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Thursday March 14 | Session 17:15 - 18:15 (20 min) De Brakke Grond | Steegzaal
This action-paper seeks to position ‘Live Art’ and ‘Applied Theatre’ practices (especially on fossil fuel based international conglomerates) as a mode of critically affirmative, internationalist intervention. The practice of the Forgotten Futures and the City (a Liverpool, UK based intervention into dementia care) and The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home (a Liverpool based intervention into the ‘cultures of capitalism’) will come together to understand how ‘forgetting’ and ‘remembering’ could be utilised as radical acts of intervention against Royal Dutch Shell – with a little help from Baruch Spinoza.

From a canal barge in full view of the headquarters of Royal Dutch Shell in Amsterdam Bay - a dialogue between Forgotten Futures and the City and The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home will take place. Topics will include dementia, applied theatre, live art and the multiple failures of intervention into what is arguably the world’s most powerfully institutionalised ‘norm’ – the fossil fuel industry, and possibly the world’s most pressing anatomical degenerative condition dementia.

This action will be streamed live at the conference (via social media) and will last for 20:19 (twenty minutes and nineteen seconds). Building on the work of Platform and their forthcoming publication Crude Britannia (Marriott & McAlistar, Pluto 2019), we seek to demonstrate the affirmative potential of intervention as a slow burning, renewable process which depends on responsibly resourced energy levels from its authors. In other words, interventions probably don’t work well if they burn too quickly – at least in this instance.

Dr Niamh Malone, Senior Lecturer in Drama at Liverpool Hope University, created the Forgotten Futures and the City project (2017 – ongoing) which has residency with TATE Liverpool’s Exchange programme (2018 & 2019). Niamh also co-organised Art Disarming Philosophy A Symposium on Non-Philosophy and Aesthetics and is editor of forthcoming publication Laruelle and the Aesthetics of Non-Philosophy (2020). 
Dr Gary Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Drama at Liverpool Hope University, co-organises the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home in his family home in Liverpool, UK. Gary has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and most recently co-edited an issue of Performance Research On Children, Vol 23.1.
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