Last week I spoke a bit about class and color distinction when referencing the idea of mestizo. My fear and focus is all about access and the issue of definition as we often see things through a white colonialist lens which obstructs this as a possibility. My fear is that the people and its culture may be subject to the violence that is this act and that we are often complicit . Our readings this week addressed this issue but certainly opened the doors to future examination in this regard. I was particularly struck by the reference to the school, La Ivan Illich and it’s “Address to University of Puerto Rico students, graduating ceremony 1969”, which was a call to abolish schooling and reimagine learning in an atmosphere of freedom. La Iván Illich is an open school where anyone can propose a class, workshop, conference, reading group or other type of knowledge exchange. They look to break the binaries between teacher-student, artist-spectator, expert-amateur, and instead propose flexible structures that allow for mutual learning and produce collective knowledge. This is, in theory, is the kind of open access situation in learning to strive for. But in my opinion I question if it’s manifesto is being realized. Free access to creative and educational space should not be a privilege but a right. But then theres the question of money/capitalism.
In the section Decolonial Aesthetic, key to me was the mention of creative practitioners, activist and thinkers who continue to nourish the global flow of decoloniality towards a transmodern and pluriversal world. I was unaware of Bandung’s uniting 29 Asian and African countries and that it was followed by the formation of the Non-Alligned Movement in 1961 which included former Eastern Europe and Latin America. Its goal and legacy was imagining a world beyond capitalism and communism and imagining a third way which was de-colonial . It’s big when it is recognized that there is a need for self reflection. This self reflection seemed to be interwoven in its goal by rein-scribing , and dignifying the ways of thinking once demonized and devalued by colonial , imperial interventionist agendas as well as by postmodern and alter modern internal critique. Im anxious to investigate the ways modern curators of the region actually apply this imperative.