Founded by Artúr van Balen in 2012, Tools for Action became a network of artists, activists, tinkerers and theoreticians giving skill-share workshops in the manufacture of inflatable sculptures and how to use them for political actions. Our roots lie in climate activism. We gave shape to the protests of the international climate conference in Warsaw, 2013 with the cough4coal campaign and with the inflatable barricade at the international climate conference in Paris, 2015. In 2016 Tools for Action led together with the Theater of Dortmund an action against neo-Nazis. In 2017, Tools for Action received together with the Theater of Dortmund the price for arts education of the Federal Government for Culture and the Media (BKM Preis für Kulturelle Bildung) for their project „Mirror Barricades“.
The core ensemble now includes Artúr van Balen and Tomás Espinosa. Crossing conventional aesthetic and political boundaries, they are experimenting with new forms of assembly. Their current project “Signals, Resonating Revolutions” in collaboration with Kulturprojekte Berlin a is a collective experiment in Berlin’s public space in celebration of the German revolution of 1918/19.
Tools for Action can be contacted at: info(at)toolsforaction.net
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