Thinking Together – Decolonizing Time
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany18 Mar 2017 - 25 Mar 2017
As part of MaerzMusik – A Festival for Time Issues the conference Thinking Together is a discourse format dedicated to exploring the phenomenon of time in its socio-political, philosophical and artistic dimensions. It provides a space for transdisciplinary exchange, collective learning and unlearning.
Freely accessible the project makes time for reflecting the politics of time together with artists and international guests from the fields of philosophy, political and social sciences and cultural studies.
This year’s focus on Decolonizing Time is a proposal to think beyond Western-centric time regimes. The linear, unidirectional, clock-based temporal matrix of Western modernity encoded in notions like “universal time”, “universal history”, “progress”, or “contemporaneity” is strongly interrelated with the hegemonic mind. “Thinking Together” 2017 seeks to investigate the normative chrono-politics of modernity, in search for a multiplicity of decolonized temporalities.
Curated by Berno Odo Polzer
With: GEORGINA BORN, KODWO ESHUN, ASHLEY FURE, RANA ISSA, JASON BAHBAK MOHAGHEGH, C.K. RAJU, BJÖRN SCHMELZER, ROLANDO VÁZQUEZ and others
Opening conference: Saturday, 18th March 12am, 6pm
Find the full programme with talks, workshops screenings and more here www.berlinerfestspiele.de
MaerzMusik – A Festival for Time Issues (16. – 26.03.2017) – is a place devoted to our most valuable resource: time. Time, understood as a dimension of experience equally accessible to each and every one. A phenomenon that resists reduction and definition. Time as a medium of music and the arts that transcends chronological and efficiency-oriented regimes.
But also: Time as an political category that determines the ways in which we live, work and produce – a concept und invention in service of ideological and economic interests; an instrument of power setting the beat and dictating the rhythm; a dimension of the imaginary that influences our vision of futurity and hence our freedom of action. Time as a notion of agency for contemporaries, individuals and societies.
The newly devised festival MaerzMusik is a space for artistic experiences, encounters and debates revolving around our relation to time. Developed from the perspective of listening and carried by the rhythms of the present and the future, it offers a public space where life, art and theory, perception and reflexion may converge.