Proposed by Christopher Wierling
What if wor(l)ds were breaking in different places than the rules for hyphenation or the habitual ear dictate: g-ener-ati-o-ns, fr-ien-dshi-ps, s-to-ri-es, soli-d-a-rit-y. Di-splac-ed, dise-nfr-anchi-sed. Which units must be ruptured, and which need to be repaired? Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody.
The Cartesian mind-body dichotomy is reverberating from a past that is built on its intimate knowledge of the violent divisibility of bodies. But notions of the whole are also conflicted, bound up with exclusions and fascist ideals of purity. Throughout violent histories and continuous modes of oppression, inventive and resistant grasps of the split of body and mind have offered ways and techniques to withdraw oneself from coerced traumatic enclosures. Some photographs, drawings, notes, memories, dreams, and particles have made it out of these spaces as witnesses by way of smuggling or hiding. Scattered, in shreds. Through the shattered glass of the museum display, wayward fibers from distorted colonial figurines are escaping the ethnological diorama. These splinters permeate skins, walls, and borders and travel across oceans. The movements they describe are passed on in clandestine messages. Refuges are being organized; people are gathering. Joining ongoing struggles: against all odds, togetherness is materializing.