9>15/02/2015

Burning Ice #8

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In search of … a political ecology 

The fifth report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) came out in March 2014, in the midst of the turmoil of Belgian elections. Its tone is clearer and more explicit than that of all previous reports: things are going from bad to worse, and if the current state of affairs continues, the consequences will be catastrophic even in this century. You would think that at election time this is something people would respond to and focus on in the public debate. But the silence was deafening.

We first set up Burning Ice in 2008, in the aftermath of the previous IPCC report. Even then, the big surprise was the lack of meaningful reaction in society, including the arts sector. Since then, Burning Ice has attempted to be a trans-disciplinary platform for artists, scientists, theorists, etc., that is looking for inspiring, motivating and imaginative stories to form the basis of a political ecology and of an effective transition to a sustainable coexistence between man and his environment. 

Burning Ice # 8 is looking ahead to the UN climate summit in Paris in November 2015, also referred to as the last-chance summit. Yet again! What is needed to make this summit different from all of the above and, this time round, to reach agreements that will make a difference?

 

          

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installation
Kaaitheater
Lawrence Weiner
9/1/2015

During Burning Ice, Kaaitheater and CC Strombeek present Lawrence Weiners installation WATER SPILLED FROM SOURCE TO USE.

performance
Muntcentrum/Centre Monnaie
Heike Langsdorf/radical_hope
9-10-11-12-13-14-15/2/2015

A small group of people retreats into a shop window in the city centre for a week. They perform ordinary activities there: sitting, lying, walking, standing, making things, seeing, dancing and speaking. As a passer-by, you're invited to participate in this paradoxical retreat in public space.

installation
Kaaistudios
Karl van Welden
10-11-12-13/2/2015

Karl van Welden stages a disaster scenario for a single object. This installation arose out of his fascination with volcanoes. The Fall examines our ambiguous attitude towards imminent calamity: our belief or disbelief concerning catastrophes, our fascination with decay.

theatre
Kaaistudios
David Weber-Krebs
10-11/2/2015

In Into the Big World we experience a world where everything is observed, named, categorised and therefore domesticated. Gradually however knowledge becomes more complex as the world presents itself as a a system where everything is connected to everything. Can we still capture the world in a single encyclopaedic overview?

In English
performance
Kaaistudios
Nada Gambier/Action Scénique
10-12-13/2/2015

Looking at the proximity between ridiculousness and brutality in contemporary life, Nada Gambier and Marcos Simoes fiddle with the uncertainty of a constantly changing world and the confusion that this brings.

In English
dance
Kaaitheater
Rachid Ouramdane
11/2/2015

The French choreographer Rachid Ouramdane has created a ‘sfumato’ choreography in which the scenes flow into one another and the boundaries of the bodies appear to dissolve. The dancers evolve in a landscape of mist and rain. The choreography is a metaphor for the loss of habitats, the exile to unknown places, the memory that remains..

workshop
Kaaistudios
The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Labofii)
12-13/2/2015

Open to artists and activists interested in the boundaries between politics and performance, art and activism, this workshop will explore how we can escape the old rituals of protest to find a space where the poetic and the pragmatic fuse into successful and efficient moments of disobedience.

In English
performance
Kaaistudios
Myriam van Imschoot
12/2/2015

Myriam Van Imschoot visited a zoo, went to a motorway to listen with a tuning fork, discovered birds that sounded like chainsaws and imitated ringtones. Five performers – with backgrounds ranging from the noise underground scene to pop – will imitate these sounds using only their voices. You won’t believe your ears.

lecture/debate
Kaaitheater
Chantal Mouffe, Jan Vranken & Philippe Van Parijs
13/2/2015

There are quite a few yawning gaps these days: that between those with wealth and those without, between those who are on board and those who are excluded, between the salary of the CEO and that of the worker, etc. A debate on a pressing issue, involving several specialists and taking as its motto ‘Change the world, it needs it’ (Bertolt Brecht).

In English
performance
Kaaistudios
Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Labofii)
13/2/2015

An undercover police officer disguised as a clown, a man in drag losing his high heels in a riot, the audience invading the stage and collectively killing their fear... this autobiographical lecture performance turns the theatre into an assembly of hope and asks some disturbing questions about how to change our world. 

workshop
Kaaitheater
Global Divestment Day
14/2/2015

Coinciding with the 'Global Divestment Day' of action, this workshop will take us on a day long adventure of creative resistance together with an international array of artists and climate activists. A taster training in civil disobedience will warm you up for ‘secret missions’ to be performed across the city.

In English