The “end of History” comes at the end of the Radical Imagination. A polyphonic reflection on Action-Research.
To think different, we must act different, but without critical thinking, actions are meaningless and easily subsumed to capitalism. We are proposing to reflect on what E.Bloch called as “concrete utopia”, questioning how unfolding radical theories we are able to sustain radical practices. We want to propose a panel to share ideas, acts, and methodologies on how academic, activist and artist can share action-research projects.
We are the Institute of Radical Imagination, a (non)-Think-Tank who share knowledge on a continuous base with the aim of defining and implementing zones of post-capitalism in Europe’s South and the Mediterranean. In one year we brought into conversation different people: in Madrid we brought into conversation occupied spaces, museums and cultural institutions; we are working in Athens the Solidarity School Network, in Istanbul with Academics for Peace, in Italy with the worker’s art movement.Some questions, dead ends, ideas we found on our way that we want to talk about:
• What does it mean to be a grassroot think-tank, operating at the threshold of militant research, art and activism?
• Can methodologies of research intervention, workers’ enquiry and militant fieldwork support new epistemologies of struggle?
• What kind of research, enquires and practices – decolonised, decentered and non-anthropocentric – can be learned and shared for the prefiguration and enactment of life after capitalism?
• Art lets imagination free. But how do we liberate art? “Artistic critique” was unable to free from power of directors of theatres, festivals and biennials and rules of production… until now.
IRI is taking part to INTEGRATED 2019 a biennial international conference organised by St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp (Karel de Grote University College), ARIA/UA- Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (University of Antwerp) and the Royal Conservatoire (Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp) in collaboration with deSingel international arts campus, FWO (The Research Foundation, Flanders) and Valiz Amsterdam.