Lab1 Week1 - Ogutu Muraya

“ Time is not a series but an interlocking of presents, pasts and futures that retain their depths of other pasts presents and futures, each age bearing, altering and maintaining the previous ones… To focus on the time of entanglement then is to repudiate not only linear models but the ignorance they maintain and the extremism to which they have repeatedly given rise.” Achille Mbembe


Suggested an amazing simple task: All participants should write in posts important events in their lives, framed by year, with the objective of telling their stories. After, Quincy organized all the events in a collective timeline (per year) connecting personal memories with historical memories. Inspiring exercise!


First Step

A first narration of his memories An open honest talk He deals with his own history He was uncomfortable in the Dutch context He observed and registered his day-by-day life, finding a particular method to do it Now with some distance, he is able to elaborate artistically all this material He talks from intuition… He brought all of us into a listener position, From an oral tradition, he narrated his own path He uses (gives) different ways to narrate his history in connection with his artistic questions.

Participants notes in this round

• Policy of disencouragement (Europes operates within this logic)

• In Europe decolonization is staged but not practiced. We don't see so often practices of decolonial relations-ships inside institutions, inside collectives, etc.

• What do we remember? What we conveniently forget.

• Fractures memories

• Which past are we talking about?

• Anti Colonial Practices

• Staging Anti Colonial

• What we are doing when we are constantly trying to value our existence

• Como você observa uma pedra que está prestes a te atingir?

• 2 names that can’t be together



• How do we discuss a dilema?

• Staying with the problem

• Unforbidden Pleasures

• Ogutu - 3 words —- Dilema , Unlearning- and Diaspora

• How do you mourn about unacknowledged loss?

• How can you stage the truth?

• Perform the right to appear

• Perform the right to accuse

• What does the past mean in this moment?

• Time is not a series but an interlocking of presents, pasts, and futures that retain their depths of other presents, pasts, and futures, each age bearing, altering, and maintaining the previous ones. (Achile Mmembe, On the Postcolony)

• The past as/in the present

• Fragmentation

• Desire to narrate complexity

• Desire to narrate multiplicity

• How NOT to stage the postcolonial

• Libraries of practices

• How to disrupt ourselves?

• Being comfortable with being uncomfortable

• How to tell stories?

Second Step

We read the text: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (Ursula K. Le Guin - 1973)

Appears the question of Dilemma.

What do you do when you have a dilemma?

What is your political position?

What is your position as a human being?

How do you deal with a dilemma?

Out of discussions and reflections around the idea of dilema, we came to the idea of a manuscript

**Manuscript of unlearning practices/unstabelishing/descentering?**


multiple contradictions?

do not betray?

to escape?

closing the eyes and mapping the wounds in the body?

To betray deeply?

Third Step | Collective list of unlearning/unstabelishing practices:

After sharing these lists, Ogutu came with the idea of initiating a practice inside Das Theater of collecting unlearning practices with peers, tutors and staff.

Fourth Step

We listened the podcast reading of “And Peace Shall Return by Ben Okri” After we immerse ourselves in a reflection about listening. About the power of listening.

Some practices that guide Ogutu's work

The idea of puzzling is a strong practice in Ogutu's work.

To puzzle could also mean: how can we reconstruct our practices ?

How do each of us (participants) see the potential of this practice of puzzling?

What is involved in uncertainty?

To dig into the future: Look back at the present as a historical moment

The more you dig, the more the layers of history within your body become intertwined

The labor of unraveling

Look for the political in your memories: What’s left out?

Deal with the intelligence of your body

Disruption as the engine for imagination

Information versus showing

The idea of fragmentation: Consent not to be a single being

Writing as unlearning: Listen to what is all not there, embrace it, give it space, show the relations

Unlearning as Listening

Given references that we carry with us:

Princes and Powers by James Baldwin

Text about scape ( quote Caro on first day ) , Jota Mombaça and Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi And also Necropolítics by Achille Mbembe postcol_theory/mbembe_22necropolitics22.pdf