RE:MAKE
RE:MAKE

Which road will we take?

How are we to ‘remake’ society at the dawn of the 21st century? This is the central question at the beginning of this season, and it forms the leitmotif throughout the 2016-2017 programme at the Kaaitheater. In times of climate change, migration, international terrorism, extreme privatization, increasing inequality and fast-paced globalization, our society has become so complex that this question is increasingly difficult to answer. But it is precisely due to the challenge of these crises that the call for alternatives resounds ever louder. Where is our (political) imagination and how are we practically moving towards a different future? Which road will we take? Where do we want to go?

 

Flex-working, intensely consuming

Over the past few decades, faith in a social engineered society has waned. Critical reflection on the risks of modern progress and on our faith in nature governed by humanity has increased considerably. Trust in government intervention has decreased dramatically. The traumas of the twentieth-century utopian projects, communism and fascism, were tremendous. Ideological ideals became taboo. Instead, a management discourse was adopted from the world of private enterprise. Society was no longer formed based on a political ideal, but only needed to be managed efficiently. The neoliberal free market model eagerly appealed to its non-ideological, value-free character. Social engineering was dismissed as a ‘leftist’ aberration. But over the last few decades, it has become increasingly clear that neoliberalism had exchanged the direct ‘act of making’ on the level of society for an indirect  one via socially engineered individuals. How can the individual be moulded into a flex-working, intensely consuming, self-redeeming person who could embody the neoliberal dream?

Alice: ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’  The cat: ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.’ – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

Total engineering

In other words, society is always engineered. So it may be better to place this ‘making’ at the forefront of the agenda and not to pretend that there are any other options. There is a justified demand for alternatives, and it cannot be sounded loudly enough. ‘Business as usual’ is no longer an option. The dangers of realizing political utopias and of ‘total engineering’ are well known, but at the same time the need for inspiring political-utopian ideas has never been greater. What are the current impulses for new ideals of social engineering, for new utopias? Where is the necessary imagination born and what role might art and culture play? Who is taking concrete initiatives to start establishing that new society? RE:MAKE is a series of lectures and debates that bring both concrete practice and new ideas to the fore. You’ll find the first names below – the series will be completed throughout the season.

RESET DEMOCRACY

A Chance for the Politics of Tomorrow

talk

A Chance for the Politics of Tomorrow
A Chance for the Politics of Tomorrow

Kaaitheater

21.02 – 20.03.2017

Tim Jackson & Barbara Unmüßig

On Prosperity Without Growth and Paths to a Sustainable Society 2.0

talk

On Prosperity Without Growth and Paths to a Sustainable Society 2.0
On Prosperity Without Growth and Paths to a Sustainable Society 2.0

Kaaitheater

13.03.2017

Markus Miessen & Armen Avanessian

Perhaps it is high time for a xeno-architecture to match

talk

Perhaps it is high time for a xeno-architecture to match
Perhaps it is high time for a xeno-architecture to match

Kaaitheater

18.04.2017

Gregory Feldman

We are all migrants

talk

We are all migrants
We are all migrants

Kaaitheater

25.05.2017

Lieven De Cauter, Rudi Laermans & Karel Vanhaesebrouck

Klein lexicon van het managementjargon

book presentation

Klein lexicon van het managementjargon
Klein lexicon van het managementjargon

Kaaitheater

16.11.2016

Inigo Wilkins

The myth of Golem

talk

The myth of Golem
The myth of Golem

Kaaitheater

15.02.2017

Srećko Horvat

Subversion?

talk

Subversion?
Subversion?

Kaaitheater

06.02.2017

Isabelle Stengers & nY

Thinking with Stengers

debate

Thinking with Stengers
Thinking with Stengers

Kaaistudio's

13.02.2017

Inigo Wilkins

The myth of Golem

talk

The myth of Golem
The myth of Golem

Kaaitheater

15.02.2017

Benjamin Barber & Mayors

On the First Global Parliament of Mayors

talk

On the First Global Parliament of Mayors
On the First Global Parliament of Mayors

Kaaitheater

13.09.2016

Nadia Sels

About Mythos & Logos

talk

About Mythos & Logos
About Mythos & Logos

Kaaitheater

24.09.2016

Liesbet Stevens

Gender Stereotypes as a Challenge for Law and Society

talk

Gender Stereotypes as a Challenge for Law and Society
Gender Stereotypes as a Challenge for Law and Society

Kaaistudio's

01.10.2016

Susan Neiman

On Grown-Up Idealism

talk

On Grown-Up Idealism
On Grown-Up Idealism

Kaaitheater

17.10.2016

Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams & others

FASTER/SLOWER/FUTURE, towards postcapitalism

talk

FASTER/SLOWER/FUTURE, towards postcapitalism
FASTER/SLOWER/FUTURE, towards postcapitalism

Kaaistudio's

22.10 – 23.10.2016

Masereelfonds & Kaaitheater

Circulaire economie, hoe zit dat in Brussel?

Circulaire economie, hoe zit dat in Brussel?
Circulaire economie, hoe zit dat in Brussel?

Kaaitheater

25.10.2016

Michel Bauwens

Ten New Practices of the Great Transition

talk

Ten New Practices of the Great Transition
Ten New Practices of the Great Transition

Kaaitheater

14.11.2016

Alicja Gescinska

Socrates and the Benefits and Burdens of Doubt

talk

Socrates and the Benefits and Burdens of Doubt
Socrates and the Benefits and Burdens of Doubt

Kaaitheater

19.11.2016

The Artist Commoner

(Self) Education of New Subjectivities

(Self) Education of New Subjectivities
(Self) Education of New Subjectivities

Kaaistudio's

25.11 – 26.11.2016

Dirk Holemans, Tine De Moor & Christophe Callewaert

The return of the Utopia

talk

The return of the Utopia
The return of the Utopia

Kaaitheater

05.12.2016

Patrick Deboosere

About Ageing

talk

About Ageing
About Ageing

Kaaitheater

09.12.2016