Theory — 23, 24, 25 Feb 2023

Regular ticket: € 18,-
Solidarity ticket: € 3,-
Teijin Auditorium
23 Feb, 10 am until 5 pm
24 Feb, 10.15 am until 5 pm
25 Feb, 11 am until 3.45 pm
Main language
Book ticket (23 & 24 Feb)
Book ticket (25 Feb)

Towards a Post-Extractive Culture is an experimental event that explores new approaches and alternatives that will help us to escape the extractivist ‘trap’ of the modern, colonial, heteropatriarchal, capitalist paradigm. A three-day gathering (two days held at the Stedelijk Museum and the third at OT301) featuring workshops, thinking-feeling storms, assemblies, and ritual performances.

We welcome you to create disobedient futures with us through a process centered on care and love!

Download the program booklet or read more below.

Full program

Towards a Post-Extractive Culture poster

Day 1: 23 February

On this first day, we sit in ceremony and in deep listening to Indigenous stories. We will explore the intersections between territorial struggles, environmental racism, colonialism and the different forms that the extractive cultures affect life broadly.

Day one is for building new structures of knowledge around cosmologies drawn from indigenous ancestral practices and relationships with the territory.

  • 10 am – Opening Ceremony by Olivia Biswane
  • 11.15 am – Opening Words
  • 11.30 am – Indigenous Knowledge Center with Simyuru Tjaaroeme and Leander Vermaning, Aweroekana Cultura & Wasjikwa
  • 1 pm – Break
  • 2.15 pm – From extraction to cooperation: learning from forests and rivers with indigenous artists to build post-extractive futures. Workshop by Felipe Milanez, Um Outro Céu (Another Sky)
  • 4.15 pm – Ausangate: a gaseous cosmology. Performance by Disobedient Futures, Teresa Borasino in collaboration with Ibelisse Guardia Ferraguti
  • 5 pm – Closing Ritual by Dizzi Geetha

Day 2: 24 February 

The pathways to a decolonial, post-extractive and just world will come from the grassroots, territorial struggles, and those most affected by extractive industries.

On this second day, we will walk through some of these pathways and weave different relationships with water, land and memory. We will learn to tell stories that interrupt harmful modern/colonial habits of seeing, feeling and being.

Day 3: 25 February

Please note that this day is held at OT301, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam

Book ticket for 25 feb

We center listening to those facing intersecting oppressions, and those who live in deep attunement with the needs and cycles of the Earth.

On this third day, we will learn from three struggles for the defence of ancestral territories in Abya Yala. We will also engage in a mutual learning process with the Question of Funding to prefigure an alternative economic model that materializes existing trust circles within specific communities in Palestine and the Netherlands.

  • 11 am Opening Ritual
  • 11.30 am The Question of Funding Workshop by Yazan Khalili, The Question of Funding
  • 11.30 am To be a leader in Colombia Workshop by Here we Draw the Line
  • 14.30 "Inhabiting collective learning spaces from ancestral memory" A conversation with Suumil Collective
  • 14.30 Walking Umunukunu Kwarte Umuke
    Presentation by Pluriversity Collective
  • 15.45 Assembly: Building post-extractive cultures
    (online and offline)

Why we gather

We gather to inhabit a space of mutual learning and deep listening, where we draw from the knowledges and experiences that have risen from territorial struggles for the defence of the Earth in what we have made as ‘the Global South’. We gather to build relationships of solidarity across different groups; cultural workers, artists, activists, designers, Indigenous knowledge keepers, radical researchers, community organisers and storytellers for a world of many worlds.

We gather to join forces and prefigure a post-extractive culture that can be put into practice in cultural and social movement work.

You are welcome to join all three days or some portion of the program but we encourage you to try to be with us through at least a full day, if possible.

See the full program here.

Disobedient Futures

Disobedient Futures (formerly known as Fossil Free Culture NL) is a platform committed to imagine, practice, and build post-extractive worlds. They merge activism, which seeks to change material conditions of reality, and art, which is crucial to changing the immaterial conditions: our collective imagination.
Since 2016, their primary goal has been to end oil and gas sponsorship of public cultural institutions in the Netherlands. Through their interventions, many cultural institutions have ended their sponsorships with Shell. Their new mission aims at addressing and dismantling the extractive logics entrenched in Western culture while making space for mutual learning that mobilises post-extractive, decolonial ways of being, knowing, and doing.

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is excited to invite Disobedient Futures to organize the event Towards a Post-Extractive Culture. By sharing our platform, we want to learn how we could support meaningful climate action, highlight the role that we can play in our society and how we can support deep, transformative changes. For us, as an institution, it means practicing to let go of extractive logic, to bring the margins to the center of the cultural debate and authority, to prioritize the environmental and civilizational crisis we are in and challenge colonial narratives from the inside with a generative focus.

This gathering is co-created by Disobedient Futures (formerly known as Fossil Free Culture NL), the Post-Extractive Futures collective, Global Tapestry of Alternatives, Weaving Realities, Gira Zapatista Holanda and entre-ríos.

Made possible by the generous support of Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Patagonia, Mama Cash and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.