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KAPUTT: The Academy of Destruction

A collaboration between LADA, Sibylle Peters (Theatre of Research, Hamburg) and Tate Early Years and Families Programme (London).

Conceived by Sibylle Peters, the Transgenerational Academy is the first academy that includes members of all ages as equal participants. Children, as well, as adults, will explore and experiment, think and act together.

The first Transgenerational Academy will be KAPUTT: The Academy of Destruction.

In times when the pressure to be productive has become ubiquitous, destruction often appears to be banned from the social realm. From an early age children learn that destructive behaviour will get them into trouble, while adults are urged to overcome their destructive impulses with techniques of selfcare, anger management and ‘positive thinking’. However, the same system of productivity, that urges us to be constructive and positive, is highly destructive in itself. Far from being a failure or a flaw of the system “Creative Destruction” has long been identified as a main feature and a crucial strength of our capitalist economy.

Revisiting histories and sharing practices, the Academy is interested in finding different approaches towards destruction, starting from our own fascination for it – as in fireworks, crash-testing, smashing guitars or throwing our cell phones against the wall. During the four days of working together all members of the Academy are asked to share practices of destruction and to look at their own relation with destruction from their different angles, ages and places in society. They will acknowledge destruction as a part of society and an ongoing process in life. And together they will try to claim it as a cultural strategy that can be beautiful, manifold, care- and mindful.

You are invited to take a trip through the Academy, add your destructive desires to the Academy Manifesto, take up provocations from the KAPUTT Academicians and view the destructive proceedings. 26 and 29 October.

Kaputt: The Academy of Destruction 2017 will have 12 core members – 6 adults and 6 kids. The adult members are Sibylle Peters, Heike Roms, Zoe Laughlin, Martin O’Brien, Karnage Kills and Ansuman Biswas.


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