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We Are ‘Nature’ Defending Itself

Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination

A book launch and illustrated talk on the art of direct action and stopping climate crime through bodies and imagination

Isabelle Fremeaux and Jay Jordan will be touring the UK during COP26 to tell their version of the incredible story of the zad (Zone à Défendre – Zone to Defend), their home since 2016 in Brittany.  These 4000 acres of wetlands, farmland and forest were due to be destroyed for a new international airport, but in 2018 after 40 years of struggle the infernal infrastructure was defeated. It was not the end of the adventure. 

Join the illustrated talk sharing stories of the creative direct action that merged with building revolutionary commoning against the airport and its world, bringing farmers and activists together, including designing rituals disguised as demonstrations, planting gardens on runways, occupying a bridge with 500 tractors, 1000 bikes and 20000 people and building a working lighthouse on the site where they wanted to build the airport control tower.

Book launch
How do we radically transform art, activism and everyday life in the midst of the horrors of the Capitalocene? We are “nature” defending itself. Entangling art, activism and autonomous zones, a new publication by artists and activists from the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, Isabelle Fremeaux and Jay Jordan, grapples with these questions and will be available to buy on the evening. Published by Vagabonds – Pluto Press.

Also at Toynbee Studios on 6 November: Earth Riot by Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir

  • We have reduced capacities to allow for social distancing. There is a 120-person capacity for the theatre (including audiences, artists and staff) which is a 280-seat space.
  • We will open fire exit doors to ventilate the space as best as possible before audiences arrive.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear masks while in the building including while seated, unless exempt. 
  • We are not checking for lateral flow tests or Covid vaccinations. 
  • We have been working hard to make Toynbee Studios as safe as possible and are committed to an inclusive reopening. Read about the safety measures we have in place. 

  • This event will be BSL interpreted
  • Toynbee Studios is accessible to wheelchair users.
  • All of our toilets are gender neutral. Fully accessible toilets are located on the ground, first and third floors.
  • Read more about Accessibility at Toynbee Studios.

Date and time

6 November 2021
This event will be BSL interpreted

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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