BFA Rietveld Academy, Thesis Award Nominee
Title “Let me tell you the truth”150 pages
Abstract: This dissertation offers an analysis of the politics of truth and speech, taking into account the historical influence of gender, identity, race, caste and colonialism in the access to the truth-claim. In order to offer a disruption to the often abstract and conceptual discussion of critical theory, this paper uses three narratives as satellite stories to the academic investigation of the themes proposed. These stories also anchor the author and the reader to what is truly at stake - the realm of human experience.
Extract: “You see, the act of determining something as truth is bipartisan: it requires an active part that claims that something is the actual state of things, and a passive part that accepts it as such; a truth claimer without an accepter is just a theorist (conversely, a theorist with an accepting audience may effectively be considered a truth-teller). For the active part of the equation, the intention is of extreme relevance: the truthfulness of the truth-teller, meaning the intentional honesty of the one telling the story, absent of intentionally deceptive will, is almost constitutive of the truth and a pre-condition for its acceptance; (…) - and yet, from the passive part, there isn’t an equivalent threshold: against overwhelming evidence, the passive part of the equation can somewhat not accept (i.e., not believe in) the truth-teller. Much as vision, accepting the truth seems to be an act of choice: just as we only see what we look at, we may only accept what we choose to (hear) - that act, in itself, likely to be affected by what we know or what we choose to believe (to be most likely probably true).”
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(a quasi film), cerca 10 minutes
Via Cura is a deconstructed film, based on a script that was written without any intention of ever being performed. The plot is a critical fabulation exercise on the Myth of Cura, the Roman Goddess of Care (as unearthed by German philosopher Martin Heidegger, in Being and Time), and the quest for metaphysical healing (materialized in the personification of the myth and the search for the path towards Cura).
The Goddess of Cura (also known as Aera Cura) is attributed in early Roman mythology as the creator of humanity. The myth was first told by the first-century mythographer Hyginus, who narrated in his Fabulae compilation that humankind was created from clay by the personification of care (Cura). And yet, for centuries, the Myth of Cura became largely forgotten in Roman Mythology as the creation of humanity started to be consistently attributed to the Greek Titan Prometheus. The forgotten Myth of Cura attracted the attention of German philosopher Heidegger, who observed a double sense in the personification of Cura. The word “Cūra”, in Latin, has different translations: some consider it to derive from the Latin word “cūrāre,” having a similar meaning to “Care” and “concern,” as in to look closely after someone or something to secure their wellbeing and safety; some translate it as “Cure,” as in the treatment applied to restore one’s good health, to heal it. This duality of the meaning of Cura was then used by Heidegger in shaping Dasein - his notion of being-in-the-world. The problem of being (or of existing in the world) is one of the most fundamental philosophical questions in Western thought; in Being and Time, Heidegger noted that human existence is always an act of being within the world: an individual is neither a subject nor the objective world alone, but a being-in-the-world. Thus, Dasein, for Heidegger, is a way of being while caring for the immediate world in which one lives; a being that exists within the context of the structure of care: being-with-the-world is the only way in which an individual reaches its “authentic potentiality-for-being-a-whole.” To Heidegger, authentic care and concern for the Other are a calling that Dasein answers within its temporal existence on Earth. To Heidegger, it is Cura who symbolizes Dasein, as the entity which will remain in the “possession” of humanity throughout its life.
This film is not finished nor is it intended to ever be finished. A new version will be created every day during the Graduation Show.
This work is part of the ongoing series Feminist Proposition on World-Building, by the author. This work zooms in to one of the Propositions: Kinships & Radical Care.
Interview of Brazilian Indigenous artist, activist and leader Thaline Karaja, “The Future is Ancestral”
For the first edition of emergences by @bureau_communes, in Paris, Delphine Bedel and I are were invited to make a contribution on the topic of sustentability. Who can say more on the topic of sustaintability than the ones facing the direct effect of predatory practices?
We invited Thaline Karajá, an indigeous Brazilian singer, songwriter, mother, activist for the environment and the Iny Karajá people, and the first indigenous person in the world to participate in The Voice, the singing reality competition, to give her perspective on the matter:
“Sustainability is the balance of everything, not just the best way to live (individually). The human being needs to realize that there is a limit to everything. The world today is globalized, but even so, we have stopped looking around us and seeing that we are in a world that needs more attention than just being exploited in a predatory way.”
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Talk: “Using Code of Conducts to create safe working spaces”, at Theater a/d Rijn
Upon the invitation Theater a/d Rijn, on November 14th, 2022 I'll be speaking with Merel Severs about our work with Engagement Arts NL and
I will give the audience an introduction on how Codes of Conduct can help us to create safe workspaces and will guide us in a group exercise on the matter. What makes a code important for makers, and how do you use them in your work? The session will start with a lecture, followed by a writing session to create our own codes of conducts. What would you include in the codes of conduct to create a safe workspace? Please keep in mind that the lecture will be in English.
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Talk: “Political Activism as an Artistic Practice”, at Casco Art Institute, for Platform BK Jubileum Solidarity Camp
Upon the invitation of @platform_bk, on September 23rd, 2022 I'll be speaking at Casco Art Institute with Delphine Bedel about our work with Engagement Arts NL and we will brainstorm about active listening, community building and political activism as an artistic practice!
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Interview: Homage to Zubrowka, the Club RoXY Muse
In the second edition of Collecting the City, one of the themes is Club RoXY. The iconic house club that was home to many kinds of people and burned down in 1999.
Cleo Campert was Roxy’s house photographer and recorded a lot of what happened in the 80s and 90s. In this small exhibition she shares her memories as an homage to Club RoXY and to performing artist Zubrowka International.
As part of the show, Campert interviews Zubrowska regarding her carrier and experiences at Roxy, for which I assisted Campert.
This exhibition opens on September 25th, 2022 and is part of the Collecting the City project. Together with communities, individuals and institutions from Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Museum 'collects' and presents the stories and objects of today's city.