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?

Read more about the project

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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:

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.


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

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.


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:

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:

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

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.