Heidi Salaverría, Ph.D., is a philosopher, lecturer, performance and cultural worker, born in Caracas, living in Hamburg. Studies and research stays in Buenos Aires and Philadelphia. Currently working on an Political Aesthetics of Doubts and on the project Syncopated Resistance – Rhythms of Post-Colonial Thinking. Forms part of the curational/conceptual team of the international Art/Theory-Project Hyper Cultural Passengers. Member of the German Performance Philosophy network Expedition Philosophie. Teaches Performative Philosophy at the university of Hildesheim. (Lecture) Performances at ICI Berlin, Pact Zollverein Essen, Kampnagel Theater Hamburg, ZKM Karlsruhe, State Theater Stuttgart, et.al., lectures and workshops in Austria, France, Italy, and Spain.
The Feel Tank Chicago once commented shrewdly: "Depressed? ... It Might Be Political." However, looking closer, it is not the depression itself that is political, but the doubt about the depression. Depression, being a as a societal symptom, identifies itself negatively, representing the dark side of social self-expectation. Those who fail in the paradoxical dictate of perverted creativity – within and without institutions – direct the aggression of this dictate against themselves: Flexible self-realization tips over into solidified self-realization, trapped in Nietzschean guilt rage, which can turn just as quickly outwards, against others. While depression is an oedipal phenomenon – violent and intoxicating, doubting is post-oedipal, rebellious, libidinous, and detoxicating.
Unchanging and indubitable identity is a fiction, part of the certainty pressure we live in, which can only be established and maintained through structural, indirect, or direct violence. Doubts, instead, generate something new about us, about our relation to institutions and thus, generate something new in institutions itself.
They not only unsettle the self, but also resettle it by signaling an emerging new contour. The lust of doubting enables the self to experience the seeming ‘lack’ of temporarily being uncertain in an abundant way, inviting a diving into unknown terrains. Therefore, to face doubts does not mean to be overwhelmed by them as if they were a violent force of nature (or a societal, linguistic structure), too strong to counter, leading to paralysis and despair. It means instead to ally with them, by disidentification (Rancière) with the given institutionalized structures thereby enabling a “repartition of the sensible.”