P*D*A* (Public* Display* of Actions*) is a platform initiated by artist and educators Kjell Caminha, MC Coble, Andreas Engman and Jeuno Kim in 2017. 

P*D*A* in its current manifestation is excited by the potential of radical empathy as an imaginative prism. A prism creating a spectrum of possibilities to find new tools of action and awareness. How can the visual and performative literacy of art be shared and used collectively among artists, activists, researchers, and the general public to navigate the swiftly changing social and political climate? 

This is a call to action that has been mobilized from the urgent need to resist the intensifying normalization of fascism that litter the everyday public spaces and shape imaginaries. Using performance and speech tactics from street and guerilla theater, agitprop, Speakers' Corners, and political assemblies.
 

Radical Empathy, A Continuous Score, Act 11: The Musical
Saturday 17 April, 19:00, 2021 CET.
Online live performance and conversation.

Book your free ticket here: https://bit.ly/3smaeN4
A Zoom link will be sent to you two days before the event.


Taking its point of the departure in the musical genre, the new performance draws from the spirit of reform and education that defines Rønnebækholm’s historical specificity, the serendipitous finding of singing collectively as a pedagogical strategy for raising awareness and formation of a collective identity. The new performance works within conditions of instability that compound the restrictions on movement and isolation from others, the anxiety and fear of illness, as well as the nationalisms and racism that rallies around the virus. Act 11: The Musical comes from the need to share vulnerabilities and coping strategies while aiming to be a space of both refuge and action. 

Radical Empathy, A Continuous Score, Acts 7-10: The Mixtapes  Commisioned Ilyd , a digital exhibition platform for sound art www.ilyd.nu 

You’re invited to join P*D*A* as the group continues to experiment with various forms of spatial and sonic public rehearsals. Act 7-10: The Mixtapes has been developed during the uncertain times of Covid-19. Working within conditions of instability that compound the restrictions on movement and isolation from others, the anxiety and fear of illness, as well as the nationalisms and racism that rallies around the virus, Act 7-10: The Mixtapes came from the need to share vulnerabilities and coping strategies while aiming to be a space of both refuge and action. 

P*D*A* references a mixtape, where compilations of music are drawn from numerous sources and transitions/edits are deployed to compose a non-linear narrative arc. Each week a new playlist from Radical Empathy, A Continuous Score, Acts 7-10: The Mixtapes will rift on, borrow from, materialize, collage, and translate the social fabric around us during these precarious times. Woven in between these personal reflections and public desires are Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that serve as sonic beacons, urging vigilance when white supremacist powers amass in the wake of political instability fuelled by post truth politics during this raging pandemic.  
 

Radical Empathy: A Continuous Score Acts 4-6
Performed as part of Taking Place: a series of events organised and presented by artist-educators working in the Fine Art
Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg
Gothenburg, Sweden
 

Radical Empathy, A Continuous Score, Acts 4-6:  Remix
Skogen Perfomance Platform
Gothenburg, Sweden


This is a series of live performances in institutional and public spaces that serve as a call to action against the growing normalization of fascism in Scandanavia and beyond. Using performance, props and speech tactics the group asks: Can radical empathy be deployed as a strategy through which we investigate how to be aware and socially responsible? How can it be practiced or used as a tool or a method by which we examine racism, xenophobia, anti-semitism, islamophobia, homophobia, violence and hate?

Photo credit: Stefan Jensen

Radical Empathy-A Score
Valand Academy, Gothenburg University
Gothenburg, Sweden

A performance manifested particularly in relation to investigating activistic practices inside institutional settings. Through movement, text and images the work grapples with what the roles of art and artists are, and specifically what the role of an art school should be in the current political climate and asks the following questions: Can radical empathy allow us to counteract paralysing cynicism and irony? Can radical empathy be deployed as a 
strategy through which we investigate how to be aware and socially responsible?

 

This is a call to action
Gothenburg, Sweden 

A series of live art performances, screenings, talks, actions and research events organized by P*D*A* in institutional and public spaces around Gothenburg, SE.

First developed in reaction to the rise of Nordiska Motståndsrörelsen demonstrations in Gothenburg, this was a call for a communal response borrowing from artistic and activist strategies of tactical frivolity. A need was further identified to continue both actions and discussions so P*D*A organized monthly gatherings open to the public, with the aim to creatively combat racism, xenophobia, anti-semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, violence and to dicuss how still-growing neo-fascist waves can be addressed and counteracted from, with and through public institutions and artists. 
Held in collaboration with and support from the local community as well as students and staff of Valand Academy.