A Brief Guide to Getting Along
and (Sur)viving Together
Malraux says that art “is the only thing that resists death.”
To which Deleuze replies: “Only the acts of resistance resists death, either as a work of art or a human struggle.”
At OFFTA, we are interested in the living arts, the performing arts that come to life through contact with the other and are sustained expressly through this ephemeral encounter. Art which spreads like the plague and like love. An art that dies as soon as it is canned, as soon as it is turned into a product to be sold to the highest bidder. Perhaps we call these arts “living” precisely because they have not yet been frozen in a category; a direct engagement with life-flows – a question of survival.
Living and Surviving to resist life,
To live despite the barbarism of modern times.
To survive abundance, narcissism, acceleration, beauty, plastic, Photoshop, smog.
To survive despite the feeling that all the things passing us by are potentially more valuable then those we are experiencing here and now.
To survive the need for recognition, to desire that ideas travel passing through and seizing the sensible of others so that they may be filled by the power of the “common.”
To survive exclusion, to carry strangers within oneself, not to be tolerant, but to assimilate their presence by inviting them to dwell within us.
To survive and change the modus operandi.
We dream of an ecosystem in which various types of organizations can reflect other ways of doing that are at odds with institutions while at the same time breathing new life into them.
To move from rigid structures to fluid systems, from hierarchical power to transversal powers, from independent to interdependent companies.
To survive and shift the power relations leading to competition and individualism. Forge symbiotic links of exchange and empathy.
To collaborate not only in response to an economic problem in which resources must be shared, but mostly as a means to find a way to getting along and surviving together.
The OFFTA would like to thank the members of its board.
Gideon Arthurs, Amandine Pruvot, Yann Lavallée, Joanne Chevrier, Jacynthe Girard, Anne-Marie Provencher
The team also thanks
Paul Langlois, Sandra O’Connor, Claudine, Anne-Maude, Yves, Bernard, Marie-France, Martin, Guillaume, Véronique and all the team of Monument-National, Martin Faucher, David Lavoie and the team of FTA.
Finally, a special thanks to our interns and volunteers for their help and to our many partners, without whom the festival could not exist.