Proposed by Arootin Mirzakhani
Undoing completed acts of violence – prefix:de+actofviolence:colonialism – makes sense from a linguistic_historical perspective, though semantically it is too fast. What if prefix&stem are only capable of archiving meaning. How do our legal systems, funding- mechanisms and economical structures regulate and support progressivity. How is the institution:art and its administration an extension of these regulations through curatorial and mediating labour. How are art institutions able to talk about an undoing of acts of violence, when they are themselves drenched in power_violence they are blind to. Is decolonialism not a continuation of linear logic of hegemonic structures, when speaking about de_colonialism does not influence them structurally. What if an asking for and a finding of new vocabulary isn’t expedient. What if we don’t need intellectual discursive spaces anymore. Ways of doing that are able to re_act on violence. Ways of speaking that rely on im_material relations, responsibility and integrity. Ways of listening that already negotiate one’s ego and feelings. Ways of looking where our gaze penetrates public and private barriers. Ways of smelling, where scent and memory archive places. Ways of tasting, where soil_air_water are intrinsic to local societies. We need action-oriented practices that think differently through making.