Live online event

29 April 2020, 19.00-21.00

 

Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care

Jeanne van Heeswijk, Freehouse Radicalizing the Local, 2008–2013, installation Trainings for the Not-Yet at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2019–2020, photo: Tom Janssen

Streaming online at bakonline.org/prospections and on social media: @BAKUtrecht on Facebook and @BAK basis voor actuele kunst on YouTube

With Afrikaanderwijk Cooperative, Rotterdam; the Basic Activist Kitchen, Utrecht; Brigate Volontarie per l’emergenza, Milan; and Homebaked Anfield, Liverpool


Coordinated communitarian responses to this crisis have abounded, with individuals and groups around the world organizing virtually overnight to provide response and support to many suddenly without shelter, food, or protection, or facing new personal, health, and economic instabilities. Terms like “mutual aid” have suddenly become commonplace in media discourse, along with emerging reliances on neighbors and localized networks.

In this roundtable, collectives and cooperatives from different parts of Europe—many of which are involved with BAK through various projects and initiatives—discuss their work before COVID-19, and outline how organizing priorities and formations have shifted in the moment and might continue to develop for the time to come. The event is also a space to compare and learn from strategies and shortfalls, and imagine the strengthening coordination of local solidarity networks within Europe and beyond borders.

Practicing Tactical Solidarities takes place alongside the launch of BAK’s online forum, Prospections. The first focus of the forum, Tactical Solidarities, offers some examples of practical and creative solidarity frameworks, considering what these have looked like in the past, and what they are becoming.

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Practicing Tactical Solidarities II: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care

This locally-focused second edition of Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care features artists, organizers, and activists working in Utrecht, many of whom are current BAK Fellows. While addressing changing needs and urgencies in the protracted pandemic reality and its overlapping and related crises, the conversation contends with tactics and lessons in creating mutual aid networks, lasting support systems, and emergency care.