Mondialité : Readings

09/09/2017 - 09/09/2017

To mark the publication of Mondialité, ou les archipels d’Edouard Glissant, editors Hans Ulrich Obrist and Asad Raza have invited artists, writers and contributors for a day of talks, readings and performance at the Villa Empain. The day will include a book signing at 3pm.

Speakers include Shumon Basar, Patrick Chamoiseau, Vinciane Despret, Anne-Claire Schmitz, Antonio Segui, Justin Smith and Dirk Snauwaert. The discussion will be followed by a performance by the choreographer Mette Edvardsen.

Mondialité, ou les archipels d’Edouard Glissant, published by the Boghossian Foundation, accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Villa Empain. Artists and thinkers contribute texts, excerpts and images to an exploration of key Glissantian concepts such as pensée du tremblement, creolization, and opacité, inspired by La terre, le feu, l’eau et les vents, Glissant’s own poetic anthology.

Contributors include Adonis, Valerio Adami, Etel Adnan, Sophia Al-Maria, K. Anthony Appiah, Philippe Artières, Kader Attia, Miquel Barcelo, Alighiero Boetti, Daniel Boyd, Patrick Chamoiseau, Edith Dekyndt, Manthia Diawara, Simone Fattal, Geneviève Gallego, Sylvie Glissant, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Koo Jeong A, Wifredo Lam, Bruno Latour, Ranjana Leyendecker, Roberto Matta, Steve McQueen,Fred Moten, Molly Nesbit, Otolith Group, Walter Price, Raqs Media Collective, Adrián Villar Rojas, Antonio Segui, Sylvie Sema, Justin E.H. Smith, and Gayatri Spivak.

The exhibition Mondialité features visual artworks and environments, documentary film and songs, dramaturgical structures and archival material. The exhibition also assembles parts of Glissant’s own unrealized project, the Musée du Tout-Monde. Mondialité aims to bring visitors into contact with the terrain of Glissant’s thought and its relational form of perceiving and thinking.

It takes place at a site with multiple histories, the Villa Empain. An Art Deco manse built in 1932 by Louis Empain, and occupied by German forces during WWII, the Villa served as a Soviet embassy in the 1960s, a television station in the 1980s, and a squat that hosted a Mike Kelley show in the 1990s, before being transformed into a center for art and dialogue between East and West, as home to the Boghossian Foundation.

Mondialité is realized with the support of the Institut du Tout-Monde.

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