“Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be
translated into action, or it withers. The question of what to do with
the feelings that have been aroused, the knowledge that has been
communicated. If one feels that there is nothing ‘we’ can do — but who
is that ‘we’? — and nothing ‘they’ can do either — and who are ‘they’ —
then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic.”
a feeling of powerlessness turn into apathy or activism? And is the
function of poetry to assess the apathy – or is it a call to activistic
intervention? Does poetry have a function? This year, REVERSE will
present poets and artists that work in the tension between apathy and
activism, between pathos and politics, and between past and identity –
as well as artistic communities that work to mobilize collective action.
The theme for REVERSE 2017 is “Don’t mourn – organize”.
Welcome to four days with readings, debates, audiovisual and interactive art installations, performances and concerts.