Civics, de novo. 

May 14—20, 2018  

SPEAP—Sciences Po
and The New School

Théâtre des Amandiers
Nanterre, France

Inspired and led by Bruno Latour and Frédérique Ait Touati, the group worked closely with students and faculty at both institutions to formulate a political spectacle thatresituates political activism and rethinks environmental discourse.
    Participants of this workshop series were invited to experiment with what a constitution could be if we listened to non-human voices that are traditionally excluded from political processes, particularly those related to climate negotiations.

    Might perceiving geological, meteorological and nonhuman-biological signals shift our attention and “remake” our politics?


16.05—Workshop 1

    SPEAP students from 15:30–17:30

We the humans who occupy Denovo, in response to the ecological collapse wrought by our ancestors, inaugurate a new relation between the different forms of existence on our planet.
    En réponse à la faillite écologique causée par nos ancêtres, nous, êtres humains et occupants de Denovo, inaugurons une nouvelle relation entre les différentes formes de vie présentes sur notre planète.

Sound Choir—1



Sound Choir—2


17.05—Workshop 2

    SPEAP students from 15:30–17:30

We do not presume to speak for the nonhuman biological, geological or meteorological existents with which we cohabitate.
    Nous ne prétendons pas parler au nom de tous les existants non-humains avec lesquels nous cohabitons, qu'ils soient biologiques, géologiques ou météorologiques.


20.05—Workshop 3  

    General public from 11:30–13:30

Instead we commit to new modes of attention and temporalities of action in the hope that doing so will produce different possibilities for living on this planet. We commit to vicennial conventions at which Denovo’s constitutional settlement will be renegotiated.
    Bien plus, nous souhaitons mettre en oeuvre nouveaux modes d’être-au-monde et de nouvelles temporalités d'action, dans l'espoir de créer sur cette planète d'autres modes de vie possibles. Nous nous engageons à participer aux conventions vicennales à l'occasion desquelles  seront renégociées. les fondations constitutionnelles de Denovo.

Sound Choir—3





Civics, de novo is a project by Heather Anderson, Michael Dobson, Erica Kermani, Jonas Voigt, Leah Willemin, and Jacqueline Wu.

Special Thanks to Simon Kessler, Melanie Crean and Jamer Hunt.

Civics, de novo was made possible by the generous support of the Provost Office at the New School.

Entitled Civics, de novo; this experiment in politics by other means is a collaboration of The New School graduate students with backgrounds in Design, Performance, Social Research, and Technology with graduate students from the Experimental Program in the Political Arts (SPEAP) at SciencesPo.

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