The Innocence Lab

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[pilot 2020 | project 2021 – 2024]

How can we constructively transform our shared colonial past into new ways of knowing and connecting within the social fabric of today’s Europe?

The Innocence Lab is an artistic research and methodology development process, through which we aim to shed more light on mechanisms of polarisation and depolarisation, that derive from our shared colonial past and work on in our daily encounters.

The arts, having the potential to induce humaneness, depth, and transformation, are a unique source of inspiration and information for scientific research and can lead to knowledge building in fields where other disciplines may be deficient.

The Innocence Lab is the start of a multi-year European project at the intersection of art, science and social change. It will start off in the Netherlands, Creative Court’s home base.

The project’s pilot phase will be developed in collaboration with Hotel Eldorado / Giselle Vegter, theatre maker, dramatherapist and teacher within the international Masters Artist Educator (iMAE) at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem. Also see: Rooms of Humanity.

The Innocence Lab – partners (preliminary list)

The Netherlands:
Creative Court
Hotel Eldorado
H401, Amsterdam
Korzo, Den Haag
University of Amsterdam
University of Utrecht
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

November 16th, 2019
Pre-pilot Workshop
Questioning Traumatic Heritage









A pre-pilot workshop will take place on Saturday November 16th 2019 at H401 in Amsterdam. In the workshop, dilemmas faced in the work field of trauma, memory and heritage, will be explored in creative ways, using the methodology of Theatre of the Oppressed, developed by theatre practitioner, drama theorist and political activist Augusto Boal (1931 – 2009, Brasil).

Participating in the workshop are a group of H401’s international guests, consisting of academic researchers working on memory, trauma and heritage, and non-academic professionals working in the fields of memory museums and sites of memory. Together, they are exploring traumatic heritage in the framework of the Horizon2020 funded project Spaces of Memory in Europe, Argentina and Colombia.

Boal’s methodology is rooted in Latin-America societies and came towards Europe in the ’80’s of the last century, where it was developed further. This playful method encourages our creativity, imagination and spontaneity while at the same time providing for research tools enabling us to take a closer look at conflicts, unspoken emotions and unconscious behaviour of humankind. Boals’ saying ‘Peace no Passivity’ has inspired many theatre-practitioners in the field of conflict, memory and transformational processes in many countries around the world.

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