The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination

The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination Free

John Jordan & Isabelle Frémeaux

Wed 15.03 / 19:00 / free / Vooruit Café / lecture / talk / workshop

Since 2004 ‘The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination’ has brought artists and activists together to co-create new forms of disobedience. Now based on the zad, a plot in the western edge of France that has become a vast laboratory of autonomy where 200 people in 60 different collectives live together without the state, occupying the land against a new airport project for the city of Nantes, co founders John Jordan and Isabelle Frémeaux will share their experience of living and working in this new commune for the 21st century.

Isabelle Frémeaux 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.

John Jordan is an art activist. He co-founded the direct action groups Reclaim the Streets and the Clown Army, worked as a cinematographer for Naomi Klein’s The Take, co-edited the book We Are Everywhere: the irresistible rise of global anti-capitalism (Verso 2004).

Together they co-founded the art activism and permaculture collective The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination ( whose infamous interventions continue to erupt across Europe. In 2011 they published the book/film Paths Through Utopias (La Decouverte, 2011), after which they set up the community la r.O.n.c.e (Resist, Organise, Nourish, Create, Exist). This community lies 70 kms from the ZAD, the autonomous area in resistance on the site of the planned Notre-Dame-des-Lande's airport.

concept: Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Labofii) - performance: John Jordan - workshop: Isabelle Frémeaux - soundtrack: Jack Jordan - film: Kyp Kyprianou - choreography: Florence Loison