CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS KRISTINN HRAFNSSON - An afternoon of debate and discussion that looks in greater depth at one of the themes of Book Burning: our need of factual knowledge to understand the world, and of stories to give meaning to the facts. Pieter De Buysser et Hans Op de Beeck will explore this topic together with Kristinn Hrafnsson, spokesman for WikiLeaks and the
number two of the organization founded by Julian Assange.
How far can campaigners go before their actions cross the boundary of ‘democratic propriety’? Can one restrictively interpret ‘free expression’ as that which is put forward verbally, in writing or in pictures? Where does a democratic society set the threshold of tolerance with regard to action that goes further than simply proclaiming an idea? When does an action stop being an act of free expression and degenerate into vandalism, hooliganism or worse?
Spoken World - What do you believe in? Do you have any dreams? Eight young people from Brussels, between 15 and 25, will be taking these questions as the basis for a speech they will write and give at the Spoken World Festival. The director Dirk Verstockt will be coaching them.
Spoken World - From Colombia to Europe, the drug trade leaves a trail of destruction through societies all over the world. How are we to resolve this? With harsh repression? Or is legalisation a better solution?
Spoken World - Amiri Baraka and Saul Williams are two big names in Afro-American spoken word. In the late fifties, Amiri Baraka (1934) made his name as a beat poet under his original name of LeRoi Jones. Saul Williams (1972) is several generations younger and one of the most powerful voices in alternative hip hop.
The action taken by the Field Liberation Army on the potato field in Wetteren led to a major public debate on the potential and the dangers of the genetic manipulation of plants. We shall examine what the genetic manipulation of organisms actually involves. Is any attention paid to the balance between risk and profit? Can science remain objective when some of its major financiers would benefit from specific outcomes?
We are obsessed with energy. It guides our thoughts and actions, though
we are not always aware of it. Davis Freeman has created four performances on this topic,
midway between a stand-up comedy show, a conference, a piece of
choreography and a concert. He is aided in this by actors from Forced
Entertainment, musicians from Einstürzende Neubauten etc.
We are showing the four parts in a single day. You can watch them all in
succession (with a snack in between) or just choose the one(s) you want