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
2021-2023 Sijoumi Lake, Tunisia
2021-2023 Rio Tejo, Portugal
2022-2025 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)
14.5.2023 Natural Contract Lab, NTGent, Belgium
14-15.11.2022 - Walking with Tejo river, Alkantara Festival, Portugal
21.06 - 5.07.2022 - Research with Rhone River in collaboration with Least, Switzerland
1.10 - 10. 10.2022 — L’école de Sejomi guardians, Dream City, L'artRue, Tunisia
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
14.08-23.08.2021 — far° Festival des Arts Vivants Nyon, Switzerland ( canceled)
10.06-20.06.2021 — Oerol Festival, The Netherlands ( canceled)
3.05-22.05.2021 — Open atelier, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Belgium
Produced by wpZimmer (BE) // Co-produced by Kunstencentrum Vooruit (BE), NTGent (BE), Workspacebrussels (BE), LEAST (CH), Dream City (TN), C-takt (BE) // Supported by the Flemish Authorities, BePart, Creative Europe // Research supported by the Leuven Institute of Criminology (BE), Wild Legal (FR), Human Rights Consortium UGent (BE), European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ)