Reflections at Mac Glen

My residency has started. This time at Despina, located near down town Rio de Janeiro. Simultaneously, I am with friends somewhere in Ipanema. Both staged their way to treat me: brunch at ‘Diegobucks’ and dinner at ‘Mac Glen’. How to ‘compete’ with these?

While enjoying here and now, I am also reading ‘Blijf de aarde trouw’. I am reflecting on approaches of a ‘Nietzschiean terrasophy’; not only relevant for my experience at Despina. In fact, this multi-inter-connected exploration relates to my process with the Amsterdam University of the Arts and to hopefully implementent the project ‘deeep blue’. I am wondering: how to intersect a spectator-based and non-medium specific praxis with speculative engagement in a non-spectacle performance? My aim is to re-imagine performance in the entanglement of knowing and not-knowing, framed as EXOLOGY.

EXOLOGY is my focus on the complexity of life and distinction. I aim at developing this performative space and time as spiritual ability of an exodus based on a flexible ecology. Thinking of EXOLOGY, I feel “a festival in the wilderness” for which I am excited to kick it off through encounters with a “favela in Rio de Janeiro”; a ‘communidad’ as they now say. Aiming at this theosophical revolution, I am specifically interested in ‘marginalized economies’, for which I use the term “negrotivities”. In focusing on ‘marginalized economies’, I am especially interested in distribution of knowledge, social activities, and politics of strength. I assume these could be fascinating characteristics to read favela’s and to understand spacetime beyond their specific historical context; maybe even to find ways to relate to geopolitics and discourses of distinction. I am interested in what defines a favela and the art scene in Rio de Janeiro, and to looking at similarities and differences compared to Suriname.

Some keywords are intersectionalism, feminism/mamaioism, agency, community. To start, my question is: How do such spaces relate to processes of social urbanization and to what extend could I contextualize public experience of space, the spatiality of favela, and related to our global and current environmental issues?

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