Royal Dutch Shell and Spinoza (or Interventions in Amsterdam’s Most Influential Institution).

Malone, Niamh and Anderson, Gary (2019) Royal Dutch Shell and Spinoza (or Interventions in Amsterdam’s Most Influential Institution). In: Performance and Philosophy Biennial, March 15-18th 2019, Amsterdam. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Royal Dutch Shell and Spinoza (or, Interventions in Amsterdam’s most influential institution) 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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Creative and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Niamh Malone
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 14:41
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 14:41
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2840

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