Training for the Not-yet
In our rapidly changing cities we must train ourselves to work collectively to imagine a just future with complexity and care, both militant and empathic.
This requires setting up an open conflictious and radical inclusive process, which questions: How to collectively shape the places we live, influence the processes of design, regulations, policy making and take responsibility? How to engage in deep cultural exchanges among different communities? And creating a steep learning curve full of political uncertainties for all involved.
Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL) is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local.” Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organizing and pedagogy in order to assist communities to take control of their own futures.
Van Heeswijk’s work has been featured in publications and exhibitions worldwide, including the Liverpool, Shanghai, and Venice biennials. She received the 2011 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, the 2012 Curry Stone Prize for Social Design Pioneers, and in 2014 was awarded the inaugural Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at the Center for Curatorial Studies and Human Rights Project at Bard College. She lives and works in Rotterdam and Philadelphia.