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Saturday March 16 | Session 15:05 - 16:35 (20 min) De Brakke Grond | Rode Zaal
An instance of a broader research programme on pharmacoloniality, this lecture-performance takes the form of a listening session on Latin American popular music. Turning to the aural spectrum, the session explores and elaborates Puerto Rican Acoustemologist Julio Ramos’ notion of a ‘pharmacolonial condition’.
Turned into a fully fledged notion, pharmacoloniality denotes an inverse process of ‘colonisation’ of sense, whereby colonial substance-commodities—sugar, tobacco, coffee, cocaine—intervene to stimulate European rationality and co-produce the rhythms of modern temporality (along with its immunitarian schemas of freedom, will, subjectivity, and agency).

This presentation integrates contemporary European and Latin American thought by addressing the irresolute category of the pharmakon (as both drug and cure) vis-à-vis its modern/colonial inflexions. Overall, the session explores discordant acoustic and epistemological articulations of a contemporary coloniality of sense.

Manuel Ángel Macía is a UK-based Latinx artist and interdisciplinary researcher. He was awarded a PhD by the Art Department at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016. His current project on Pharmacoloniality involves a monograph expanding the concept and a vinyl-record publication with the Berlin-based label Tropical Diaspora Records. Other instances of the project have been staged at TIER.space in Berlin, the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam, and Primary in Nottingham.
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