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#Berlin: Intergalactic Solidarity and the return of the Commons – #ZAD #NDDL

Open lecture and public discussion with Isabelle Frémeaux and John Jordan (The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination).

Originally published by Nachbarschaftsakademie im Prinzessinnengarten Facebook event page

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Monday October 15th, 2018, 06:00pm (18:00) at Ableger_Prinzessinnengärten, Oranienstraße 45, 10969 Berlin

„On a 14-square mile patch of western France known as Notre-Dame-des-Landes, a world is being constructed, a way of living, formed through common endeavour and a knowledge of and sensitivity to the landscape and its ecosystems. It’s a messy process that was started 10 years ago when climate activists started to squat the area to prevent the construction of a new airport. This action was known as the Zone à Défendre (area we must defend) or the ZAD. Over the years the protest morphed into a social experiment as people began to build homes, set up collective farms, breweries, workshops and libraries.
This spring the French government finally cancelled plans for the airport and in the same breath declared that those living on the land would be evicted. Eviction however has been resisted with such determination that the government has been forced to negotiate and has offered people on the ZAD the chance to apply for use of the land for agricultural projects. With the battle against the airport won, the task now is formalising the mechanisms of collective living without losing the creativity, freedom and spontaneity that has defined their movement.“ (Quote from Return to the Commons, a film by Ryan Powell and Pierre-Eliott Bue)

Only a few days ago we witnessed similar pictures of resistance in Hambacher Forest. 50.000 people demonstrated to save a 12.000 years old forest from being chopped down. They thereby send a strong message against the ongoing destruction of the climate. A few weeks earlier the police evicted a treehouse settlement known as Oaktown to violently path the way for the brown coal excavators of the energy corporation RWE.

Together with Isabelle Frémeaux and John Jordan from the art activism collective The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination we will discuss the return to the commons, tools of joyous rebellion and collective education, the insurrectionary imagination as forms of political and artistic practice and resistance as well as the islands of hope growing out of the ruins of the fossil age.

Isabelle Frémeaux and John Jordan (The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination)

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). 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. 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) which lies 70kms from la ZAD.
Under the motto “Nous sommes la nature qui se défend!” (We are nature defending itself!) in Western France, the Zone à Défendre ( ZAD) has become Europe’s largest commoning experiment, resistining the plan to build a major airport and the civilization it stands for.

The event is organized in cooperation with the Nachbarschaftsakademie and the Commons Evening School in Prinzessinnengarten

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