POP-UP RAINBOW// / / Workshop

photo by Multimedia Institute (www.mi2.hr) CC-by-SA 3.0

JOIN Workshop & MAKE together colossal POP-UP RAINBOW!
(... and clouds) ((... and sea eagles?)) (((... and Subversion!)))

Learn the practical skills and methods in working with new materials,
collaboration in production and pick-up experience of artists&activist
...all in 2 days in Split and 2 days in Vis
...or as much and where you can take part!

POP-UP RAINBOW// / / Workshop – is an artivist workshop on engaged creativity that uses big and funny infaltable objects for interventions in public space. Motif is 8,5m big simbolic RAINBOW that works with multiple meanings as a symbol of LGBT visibility in public space and physical marker of queer transformation in sport. Cultural-jamming methods create unusual situation and interaction of instigators and public, issues in local context as well as media effects...

Workshop is initiated by:
Artúr van Balen - Tools for Action http://www.ToolsForAction.net/
Željko Blaće - QueerSport http://www.QueerSport.info/
joined by: The Glass is Half Full: Dan & Juliana - Community Organising and Civil Disobedience Resource http://www.theglassishalffull.co.uk/

Production is made in collaboration with LGBT Center Split, organizations RIŠPET, Queer Sport Split & qSPORT Zagreb, with financial support of LUSH Cosmetics – fresh handmade cosmetics.
Workshop is follow-up to Zagreb workshop “Engaged Creativity” that was organized in late March by ULUPUH with support of organizations: Multimedia Institute and Green Action, as part of the project “Engaged Creativity” with Art Academy in Split – with support of Ministry of Culture.

Workshop will start with presentation of Zeljko Blace and Artúra van Balen, followed up by discussion on overlapping of art, activism and inflatables as instruments for protest and activism.
After the presentation practical workshop focused on construction of inflatable objects for queer intervention will follow (Vis 16.08.). Dan&Juliana will show part of their work and help plan and document the action.

PROGRAM @ LGBT Centar Split
13.08. Wednesday - 20:00-23:00
__presentation “Art-Activism and Inflatables for Action”
__workshop “Pop-Up Rainbow”
14.08. četvrtak - 10:00 – 13:00 & 16:00 - 23:00
__workshop “Pop-Up Rainbow”
__action planing & presentation of “The Glass Is Half Full”
__regular evening hangout in the LGBT Center Split

15.08. Friday - 11:00 – 14:00 & 16:00 - 23:00
__workshop “Pop-Up Rainbow”
16.08. Saturday - 11:00 – 14:00 & 16:00 - 20:00
__workshop & action “Pop-Up Rainbow”
17.08. Sunday - 00:00 – 06:00 & 11:00 - 18:00
__plesnjaQ party & “Rainbow@ plesnjaQ”
__discussions “Cultural Jamming & Pop-Up Rainbow”
... program is prone to changes and adapting
(depending on given circumstances and speed of production)

MORE ON METHODS: As artists and activists, we combine the imagination of art with interventional politics of Direct Action to explore new tools of creative resistance. Among such tools are inflatables as multifunctional props for protests and actions. Poetic and weightless, the crowd carries the inflatables as the inflatables carry the narrative of the protest in the media - Do It Yourself-ethic, radical statements, coated in colorful humor. 

One such an example is the 12 meter inflatable hammer, used to protest the policies of the United Nations Climate Conference in Cancún, Mexico (2010). Carried in full view of the press, the sculpture was ripped to pieces by the Mexican police. Within hours the image of the sculpture was declared the symbol of the international climate movement, and travelled across TV channels from Mexico to the US to United Kingdom and Germany. Other inflatable interventions are the inflatable cobblestones (Berlin-Barcelona 2012), the Hungarian Orange (Budapest 2012), the Pink Slapping Chappal (Mangalore, India 2013) and Lungs (Warsaw 2013, Zagreb 2014...).

The workshop will deal with the "how to" - the technical side of things. Being designed low-tech and low budget, the techniques presented are ideal for replication, how to make other future inflatable interventions as well. The third part of the workshops deals with the intervention in public space and how to use inflatables as a tool to create or appropriate mass media spectacles. Emphasis is put on the story telling side. (Video examples will be shown). The workshop will be held in English and Croatian. Participation is free (register at rainbow@qsport.info)

Please visit us and join in making the inflatable intervention! ;-)