What if we didn't elect politicians because they promise us something, but if we would vote them out of office if they didn't do their job? What would a system look like where political parties and professional politicians didn't play a role anymore? In view of the general disenchantment with politics, Christophe Meierhans thought about this. He thought about it a lot: In collaboration with political scientists and lawyers he worked out a complete constitution for an entirely different political system, based on the ancient practice of ostracism. In 350 articles he designs social structures that are based on the participation, rotation, and political responsibility of every citizen. He explains this political system in a lecture and welcomes comments from the audience. Because his project provokes extremely interesting questions of how our society functions and how we want to live. It opens up, in the protected space of a theater, avenues of thought concerning the fundamental nature of representation, justice, and the political decision-making process.
Concept, realisationand actor Christophe Meierhans Dramaturgy Bart Capelle Conceptual advisor Rudi Laermans Advising team Anne-Emmanuelle Bourgaux (ULB), Rudi Laermans (KU), Jean-Benoît Pilet (ULB) and Dave Sinardet (VUB) Constitutional jurist Anne-Emmanuelle Bourgaux Scenography Sofie Durnez Conception and graphic design publication The Theatre of Operations Illustration Nuno Pinto Da Cruz
Christophe Meierhans (b. 1977 in Geneva) works with and in performances, public spaces, theaters, installations, sound, music, and video. He is a co-founder of the audio-performance duo TAPE THAT and the performance collective C&H in Brussels; between 2000 and 2012 he produced diverse projects with C&H, including the urban intervention POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE, which spanned several years. Christophe Meierhans attempts in his works to generate gaps and irregularities in our daily routines, conventions and social understandings, and to manipulate everyday banalities. Fragments of everyday life, such as speeches, city cafés, or theater pieces become pivot points of artistic interventions and shifting perspectives. When Meierhans contorts and interweaves different contexts of conventional actions he generates a form of disparity and unusualness, which causes a clear attribution of location, space and time and space to become fragile.
Production and realization
Production Coproduction: Kaaitheater (Brussels), Workspace Brussels, Vooruit Arts Centre (Ghent), Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) Producer: Mokum. Supported by Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie and the Flemish Government Realisation Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the Allianz Cultural Foundation