Theatre play "The voice of nature: The trial"

Artist/ environmental researcher and activist Maria Lucia Cruz Correia has a new project, interesting for anyone working on restorative environmental justice issues. The "Voice of nature Kinstitute" is a fictional institute dedicated to rights of nature, restorative justice and ecocide. During the REstART Festival, Maria Lucia will tell us more about this! 

Among other activities, Maria Lucia will present the concept behind the workshop "earth contract" delivered by the Kinstitute, where participants will connect personal memory with collective history, and explore the relationship of proximity, distance and empathy towards the harm of damaged landscapes. Through a process of restorative justice participants discover potential ways of dealing with human collective trauma provoked by the loss of landscapes and the spectral cosmology that comes from more than human harm. The workshop helps to navigate through practices of restorative justice, systemic constellations and conscious contract as a way to deal with emotions that can be turn into active regenerative actions to restore nature. You may imagine a “earth contract” as a holistic and legal binding agreement containing the rights of the parties involved.

Theatre play "The voice of nature: The trial"

"The voice of nature: The trial" is a site-specific court piece, in which we investigate ecocide and the possibility of making a new proposal for the justice-system. It is as an experiment with how law and justice can serve the ecosystem by proposing a reconfiguration of a court room. It explores the difficulties of granting personhood to non-humans, or how to make a mountain or a river into a legal entity. The audience is invited into a process of transformation through the realms of fiction, magic and documentary, that can guide them to become guardians of nature. In order to propose a new type of 'verdict' in the form of a restorative contract, we experiment with combining elements from a conventional court, restorative justice and rituals. In this trial, humans and other then humans come together to find a collective language, focused on inter-being, intersectionality and restoration.

Theatre play "The voice of nature: The trial"

The Kinstitute is as an artistic fictional institution where art, law and restorative justice rejoices in a multidisciplinary format to propose process to navigate emotionally, actively and legally the environmental crimes of our times. In this manner we are focused on the reconnection with nature and on the repair of our animistic values as mental & physical health.

The Kinstitute  proposes long term investigation labs, on site located interventions. As artistic response it offers alternatives to counteract the damaging impact of extractivism, mining, and ecological limits. It  offers workshops such as: “earth contract”,  to call for accountability, response-action, multispecies justice, participatory-active responsibility to the “otherness” and conscious relation with the ecosystem. The Kinstitute's workshops are informed by different languages such as restorative justice, systemic constellation and conscious contract.

The Kinstitute has a hybrid format, and adapts architecturally to each context by proposing a temporary laboratory that can take the format of Natural Contract Laboratory consisting in a combination of workshops, coaching and research groups. For the moment we have composed a laboratory informed by a constellation process that is informs each others practices to offer legal and emotion tools to deal with environmental crimes and climate emergency.