Category: Workshop




Institute of Radical Imagination with Marco Baravalle, Emanuele Braga, Gabriella Riccio, Federica Timeto

September 9th, at 3.30 pm

What does ‘radical ecologies’ mean? An appointment to proceed in the collective writing of a manifesto that positions the art world in the fight for climate justice.

Follow up to the Art for Radical Ecologies Assembly opended at Venice Climate Camp 2022, to move towards the Art for Radical Ecologies (manifesto)



Institute of Radical Imagination con Marco Baravalle, Emanuele Braga, Gabriella Riccio, Federica Timeto

9 Settembre alle 15:30

Cosa significa “ecologie radicali”? Un appuntamento per procedere nella scrittura collettiva di un manifesto che posizioni il mondo dell’arte nella lotta per la giustizia climatica.

Il seguito all’Assemblea Art for Radical Ecologies aperta al Venice Climate Camp 2022, per andare verso Art for Radical Ecologies (manifesto)


Organized by Cheers for Fears in the framework of IMPULSE Theater Festival Akademie Düsseldorf




Endless growth is impossible on a planet with limited resources. The transition into one post growth society is inevitable. And yet the free performing arts are also the dogma of growth determines: So much research has been done in the past three pandemic years, confirmed and produced like never before. Based on working conditions and social security, it has changed to the vast majority of artists nothing has changed, they remain precarious. How do we get out of this hamster wheel? The academy addresses this issue in several lectures and three multi-day workshops. Students and actors from artistic practice, production, dramaturgy, administration, Unions and social services join forces in the search for new employment and production conditions: What does a different theater work look like, if less, but more sustainable? is being produced? When labor, ideas and material are not heated quickly, but used long term will be? When the concern for each other and the creation of common goods and practices is at the center push ?

German & English


Friday, 06/16 and Saturday, 17.06.

10.00-13.00 and 15.00-17.00 work in the workshops

Workshop 1: Commoning our work, commoning our institutions. A post-capitalist training of shared work and production

With Gabriella Riccio & Emanuele Braga (Institute of Radical Imagination)

Can artistic practice be a model for ways out of the crisis? In the workshop “Commoning our work, commoning our institutions”, artists and activists from the Institute of Radical Imagination report on their practice: They try to create spaces for the growth of the commons against privatization, gentrification and exploitation – from the micro level of the individual to the reconquest or occupation of urban space and the influencing of planning and politics. Together with the participants, they try to develop the idea of ​​a theater of the commons. The concept of the commons is based on the experience in self-governing art and cultural spaces such as L’Asilo (Naples) or MACAO (Milan), in which the focus is on joint work for a shared space in the city that belongs to everyone.




Unendliches Wachstum ist auf einem Planeten mit begrenzten Ressourcen nicht möglich. Der Wandel zu einer Postwachstumsgesellschaft ist unausweichlich. Und doch sind auch die Freien Darstellenden Künste vom Dogma des Wachstums bestimmt: Gerade in den vergangenen drei Pandemiejahren wurde so viel recherchiert, konferiert und produziert wie nie zuvor. An den Arbeitsbedingungen und der sozialen Absicherung hat sich für die allermeisten Künstler*innen allerdings nichts geändert, sie bleiben prekär. Wie kommen wir raus aus diesem Hamsterrad? Die Akademie bearbeitet diese Frage in mehreren Vorträgen und drei mehrtägigen Workshops. Studierende sowie Akteur*innen aus künstlerischer Praxis, Produktion, Dramaturgie, Verwaltung, Gewerkschaften und Förderwesen begeben sich gemeinsam auf die Suche nach neuen Arbeits- und Produktionsbedingungen: Wie sieht eine andere Theaterarbeit aus, wenn weniger, aber dafür nachhaltiger produziert wird? Wenn Arbeitskraft, Ideen und Material nicht schnell verheizt, sondern langfristig genutzt werden? Wenn die Sorge umeinander sowie die Schaffung gemeinsamer Güter und Praktiken in den Mittelpunkt rücken?

Deutsch und Englisch


Freitag, 16.06. und Samstag, 17.06.

10.00–13.00 Uhr und 15.00–17.00 Uhr Arbeit in den Workshops

Workshop 1: Commoning our work, commoning our institutions. Ein postkapitalistisches Training geteilten Arbeitens und Produzierens

Mit Gabriella Riccio & Emanuele Braga (Institute of Radical Imagination)

Kann künstlerische Praxis ein Vorbild für Wege aus der der Krise sein? Im Workshop „Commoning our work, commoning our institutions“ berichten Künstler*innen und Aktivist*innen des Institute of Radical Imagination aus ihrer Praxis:  Sie versuchen, Räume für das Wachstum der Commons gegen Privatisierung, Gentrifizierung und Ausbeutung zu schaffen – von der Mikroebene des Individuums bis hin zur Rückeroberung oder Besetzung von städtischem Raum und der Beeinflussung von Planung und Politik. Gemeinsam mit den Teilnehmenden versuchen sie, die Idee eines Theaters der Commons zu entwickeln. Der Begriff der Commons stützt sich dabei auf die Erfahrung in selbstverwalteten Kunst- und Kulturräumen wie L’Asilo (Neapel) oder MACAO (Mailand), in denen die gemeinsame Arbeit für einen geteilten Raum in der Stadt, der allen gehört, im Mittelpunkt steht.

RES EXTENSA | Gabriella Riccio

within the framework of the residency Program DESVÍO by Planta Alta / Hablar en Arte, in collaboration with the Institute of Radical Imagination, with the hospitality of Museo en Red / Museum Reina Sofia – Thursday May 25th, 17:00-21:00


Res Extensa is a project idea, a hybrid format combining the dimension of critical thinking with the somatic-sensory erotic experimental (experiential) dimension of physical thought; its theme / matter / object / starting point is the body in its relationship with other bodies.

Res Extensa in its experiential form is a participatory event that proposes a framework for experimentation and physical thinking. Res Extensa is proposed as a way to participate in a collective dialogue: enter a choreographic system that does not depend on physical ability, has no audience and only works through its action.
Using choreographic practices, Res Extensa invites participants to reflect from their bodies, to critical thinking, wanting to find the exception to the norm, to active listening, to sharing experiences and perspectives among them. Res Extensa moves from pleasure, it is a strategy to reestablish social bonds, re-eroticize other ways of inhabiting the world, reduce the distance and somatize in action. It does not accommodate, and it does not anesthetize, swimming against the current, it says no to the autonomy of aesthetics, it can only be experienced from the inside.

“I am interested in exploring how dance and choreography can contribute to an understanding of the political in our times. I am interested in Movement and Movements of ideas and of the individual or collective bodies. At its chore choreography moves around the relationship between body, space and time, and the possibilities of their reconfigurations. As a choreographer, my creative and investigative process develops through systems of rules and exceptions to the rule: in other words, I can say that the choreography creates systems and atmospheres where to observe the rupture point – deviations – that transforms them into other configurations. I am interested in this moment of transformation: the manifestation of the rupture, which always seems to me like a form of “withdrawal” to let something different appear, from a need, a desire, an imagination in a process that has something aleatory and necessary at the same time: allowing, welcoming, letting appear, being open to change, transformation, by letting other bodies affirm themselves in space and time. Therefore, as an activist committed with the movement for the commons, I also understand the gestures of reconfiguration of our way of being in the world as choreographic gestures that are manifested through a reconfiguration of bodies or space and tautologically of the law.”

Res Extensa dialogues with the theoretical elaboration of contemporary researchers and philosophers:
– Andreas Philipopoulos Mihailopoulos and his concepts of Spatial Justice, Normorama and Atmosphere;
– Andre Lepecki and his concept of Choreopolitics and Agency in the era of control.

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AFTER THE EVENT by Begüm Özden Fırat y Zeyno Pekünlü

Museo Reina Sofía, Open presentation Thursday 16th, January 2020 19:00, Workshop Friday 17th, January 2020 20:00, full program below

After the event focuses on the afterlife of the recent cycle of revolts initiated in late 2010. Wherever they have emerged- Turkey to Spain, from Greece to Syria and Egypt- these movements shook the existing political systems and sometimes toppled them down, yet they proved to be not powerful enough to subvert the political establishment as a whole.

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