Ruhrtriennale: Training for the Future

Training for the Future

Ruhrtriennale 2018, Training für die Zukunft

Training for the Future
Performative Training Camp by Jonas Staal and Florian Malzacher
September 20–22, 2019

Training for the Future is a utopian training camp where audiences become trainees in creating alternative futures, learning how to decolonize society, how to use extraterritorial waters for political action, create new forms of encryption, enact intergenerational climate justice, socialize artificial intelligence and campaign transnationally. Futurologists, progressive hackers, post-national activists, transnationalists, theatre makers, artists, and many others offer concrete exercises in alternatives to the present-day crisis within a training installation developed by artist Jonas Staal, situated in the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum. It seems a consensus today, that what is ahead of us can only be imagined as a disaster. Training for the Future instead aims to collectively reclaim the means of production of the future.

Training for the Future offers 14 trainings over the course of three days, participation is possible for the full curriculum or for each training individually.

Block 1: Communalizing Data// Orgy with Machines
September 20, 10am–2:30pm

Block 2: Intimacy Encryption// Redistributing Love
September 20, 3:30–10pm

Block 3: Killing the Dominant Male// Decolonizing Society
September 21, 10am–2:30pm

Block 4: Extraterritorial Activism// Extraterritorial Zoopology
September 21, 3:30–10pm

Block 6: Beyond Welcome – Agitprop for the Future// We are nature defending itself
September 22, 3:30–10pm

Block 5: Inventing the Radical// Transnational Campaigning
September 22, 10am–2:30pm


Trainings by Public Movement (Dana Yahalomi et al.), irational (Heath Bunting), Institute of Human Obsolescence (Ksenia Ermoshina, Manuel Beltrán), New Center for Research and Practice (Mohammad Salemy & Natalie Agostini), Samuel Vriezen, Maya Felixbrodt, Germaine Sijstermans, Army of Love (Ingo Niermann, Christian Bayerlein, Adriano Wilfert Jensen), ISD – Initiative Schwarzer Menschen in Deutschland (Tahir Della) , & glokal e.V. (Lucía Muriel), Women on Waves (Rebecca Gomperts), Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Sjef van Gaalen, Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Isabelle Fremaux & John Jordan), Arrivati (La Toya Manly-Spain & Asuquo Udo), School of Transnational Activism / European Alternatives, Not An Alternative, Center for Jineology Studies, Schwabinggrad Ballett (Liz Rech & Nikola Duric)

Introduction and further information
Project by Jonas Staal, curated and co-programmed by Florian Malzacher. Installation in collaboration with architect Paul Kuipers and designer Remco van Bladel Production by Studio Jonas Staal (Younes Bouadi, Evelien Scheltinga) and Ruhrtriennale.

Funded by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb and Mondriaan Fund. Kindly supported by Goethe-Institut.

Language information: in english

About Ruhrtriennale

Music, dance, theatre, performance and fine arts in the former industrial buildings of the Ruhr Area: that’s the Ruhrtriennale. The venues of the Ruhrtriennale are the region’s outstanding industrial monuments, transformed each year into spectacular sites for impressive arts productions. At the centre of all this are contemporary artists seeking a dialogue with industrial spaces and between the disciplines. World premieres and new works are the essence of the programme which makes visiting the Ruhrtriennale an incomparable event. Every season, festival productions from the Ruhr region go on tour around the world.

The artists and themes featured in the programme are chosen by Artistic Directors appointed in three year cycles. The Ruhrtriennale’s Artistic Director for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020 is Stefanie Carp. Associated artist for these three years is Christoph Marthaler. Ruhrtriennale 2019 will take place in August and September.

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