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).
Decolonizing the Mind?
That there is a serious problem with regard to the representativeness of our democratic institutions and that this problem is the object of necessary contestation, will be one of the discussion points during the talks and student presentations on Thursday 29 November 2018, coordinated by dramaturgist and cultural theorist Geert Opsomer. They will be devoted to
postcolonial forms of resistance and contestation around the question Decolonizing the Mind? and, among other sources, depart from the work of the Cameroonian philosopher Achille Mbembe (Critique de la raison nègre). Guest speaker on November 29, 2018 at 11 am will be Belgian artist Vincent Meessen, who will present his work One Two Three, which will be discussed with curator and researcher Bambi Ceuppens. In the afternoon, from 2pm until 6pm, MA students of RITCS will engage in talks with artists Pitcho Womba Konga and Raven Ruëll, as well as present a ‘Message to Rachida’.
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.