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. This ensamble gave skill-share workshops in the manufacture of inflatable sculptures and how to use them for political actions.
Katherine Ball and Malcolm Kratz joined forces with Artúr. These three artists with their individual practices see different possibilities for Tools for Action. Starting with focusing more on educational programs and how to engage the future generations in political action. We bring forth a shared vision where next to the inflatable sculptures we also start to experiment with new theories and practices around crowd movement and emergence intelligence.
"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
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