Session B

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Session B: Cannibal affinities. Predation, digestion, and other visceral forms of relatedness with Julia Morandeira


October 24-28, 2016
exact class times to be posted
Location: ArtCenter/South Florida

The cannibal navigates history through lines of continuity and discontinuity of re-signification, in echoes of greater and lower intensity. A ‘green’ thread of cannibalism can be traced from the colonisers’ accounts of the 16th century through to the writings and works of the Antropofagia movement in 1920s Brazil to today’s anthropology, which in turn echoes Amerindian cosmogonies, land struggles and the demand for the rights of nature. More significant to this research, cannibalism is being “recovered”, proposed and even hailed as a specific mode of knowing and understanding our relation to the outside.  

Cannibalism implies a whole new negotiation, digestion and production of different thresholds -political, ecological, ontological- which require multiple displays of translation. For the sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos, the opposite of general theory is translation, understood as “the procedure that allows for mutual intelligibility among the experiences of the world, both available and possible, as revealed  by the sociology of absences and the sociology of emergences, without jeopardizing their identity and autonomy, without, in other words, reducing them to homogenous entities”. Following De Sousa Santos, how could we translate this cannibal economies and epistemologies in our different contexts and positions? How could they imply new forms of circulation of subjects and affects, and what type of ecologies between the interior and exterior could emerge? Against the intellectual epistemological traditions that have been overtaken and evacuated of meaning in the rampant forward thrust of global capital, remaining  moreover anchored in their self-instated superiority and containment, producing subjects through previous knowledge rather than through critical premises – could cannibal exchange propose new knowledges and forms of producing knowledge?  And how could artistic and curatorial practice as well as cultural production and management be affected from it?  

The Canibalia Seminar proposes to organize a series of encounters and conversations and translation workshops. This structure and methodology aims at mapping out a constellation of cannibal economies and ecologies, which propose a counter-topia from where to (un)think cannibalism and the cannibal as spaces of mediation, community, ecology and exchange.

Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga is an independent curator and researcher, based in Madrid. Her practice deals with issues of geography and coloniality, production and exhibition apparatuses in art and culture, and their inscription as sites of knowledge production. She is part of the artistic collective Magnetic Declination and of the research group Península. Recent projects include Cannibal House, at the Cultural Centre of Spain in Costa Rica; Canibalia, at the Kadist Foundation in Paris; Until lions have their own historians, with Magnetic Declination at Matadero Madrid; Broadening the battlefield at the Cultural Centre Montehermoso, and Miralda’s Twin Tastes & Tongues at 9th Shanghai Biennale. Morandeira holds a BA in Humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University College of London. At the moment she is part of La Práctica in Beta Local, Puerto Rico.

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