Extractivism and its discontents: cultural and artistic counter-movements

,07 Sep 2022

We announce the program for the International Summer School Extractivism and its discontents: cultural and artistic counter-movements, organized by the University of Kassel, in collaboration with Más Arte Más Acción (MAMA), documenta Institut and CELA, which will take place in the city of Kassel, Germany from September 7-18, 2022 within the framework of documenta fifteen.

The sessions will feature a diverse group of guest lecturers who have proposed and co-created a variety of themed dialogue spaces that will allow participants to explore the cultural, aesthetic, and political implications of extractive economies through discursive and artistic laboratories, from interdisciplinary perspectives that span the arts, humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences.

The participants of the summer school were selected through an open call and the selection by an academic committee that resulted in a group of 35 people, 15 of them recipients of a DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service scholarship. We count among our participants activists, researchers, artists and academics who reflect on Latin America’s ecological diversity and its long (post)colonial experience of resource extraction through their practices.

To learn more about the Summer School program, please click on the following link:

Summer School Program

We also invite you to consult the teachers' profiles here:

Teacher Profiles

Although these sessions are closed to participants, we will have two sessions open to the public that will take place at the MAMA Doc Space, the space dedicated to the development of the Más Arte Más Acción program during documenta fifteen.

On Friday, September 9, expert teachers from the summer school such as Liliana Gómez, Carolina Caycedo, Paco Gomez Nadal and Ximena Gonzales will talk in a forum called: Ecosystems: Art and Artivism. On Wednesday, September 14, Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Alejandra Rojas and Liliana Gómez will meet in a discussion space called: Thinking with Bodies of Water. If you are in Kassel, we invite you to join this open invitation to reflect on our Summer School.

The International Summer School: Extractivism and its discontents, cultural and artistic counter-movements is organized by the University of Kassel, documenta Institut, CELA and Más Arte Más Acción Foundation with the support of documenta fifteen and CAPAZ - German-Colombian Peace Institute. This initiative is financed by DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt, AA).