. Including Rudy Guilhem Ducleon(Collectifs des Festivals), Maeva Justice (ECHO), Stéphane Gornikowski (Artistes en transition(s)), Solweig Barbier (ARVIVA), Lili Brodbeck (Event change, Samen Durable), Ruben Arnaerts (Pulse network, Samen Durable), Joséphine Checco (Syndeac)
20:15 - Laureates of Africa Simply the Best
To round off the day, NEXT invites you to discover the three solos of Laureates of Africa Simply the Best, a prize organised by Serge Aimé Coulibaly.