School of Resistance: This madness has to stop
The online series School of Resistance starts off with a speech by the indigenous artist and activist Kay Sara. It should have opened the Wiener Festwochen live on the stage of the Burgtheater Vienna. But Covid-19 decided differently and Kay Sara sends a video from the Amazon. Her message is clear: today’s turbo-capitalist system poses an irreversible threat to the Amazon, the planet’s green lung, and therefore has to be stopped. An accusation, an outcry, a wake-up call.
Following the speech, the Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera, the
Swiss director Milo Rau and the Dutch curator Lara Staal engage in a dialogue
about forms of activism in the arts today. Another meeting that should have
happened live at the stage of the Burghteater, but inevitably takes place from the
artists’ homes instead.
The opening speech “This Madness Has to Stop” is realised in the context of and with the support of the Wiener Festwochen.
The indigenous artist and activist Kay Sara grew up in the Brazilian state of Amazonas and is committed to the adequate representation of indigenous people and the preservation of their environment against the threat of mining companies and the agribusiness. She will play the role of Antigone in Milo Rau’s production of Sophocles’ Antigone in the Amazon.
Picture © Heloisa Bortz
Tania Bruguera is a Cuban performance artist and activist. Relying on the concept of arte útil (useful art), she uses her artistic work to examine political power structures and their effect on society's most vulnerable people. Her work has been represented in leading collections of MoMA and Tate Modern among other places.
Picture © Courtesy of Estudio Bruguera by Claudio Fuentes
Milo Rau is director, author and the artistic director of NTGent (Belgium). Since 2002, he has created and published more than 50 stage plays, films, books and political interventions and has been rewarded with several honours and prices such as the European Theatre Prize in 2018.
Picture © Bea Borgers
School of resistance
On School of Resistance: on April 20th, 2020, the oil price dipped below zero for the first time in history. It wasn’t the only world record caused by Covid-19. In no more than a few months, a nasty virus was able to pull off what worldwide protest marches and general strikes couldn’t do: slowing down our planet. Correction: slowing down all human activities on this planet.
Suddenly, as a society, we remember the meaning of ‘economy’ as a way to support life and not to make profit at whatever cost. But how can we shape the future of our planet, without falling back into old damaging patterns? To solve the problems we are facing today and to come up with valuable alternatives for the future, the biweekly livestream School of Resistance creates a platform of experts of change around the world: artists, activists, politics and philosophers.
The livestream takes place every two weeks on Thursday 18.00 (CET), smaller time shifts are possible depending on the residence of the guests and will be announced. Next guests on Thursday, 28 May, 17:00 (CET): Vandana Shiva (India) and Vanessa Nakate (Uganda).