On 28-29-30 November 2018, from 11am to 6pm, the Second RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium will take place at the Open Academy in La Centrale in Brussels, in the frame of the exhibition Resistance (www.centrale.brussels). The language will be English, the access free.
The First Symposium, which took place in January 2018 at the RITCS, under the title The Trouble With the State, was centred on the question whether an alliance of reformists and revolutionaries could be envisaged. In the Second RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium, entitled One Struggle?, the question will be asked whether different forms of contestation today are connected to each other. And if so, how. This question on the convergence of struggle, or equivalence of struggle (Chantal Mouffe), or intersectionality (bel hooks), will be dealt with from the angle of a different theme on each of the three days, both in lectures and discussions with a number of invited theoreticians, writers and artists, and in presentations by dozens of students from the various Master’s programs at the RITCS (www.ritcs.be).
Towards a World Assembly?
Towards a World Assembly? will be the focus for the conversations and presentations on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, coordinated by philosopher Dieter Lesage. Is the multitude today the subject par excellence of the contestation and its meetings - whether it is the Occupy Movement and its occupation of Zuccotti Park in New York, or the Arab Spring and its manifestations at Tahrir Square in Cairo - the places where a new world takes shape? Are these assemblies a radical alternative to the institutions of representative democracy? Or should these settings become even more representative? The expositions with these questions will include the theory of Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt (Assembly), as well as the work of theater maker Milo Rau, who will give a lecture on his project General Assembly on November 28, 2018 at 11am. In the afternoon, from 2pm until 6pm, MA students of RITCS will present a series of short presentations under the title 2000 Years of Protest Around the Globe.
SECOND RITCS ARTS & POLITICS SYMPOSIUM
ONE STRUGGLE? ON THE CONVERGENCE AND INTERSECTION OF POLITICAL MOVEMENTS
With Isabelle Stengers, Milo Rau, Benedikte Zitouni, Vincent Meessen, Bambi Ceuppens, Pitcho Womba Konga, Raven Ruëll, Lieven De Cauter, Geert Opsomer, Dieter Lesage and the MA students at RITCS (Brussels).
Brussels, La Centrale/De Centrale, 28-29-30 November 2018, 11am-6pm.