N.L.C. — NATURAL CONTRACT LAB

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 law and reparative actions? What kind of artistic processes do we need as a gesture of care for the planetary? How can transdisciplinary alliances inspire a response to ecocide?

© Maria Lucia Cruz Correia
© Maria Lucia Cruz Correia

Introducing the research collective: 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), Vinny Jones (light sciences), Dave Balle (soil ecology/fertility), Mathias Velle (outside eye/dramaturg), Mark Pozlep (artist, videographer). Together they focus on finding common tools and strategies to recover, mitigate and restore.

They form the LAB for the research of Sacrifice zones. And we propose a site-responsive artistic intervention on location, that will be in the format of workshops on rights of nature, climate grief and earth contracts. For each study case, they will develop a protocol for the community, both human and more than human. They will design a process of restoration on sites that have been affected by environmental crimes or climate change.

Their first study case of ecocide will be the Zenne River, a symbolic start in the heart of Europe. As a methodology they will be researching the impact of the killing of this river on an ancestral and cosmological level but also on the health of communities along the river both human and more than human. The dream is to legally recognize the Zenne River as an entity.

NATURAL CONTRACT LAB is supported and produced by wpZimmer (BE) in partnership with Kunstencentrum Vooruit (BE), NTGent (BE), Workspacebrussels (BE), Far° Festival des arts Vivants Nyon (CH), Dream City (TN), C-takt (BE). We would also like to thank the 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 project is generously supported by Flemish Authorities.

Residencies

16.02.2021 - 26.02.2021

Kaaitheater