What do we need to lo(o)se(n), in order to experience…
ethics with/out the modern subject?
politics with/out the nation-state?
education with/out the Enlightenment?
welfare with/out capitalism… or socialism?
imagination with/out the intellect?
solidarity with/out heroism?
democracy with/out consensus or a single story of progress and reason?
humanity with/out good versus evil?
criticality with/out dialectics and essentialism?
theology with/out an old man up above?
philosophy with/out Greece, the polis or the alphabet?
psychoanalysis with/out the self?
queerness with/out identity?
dialogue with/out understanding?
community with/out conditionality?
justice with/out punishment?
hope with/out projections?
experience with/out self-actualization?
critique with/out righteousness, redeemers or virtue-signalling?
scholarship with/out posturing?
academic rigor with/out the cannon?
knowing with/out meaning?
time with/out linearity or motion?
space with/out location or place?
being with/out separability?
existence with/out form?
the end of the world as we know it without despair?
Engaged dis-identifications is an artistic-pedagogic collaboration between Dani d’Emilia and Vanessa Andreotti that explores the workings of non-notional possibilities of co-existence through performative practices. It attempts to translate post-representational modes of engagement into embodied experiments that reconfigure the connections between reason, affect and relationality.
The first four lines of this text emerged from a conversation between Vanessa Andreotti, Sharon Stein and Denise Ferreira da Silva in 2015 based on Denise’s concept of “with/out”.
Image credits: Me livro do que me pesa, photo-performance by Dani d’Emilia. Brasil, 2011. Image by Angela Alegria