More a frame than a theme, Navigating Turbulences proposes to continue to think together about the need for new vocabularies for living in global turbulences by means of contemporary research processes. Each session will introduce into a particular approach for understanding and undertaking research as a practice in the arts.
The condition of turbulences creates a situation in which knowledge and non-knowledge exist together. In a condition of turbulence, on one side, we can rely on knowledge about science, history, rituals, regulations and systems that seem to secure our place in the world. On the other side, the moment of turbulence carries the condition of non-knowledge , in which it is not clear exactly what will happen next: language is missing, borders are closed, translation is needed, the mind is closer to the body, control mechanisms and systems fail, dominant histories unravel and collaborative thinking is important. It is a moment of a relational uncertainty that holds the potential to open up a new horizon.
How can we move in times of turbulences? Navigating from inside a condition of turbulences begins by rendering precisely the problem of localization in continuous interaction with geopolitical global entanglements. This, in itself, is nothing new. These entanglements have long histories and privilege certain positionalities, reason enough to articulate precisely our position in relation to the world: We may think here about global trade-routes, contemporary trajectories of sea migration, the abstract flows of financial capitalism, weaponized image-technologies, the algorithmic architectures of planetary computation, the uneven geographies of knowledge, the politics of translation, and so on. Who are ‘we’ in such a stack of layers?
Monday, March 27, 2017, 7pm
Special session : Book Launch
Thinking under Turbulence