Violence is everywhere. On the 24/7 news cycle, scrolling down our screens, seething at a distance or looming close to home. When it doesn’t blow out in words it can pin us down under heavy boots, biased laws and towering hierarchies. Violence can be overwhelming, enraging and numbing, and in some cases, it can provoke immediate action.
How can we relate, react and reflect on violence when we keep experiencing it in our bodies, environments, technologies, bureaucracies, norms and narratives? What about the bodies that are constantly on alert, (dis)armed, ready to strike back? Can we practice violence as resistance when life is at stake? Can we build (unlikely) alliances, share strategies and face the harm together?
Let’s try out some things. Let’s share our thoughts, anger, love and research. Let’s resist, refuse, contradict – even ourselves – defend, listen, dance and learn. Let’s have a spring programme filled with performances, expos, concerts, films, workshops and conversations. Let’s look the pain and each other in the eyes. Let’s face violence together.
Location: rue August Orts, 20 28, 1000 Brussels