Events, talks and lectures

Some events, not all but some

Juin / June 2019

20.06.19 – 6pm to 8pm
Poetic lectures and talk
As part of Marie van Berchem’s residency at Bateauthèque (Utopiana, Geneva), we invited Olivier Marboeuf to share texts and ideas about places, bodies, landscapes.

Bateauthèque – Utopiana
Chemin Mestrezat 7a, 1202 Genève Genève, Suisse
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Seminar « Franz Fanon : Une émancipation créatrice »
Seminar proposed by Chiara Palermo
Lecture : Violence en temps de paix (Violence in peace time)
first draft of a new text about invisible violence

La Colonie – Paris
128 rue Lafayette 75010 Paris (FR)
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MAI / May 2019

Poetic of Relations
Art Research Day about Edouard Glissant’s universe
Seminar proposed by Kristen Kreider
Lecture : Repetition, Dissonance, Accumulation: Edouard Glissant’s moving landscapes of language

University of Goldsmiths
Deptford Seminar Room, Back Gate, Lewisham Southwark College,
1 Deptford Bridge, London, SE8 4HH


Seminar Geontopower: mapping the European scene of late liberalism criticism (Paris 1 Sorbonne / Columbia University)- Around Elisabeth Povinelli
at Columbia Global Centers – Paris, Reid Hall, Paris, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006, Paris

10.03.19 at 7 pm:
Opening Lecture « Luke & Fwanswa » by Olivier Marboeuf (version 2)

11.03.19 at 2pm :
Talk by Olivier Marboeuf & Louis Henderson
Composition and decomposition of a toxic body-landscape : resistance, endurance and detours in the present-future of Haïti. About, Overtures, the film to come by The Living and The Dead Ensemble.
During a speech in 2018, the current president of the United States classified Haiti amongst his so called “shithole countries”. In doing so he made an image of this Caribbean island, the first independent black Republic in history, as an indistinct and undesirable space with a population (both at home and the diaspora) of pests. How can we respond to this epistemological violence in a way that doesn’t legitimise the right of certain people to name and disqualify, to choose the healthy bodies that get the privilege of gravitating around the inevitably white and desirable central body? How can we refuse this agenda? To flee this toxic confrontation, it is necessary to take another path, to construct an alternative history in which we refuse to go to the bedside of the dying king where toxicity is but an opaque and strategic crown. We must imagine the possibility of resistance, of the body that endures, of a contemporaneity that is expressed through the capacity to survive within the toxic legacies of colonial capitalism. This is the path taken by the Karrabing Film Collective in their cinematographic fable Mermaids, equally explored by Elizabeth Povinelli in her book Economies of Abandonment.
In Haiti the legacy of colonialism is at once material – the pollution of the coasts and the landscape – but also politico-economic, making chaos and debt into the keys of a governance in ruins. It is also cultural if we understand Haitian Creole as a language constructed from within colonial violence as much as with the remains of a deported African culture, thus refusing the fantasy of a return to a pure and pre-colonial spirit.
In the film Ouvertures by the Living and the Dead Ensemble, a group of young Haitian actors and poets recompose a history of a possible future in the toxic environment of the island today. Faced with a dominant history, that imposes its order and chronology of events, proposes its own narrators and expels the undesirables, the film refuses to take the same position: the revolutionary heroes are thus decomposed, and the singular narrator leaves its place to the cacophony of the choral voice as a way to speak and feel disorder. The film trembles and undoes time, through its double heritage of Édouard Glissant and the Haitian Spiralist poet Frankétienne.


20.03.19 at 6.30 pm
Le Confort Moderne (Poitiers)
Aux nos ancêtres (To our futur ancestors)
Lecture with Ana Vaz

Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Tours
Seminar : Hiérarchies et politiques du vivant.
Regards croisés de l’art et des sciences humaines et sociales sur l’humanité et la bestialité

21.03.19 : D’un corps paysage / Olivier Marboeuf
En traversant des fragments de textes d’auteurs caribéens tels que Patrick Chamoiseau ou Frankétienne, Olivier Marboeuf explore la possibilité d’une identité paysage dont serait porteuse la poésie créole, espace où se diffracte la voix du narrateur, où la cacophonie et l’écho participent d’une manière chorale de dire. Le conteur créole dans le geste de la spirale ramasse les temps et peuple le présent des détails oubliés, laissés pour compte. Il rôde à la lisière de l’ombre redit une histoire peuplée de présences et de formes de vie. Il fabrique un cinéma de la sensation, un corps paysage.


D’une matière dangereuse et autres textes
Lecture at Synesthésie (France – 93)

Lecture with Ana Vaz and Nuno da Luz (sound) at Sonic Acts (Amsterdam)



12 janvier / January 12th (4 – 7 pm)
THE NEW ALPHABET / Haus der Kulturen der Welt – Berlin
Lecture « From a dangerous matter » as part of « Looming Creole » an installation-performance conceived by Filipa César


OPENING 10.01.2019 19:00

11.01.–26.01. 2019 Daily 14:00–19:00
WITH Hera Chan &  Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin, Mandy El-Sayegh, Nilbar Güreş, Natasha Mendonca, Markues, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Pallavi Paul, Luiza Prado, Tabita Rezaire, Bahia Shehab, Sheida Suleimani, Ana Vaz, Helen Zeru,   Pamela Z
Colonial Neighbours will be in conversation with Sepideh Rahaa

WITH Hera Chan, Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin, Alexis Chan & Nhu Duong, Övül Durmuşoğlu, Jeannette Ehlers, Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Karina Griffith, Shuruq Harb, Juliana Huxtable, Olivier Marboeuf and Ana Vaz, Jota Mombaça, Valeria Montti Colque, Pallavi Paul, Luiza Prado, Sepideh Rahaa, Tara Transitory & Nguyễn Baly, Airi Triisberg, Mikey Woodbridge and Lucio Vidal.