Winter School of Discontent

An informal learning program with Orly Almi (choreographer), Frank Chouraqui (phenomenologist), Michael Driebeek van der Ven (storyteller), Galit Eilat (curator), Chris Goto-Jones (philosopher), Eric Kluitenberg (media theorist), Marianna Maruyama (artist), and Riti Hermán Mostert (drama therapist).

In an increasingly alienating 21st century, neo-liberal ideology exacerbates the fragmentation of values and cultural capitalism erodes the critical power of art. To disrupt this cycle of vicious content, it is high time to consider what we can hold in common and what we can rally as a community. Provoked by Alphonso Lingis’ challenge to conventional conceptions of community, the Winter School of Discontent moves through the themes of nothing, agitation, abandonment, exposure, encounter, and contingency. Drawing inspiration and resources from art, activism, and academia, we make space to reflect and challenge the construction of community by examining creative politics and collective aesthetics.

Over six days, participants will take part in workshops, discussions and seminars with thinkers and practitioners from different fields. The Winter School of Discontent is a collaboration of West and Political Arts Initiative and is convened by Cissie Fu and Eloise Sweetman.

Application deadline: 15 December 2015. Full program details

West Groenewegje 136, 2515 LR Den Haag, the Netherlands
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