The First RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium

The Trouble With The State
RITCS School of Arts, Antoine Dansaertstraat 70, 1000 Brussel

The First RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium will take place at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound (RITCS) in Brussels on January 10-11-12, 2018. 1968-2018. The Art of Protest. Part One: The Trouble with the State will present a series of artistic and theoretical reflections on the role of the state in our troubled times. 

On Wednesday January 10, 2018, after a keynote lecture by art historian and theoretician Sven Lütticken on the ways artists develop performances which act as paralegal instruments of contestation, it focuses on the state’s relationship to ecological catastrophes, with a lecture by philosopher and activist Lieven De Cauter and a presentation by the activists Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan of their work with The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination. An evening screening of their film Paths Through Utopias (2011) at Cinema RITCS willl conclude the symposium's first day. Just as the storms of the financial crisis began, Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan set out on a journey across Europe to experience examples of post-capitalist living. They were not looking for escapist Neverlands, blueprints for a perfect future or universal systems, but communities who simply dare to live differently, despite the catastrophe of capitalism. From a direct action Climate Camp set up illegally on the edges of Heathrow airport to a hamlet squatted by French punks, an off grid low impact permaculture community to occupied self-managed Serbian factories, a free love commune in an ex Stasi base to a farm where private property had been abolished, Fremeaux and Jordan shared different ways of loving and eating, producing and sharing things, deciding together and rebelling.


RITCS, AULA 1 I Introduction
10.00 - 10.10: Ann Olaerts (director RITCS). Opening Address
10.10 - 10.20: Tim Martens (RITCS). On RITCS Winter School 2018.
10.20 - 10.30: Dieter Lesage (RITCS). The State of Our Trouble. Introduction.

RITCS AULA 1 I Session I. The state and the artistic (protests) 
10.30 - 11.30: Sven Lütticken (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)  Paralegal Performance. Keynote Lecture.
11.30 - 12.30: Sven Lütticken in conversation with Lara Staal (curator, Amsterdam) and Ruben De Roo (RITCS), followed by a public discussion.
12.30 - 14.00: Lunch time. 

RITCS CAFE I Session II. The state and the ecological catastrophes). Part I 
14.00 - 14.30: Lieven De Cauter (RITCS & KU Leuven). The Need for Cosmopolitics: Ecology and the State. Lecture.
14.30 - 15.00: Q&A. 
15.00 - 15.30: Coffee break. 
15.30 - 16.30: Isabelle Fremeaux & John Jordan, The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination. Presentation.
16.30 - 17.30: Isabelle Fremeaux & John Jordan and Lieven De Cauter, in conversation with Sven Lütticken (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), followed by a public discussion.

CINEMA RITCS I Session III. The state and the ecological (catastrophes). Part II
19.30 - 22.30: Isabelle Fremeaux & John Jordan, Paths Through Utopias (2011, 109 mins.). Screening, followed by a public discussion with Isabelle Fremeaux & John Jordan, moderated by Ivan Dhondt (RITCS), with a statement by Jan-Pieter Everaerts (RITCS).


Except for the evening film screenings at Cinema RITCS on January 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 2018, admission to all the day sessions of the First RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium on January 10, 11 and 12, 2018, is free. However, it is strongly recommended to make reservations. Without confirmed reservations, admittance and/or seatings cannot be guaranteed. Please mention your full name and the day(s) or session(s) you will attend in a message sent before January 8, 2018 to: