If Singularities, singular, became Singularities, plural (2017)

Lecture-performance presented at Transmediale 2017, in collaboration with Luiza P. Part of the Singularities panel, curated and moderated by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke. Joining us on this panel were also Dorothy R. Santos and Rasheedah Phillips.

The bomb, singular,
Is hurled at us, plural,
In timed steps
In rhythmic explosions

We scream, plural,
We hit back, too,
Plural
Plural
Plural
In anger
And endurance

[…]

We can remake singularity, singular
Into singularities, plural,
To make room, to make space
For ours, and those of others
Living under the same roof.

If we are to become fragments
Let these fragments be shrapnel.

Singularities (Poem)

In this performance we discuss the tensions around hyperdense gravitational pulls and acts of resistance. We see hegemonic models of singularity as narratives of and for consensus, enacted by the forceful movement of bodies towards a fabricated – and ever-elusive – “common goal.” Conversely, we see in the fragmentary and pluriversal condition of the colonised body possibilities for re-organizing reality, reframing the present into different political orders, and in so doing, carving provisional paths towards other realities. Our talk focused on one specific device as its narrative thread: the so-called “non-lethal” bombs – teargas and stun grenades – which are manufactured in Brazil, to be exported and deployed all around the world, from the violent Military Police of Brazil to the Turkish police, all the way to the Israeli Army.

A bomb explosion is slowly patched using a live coding environment (puredata), following the rhythm and flow of the spoken word. Towards the end of the performance the volume of the patch is maxed out; however, the patch is abruptly closed right before the explosion hits the audience.