NLC NATURAL CONTRACT LAB
in creation 2021- 2023
How can artistic practices reclaim an ecology of repair, and creatively design protocols with a regenerative approach to the loss of landscapes? Do we need other ways of justice, environmental laws and reparative actions? What kind of artistic processes do we need as a gesture of care for the planetary? How are transdisciplinary alliances a response to ecocide?
Natural contract Lab is a new service of the Kinstitute, an ongoing (2020), utopian public service for multispecies justice, based on long-term projects dedicated to climate justice, environmental crimes, ecocide and the possibilities of making justice through artistic, juridical, ritualistic and restorative justice practices.
We form the LAB for the research of Sacrifice zones. We propose a site-responsive intervention on location designed together with the inhabitants of water ecosystems as an agreement with the more than human world. This lab also takes the format of workshops on rights of nature, climate grief and water contracts. We design a protocol of repair combining artistic methodologies with farming fertility, rights of nature, climate grief and restorative justice. The long term investigations are not focused only on the impact of colonial and geopolitical activities such as mining, wastelands and pollution but also on the ancestral, cultural and ecological renewal. Together, we try to find common tools to recover, mitigate and restore.
Study cases between 2021- 2023
Zenne River, Brussels
Sebkha Séjoumi , Tunisia
Rhone River, Switzerland
Together we form the BODY OF REPAIR: Maria Lucia Cruz Correia (artist, the initiator of the project), Marine Calmet (environmental law), Prof. Brunilda Pali (restorative Justice), Evanne Nowak (climate grief), Lode Vranken (architecture/phisopher), Vinny Jones (scenographer), Dave Balle (soil ecology/fertility), Mathias Velle ( outside eye/dramaturg), Mark Pozlep (artist, videographer).
Co-produced by wpZimmer (BE) Kunstencentrum Vooruit (BE), NTGent (BE), Workspacebrussels (BE), Far° Festival des arts Vivants Nyon (CH), Dream City (TN), C-takt (BE).
Supported by Flemish Authorities
Produced by WpZimmer (BE)
Thanks to Leuven Institute of Criminology (BE), Wild Legal (FR), Human Rights Consortium UGent (BE), European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ), Green Art Lab Alliance (EU).
The first public moments:
10/06-20/06/2021 — Oerol Festival, The Netherlands
14/08-23/08/2021 — far° Festival des Arts Vivants Nyon, Switzerland
October 2021 — Festival Dream City, Tunisia