Inflatable Barricade with Tools for Action
Presentation, Workshop, and Action Training with Artúr van Balen of Tools for Action: April 15, 16, 17
Artistic decoration for the 17th celebration of the October Revolution, Moscow, 1934. Image courtesy Artúr van Balen
Tools for Action is an art and design collective that develops inflatable tools as a tactic for civil disobedience.
During the presentation, Artúr will explain the theory and history of the inflatable medium: What is the historical relationship between pneumatics and protest? Why are these tools such an excellent tool for political action? In the do-it-yourself-workshop he will show how it is possible to make inflatable barricades from simple household materials, using only double-stick carpet tape and insulation foil. On the Sunday, the inflatables will be put into action, with choreographed military formations practiced with the barricade.
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Artúr van Balen
studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and fine arts at the Berlin University of Arts. He is founder of the group Tools for Action and the former Eclectic Electric Collective that develops and creates inflatable tools for actions and protests in a collective way. Since 2013 he has researched the cultural and technical history of pneumatics. He has been exhibited at institutions and art-activist festivals including Theatre Dortmund (Mirror-Barricade, 2016), The Victoria and Albert Museum (Disobedient Objects, 2014), Designhuis Eindhoven (De Etende Mens, 2013). ArtPlay, Moscow (MediaImpact, 2013), and Steirischen Herbst, Graz (Truth is concrete, 2012).