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Ghent, Belgium
Thursday 25 March 2021

School of Resistance, Episode Thirteen: Blow the System, Sow Change

Destruction as a tool for survival

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Thursday 25 March 2021

NTGent presented School of Resistance, Episode Thirteen: Blow the System, Sow Change livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 25 March 2021 at 11 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 18:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 19:00 CET (Brussels, UTC+1).

What does it mean to be truly radical? What does it mean to speak out the name of the enemy? What does it mean to think outside a broken system? And how can something so broken be repaired again?

In this episode of School of Resistance, Andreas Malm, author of the book How to blow up a pipeline, and Marian Donner, author of the book Zelfverwoestingsboek, question the current order of our world by offering an ideology of destruction. What if self-destruction and destruction of property are the only tools left for survival in a hyper-capitalized world that is on the brink of apocalypse? What if destruction isn’t an act of loss, but an act of love?

This episode of School of Resistance is organized in the context of the Ghentian festival on international solidarity Belmundo Festival ’21.

Andreas Malm is an associate professor of human ecology at Lund University. In May, Verso will release White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism, co-authored by Malm and the Zetkin Collective.

Marian Donner is a psychologist and the author of, among others, Zelfverwoestingsboek – Waarom we meer moeten stinken, drinken, bloeden, branden en dansen (2019), an indictment of how the self-help industry by imposing yoga leggings, pedometers and positive thoughts, is trying to keep us in line. In the meantime, the book has also been published in Italy, Germany and Switzerland; France will follow next month.

The School of Resistance is a discourse format with experts on change from around the world: artists, activists, politicians and philosophers.

On 20 April 2020, the price of oil fell below zero for the first time in history. It was not the only world record caused by Covid-19. In only a few months a malicious virus succeeded in doing what worldwide protest marches and general strikes could not: slowing down our planet. Correction: slowing down all human activities on this planet. Suddenly we as a society remember the importance of “economy” as a way to support life and not to make profit at any price.

But how can we shape the future of our planet without falling back into old, destructive patterns? In order to solve the problems we face today and to find valuable alternatives for the future, the School of Resistance creates a platform of experts on change around the world: artists, activists, politicians and philosophers. The IIPM continues together with NTGent its work on the contradictions of the global economy: using the means of activism and art, the aim is to create a blueprint for a politics of resistance. The debate series consists of a bi-weekly livestream and will be concluded with an event in February 2021 at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

A project of IIPM and NTGent, in cooperation with Akademie der Künste, HowlRound Theatre Commons, medico international, Merve Verlag, European Alternatives and funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

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