Natural contract Lab
In production 2021
What kind of artistic processes do we need as a gesture of care for the planetary? Do we need other ways of justice, interconnectedness and stewardship? Or do we seek to reconnect memories within our own connections to place, water, or ancestry? How do transdisciplinary alliances respond to ecocide?
The LAB explores long term investigations on sacrifice zones.
And we propose a site-responsive intervention on location designed together with the inhabitants of water ecosystems, as an agreement with the more than human world. This lab also takes the format of workshops on rights of nature, climate grief and water contracts. We design a protocol of repair combining artistic methodologies with farming fertility, rights of nature, climate grief and restorative justice. The long term investigations are not focused only on the impact of colonial and geopolitical activities such as mining, wastelands and pollution but also on the ancestral, cultural and ecological renewal. Together, we try to find common tools to recover, mitigate and restore.
Study cases between 2021- 2022
Zenne River, Brussels
Rhone River, Switzerland
Sijoumi Lake, Tunisia
The investigation will explore the ecocide of these water bodies, on an ancestral and cosmological level but also on the health of communities along the river and lakes both human and more than human. The dream is to legally recognize these bodies as legal entities.
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), Dave Balle (soil ecology/fertility), Mathias Velle ( outside eye/dramaturg), Mark Pozlep(videographer).
Co-produced by wpZimmer (BE), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (BE), NTGent (BE), Workspacebrussels (BE), Far° Festival des arts Vivants Nyon (CH), Dream City (TN), C-takt (BE).
Supported by Flemish Authorities.
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).
The first public moments:
03/05-22/05/2021 — Open atelier, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Belgium
10/06-20/06/2021 — Oerol Festival, The Netherlands
14/08-23/08/2021 — far° Festival des Arts Vivants Nyon, Switzerland
October 2021 — Dream City, Tunisia
The updates and results of the NATURAL CONTRACT LAB will be available on www.voiceofnaturekinstitute.org — an online archive of the KINSTITUTE, on www.wpZimmer.be and on social media (#naturalcontractlab #kinstitute #bodyofrepair)