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imaginary of “former West” in both art and society within the landscape of rapidly changing global relations.

Oriented around five currents, Former West: Documents, Constellations, Prospects unfolds through myriad rhythms,

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Introduction

It, however, would be a futile exercise to attempt to submit yet another account of history of this period, which necessarily would bring with it yet another claim of hegemony, linearity, and order. Rather, documents in the form of artworks and thoughts brought together here want to propose a composition of another kind. One that modestly makes available, from within the folds of recent history, the fault lines of the promise of another future, perhaps overlooked or misunderstood, but the fault lines that reasonably dissent from how we came to know things. This measure is sought not only to infuse the contemporary with the sense of possibility, but also to point us in the direction of how we can reshape the debates about the things to come. If the artworks, lectures, workshops, and more are put together in a provisory manner, it is because their meaning must necessarily be made available for continuous rereading, shifting, reassembling, deconstructing, and recomposition. Such constellations necessarily privilege the processes of collective effort to produce knowledge, and favor provisional structures that allow for conversation, incongruity and agree­ment, emergency and emergence, and—indeed—a sense of emancipatory prospects.

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FORMER WEST. Documents, Constellations, Prospects. Booklet  

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FORMER WEST. Documents, Constellations, Prospects. Booklet  

18.03 - 24.03.2013, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin | The Berlin part of the long-term research, education, exhibition, and publication p...

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