WHAT IS FCCC ALL ABOUT
The Future Clinic for Critical Care (FCCC)
is a socio-cultural animated practice actively exploring the messy politics of care. We produce events where different groups of non-majoritarian belonging converge to process care in different ways. The project is about being different together in one space under the umbrella of critical care while using fiction to dream otherwise about more inclusive and less violent futures.
We negotiate our differences and process a critical take on care through personal stories, theatre and dance interventions, easily understandable lectures, drag shows and performative installations. But this practice and site is also very much about making things together, eating together and most importantly about the excess and the joy of dancing differently together in the environment of a sexy queer and colourful party because to empower us all to live and celebrate our lives.
The project reflects a social fabric of relationships built from the ground up. We meet people, have intimate and charged conversations around care and from there invite people and their communities to participate. It’s a place where we can discover our shared humanity. Interpersonal actions of interdependence are not scripted, they are what happens when people with different needs and different backgrounds come together in one space.
FCCC makes use of fiction, art, activism, social practice and at times a pretty dark sense of humour to talk about real issues and deal with local politics as a life-giving strategy for bodies in crisis. The ship is sinking folks, why pretend that it’s not. There is much work to be done.
FCCC is an experiment which allows us to renegotiate care and its often-violent, paternal, and normalising narratives. We need some hope that’s not dope and strong sense of humour to see around “good intentions” and as Ronald McDonald is famous for stating “Be the change you seek in the world.”
Under the umbrella of “critical care” we ask the following questions:
How can we be different together?
How can we acknowledge that we all need each other and that we all give and receive care?
What are we taking care of and how do we spend time together and slow down despite the endless pressures to be productive and efficient?
What can we do together that we can’t do alone?
How do we raise awareness and support people that are more vulnerable than us?
How can we situate an emancipatory version of care in the future as a fictional practice to re-program the present?
How do we use the balance of art making and activism to create awareness and social change?
Could strategies of critical caring give rise to new social movements and new forms of political engagement?
Drawing on feminism, the disability rights movement, the anti-psychiatric movement and the LGBTQ civil rights movement, FCCC has created a space of simultaneous resistance and support and hopefully this is only the beginning.