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’

Counterpower

[‘Dilar Dirik, Sixth New World Summit, 29–31 January 2016, Utrecht.’ Photo: New World Summit] The late American historian and political theorist, Murray Bookchin (1921–2006), remains a prominent theorist of the peoples’ assembly. Bookchin pioneered the field of ‘social ecology,’ concerned with the inter-relations between social justice and ecological wellbeing. He considered collective face-to-face meetings as… Continue reading Counterpower

Prefiguration in the Present

[‘Freedom of Assembly, Protest at Zuccotti Park.’ Photo: Jason Lester] Paula Serafini begins her recent study of climate art-activists movements in the UK with the following statement: In the study of activism and social movements, prefiguration is seen as the creation of a future through present social relations (Serafini 2015, p. 195). She goes onto… Continue reading Prefiguration in the Present

Statecraft

[‘Abbot Point coal port, Queensland.’Photo: Tom Jefferson/Greenpeace] In a statement made in response to the announcement of The Paris Agreement, December 2015, Brian Ricketts, the head of the European coal lobbying association ‘Euracoal’, stated his industry would ‘hated and vilified in the same way that slave-traders were once hated and vilified.’ According to a report… Continue reading Statecraft

RealTime: ‘Art versus the war against Nature’

[Photo: Artúr van Balen / Tools for Action] My report from Paris COP21 for RealTime, re-titled as ‘Art versus the war against Nature’ is now online. I will keep the title it was filed with, ‘Choreography of disobedience,’ for an upcoming conference paper. The second week of COP21 was notable for the influx of activists from… Continue reading RealTime: ‘Art versus the war against Nature’