If we think of films made from minority situations and perspectives as prototypes of possible worlds, we could then ask ourselves how to live and practice these worlds. That is, how to depart from the economy of mere metaphor in order to move from art to an emancipated way of living, a place without an owner.
This is one of the operations, one of the movements, that Olivier Marboeuf calls « decolonial » – as long as this movement ceases to focus solely on the question of « who is speaking? » (which is nonetheless necessary) but also asks towards where we speak, towards what wider possibility of life? For this movement to happen, however, it is necessary to examine its conditions, one of which is based on our ability to describe the place in which we speak and thus collectively understand for whom we speak, at the service of what. This is to grasp everything that is played out in the margins of the scene of representation to which we are invited. This is to elaborate a just way of moving from this place to another, using artworks as both skillful screens that conceal what we really do and as possible worlds that we secretly commit ourselves to experience.
By going through one of his recent texts, ‘Towards a despeaking cinema (a Caribbean hypothesis)’, Olivier Marboeuf would like to try to imagine the potentialities of minority cinema considered as a practice of collective hallucination that invents one of these unnamable places through cacophony.
Conférence on Saturday 5 March at Kaaistudio (Brussels)as part of « Ciné Place-Making », a study circle initiated by Robin Vanbesien
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