On Coloniality Chloë Janssens, Amy Pickles and Túlio Rosa
- KBK Brussels
Cracks and Containers Gathering on coloniality
- Amy Pickles, Chloé Janssens, Túlio Rosa
- 15 May 2021
- 15 May 2021
11 May 2021
posted by: Lilia MestreCracks and Containers is a small gathering organised by Amy Pickles, Chloe Janssens and Túlio Rosa, it will take place on the 15th of May at a.pass from 12h to 18:30h. More than a place for presentations, it is thought about as a space to engage in dialogues and conversations, to allow thoughts and questions to emerge, to cross, combine, to be put in tension or to be desintegrated for a little while.
Cracks and Containers proposes to address questions around the notion of coloniality in relation to artistic practices, trying to understand what it might mean, what are the processes it includes, what images it produces or evokes, what dynamics it sustains. The desire being to understand how artistic practices, looking both to the past and to the future, can help us to navigate the present; how can we acknowledge our present with the urgency and criticality it demands. They want to do this together, by being inspired, challenged, contradicted, embraced, transformed.
Cracks and Containers hosts: Quinsy Gario, Saddie Choua, Sami Hammana, Sophie Deckers and Kristien Van den Brande , Amy Pickles, Choe Janssens and Túlio Rosa.
The word container came from a lunch box, during one of their first meetings to organise this working group. In the middle of jokes, they realised that containers – as artificially made objects that 'hold' things for a while or give support to something that moves from one moment to another – were an interesting image to the kind of intentions they had: to create temporary situations that allowed us to hold questions that trouble us. The containers imagined are ephemeral, precarious, but have the possibility to host a kind of collective inside – collective ideas, collective practices, collective conversations, collective bodies – a collective such as the one we propose to congure with you, during our day-long gathering at a.pass.
A crack in your container is not usually advisable, but we are seeking them nonetheless. A crack can provide an unusual path in and out, cracks can also offer a view to somewhere else, they remind us of the possibility of connection with something that lies outside the 'here', something that might be on the otherside, being otherwise.
Together, cracks and containers hold, and release, a small constellation of ideas. They can sustain and support the movement of something from one place to another, they can allow for unexpected formations, shifts and slippage.
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18 October 2021
posted by: Sina SeifeeDate: 10-13th of November 2021Location: KBK Brussels, Boulevard d'Ypres 20, Sainte Catherine, Brussels‘On Coloniality’ is a proposition by a.pass participants Chloë Janssens, Amy Pickles and Túlio Rosa of a temporary context for collective study. Through different artistic and theoretical speculations we will study coloniality and its manifold dimensions.Our understanding of coloniality departs from ideas developed first by Peruvian sociologist Anibal Quijano, and later expanded by many others, such as the semiotician Walter Mignolo and feminist philosopher Maria Lugones. Coloniality is an idea that points to the modes of organisation of power in so-called colonized territories, and how this extends out into supposedly postcolonial states. It differentiates colonialism, as a historical process, from its legacies. We have been thinking about ways to describe how the colonial rationale is at the very basis of our modes of social and political organisation, how those supposed histories have collapsed into, resonate with, and form our present.There is a shared desire between the three of us to learn how to articulate coloniality through artistic practices. Our collaboration has grown out of our individual motivations to discuss and re-narrate the colonial practices of the countries where we were born - Belgium, Brazil, UK - and challenge the dominant narratives that compose these histories.We are drawing connections between different times and locations by following closely methods of appropriation and extraction of land, resources, labour and data. Through different artistic practices we want to draw parallels, observe symmetries and find correlations across colonialism as it exists across all aspects of our lives; institutionally, economically, in corporations, governance, everyday structures of living and our bodies.‘On Coloniality’ will be hosted in KBK, an alternative space near Saint Cathrine, in Brussels. It is a porous programme open to the public. An exhibition will host the programme that consists of reading and listening sessions, screenings, a performance, workshops, public conversations and discussions.Pre-event: practicing listeningJeyanthy SivaZapatistasNontsikelelo MutitiDay 1: positioning ourselves in a 'here'Visit Institute of Colonial CultureElodie Mugrefyalistening session Helena VieiraDay 2: extraction and ownershipVisit Art and History MuseumVermeir & HeiremansLine AlgoedGlicéria TupinambáDay 3: counter narratives and remembering otherwiseSami HammanaSatch HoytArquivo Atlântico Film screenings at Pianofabriek: Rue du Fort 35, 1060 Saint Gilles, BrusselsDay 4: alternative relatings to and through identity, borders and knowledge redistributionWORKNOT! X SarmadDaniela OrtizSaddie ChouaThe programme is open to anyone who wants to learn collectively about coloniality and artistic practices, who wants to engage in a conversation around this theme. Registration is not necessary. The website of a.pass will have the latest updates on time and locations.KBK has a wide entrance directly from the main street. There are no steps to enter the building. There is one toilet at the back of the space, on the same level. The space is illuminated with strip lighting on the ceiling, and a number of screen based artworks will be in the space. Hot drinks will be available for free, and there is access to drinking water. We will host a self made seating structure on which you are welcome to sit or lie down on.