HTA Ringvorlesung mit Bayo Akomolafe: Becoming Black - The Colonial Grammar of Settlement and the Promise of Fugitive Flight – Online verfügbar

Bayo Akomolafe

Rishika Nath

This lecture is part of the HTA online lecture series winter term 2021/22.

The online lecture series (Un)settled. Performance, protection, and politics of insecurity of HTA (Hessian Theatre Academy) in winter term 2021/22 takes place in cooperation with the Institute for Applied Theater Studies, JLU Giessen; the HZT – Inter-University Center for Dance, Berlin; the Art Academy Düsseldorf, and the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.

The performing arts draw our attention to the body - inviting us to focus on "its" demands, its vivacity, and its vibrant place within a politics that tends to treat language and discourse as the be-all and end-all of how the world comes to matter. Part of the wisdom of the arts is, however, to disturb the body and its enacted boundaries, to stray from the edges allocated to it, to trouble its stability and security, and to allow for spills and new ethical formulations. In a time of racialized tensions when certain bodies, not-quite-human and nonhuman, are rendered incapable, disabled, beleaguered, insecure and inadequate by the intensities and libidinal forces of white modernity, what might the arts contribute to the desire for decolonial futures? In this talk exploring his concept of becoming black, Bayo Akomolafe suggests that the insecurity of minoritarian bodies - often rectified within a politics of inclusivity - are desirous overtures to other sites of power that exceed the algorithms of state-sponsored justice. If to be unsettled is to resist the intelligibility of the colonial and to be recalibrated to generative/hospitable depths, how might the arts teach us to become unsettled, to become black?

Bayo Akomolafe is globally recognised for his poetic, unconventional, counterintuitive, and indigenous take on global crisis, civic action, activism and social change. He is an international speaker, poet and activist for a radical paradigm shift in consciousness and current ways of living. His readings of ‘knowledge’, ‘development’, ‘progress’ and ‘truth’ as Eurocentric metanarratives led him and his wife, Ej to develop the first International Workshop on Alternative Research Paradigms and Indigenous Knowledge Promotion (WARP, 2011). Bayo is a member of the advisory board of the Real Economy Lab (UK). In 2014, and was awarded for Global Excellence Award [Civil Society] by Future Shapers (California). He is the Chief Curator for The Emergence Network (A Post-Activist Project [www.emergencenetwork.org], and host of the online writing course, ‘We will dance with Mountains: Writing as a Tool for Emergence.

Credits:
This edition of the HTA lecture series is connected to Bodies, un-protected, the International Program on Bodies, Art and Protection at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, running from October 2021 till July 2022.
Organisers: Prof. Dr. Bojana Kunst, Institute for Applied Theater Studies, JLU Giessen; Prof. Dr. Sandra Noeth, HZT-Inter-University Center for Dance, Berlin; Prof. Dr. Francesca Raimondi, Art Academy Düsseldorf, Anna Wagner, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt a.M.

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