the congress

A World Wide Distribution of the PAST

 

In 1936, the English Artist Eric Gill, delivered a speech in front of a congress of Christian Pacifists. In conveying the tie between religion, art, politics, money making and war, Gill accused also artist of complicity in the measures of industrial war.

 

The distinct speech is both Fresh to our time and depicts the' wishful blindness, which is typical to the modern arts – the assumption that it is inclusive and

peaceful.

 

Gill sets on a mission to reveal the bond the arts maintain with tactics of Isolation, which according to him lead us to "a world of which the very essence is war."

 

The many insights – on politics, capital, art, and wars – enfolded in one speech, urge us to aquire consciousness of the great world's, and its great art world's attributes of industrialism.

 

 

R'm Aharoni brings the speech as a theatrical format in a documentary style.

He attempts to create a space for audience members to bask in the unique opportunity of continuing a discourse that had started on Armistice Day 1936.

And Who Wants Peace? (60’)

Text

Eric Gill, R'm Aharoni

Performance and Concept

R’m Aharoni

In conversation with

Sarah Vanhee, Frederik Le Roy

Special thanks to

CAMPO Gent, Marika Engles, Alain Platel,

Abigail Liparoto, Hugo DeBlock

Images

Eric Gill, R’m Aharoni

Photography

Jolien Fagard

De Zendelingen, journalistic collective created 3 video conversations between

R'm Aharoni and 3 guessts:

 

Dramaturge

Belgian Parliamnt member

Theater's Artistic Director

 

They discuss 3 Questions that arise from And Who Wants Peace?

 

 

1. Is Peace a Political Strategy Just Like War?

 

 

 

 

 

 

KVS dramaturge Kristin Rogghe

 

 

 

2. Must Art Be Political?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belgian Parliamnt member, Wouter De Vriendt

 

 

 

3. What is the Role of Artists Today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monty's Director, Denis Van Laeken

 

 

I WILL NOT SPEAK AS AN ARTIST,

BECAUSE I AM ASHAMED TO BE CALLED ONE

 

 

I WILL NOT SPEAK AS AN ARTIST BECAUSE I REPUDIATE THE TITLE

 

Trajectory and Evolution

 

 

11/11/1936 Kingsway Hall, London UK.

Armistice day. Speech addressed by Eric Gill to the Christian Pascifist, community.

 

23/12/2014 CAMPO, Gent BE.

A small gathering: a reciting of Gill’s original speech by R'm Aharoni.

 

18/01/2015 Alfred Institute, Tel-Aviv IL.

A research group on Gill's speech: A Hebrew translation of the speech addressed by R'm Aharoni.

 

05/03/2015 CAMPO Gent, BE.

A small gathering: A re-contextualised version of Gill’s speech addressed by R'm Aharoni.

 

07/03/2015 Jewish Museum Brussels, BE.

A re-contextualised version of the speech, addressed in the context of Museum Night.

 

23/04/2015 Aleppo, Brussels BE.

Original version of Gill’s speech, addressed by R'm Aharoni to a diverse public.

 

02/05/2015 CBK Bijlmer, Amsterdam NL.

Original version of Gill’s speech, addressed by R'm Aharon to a diverse public.

 

10/05/2015 KASK, Gent BE.

Original version of Gill’s speech, addressed by R'm Aharoni.

 

11-13/05/2015 KASK, Gent BE.

Original version of Gill’s speech, addressed by R’m Aharoni to diverse public.

 

04/06/2015 KASK, Gent BE.

Original version of Gill’s speech, addressed by R'm Aharon to visiting commission at the drama department.

 

25/06/2015 CAMPO Gent, BE.

Original version of Gill’s speech, addressed by R'm Aharoni to a diverse public.

 

April- Oct’/2015 Bijlmer – Amsterdam, NL.

Residency. Implementing Gill’s speech in the Bijlmer – Amsterdam, an area inhabited mainly by Surinamese and other migrant groups. (see also Eric Gill meets the Bijlmer publication)

 

29/7 - 1/8/2016 Theater Aan Zee, festival. Ostend, BE.

Original version of Gill’s speech, addressed by R'm Aharoni to a diverse public.