The Full Moon Phase - 17-19 May 2019

The second weekend is aligned with the Full Moon Phase. This phase is mainly associated with completeness, sustainability, responsibility, taking care and accountability. The projects presented in this phase are critically engaged with the social and political forms of ecology and the impact that has on everyday life and our food production and consumption, such as circular agriculture or climate grief. Other projects continue the research and conversations about socio-ethical and political conditions and lives in former empires such as the former Belgian colonies.

There, coloniality makes itself felt in multinational activities of extractivism or the bio- and necropolitics of everyday life. In Europe, it is felt in the national and international laws for newcomers and increasing policing and police violence in the public sphere. Following the format of the January's Waxing Crescent Moon Phase, The Full Moon Phase will also consist of film premieres, performances, work sessions, installations, heart-to-heart conversations and walks.

The final exhibition and presentation of the collective research by the alliance of schools and academies from Belgium, France, UK and Hong Kong will be held at Thomas More University in Mechelen. This Transnational Alliance accompanies the Contour Biennale and focuses on discussing certain practices with the new generation of cultural and social producers and artists. Topics such as ecological debt, environmental racism, decolonizing social relations, degrowth, hope, care, and solidarity represent not only the content with which they work, but also the materials, techniques and methods of that work.

Enough Room for Space, Brussels, and Marjolijn Dijkman have been organizing LUNÄ Talks at the time of the full moon, in reference to historical Lunar Society meetings in the second half of the 18th century in England. Their talk for Contour will address the intersections between technology, infrastructure, extractivism and Silicon Valley culture, as well as the possibility of lithium replacing silicon as the key technological resource and element. The LUNÄ Talk is part of the On-Trade-Off research collective.

2019 marks 25 years since the Rwandan genocide. Christian Nyampeta has been engaged with the question of how to live together. Christian situates this question in post-genocide Rwanda. He will lead contemporary Rwandese poetry and philosophy readings inspired by the “evening school” format designed by the Senegalese writer and cinematographer Ousmane Sembene, along with a group of guests, and present his new film.

After a symposium co-organised with Netwerk in Aalst in October 2018, Daniela Ortiz will present her video The Empire of Law, a proposal for transforming colonial monuments and a testimony to the artist’s anti-racist activism concerning the European law for the newcomers.

In collaboration with the social organisation Straathoekwerk Mechelen and their project Piraten van de Dijle, Maria Lucia Cruz Correia’s Flotation Island will launch a raft that will literally float on the Dyle in the centre of Mechelen. On it they will stage an attempt to create a real utopia that will evolve over several hours, involving a handful of experts in future survival techniques.

Coyote is a cross-disciplinary group concerned with art, ecology, ethnology and political sciences. Their project from the root to the transplant will follow the entanglements between the concepts of grounding and transplanting and their historical, territorial, and political paths through a series of meetings, workshops, drifts and collective exercises with local groups of agricultural ecologists.

Participating artists during the Full Moon Phase:

Cadine Navarro, Christian Nyampeta, COYOTE, Daniela Ortiz, Maarten Vanden eynde, Maria Lucia Cruz Correia, Marjolijn Dijkman, Mark Požlep, Monique Mbeka Phoba, Robin Vanbesien, Saddie Choua, Sara Sejin Chang, Shabaka Hutchings, The Writers Bench, Transnational Alliance