Despite Dispossession: An Activity Book

Anette Baldauf, Janine Jembere, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, et al. (eds.)

As transnational extractivism, neo-fascist politics, and economies of abandonment and disposability expand around the world, can we facilitate situated practices of storytelling and worldmaking that enliven futures propelled by the forces of indignation, desire, and relationality? Despite Dispossession: An Activity Book extends an invitation to restore and reinvent bonds of reciprocity with the land, humans, and non-humans, while envisioning transformative and shared horizons. This collaborative endeavor takes as its point of departure the contested realities and public struggles of the dispossessed.

 

Bringing together seven site-sensitive engagements, the contributors develop their artistic works, as well as speculative tools and activities, to conjure worlds to come in the ruins of dispossession. The result is a combination of subtle theoretical reflection, pluriversal modes of inquiry, and unruly epistemic intervention. Drawing its inspiration from decolonizing methodologies, Black aesthetics, and epistemologies of the South, the project gathers these influences for a novel experiment that demonstrates how arts-based researchers confront dispossession through itinerant practices of resistance.

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[DE]   In Städten so verschieden wie Addis Abeba, Istanbul, Mexico City und Berlin ist das Konzept der „dispossession“ für Aktivist*innen, Wissenschaftler*innen und Künstler*innen derzeit eine zentrale Referenz im Hinblick auf die gewaltsamen Aneignungen von Land, Körpern und Beziehungen im Kontext von kolonialem Raub, korporativem Landgrabbing, vom Staat geleiteter, großflächiger Umsiedlung, urbaner Gentrifizierung, usw. Die Realitäten der damit verbundenen Kämpfe und öffentlichen Revolten bilden den Ausgangspunkt des künstlerisch-kollektiven Arbeitsbuchs Despite Dispossession. Es liefert Reflexionen, Anregungen und Übungen für informelle und ephemere Taktiken der Beanspruchung und epistemischen Intervention. Das Projekt findet Inspiration in den Epistemologien des Südens, dekolonialisierenden Methoden sowie Black Aesthetics und postuliert, dass eine kunst-basierte Forschung, die Wissen, Tun und Fühlen zu vereinen versucht, die Komplexität von Enteignungsprozessen erfassen und mit Widerstand und Resilienz aufladen kann.

 

Despite Dispossession: An Activity Book. With contributions by Anette Baldauf, Berhanu Ashagrie Deribew, Sílvia das Fadas, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez, Elizabeth Giorgis, İpek Hamzaoğlu, Janine Jembere, and Rojda Tuğrul. Design by K. in collaboration with Wolfgang Hückel & Katharina Tauer.

 

English

258 pages


19.5 × 26 cm


Full color
 with many images and activity cards

Cardboard cover with flaps, spine & wire-o spiral binding
ISBN 978-3-947858-16-3

 

!!! Amharic, Kurdish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish translations are available as free PDFs !!!

 

The publication is the result of the research project DisPossession: Post-Participatory Aesthetics
and the Pedagogy of Land hosted by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. It was made possible in all its language editions through funding by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), project no. AR471, and co-funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal.

 

Published in Spring 2021

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