Hungry for Press Freedom consists of several parts :
A month long hunger strike performance where actors ‑each on 24 hour shifts, are confined to a small prison cell, under the surveillance of another actor, the prison guard. The cell is visible for passerby’s to see.
A meeting point where people interested in human rights, are invited to network, exchange ideas, and get creative.
Various talks, debates, performances, workshops, and film screenings to engage with the public and create dialogue.
A lounge space with library where people can inform themselves.
An ever evolving dedicated exhibition to which people are invited to contribute.
By organizing this event we hope to awaken the public’s interest in everyone’s right to information, freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
*all events are free unless specified
Thursday, January 23, 2020, Opening Night
19h30 : Reception with opening remarks from Anthony Bellanger, General Secretary of International Federation of Journalists, representing more than 600,000 media workers from 146 countries. https://www.ifj.org/ (en/fr)
21h00 : Unveiling of Prison Cell & Start of Action
Saturday, January 25, 2020, Global Solidarity with Assange
14h30 – 19h00 : Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks is awaiting a U.S. extradition hearing in London where he faces up to 175 years in prison for revealing war crimes. Come connect with other supporters, learn more about this extraordinary case and how you can get involved.
Comité Free Assange Belgium, un collective des citoyens constitué pour informer sur la situation de Julian Assange et pour organiser des actions de soutien à Bruxelles. Présentera et parlera des actions à venir (fr)
Sunday, January 26, 2020, Creative DIY Activism + Film : The Internet’s Own Boy : The Story of Aaron Swartz
14h30 – 17h00 : Make your own Whistlehead, Letter Writing, Card Making, Badge Making, and more. (en/fr/nl)
17h30 : Screening of documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy : The Story of Aaron Swartz” Dir. Brian Knappenberger. A biography film which touches on freedom to information. (en)
Thursday, January 30, 2020, Art and Engagement
20h00 : A conversation about the socio-political responsibility of artists with Davide Dormino, Sonia Dermience & Rosanna Gangemi.
Davide Dormino, sculptor and visual artist. His piece “Anything to Say?” will be on display in Brussels between Jan 29 – 31 at Place de la Monnaie/Muntplein, for more info click here. https://davidedormino.com/
Sonia Dermience (°1971, BE) studied art history and had several positions as curator and editor before she founded Komplot in Brussels in 2002, a curatorial collective concerned with contextual creative practices. Under the name of Catherine Vertige, she conducted extensive research into post ’68 collaborative art practices in Belgium with seminars and the two documentary films ‘Sad In Country’ with Kosten Koper. In 2009 Komplot founded the participative educational program The Public School Brussels, which is soon to become The Komplot School Of Curating. Between 2010 and 2015 Komplot was located in a converted warehouse dedicated to exhibitions, residencies, and studios. Komplot published three issues of YEAR magazine between 2011 and 2013. Whereas Komplot increasingly develops participative practices in the public space in Brussels. In 2015, Sonia Dermience re-initiated an individual curatorial practice with TRUST, The Copenhagen Arts Festival, at Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Gammel Strand, Overgaden, Den Frie and other semi-public locations in Copenhagen. More recently, she is working in linking green development and art as a social practice.
Rosanna Gangemi (Turin, 1976), journalist, researcher (ULB / Sorbonne Nouvelle) and essayist, she studied Communication, Media and Cultural Heritage in Rome, and specialized in Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics in Lille. She has been regular contributor for ETC MEDIA and was the editor-in-chief of DROME magazine (2004 – 2015), which she co-founded, thematically exploring the complexity of contemporary cultural scenes and the constant incursions between arts through paper, web, exhibitions and other events. She has teached Theory of Images, Visual Arts and Video Art at University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. She wrote among others about urban art experiences, and particularly the phenomenology of ‘tag’, about the texts on art of political Philosopher Günther Anders, the Dardenne brothers’ cinema, the theory of gender (Mutamento sociale, diritti, parità di genere, 2004 ; La traversée culturelle du genre, 2018). She has the co-editor of Tra due rive. Autrici del Novecento europeo sul confino (2020). Since 2012 she lives in Brussels.
Q&A to follow.
Friday, January 31, 2020, Whistleblowers and Taxi Drivers
19h30 : A talk by Naomi Colvin, who ran the campaign that saved British-Finnish hactivist Lauri Love from being extradited to the United States. She works in whistlelowing research and policy, as well as improving public understanding of key threats to modern digital reporting at Bridges for Media Freedom. She tweets @auerfeld . (en)
Jeudi 6 Février, 2020, “La liberté de la presse dans le monde en danger ?”
20h00 : Une présentation d’Anthony Bellanger, journaliste, historien et syndicaliste français. Il est le Secrétaire général de la Fédération internationale des journalistes (FIJ), dont le siège social est à Bruxelles. La FIJ, première organisation mondiale de la profession, représente en 2019 plus de 600.000 journalistes dans 146 pays du monde. (fr)
Sunday, February 16, 2020, A Public Debate : Press Freedom and State Secrets
17h30 : Julian Assange divides opinion. The founder of the site WikiLeaks has been called a ‘traitor’ by some and a ‘hero’ by others. On the weekend before his extradition hearing begins in London, we will debate whether freedom of press should extend to state secrets. Two teams will present the pros and cons. Come as an observer or bring your questions to challenge the participants and be ready to change your mind or those of others.
Brussels Debaters facilitates the session. It is one of Belgium’s biggest debating clubs aiming to make our society more inclusive by empowering individuals to exchange views with people from different backgrounds. The group organizes debates on different topics every Wednesday. For more information, go to : https://www.meetup.com/Brussels-Debaters/.
Thursday, February 20, 2020, Express Yourself (While You Can)
19h00 : Closing Night, Reception and Open-Mic. Anyone who creates an original work linked to Press Freedom is welcome to perform it on our tiny stage. Whether a song or a dance, a poem or a joke, bring it on ! Pieces are restricted to 6 min each. Sign up here : email@example.com (all languages welcome)
More Updates coming soon !