The museum as tragedy, as clinic
Between 2015 and 2017, the Goethe-Institut São Paulo organized a series of gatherings called “Museal Episodes”, bringing together museum-based and independent curators to discuss the future of museums. The following text briefly reports on these gatherings as exercises in institutional analysis, interpreting and questioning the actions and transformations of museological work.

Humboldt Spezial: Episoden des Südens

This special edition of the Humboldt Magazine - Episodes of the South closes the project held by the Goethe-Institut in South America for three years.​

“The Other Way Around” in Essen

Ultimately, everything that determines our thinking and existence is in a state of instability. Questions are raised, debates initiated, one’s own assumptions critically examined. Lilly Busch reports on the Ruhrtriennale in Essen.

New Perspective(s)

The decolonialisation of thought is the declared aim of Episodes of the South. The many-voiced project by the Goethe-Instituts in South America visualises perspectives of the Global South. At the Ruhrtriennale, artists, sociologists and art historians met at PACT Zollverein, conducted dialogues with objects and approached the subject matter artistically and musically.

Forest Utopias

During their Forest Utopias residency in the rainforest of Colombia’s Departamento del Chocó, participants deal artistically with the region and its inhabitants. Here, we present the work of some of the resident artists.

Jota Mombaça speaks to Paul B. Preciado in Athens
“We have to understand where we are located and try to act from this position”

The Museum Today: Troublemaker

Researcher, critic and curator, Marcelo Rezende, part of the Museal Episode team, talks about the future of the museum as an institution, reflects on the choice of Athens as host city for discussions on the subject and asks: "How do we we first decolonize thought, so we can then decolonize the museum?"

Does something like global feminism exist? What issues concern women in different regions of the world? What is the relationship between feminist activists of different generations? An interview with the Italian-American philosopher Silvia Federici.

Does something like global feminism exist? What issues concern women in different regions of the world? What is the relationship between feminist activists of different generations? An interview with the Italian-American philosopher Silvia Federici.

Photo from Arjun Appadurai: Wikicommons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)
Arjun Appadurai:

“I realized that the relevant issue was the rich versus the poor”

The historian Patrícia Oliveira takes a stroll down memory lane in São Paulo’s Bexiga neighborhood, to remember how significant this particular street has been as a source of knowledge about the Black and immigrant populations’ contributions to the construction of the country.

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Learning from the South

Quinn Latimer, Editor-in-Chief of documenta 14 Publications, speaks about the South as a learning process, documenta’s public programme taking place in Athens and language as a liberating act.

Grada Kilomba
When words are displaced from the colonial subconscious

The psychoanalyst and cultural critic Suely Rolnik interviews the Portuguese artist Grada Kilomba, whose works are part of the 32nd São Paulo Biennale.

The Camerronian philosopher talks about xenophobia, nationalism, the foreign's situation, the risks of “single cultures” and spaces to articulate the difference.

The appointed curator of the 10th Berlin Biennale in 2018, Gabi Ngcobo, speaks about postcolonialism and the importance of revisiting history.

What form do colonial ghosts take? How is coloniality present in the bodily relationship marked by the racialized geopolitical? – asks Jota Mombaça.

At the invitation of the Goethe-Institut, Brazilian writer Veronica Stigger wrote an essay for the "Episódios do Sul" project website.​
South of no north

ARTE!Brasileiros interviewed Solange Farkas, founder and director of Southern Panoramas Festival, and Marina Fokidis, founder and editor of the magazine, South as a State of Mind, which has temporarily become the documenta 14 journal until the opening of the event. They talked about what the concept of global south means in a world which is in a constant state of becoming. Fokidis is a guest speaker of the IV ARTE!Brasileiros International Seminar which takes place alongside the São Paulo Biennale.

Foto: Luigi Novi CC-BY-3.0
Binyavanga Wainaina: "my true self"

The Kenyan writer approaches the subject of his “coming out” not only from a socio-political perspective, but also – and mainly – from a very personal point of view.

Foto: Private archive

“Europe and its position in the future world” from a Southern perspective

The coordinator and the production director of the Episode New Diasporas talk about the phase of the project happening in Senegal, situating this new season in the context of the previous episode, produced in Haiti.

“I thought I knew where the south is”

How can we find new perspectives on art, science and culture without passing on Eurocentric perceptions? How can we bring about decolonization in thinking? The project Episodes of the South by the Goethe-Instituts in South America explores new perceptions of art and culture and demonstrates new directions for the dialogue of countries in the global south.

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Between improvisation and disctanced sparkle

The Goethe-Instituts in South America are taking part in documenta 14 with several projects including the Capacete residency programme in Rio de Janeiro, which offers artists a ten-month stay in Athens. Six of the residents now report on Athens and their initial experiences in the city.

Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi
Jota Mombaça

“You have to offer something that is so powerful that you can jump over this huge gap between the educated elite and a non-educated population”.

Artist’s atlases
On borders and fictional cartographies

Is it possible to envisage the world from a different spatial and geographical perspective? A number of artists have created their own maps using a wide variety of methods: places that emerge through sounds, countries without borders, or fictional cartographies.