Natural Contract LAB
Ongoing 2021- 2023
How does water flows through across and between human and more than human bodies politically, socially and environmentally? How do we design a process of repair based on reciprocity, accountability and interdependency with the river ? Do we need other ways of making justice and gesture of care for the planetary?
Natural Contract Lab is an artistic practice, an ecology of repair that aims a sustained dialogue based on interdependence, collectivity and accountability with bodies of water under deep ecological transformation. The artistic format is hybrid and unfolds in it self as a response to each place: a social encounter, an event or a collective laboratory. Inspired in restorative justice practices, we design a protocol of repair to map the socio political impact of ecocide in relation to the ancestral hydro commons of a river. As a process of thinking-with, we design the outcome in collaboration with the community around rivers, including other than humans. As body of repair, we are a interdisciplinary collective questioning the state of environmental justice through, practices of walking, rituals of care, somatic experiences, rights of nature and grief of landscapes.
Our artistic research attempts to acknowledge the river as an entity. to discover our allies and witnesses in the recognition of the river as a legal entity. The practice is a walk, a performance, a plea, restorative circle that moves along the river’s flow. The walking-with becomes a form of activism through animism, sound, transmateriality, movement and affect.
STUDY CASES BETWEEN 2021-2023
2020- 2023 Zenne River, Brussels
2021-2022 Sijoumi Lake, Tunisia
2021-2023 Rio Tejo, Portugal
2022-2023 Rhone River, Switzerland
Together we form the BODY OF REPAIR: Maria Lucia Cruz Correia (artist, the initiator of the project), Marine Calmet (environmental jurist), Prof. Brunilda Pali (restorative Justice), Evanne Nowak (climate grief), Lode Vranken (architecture/philosophy), Vinny Jones (scenographer), Mark Pozlep(videographer), Margarida Mendes ( research and sonic guidance)
Co-produced by wpZimmer (BE), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (BE), NTGent (BE), Workspacebrussels (BE), Far° Festival des arts Vivants Nyon (CH), Dream City/LartRue (TN), C-takt (BE).
Supported by Flemish Authorities and BE PART(EU)
Produced by wpZimmer (BE)
Thanks to Leuven Institute of Criminology (BE), Wild Legal (FR), Human Rights Consortium UGent (BE), European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ), Green Art Lab Alliance (EU).
23.04. 2022 NTGent
13. 11- 21.11.2021 “Caudal restaurativo” Terra Batida, Alkantara Festival
8.10 - 24.10.2021- RE.NATURE - ( Amsterdam)
3.9.- 11.9 2021 Collective Exhibition curated by COAL Vivant 2021, at Congress mundial de la nature Marseille
1.10 - 10. 10.2021 — Dream City, L'artRue, Tunisia ( postponed 2022)
14.08-23.08.2021 — far° Festival des Arts Vivants Nyon, Switzerland ( postponed )
10.06-20.06.2021 — Oerol Festival, The Netherlands ( postponed 2022)
3.05-22.05.2021 — Open atelier, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Belgium
The updates the NATURAL CONTRACT LAB are available in the online archive of the KINSTITUTE, on www.wpZimmer.be and on social media (#naturalcontractlab #kinstitute #bodyofrepair)