1/ Art is part of the world. Art for Radical Ecologies is part of the struggles to change it.
2/ Art is a promise of other worlds, but it is in the actual world that promises must be kept participating in the struggles for its transformation.
3/ New materialism and historical materialism together act against exploitation and domination. Speculation opens up to potential becoming counter-hegemonic social practice, otherwise it is neutralization and capture.
4/ In our current environmental breakdown, the necessary condition for autonomy of art is its autonomy from the neoliberal-extractivist apparatus. Art workers and art institutions must reflect about their positionality and act accordingly.
5/ Art for Radical Ecologies is abolitionist, against police repression, fascism, racism, colonialism and genocide. It is grounded in the voices of the oppressed and is our breath of liberation.
6/ The revolutionary subject is not only human. Transversal and interspecies alliances can powerfully act against ventriloquisms, dualisms, and othering hierarchies.
7/ Art for Radical Ecologies makes visible the human and other-than-human vulnerabilities and precariuosness and takes care of them.
8/ Dismantling the foundations of colonial privilege in this era of environmental and democratic collapse is paramount. Art for Radical Ecologies opens up space against the contention and detention of migrating humans and other-than-humans.
9/ Struggles are interconnected, because so are oppressions. Ideological and material extractivism abusing lives as resources, means or products must end now. In shared life, liberation is total.
10/ End Fossil is the priority. Any complicity with biocapitalism, extractive industry and financial greenwashing in and outside art institutions must end.
11/ Art for Radical Ecologies is either anti-capitalist or it is not. Capitalism is the driver of environmental breakdown. There is no such thing as sustainable capitalism. Technosolutionism and transition reformism are bullshit.
12/ Art for Radical Ecologies stands with technologies that free human and other-than human life and do not perpetuate the exploitation of productive and reproductive labor.
13/ Art for Radical Ecologies is generative yet anti-productivist. It embraces degrowth and multiplies questions, terminologies, connections and scenarios.
14/ Art institutions funded by toxic philanthropy must be abolished. Anti-museums and alter-institutions are the forms that we adopt for common instituent imagination.
15/ As art workers we inhabit spaces of race, class, gender privilege as well as subordination. We stand with those whose freedoms are menaced. We reclaim freedom of speech and stand against censorship.
16/ Dystopia is privilege. Enough with the apocalyptic talk, it’s not the end of the world, but of global capitalism and its toxic imaginaries. Art repairs temporalities and liberates futurity, opening horizons beyond capitalist realism and catastrophism.
Published on November 3rd, 2023 by Institute of Radical Imagination
Signatures by Individuals and Organisaitons
- Institute of Radical Imagination
- Emanuele Braga, artist, Milano, Italy
- Gabriella Riccio, artist, Napoli, Italy
- Marco Baravalle, researcher and curator, Venice, Italy
- Maddalena Fragnito, artist and researcher, Milano, Italy
- Federica Timeto, professor Ca’ Foscari Uniersity, Venice, Italy
- Andreco, Artist, Rome, Italy
- Climate Art Project, Cultural Association, Rome, Italy
- Ashley Dawson, researcher and activist, New York / USA
- Oliver Ressler, artist and filmmaker, Vienna, Austria
- Sale Docks, Venice, Italy
- Mao Mollona, London, UK
- Elena Blesa Cabéz, mediator and researcher, Barcelona, Spain
- Sara Buraya Boned, cultural worker, Madrid, Spain
- Francesco Martone, Artsforthecommons/int’l Tribunal on the Rights of Nature, Italy/Ecuador
- Rosa Jijon, Artist at Artsforthecommons/Global Alliance on the Rights of Nature, Italy/Ecuador
- Debra Solomon, infrastructure activist / artist / planner, The Netherlands
- The Urbaniahoeve Foundation, social design lab for urban and regenerative agricultures, The Netherlands
- Anna Viola Hallberg, artist/curator, Stockholm/Sweden
- Nick Aikens, editor, curator, researcher, Brussels, Belgium / Gothenburg, Sweden
- André Alves, Artist Educator Writer, Porto/Portugal
- Denise Araouzou, Curator, Researcher, Cyprus / Italy
- Amalia Caputo, artist, Venezuela/USA
- Jules Coumans, Artist, Amsterdam Netherlands
- Theo Dietz, artist, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Rita Barreira, Researcher/ Cultural Worker, Lisbon/ Portugal
- amalia caputo, artist, Venezuela/USA
- Robert Rickli, Artist, Prague , Czech Republic
- Sitesize, Artistic and cultural association, Barcelona / Catalonia
- Mario Framis Pujol, Farmer researcher, Barcelona, Spain
- Leonardo, Student and writer, Milano/ Italy