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Sunday, 1. August 2010

Decolonial Aesthetics

Reworking of two texts (see PDF) by Mignolo and Tlostanova.

madina_tlostanova_decolonia_thinking (application/pdf, 202 KB)

walter_mignolo_modernologies_eng (application/pdf, 80 KB)

Read the texts in summer time.

Discussion, presentations conducted by Grzinic, Marjanovic and Lobo.

5.10.2010, Tuesday

Decolonial Aesthetics: Colloquium with Walter Mignolo and Madina Tlostanova

Academy of Fine Arts, Schillerplatz, Vienna


At 17.00 until 20.00

The organisation of the Colloquium with Walter Mignolo and Madina Tlostanova
is part of the Post-conceptual Art Practices (PCAP) Class at the Academy of
Fine Arts specifically conceived work of research of contemporary art and
de-coloniality, connected with the passage from biopolitics to
necropolitics. Over the last years, several reading seminars have been
organized by the PCAP open to the whole Academy, and art works were produced
originating from this process. This is as well the context for the present

The colloquium is co-organized with Creating Worlds, research project,
Eipcp Vienna.


Madina Tlostanova, Contemporary art as decolonial knowledge production in
the world of imperial difference: institutions, artists, phenomena
Walter Mignolo, (De) coloniality of knowing, being and sensing

The lectures introduce two concepts: de-linking and de-coloniality, (both
reworked by Walter Mignolo and Madina Tlostanova) that implicate a cut
within contemporary processes of capitalist institutionalization, control
and subjugation. De-linking means to de-link ourselves from the
unrestrainment of capital that does not allow just a simple opposition, as
it does not function as it did in the 1970s as a unity of capital and power,
but as co-propriety of capital and power. Therefore, what is necessary is to
draw a line of division, in order to de-link ourselves from capital and
power. De-coloniality, on the other hand, presents a political position that
draws a line inside contemporary processes of coloniality and goes beyond

Moderation: Marina Grzinic and Ivana Marjanovic, Academy of Fine Arts,


Walter Mignolo is William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance
Studies and Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, at
Duke University. Mignolo's work, currently being discussed across
disciplines and internationally, focuses on semiotics, discourse analysis
and literary theory. Since the 1980s, he has written extensively in English
and Spanish on the invention of the Americas, the coloniality of knowledge,
and the political, ethical and epistemological imperative to decolonise
knowledge and knowledge production. His work, which has been translated into
Portuguese, French and Russian, includes The Darker Side of the Renaissance
(1994 and 2003, awarded the Katherine Kovacs Singer Prize from the MLA),
Local Histories/Global Designs (2000) and The Idea of Latin America (2005,
awarded the Frantz Fanon Prize from the Caribbean Philosophical
Association.) His forthcoming book, The Darker Side of Western Modernity:
Global Futures, Decolonial Options is the third of a trilogy, together with
The Darker Side of the Renaissance and Local Histories/Global Designs.

Madina Tlostanova is professor of History of Philosophy at Peoples'
Friendship University of Russia. She has authored over 130 articles many of
which were published in Europe and the US, four books in Russian -
Multicultural Discourse and US Fiction of the Late 20th Century (Moscow,
2000), Living Never; Writing from Nowhere: Post-soviet Literature and the
Aesthetics of Transculturation (Moscow, 2004), From the Philosophy of
Multiculturalism to the Philosophy of Trans-culturation (New York, 2008),
Decolonial Gender Epistemologies (Moscow, 2009) and two in English - A
Janus-Faced Empire. Notes on the Russian Empire in Modernity Written from
the Border (Moscow, 2003) and The Sublime of Globalization? Sketches on
Trans-cultural Subjectivity and Aesthetics (Moscow, 2005).

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