art is not a mirror for society, but a hammer with which to shape it.
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Founded by Artúr van Balen in 2012, Tools for Action quickly became a network of artists and activists giving skill-share workshops in the manufacture of inflatable sculptures and how to use them for political actions.
The core ensemble now includes Artúr van Balen, Katherine Ball and Malcolm Kratz. Their practice focuses on educational programs and how to engage future generations in political action. Crossing conventional aesthetic and political boundaries, they are experimenting with theories of crowd movement and emergence intelligence. Their current research explores if the contemporary rise in right-wing populism is comparable to the 1930s rise of fascism.
"Barricade Ballet" was a direct action training on the 29th of may 2016 in Dortmund, when Dortmunder citizens trained how to use the inflatable "mirror barricade" to protest a neo-Nazi march on the 4th of June in their city. The ground footage is about the actual counter-protests on the 4th of june 2016.Go to archive
26.04.2018 – 24.06.2018 Exhibition Floating Utopias at the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin
21. Juni 2017 Tools for Action receives together with the Theatre of Dortmund the price arts education of the Federal Government for Culture and the Media (BKM Preis für Kulturelle Bildung) for their project „Mirror Barricades“.
25.05.2018-27.05.2018 Tools for Action gives participates with workshops at New Dresden festival. Come along!
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