Trai­ning for the Future:

Collec­ti­ves, Collec­ti­vi­ty and Collectivizations


From 6 to 7 march 2021, with ele­ven trai­nings in Bue­nos Aires, Bogo­ta, Cape Town, Dêrik, Mani­la, New York, Paler­mo, Veni­ce, Zurich.

With Army of Love, Con­cer­ned Artists of the Phil­ip­pi­nes, Savi­tri D, Rever­end Bil­ly & The Stop Shop­ping Choir, Etcé­te­ra, House of Tupam­a­ras, IG Hal­len­le­ben, Zay­a­an Khan, Loren­zo Mar­si­li & Stu­dio Rizo­ma, Roja­va Film Com­mu­ne, Sale Docks & Extra­gar­bo, Anto­nio Scar­po­ni / Con­cep­tu­al Devices

Trai­ning for the Future in 2021 takes place simul­ta­ne­ous­ly in dif­fe­rent loca­li­ties across the world, focu­sing on ques­ti­ons of collec­ti­ve­ness and collec­ti­viz­a­ti­on: Bet­ween our dif­fe­rent pasts and pres­ents, are the­re shared futures?

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Trai­ning for the Future is a uto­pian trai­ning camp that turns audi­en­ces into trai­nees, rehe­ar­sing alter­na­ti­ve futures in a time of incre­a­sing dys­to­pian nor­ma­ti­vi­ty. This third edi­ti­on hap­pens in the midst of a glo­bal pan­de­mic taking a decen­tra­li­zed form mani­fes­ting simul­ta­ne­ous­ly in dif­fe­rent loca­li­ties in five con­ti­nents. Focu­sing on con­cre­te geo­gra­phic, social and poli­ti­cal con­texts each trai­ning addres­ses pla­ne­ta­ry pro­blems from a local point of view.

The coro­na­vi­rus cri­sis has made visi­ble the devas­ta­ting con­se­quence of our wea­ke­ned struc­tures of com­mon life sup­port. As a result, the demand for uni­ver­sal health­ca­re, well paid care workers and clea­ners and basic inco­me have streng­t­he­ned, making visi­ble what Jodi Dean has cal­led a “collec­ti­ve desi­re for collec­ti­vi­ty.”
The­re­fo­re, this edi­ti­on of Trai­ning for the Future is struc­tu­red around the chan­ging noti­ons of collec­ti­vi­ty, collec­ti­ves and collec­ti­viz­a­ti­ons. What coope­ra­ti­ve models enab­le new under­stan­dings of collec­ti­vi­ty? How does the idea of collec­ti­viz­a­ti­on and the collec­ti­ve reso­na­te in dif­fe­rent cul­tures and geo­gra­phies around the world?

Each trai­ning takes place under regio­nal­ly spe­ci­fic pan­de­mic cir­cum­s­tan­ces, shaped by the need to take care of others and oneself, mea­ning that the size of par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on and the form of each trai­ning will dif­fer in each loca­li­ty. Des­pi­te the decen­tra­li­zed natu­re of this year’s edi­ti­on, Trai­ning for the Future 2021 insists on the impor­t­ance of phy­si­cal assem­blies and the role of art, cul­tu­re, acti­vism and social orga­niz­a­ti­on to shape our collec­ti­ve desi­re for collec­ti­vi­ty into soli­da­ry pres­ents and shared futures.

For tho­se that can­not par­ti­ci­pa­te in this edi­ti­on, public digi­tal events and a free to down­load trai­ning manu­al will fol­low in the com­ing months.

Trai­ning for the Future is open to anyo­ne who wants to par­ti­ci­pa­te, but num­bers of par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on might be limi­ted due to health regu­la­ti­ons.
The com­ple­te pro­gram can be found on
Pos­si­bi­li­ties to regis­ter for the indi­vi­du­al trai­nings you will find below.

The decen­tra­li­zed trai­ning ses­si­ons will be fol­lo­wed by a digi­tal debrie­fing con­fe­rence in late spring, in which all par­ti­ci­pants will dis­cuss the chal­len­ges they have faced in the midst of the glo­bal pan­de­mic. Is the­re a com­mon future bet­ween the dif­fe­rent pasts and pre­sen­ces?
The glo­bal trai­nings will be docu­men­ted on film and made avail­ab­le to a wider audi­ence at the Veni­ce Archi­tec­tu­re Bien­na­le and Neumarkt.


A pro­ject by Jonas Staal cura­ted and co-pro­gram­med by Flo­ri­an Malza­cher
Trai­nings in Zurich co-pro­gram­med with Hayat Erdoğan and Niko­lai Prawd­zic
Co-pro­du­ced by Goe­the Insti­tut & Thea­ter Neumarkt.

Pro­gram­me 2021


Gro­wing Food with Human­po­nics
Anto­nio Scar­po­ni / Con­cep­tu­al Devices
Zurich, Switz­er­land, March 7
Regis­tra­ti­on: Make a sel­fie and tag @scarponio on Insta­gram, fur­ther inst­ruc­tions will follow

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Hydro­po­nics is a soil­less far­ming tech­ni­que that allows gro­wing food under any envi­ron­men­tal con­di­ti­ons. Usual­ly, com­pli­ca­ted machine­ry and che­mi­cal fer­ti­li­zer are used in hydro­po­nics. ELIO­OO is a simp­le sys­tem that will enab­le you to grow food at home using inex­pen­si­ve IKEA boxes and your uri­ne. ELIO­OO will not only crea­te a clo­se loop bet­ween you and your envi­ron­ment but will also allow you to hack IKEA’s dis­tri­bu­ti­on chain and trans­forming you into the manu­fac­tu­rer of an idea.

Anto­nio Scar­po­ni is an archi­tect, desi­gner, aut­hor, edu­ca­tor and entre­pre­neur, foun­der of the Zurich based office Con­cep­tu­al Devices. With the firm inten­ti­on of chan­ging the way we are doing and tal­king about “chan­ge.” He works on DIY com­mu­ni­ty enga­ge­ment prac­ti­ces through what he calls “anti-pro­ducts.”


Safe Touch
Army of Love
Zurich, Switz­er­land, March 6

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Safe Touch is a com­mu­nal trai­ning on how to be safe­ly inti­ma­te with stran­gers during the Coro­na cri­sis. We’ll prac­ti­ce vocal and phy­si­cal exer­ci­ses that can be offe­red to peop­le in need of love and touch without the risk of infec­tion. Just as peop­le deve­lo­ped an under­stan­ding of “safe sex” in respon­se to the AIDS cri­sis, we now try to learn and pro­mo­te “safe touch”.

This trai­ning is acces­si­ble to ever­y­bo­dy who is inte­res­ted in recei­ving, deve­lo­ping or sprea­ding our ser­vices. Regis­ter through Addi­tio­nal infor­ma­ti­on will be made avail­ab­le online as we keep moni­to­ring the regu­la­ti­ons put in place by the offi­cial aut­ho­ri­ties in regards to public gatherings.

The pre­sen­ta­ti­on is made pos­si­ble by a part­ners­hip bet­ween Neu­markt and Shed­hal­le. As part of Trai­ning for the Future, the Army of Love will begin recrui­t­ing new sol­di­ers and wel­co­m­ing new par­ti­ci­pants for their first Trai­ning Camp in Switz­er­land, to be hos­ted at Shed­hal­le later in the summer.

Inspi­red by Ingo Nier­manns novel Com­ple­te Love (2016), the Army of Love is a soli­da­ri­ty net­work that offers trai­nings, recruit­ments, dis­cus­sions, manu­als, and tes­ti­mo­ni­al vide­os to pro­mo­te the redis­tri­bu­ti­on of sen­su­al love to all who need it.


Retre­at into the Public: A trip into Collec­ti­ve Living in Urban Space
IG Hal­len­le­ben
Zurich, Switz­er­land, March 7
regis­tra­ti­on as sin­gle per­son or in groups, bring your bicy­cle, smart­pho­ne and head­pho­nes:

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Living and working collec­tively in big halls is a pos­si­bi­li­ty to crea­te and nego­tia­te space in a self-deter­mi­ned way. It is cha­rac­te­ri­zed by mul­ti­func­tio­n­a­li­ty and the mini­miz­a­ti­on of pri­va­te space in order to expand com­mu­nal space. Such an infra­st­ruc­tu­re – a rea­son­ab­ly pri­ced hall – is dif­fi­cult to find in a city that is get­ting more and more expen­si­ve and pri­va­ti­zed. This trai­ning will focus on the skills nee­ded for future forms of collec­ti­ve living in urban space.

IG Hal­len­le­ben is an asso­cia­ti­on based in Zurich, foun­ded from peop­le who live and work in halls. It’s aim is to encou­ra­ge and enab­le self-deter­mi­ned and collec­ti­ve way of living.


A Post-Pan­de­mic Erro­rist Trai­ning
Bue­nos Aires, Argen­ti­na, March 6

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Focu­sed on art and acti­vism, public inter­ven­ti­ons, per­for­man­ces in times of pan­de­mic, this trai­ning works as a tool­box for social and cul­tu­ral initia­ti­ves, artists, acti­vists and collec­ti­ves inte­res­ted in the col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons bet­ween art and com­mu­ni­ty. By using the erro­rist methods the trai­ning aims to deve­lop a collec­tion of diver­se stra­te­gies for sur­vi­val in the upco­m­ing world, collec­ting pro­po­sals for pos­si­ble actions and inter­ven­ti­ons to respond the con­text, based in soli­da­ri­ty and com­mon needs paying spe­cial atten­ti­on to the role of collec­ti­ve care.

Etcé­te­ra is a mul­ti­di­sci­pli­na­ry collec­ti­ve foun­ded in 1997 in Bue­nos Aires with the inten­ti­on of brin­ging art to the site of immedia­te social con­flict ‑the streets- and of brin­ging tho­se social con­flicts into are­nas of cul­tu­ral pro­duc­tion. In 2005, they were part of the foun­ding of the Inter­na­tio­nal Erro­rist move­ment, an inter­na­tio­nal orga­niz­a­ti­on that pro­c­laims error as a phi­lo­so­phy of life. Sin­ce 2007 cofoun­ders, Lore­to Garin Guz­man and Feder­i­co Zuker­feld coor­di­na­te Etce­te­ra acti­vi­ties.


Open the Hole so the World gets insi­de
House of Tupam­a­ras
Bogo­tá, Colom­bia, March 6–7

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In this trai­ning, through move­ment-thought exer­ci­ses, the ide­as of the pene­tra­ble and the imp­ene­tra­ble in various of our noti­ons of rea­li­ty will be explo­red, in order to shape the men­tal, social and disci­pli­na­ry struc­tures for the pos­si­bi­li­ty of chan­ge and experimentation.

House of Tupam­a­ras sin­ce 2017 crea­tes pie­ces of dif­fe­rent natures that invol­ve dance, per­for­mance and the visu­al arts. H.O.T has had an inte­rest in deve­lo­ping night­ly encoun­ters bet­ween the LGBT­QIA+ com­mu­ni­ty and the local con­text, to build safe and inclu­si­ve dance floo­rs based on mutu­al respect.


Sin­da­ca­ti Medi­ter­ranei
Loren­zo Mar­si­li & Stu­dio Rizo­ma
Paler­mo, Ita­ly, March 6–7

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Is it pos­si­ble to fede­r­a­te not sta­tes but peo­p­les? What would such uni­ons across the Medi­ter­ra­ne­an look like? Picking up the roots of ear­ly sin­da­ca­lis­ti workers’ uni­ons and anar­chist phi­lo­so­phy and mixing theo­ry and hands-on prac­ti­ce from peop­le working in the sea, the trai­ning ima­gi­nes the con­struc­tion of con­cre­te and spe­cu­la­ti­ve prac­ti­ces of com­mu­ni­sa­ti­on across the Mediterranean.

Loren­zo Mar­si­li is a wri­ter and poli­ti­cal phi­lo­so­pher working for over a deca­de to ima­gi­ne a future bey­ond the nati­on sta­te. He is accom­pa­nied by mem­bers of Stu­dio Rizo­ma, a new Medi­ter­ra­ne­an cul­tu­ral hub based in Paler­mo, and a guest trai­ner pro­vi­ding hands-on expe­ri­ence of the Medi­ter­ra­ne­an sea.


Wit­hin And Against Uto­pia: Com­mo­ning Art Insti­tu­ti­ons
S.a.L.E. Docks & Extra­gar­bo
Veni­ce, Ita­ly March 6
Regis­tra­ti­on, plea­se spe­ci­fy the rea­sons for your inte­rest:

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How to com­mon, queer and deco­lo­ni­ze art and its insti­tu­ti­ons? The cur­rent pan­de­mic cri­sis reve­a­led the fra­gi­li­ty of neo­li­be­ral art infra­st­ruc­tu­re. Through theo­re­ti­cal exer­ci­ses and embo­di­ed prac­ti­ces of ima­gi­na­ti­on, the trai­ning will focus on ide­as of com­mo­ning care, social coope­ra­ti­on, the prac­ti­ce of con­flict and self-government. Uto­pia is not meant to beco­me nost­al­gia of the future, but the strugg­le of com­mon ima­gi­na­ti­on wit­hin the con­tra­dic­tions of the present.

S.a.L.E. Docks is an inde­pen­dent space for visu­al arts, acti­vism, and expe­ri­men­tal theat­re loca­ted in what had been an aban­do­ned salt-sto­rage faci­li­ty in Dor­so­du­ro, Veni­ce, Ita­ly. Foun­ded in 2007, its pro­gramming inclu­des mili­tant rese­arch on art labor, direct actions, acti­vist-group mee­tings, for­mal exhi­bi­ti­ons, work­shops and scree­nings.

Extra­gar­bo is an artis­tic an cura­to­ri­al plat­form, foun­ded in Veni­ce in 2019 by Est Cou­lon, Cosi­mo Fer­ri­go­lo, Gaia Gine­v­ra Gior­gi, Edo­ar­do Laz­z­a­ri, Leo­nar­do Schi­fi­no and The­re­sa Maria Schlicht­her­le. Extra­gar­bo pro­du­ces and sup­ports the per­for­ma­ti­ve pro­jects of its mem­bers, adopts an hori­zon­tal method and works as a shared sys­tem of rese­arch, ima­gi­na­ti­on and desi­re.


Draft for a Manu­al on Collec­ti­ve Work
UGAT­Lahi Art Collec­ti­ve and Con­cer­ned Artists of the Phil­ip­pi­nes
Mani­la, Phil­ip­pi­nes, March 6–7

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Cul­tu­ral workers of Phil­ip­pi­ne mass move­ments will come tog­e­ther to draft a manu­al to gui­de the pro­duc­tion of mate­ri­als for the cul­tu­ral move­ment using redis­tri­bu­ti­ve and rege­ne­ra­ti­ve princi­ples of collec­ti­ve work. The initi­al par­ti­ci­pants share expe­ri­ence in orga­ni­zing effi­gy production–a pro­cess invol­ving mul­ti­ple lines of work and inten­si­ve col­la­bo­ra­ti­on among par­ti­ci­pants. The par­ti­ci­pants will also con­sult lite­ra­tu­re on princi­ples of collec­ti­ve work such as Aral­ing Akti­bi­sta (Acti­vist Stu­dies) and other texts pro­du­ced by mass movements.

UGAT­Lahi Artist Collec­ti­ve is a visu­al artists’ orga­niz­a­ti­on based in the Phil­ip­pi­nes. The group was star­ted in the ear­ly 1990s and crea­tes images of pro­test. Sin­ce 2001, they have crea­ted effi­gies (pro­test pup­pe­try) of the Phil­ip­pi­ne pre­si­dent for each Sta­te of the Nati­on Address. The group is also acti­ve in per­for­mance and instal­la­ti­on art.

Con­cer­ned Artists of the Phil­ip­pi­nes (CAP) is a Fili­pi­no artists and cul­tu­ral workers’ orga­niz­a­ti­on com­mit­ted to advan­cing free­dom of expres­si­on and the people’s move­ment for jus­ti­ce, natio­na­lism, and demo­cra­cy. It traces its begin­nings to the Free the Artist, Free the Media Move­ment of Febru­a­ry 1983—an anti-sta­te cen­sor­s­hip cam­pai­gn that united over 500 artists and media workers against plans by the dic­ta­to­ri­al government of then Pre­si­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos to expand the powers of the Board of Cen­sors.


Com­mu­nal Cine­ma of the Future-Past
Roja­va Film Com­mu­ne, Par­gîn chap­ter
Dêrik, Roja­va, March 6 — April 6
Regis­tra­ti­on, limi­ted to par­ti­ci­pants from the Dêrik muni­ci­pa­li­ty regi­on:

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In this mon­th-long trai­ning, mem­bers of the Roja­va Film Com­mu­ne will work with local com­mu­nities in Roja­va (West-Kur­di­stan/N­ort­hern Syria) to explo­re the role of cine­ma to recon­struct noma­dic forms of stateless agri­cul­tu­re, lan­guage, music and poe­try through film. Com­mu­nal life-forms of the past beco­me pos­si­ble models to com­mu­na­li­ze the future.

Komî­na fîlm a Roja­va (Roja­va Film Com­mu­ne) is a cul­tu­ral asso­cia­ti­on foun­ded in 2015 by local and inter­na­tio­nal filmma­kers under the umbrel­la of the Roja­va revo­lu­ti­on. The com­mu­ne crea­tes and screens films, sup­ports local filmma­kers, and trains new talents to bring back the cul­tu­re of cine­ma to the region.

South Afri­ca

Zaa­y­an Khan
Cape Town district, South Afri­ca, March 6–7
Regis­tra­ti­on, inclu­de sen­tence of moti­va­ti­on due to limi­ted space:

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Our inheri­ted ways of knowing have come through many chan­nels, informing how we navi­ga­te our sur­vi­val in the pla­ces we resi­de. The Anci­ent­Fu­tures will exer­cise in the collec­tion of plants and seeds, land and sea, explo­re their ties to our collec­ti­ve memo­ry and eco­lo­gy through dis­cus­sion, and join in collec­ti­ve exer­ci­ses from coo­king to an intro­duc­tion to fibers. Trai­ning for the Anci­ent­Fu­tures will open up the peri­phe­ries, asking par­ti­cu­lar ques­ti­ons to gain trac­tion for what may lie in the in-bet­weens; How much of our sur­vi­vor­s­hip is based on finan­cia­li­zed means and sys­tems? How may we unhin­ge our con­sump­ti­on from neo­li­be­ra­lism and extrac­ti­ve natures towards some­thing sov­er­eign that nou­ris­hes our crea­ti­vi­ty? How may crea­ti­vi­ty encou­ra­ge our survival?

Zay­a­an Khan is a local cul­tu­ral prac­ti­tio­ner, food acti­vist and artist based in Cape Town, focu­sing on the nuan­ced rela­ti­ons­hips bet­ween the eco­lo­gi­cal and urban lives that live in our city.

United Sta­tes

Start in a Place Tog­e­ther
Savi­tri D, Rever­end Bil­ly & The Stop Shop­ping Choir
New York City, USA, March 6

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The trai­ning begins in the Mea­dow­lands, on the edge of New York City on a rock for­ma­ti­on known as the Ton­nele Jut. The Mea­dow­lands is a frag­men­ted habi­tat in the midd­le of the big­gest dis­tri­bu­ti­on cen­ter on the East Coast. Mate­ri­als move in and out twen­ty four hours a day. This land has sur­vi­ved more than 200 years of indus­try and deve­lo­p­ment, it is the site of extrac­tion, pol­lu­ti­on, abu­se, and trau­ma. We will begin reme­dia­ti­on and resis­tance with the Ton­nele Jut as our teacher.

The Stop Shop­ping Choir is a radi­cal per­for­mance com­mu­ni­ty based in New York City. They are a high­ly diver­se group of peop­le with skills in many are­as inclu­ding sci­ence, social work, crea­ti­ve pro­duc­tion, far­ming, and the healing arts. They share a love of sin­ging and a com­mit­ment to Jus­ti­ce and the Earth. Savi­tri D & Rever­end Bil­ly have made direct actions, long term cam­pai­gns and specta­cles with many kinds of com­mu­nities and groups in fiel­ds, rivers, apart­ments, tele­vi­si­on stu­di­os, wea­pons fac­to­ries, pri­sons, libra­ries, church­es, uni­ver­si­ties, elec­tions, banks, and in every ima­gin­ab­le retail space on earth.