We Are 'Nature' Defending Itself: Entangling Art, Activism and Autonomous Zones (online launch)

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This event was recorded on November 25, 2021
For more information about the book, please visit http://vagabonds.xyz/wandi

Published by VAGABONDS, a series from Pluto Press, in cooperation with the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest.

In 2008, as the storms of the financial crash started to blow, Isabelle Fremeaux and Jay Jordan deserted the metropolis and their academic jobs, embarking on a journey across Europe in search for postcapitalist utopias. They wanted their art activism to no longer be uprooted.

They arrived at a place French politicians had declared “lost to the republic”, known by those who inhabited it as la ZAD (the ‘zone to defend’): a messy but extraordinary canvas of commoning, illegally occupying 4,000 acres of wetlands where an international airport was planned.

In 2018, the 40-year-long struggle snatched an incredible victory, defeating the infrastructure project through a powerful cocktail that merged creation and resistance.