Common Dreams “Flotation school“ is a temporary autonomous space, with any territorial borders. The island invites you on a journey, a collective performance between fiction and reality: an illusion of disconnecting. The performance takes four hours, during this time we question whether we can now imagine a non-anthropocentric future? We build a narrative to rediscover notions of 'indigeneity', as a reinterpretation of cultural archetypes and survival principles. The participatory engagement of the audience is an exciting experience of surpassing individual quests to a shared awareness on collective adaptation for the world adventures of the 21st century.
The first presentation of this island was in Oude Dokken (HandelsDok & Houtdok) which is a neighborhood that undergoes far-reaching urban transformations in the coming years. It was an interdisciplinary collaboration aiming to enhance a common space on the water to organize dialogues around the themes of sustainability, ecology,regenerative solutions and survival in other contexts.
The main focus is to spread ideas from the neighborhood and together imagine a possible future in a healthy environmentally. Various introductions and workshops are thought together, imagined, experimented with various methods, techniques, tools for survival in other conditions and contexts. The aim is to bring art and ecology into the heart of the social debate as form to raise awareness and encourage citizens to respond creatively.
Concept and performance: Maria Lucia Cruz Correia
Design: Assignment to Interior design temporary installation from KASK /Final design:Elise Mensaert
Concept and artistic coordinator: Maria Lucia Cruz correia
Sound Piece: Dramaturgy/text: Tineke de meyer / Sound artist: Duncan Speakman
Creative collaborators: Mark pozlep and Ingrid Vranken
Collaborator and producer@2018: Nathalie Snauwaert
KASK /Interior design temporary installation/ Final design: Elise Mensaert
Participants MEDS'17 Urban Haven: Mia Martinovic, Marek Svoboda, Tastani Felisia, Sally Al-Ejeilat, Giancarlo Muñoz, Alex Curtis, Rossella Natale, Barbalat Cristina, Joanna Wirkus, Kamila Haja, Esra Oner, Almila Ovali, Steven Alejandro Whitehouse
local collaborators: KASK, DOK, Jonge Dokken, Buurderij, Thuishaven, Dokano, Noah, Boot, Dekade.
Co produced: Vooruit, STAD GENT, Urban Haven MEDS
Documentation: Vlad Georgiev and Meds team