Yours in Solidarity
by Nicoline van Harskamp
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A number of anarchist elaborate on the history and future of the movement in a fully scripted anarchist gathering. The resulting fiction, named after a much-used anarchist sign-off, suggests what might happen if the international correspondents were to meet today.
Yours in Solidarity tells a story of anarchism from the late 1980's to today, through the letter archive of the late Dutch anarchist Karl Max Kreuger, now housed in the International Institute for Social History (IISG) in Amsterdam. This art-fiction is based on intensive research projects, readings, recorded performances and interviews, developed and exhibited from 2011 - 2013.
Excerpt 2"54 min.
From 1988 until 1999, Kreuger corresponded by post with hundreds of like-minded people worldwide. As one of the letter writers herself, van Harskamp studied the archive for more than a year and tried to imagine the many proponents' life stories since the last date of writing. She chose especially captivating correspondents, gave them a pseudonym, collected notes on them and produced their personality reports through an online handwriting analysis program. She then cast professional actors for each writer, with
the relevant nationality and estimated current age, to work with her, one at the time, on creating a
character with a biography and set of views that were detailed enough to conduct an interview. A comprehensive archive of van Harskamp's notes, as well as audio- and video documentation of the working sessions with actors, form the first half of the project.
From transcribed conversations with the new "characters", van Harskamp
compiled the script for this fictional work. She lets a number of anarchist elaborate on the history and future of the movement in a fully scripted anarchist gathering. The resulting fiction, named after a much- used anarchist sign-off, suggests what might happen if the international correspondents were to meet today.
The scenario is based on notes from the project archive (up to 700 original pieces by Nicoline van
Yours in Solidarity was made possible by the Netherlands Film Fund, the Mondriaan Fund, the
Rijksakademie and the IISG, Amsterdam. It was presented in several stages of production throughout
2011 to 2013 and it was completed in 2014.