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The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination art, activism and daily life in an age of crisis

Translocal Institute Budapest
10 September 2014 at 8pm

Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan will present their work with the The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, a collective that brings artists and activists together to create new forms of civil disobedience and post capitalist life.

Infamous for fermenting mass disobedience on bicycles during the Copenhagen climate Summit, touring the UK recruiting a rebel clown army, running courses in postcapitalist culture, throwing snowballs at bankers, launching a rebel raft regatta to shut down a coal fired power station, covering the Tate gallery in molasses and falling in love with utopias, The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Lab of ii) is now setting up a school of art and activism on a communal organic farm in Brittany, France.

This presentation is organised within the framework of Paths Less Travelled, a series of lectures and discussions by visiting artists, theorists and curators.



John Jordan is an art activist. He founded the direct action groups Reclaim the Streets and the Clown Army, worked as a cinematographer for Naomi Klein’s The Take, co-edited the book We Are Everywhere: the irresistible rise of global anti-capitalism (Verso 2004) and lectures in theatre and fine art.

Isabelle Fremeaux
was a lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College-University, London. (2001-2011) Her action research explores popular education, storytelling and creative forms of resistance.

Together they co-founded the art activist collective The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, and co-authored/directed the film book “Les Sentiers de l’utopie” (Editions Zones, 2011) They are in the process of setting up a school for art activism and Permaculture within the new land based collective La r.O.n.c.e (Resist, Organise, Nourish, Create, Exist) in Southern Brittany, France.


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