Migration, climate crisis, Brexit, Aleppo, terror, Trump. What to do? What can we do? Are we feeling powerless, paralyzed?

Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers. The question of what to do with the feelings that have been aroused, the knowledge that has been communicated. If one feels that there is nothing ‘we’ can do — but who is that ‘we’? — and nothing ‘they’ can do either — and who are ‘they’ — then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic.
— Susan Sontag

Does a feeling of powerlessness turn into apathy or activism? And is the function of poetry to assess the apathy - or is it a call to activistic intervention? Does poetry have a function? This year, REVERSE will present poets and artists that work in the tension between apathy and activism, between pathos and politics, and between past and identity - as well as artistic communities that work to mobilize collective action.

The theme for REVERSE 2017 is "Don't mourn - organize".

Welcome to four days with readings, debates, audiovisual and interactive art installations, performances and concerts.

Mark the dates: 31.08 - 03.09.



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