Which are the situations of our lives occupied by colonial attitudes? In what degree modernity corresponds to them? How do these two phenomena coexist? Can we conceive them as the two constituent elements of what we call progress, namely, the transformation dynamics that obliterate the processes of destruction generated by themselves? What are the “mythologies” that the media and official discourses create in order to conceal the violence of progress, presenting it as a better reality? How can we verify this process? Can we dig into these situations to detect faults and blind spots, and make them visible?
Believing that art and cultural formation is a matter of sharing experiences and reflections rather than focusing on technics, this workshop proposes to establish a research based, collaborative and collective experience to dive upon subjects related to modernisation and colonisation, as both retain vectors of visual regimes and cultural narratives from the past which still echo in our contemporaneity, as the revival of old-new promises in the reenactments of (neo) colonial populisms.
Following these topics, the aim is to discuss and develop practically – as also in certain degrees, theoretically – upon a rich array of alternatives to the art practice and its related functions and spaces of existence: assuming it as the production of archives (of concepts, tools and commons); as the generation of sites for resistance; as processes linked to the verification of obscure aspects of realities by the employment of fieldwork and research; as a search, recovery and production of knowledge; as alternative forms of undisciplined pedagogy; as a momento to enable a certain type of public forum to debate certain ideas and values; as the gathering of source materials to question history and so on. The path of this experience to be followed will be, somehow, assembled together, a path that will be drawn while it is being followed.