Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures
The political and ontological dimensions that sustain the illusion of separation is one of the main inquiries of the GTDF collective. In this session, we will dive into the relational, affective and cognitive nuances of how modernity/coloniality has impacted our political and metaphysical conceptualizations of kinship. If we are connected with all entities of our bio-intelligent planet, including past and future ancestors, then it also means we are entanglement with colonialism, indigenous genocide, racism, and climate collapse amongst other systemic violence. Our entanglement, thus, calls for a sense of accountability that can only be achieved through a re-calibration of our neuro-physiological addictions to narcissism and perceived entitlements. It calls for an orientation towards a more sober, mature, and responsible way of being and relating that gestures towards a political practice of healing and well-being for those systems that are dying and those that are yet to emerge.
This course is part of Week 2 of the KINSHIP Online Course. In Week 2, we dive into The Politics of Relationship.
This week we will look at how relationship is inherently political. We will explore how certain relationships are conditional, and how relationships can serve, extract, build and take “value”. We are interested in the question: “who do we (really) mean when we say “we”? As collective action is called for - who is called to take action? Who in included/excluded? Does kinship bring with it a sense of responsibility for the “other”? Does the “other” necessarily imply “othering”, or can we view the “other” as crucial to relationship itself?
KINSHIP: An Online Course
Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures #
GTDF are a trans-disciplinary collective of researchers, artists, educators, students & Indigenous knowledge keepers. Their collaborative practices bring together concerns related to racism, colonialism, unsustainability, climate change, biodiversity loss, economic instability, mental health crises, & intensifications of social & ecological violence. The focus of the work is on building stamina, capacity & dispositions for painful work (self-and world-unmaking) through artistic & educational experiments that can help us to hold space for difficult conversations.