Cyberactivism

I presented a working paper, ‘Choreography of Disobedience,’ at the recent Performance Studies international (PSi) conference, ‘Performance Climates,’ at the University of Melbourne. My presentation developed an earlier discussion of the Climate Games during COP21, Paris. Reviewing these events I was struck by the lack of ‘cyberactivism’ that occurred during the games. Despite a number… Continue reading Cyberactivism

Cube Tactics

[‘Inflatable barricades, Ende Gelände 2016’ Photo: Paul Levi Wagner / 350.org] In a recent interview Artúr van Balen of the Tools For Action (TFA) collective discusses the evolution of the now iconic inflatable barricades (née cobblestone), a silver foil inflatable cube which was recently featured in the Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition, Disobedient Objects (2014).… Continue reading Cube Tactics

Movement Media

[‘Verladestation, Ende Gelände 2016.’ Photo: Sumugan Sivanesan] Actions live off the images. So said one of the plenary speakers following the first day of action of Ende Gelände in the Lausitz, 2016. On the previous night an action primer was screened in the Zirkus Zelt. The short documentary featured video shot during 2015 occupation of… Continue reading Movement Media

A future much worse than the present

[‘Klaus Emmerich in Brown Coal Blues’ (2016) Photo: Vice] Brown Coal Blues (2016) is a documentary produced by VICE INTL that concerns mining in the Rhineland region, in which reporter Filipa Von Stackelberg interviews employees of energy corporation RWE who operate the Garzweiler lignite mine, alongside locals and mining opponents. Early in the program Von… Continue reading A future much worse than the present

Ende Gelände: Here and no further

[‘Ende Gelände’ All photos: 350.org] Ende Gelände — stop the diggers — protect the climate. ‘Because I am not an activist. This isn’t what I do. I’m a relatively normal, middle aged chap who does clicktivism when he can find the time. Direct action is not my thing. I’m not cut out to be here, running… Continue reading Ende Gelände: Here and no further

Overland: ‘Power of assembly: On the New World Summit’

[‘Richard Bell, Callum Clayton-Dixon and Ilena Saturay, New World Summit Utrecht, 31 January 2016.’ Photo: Ernie Buts.] My short overview of the last New World Summit in Utrecht, January 2016 is now online at Overland. ‘Drawing on Rojava’s political experiment, the sixth NWS convened in Utrecht over the last weekend in January this year to… Continue reading Overland: ‘Power of assembly: On the New World Summit’

Runway: ‘Institutional Reform’

[Mathias Jud and Christoph Wachter speaking on the panel ‘Border Visions’ at Transmediale, Haus der Kulteren der Welt Berlin, February 2016.] A new article, ‘Institutional Reform: Art as Anti-Statecraft’ for Runway #30, Ecologies is now online. Institutions that facilitate the coming together of cultural objects, historical narratives, philosophical concepts, the wealthy elite and their political… Continue reading Runway: ‘Institutional Reform’