UNFIX is a festival of performance and ecology led by Paul Michael Henry (Artistic Director) and myself (Producer). Using live performance, dance, film, installation, workshop and debate, we want to unravel the knots in how we're living. Ecological crisis and renewal addressed through our bodies and physical sense of living.
UNFIX conceives individual human lives as a microcosm of the whole, and puts it to you: climate change and ecological transformation are happening inside your body, RIGHT NOW.
Why have a festival of Performance and Ecology?
Ecology is perhaps the grand theme of our times, uniting issues of climate change, sustainability, political independence / inter- dependence, and the various flows of ageing and death, economics, culture and emotion. Rather than restricting itself to ‘environmental art’, UNFIX chooses a broad definition of the term including ecologies of:
• Imagination and Culture (the ideas, myths, dreams and archetypes we live by)
• Politics & Economics
• Soul & Mental Health: the individual & collective psyche and questions of balance, physical maintenance and happiness; ecologies of emotion and the forces of love, conflict, anger, shame.
UNFIX is conceived as an act of love, a bear hug to the world, a prayer of sorts. As humans we don’t have to ‘work hard’ and ‘earn a living’; we already have one by virtue of being alive. The question is how to engage with it. We believe performance, art, discussion, food and ritual can help us ask with courage.
How we can love each other more? How we can conceive of ourselves as more than cogs / competitors / applicants-to-life? How can we realise ourselves as processes rather than nouns, and everything we encounter as parts of ourselves? We would like to learn from all of you, and share what we’ve learned.
We can no longer pretend to be separate from one another.
UNFIX ReBirth! is a communal event urging CULTURAL // SOCIAL // ECONOMIC // ENVIRONMENTAL // PSYCHIC renewal.
A follow up to aCOPalypse Now! (December 2015), UNFIX ReBirth! will bring together artists and activists to explore themes of birth, death and sustainability.
Birth is literal, metaphorical and happening all around us. It’s often painful and traumatic, gestating and exploding. Rebirth is the cyclical process of renewing ourselves, either intentionally or because we’re forced to.
The context is a death-drive of meanness and small thinking: Brexit, Trump, assaults on human rights, terrorism, Othering, aggression and FEAR.
What to do? Where can we source hope and renewal? How can we resist the death rattle?
We are aiming to stage UNFIX ReBirth! in December however, as UNFIX is operating on a DIY structure it will only happen with the support of the artists we collaborate with, and those that are kind enough to share their resources with us.
We believe we must have conversations about the state of the world. The issues that concern us are not going to go away any time soon. It is with this in mind we think toward UNFIX ReBirth! as an opportunity to explore what it means to be an artist searching for a platform, a human searching for something to connect to and the bigger notion of what a community needs in order to survive.
UNFIX ReBirth! is a call to arms for artists and activists who find themselves concerned with the issues we at UNFIX continually circle around. If you have any questions about the event please get in touch.