Lecture on Art and Activism by Isabelle Frémeaux & John Jordan

Keskiviikko, toukokuu 16, 2018 - 17:30 - 20:30
Teatterikorkeakoulu, Auditorio 1
Open lecture
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Welcome to an open lecture held by art activists John Jordan and Isabelle Frémeaux, who work under the name The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination!

During the lecture, Isabelle Frémeaux & John Jordan will speak about their work as activists, illustrating key principles from their toolbox of creative resistance by taking us on a journey across 15 years of their practice of bringing art and activism together. Their creative acts of civil disobedience have been wide ranging and various, from disobedient bike blocs during climate summits, using ants to infiltrate computers, to the Climate Games and D12 (December 12th) - Redlines action during Cop 2 and the very recent events at the Zad, (the zone à defendre). 

Free entry, no registration is required.


The lecture marks the start of the course Think Like a Forest which integrates art, science and activism in order to find new ways to address the crisis of climate change. During a 10 day camp on Vallisaari, students of University of the Arts Helsinki and University of Helsinki will explore and share approaches from art, science and activism with which to address climate crisis. The course asks how can science integrate the subjectivity and sensitivity of art into its practices and how can art become a useful tool of social transformation rather than a symbolic one. During the course, activism is used as an interface to explore and affect societal change.

About the lecturers:

John Jordan has been described as a “magician of rebellion” by the press. He is a co-founder of “Reclaim the Streets” (1995-2000) and the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army and co-author of We Are Everywhere: The irresistible rise of global anticapitalism (2003, Verso).

Isabelle Fremeaux was a senior lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College-University, London, until she resigned in December 2011 to escape wage labour and academia. Her action research explores popular education, storytelling and creative forms of resistance.

Together John and Isabelle co-founded and coordinate the art activism and permaculture collective The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination which brings artists and activists together to design tools and acts of disobedience. Co-authors of the film and book Les Sentiers de l’utopie (2005, Nautilus), they now live and work on the ZAD, the autonomous area in resistance on the site of the planned Notre-Dame-des-Lande's airport in France.

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