A EXPERIMENTAL TRANSFER
OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 4, 2017, COLOGNE GERMANY
In BODY HEGEMONIES 2017: AN EXPERIMENTAL TRANSFER six artists and scientists set out to explore further and make transparent some of the themes of epistemic violence and hegemonic orders, that have resulted from the legacy of colonialism and slavery, as the hidden, ambivalent, broken flip side of modernity and enlightenment. Our aim was to examine the Euro-centric logic of dehumanization and processes of exclusion from the perspective of bodies and their embeddedness within these hegemonic structures.
We asked ourselves the following preliminary questions: “What are the bodily traces of the history of modernity”? “How are history and memory inscribed in which bodies or body structures”? “What were/are some of the possible strategies of negation and resistance for these historically inscribed bodies (or body parts – human remains) in the past and the present”? Thus, the project sets its focus on aspects of bodies that have been/are being excluded or made invisible within contemporary and historical discourses. “Body Hegemonies” works on the transdisciplinary interface (entanglement) of theorists, performers and everyday practitioners (experts), in an attempt, to make possible other forms of knowing and knowledge production.
13 minute version of the performance - editing and music by Matthias Meurer
A full description of the project can be found here: https://lazarmichael.wixsite.com/embodied-discourse