Performative Conference

19 May 2018

Propositions #5: First Person Plural

Courtesy Quinsy Gario

Propositions #5: First Person Plural takes place on 19 May 2018 as part of Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, and is dedicated to the many legacies of 1968 as they continue 50 years later. It features contributions by 2017/2018 BAK Fellows Sepake Angiama, Luigi Coppola, Quinsy Gario, Ola Hassanain, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, and Otobong Nkanga, as well as Karina Griffith, Jörgen Gario, Gloria Holwerda-Williams, Shaka Jean-David, Charl Landvreugd, Marinella Senatore, Blu Samu, Fatoo San & Raph Stark.

Fifty years on, what gets highlighted when commemorating 1968, a year in which radical changes occurred all around the world? While individual freedoms were being fought for in Paris, tanks were crushing well-supported reforms in Prague. In Nigeria civil wars were ravaging communities, and in the United States the civil rights movement was culminating. This performative conference, conceived by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst as part of their series Propositions for Non Fascist Living, revisits the complexity of the year’s global legacy. It merges performative interventions, music acts, a lecture, a VJ conversation, and an intimate discussion during a film screening. Offering insights into the multiple 1968s, First Person Plural seeks mutual entanglements and sees common ground in a shared yearning to construct, even if temporarily, another we – a collective first person plural.

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