An illustrated talk on the ZAD (zone à défendre), the art of direct action and stopping climate crime through bodies and imagination.
In the fields of Notre Dame des Landes, in western France, stands a disobedient lighthouse. It was built far from the sea, exactly where the control tower of a new international airport was supposed to be built. It is just one part of a creative 50 year long struggle against the airport, which included the building a huge laboratory of commoning – Europe's largest open air squat – on the 4000 acre site. French politicians called it “a territory lost to the republic.” The local farmers and villagers, activists and naturalists, squatters, artists and trade unionists, who are part of the movement against the airport and its world, call it the zad (the zone to defend).
This illustrated talk will tell some of the stories of creative resistance on this zone, whose fight against the airport was successful in January 2018, but whose struggle continues today to keep the land that was saved from concrete as a commons.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Infamous for fermenting mass disobedience on bicycles during the Copenhagen climate Summit, touring the UK recruiting a rebel clown army, and launching a rebel raft regatta to shut down a coal fired power station, the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination sees no separation between art and activism, ethics and aesthetics.
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