The cross-disciplinary alliance We Cannot Work Like This: Decolonial Practices and Degrowth brings together several departments of academies and universities in Belgium, France, England and Hong Kong. The alliance enables students to work together at their respective schools on a proposal for sustainable, decolonial and inclusive practices, in relation to cultural institutions on one hand and their own professions (whether artistic, architectural, design or research-related) on the other. The students are invited to look at sustainability through a self-reflexive, intersectional feminist, anti-capitalist and anti-racist lens.
Curated by artists Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas and commissioned by Pippo Ciorra, The Swamp School highlights the vital urgency of human cohabitation with other forms of life. Reproducing the hybrid and inclusive environment of wetlands, the Swamp Pavilion (the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale) functioned as a learning lab and an ever-changing and open-ended platform for experimentation and research on the future of living.
One of the three aspects of The Swamp School was Commonism, curated by Nico Dockx and Pascal Gielen. Numerous international schools and platforms collaborated in the project. The members of the Transnational Alliance met there for the first time to read and discuss texts by Ghassan Hage, Grada Kilomba, Frantz Fanon, Ramón Grosfoguel, Olivia Rutazibwa, Françoise Vergès and Eyal Weizman in small groups. Cadine Navarro and Mark Požlep presented the performances that also feature in the Contour Biennale 9. The members of the alliance also learnt about the open source tools developed by the OSP graphic designers.