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Dissident Knowledges

political, social, and aesthetic prejudice of the prevailing consensus. We may recover documents—not yet known, or known and misunderstood—that lay bare the fault lines of “formerness” and carry seeds of reorientation for our understanding of the prospects ahead. Within this makeshift and provisory logic, the current Dissident Knowledges attempts to bring together artworks, performances, lectures, readings, conversations, talks, and other encounters that not only defy conventional fictions about our contemporary history, but arrange for other formulations than those we have grown accustomed to over some quarter of a century into the making of the “new world order.” Taking crisis and instability as knowledge, this ideational landscape not only challenges the way things are, but actively thinks through how they could be otherwise, proposing in tandem the shape of things to come. The artworks at the core of these constellations, following much the same protocol, are bodies of knowledge: both the documents uncovering the cracks through which we might see the “formerness” of the West, and the resources for how to think differently. Much like what lies at the core of philosopher Bruno Latour’s invitation to “compositionism,” we could then tentatively try to “put things together,” yet differently than is customary, and propose a draft of a “common world,” one that “has to be built from utterly heterogeneous parts that will never make a whole, but at best a fragile, revisable, and diverse composite material.” 1 There is

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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...

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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