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Ästhetik der Dekolonisierung. Das Magazin Souffles (1966-1972)

Applicant Mersch Dieter
Number 153017
Funding scheme Project funding
Research institution Departement Kulturanalysen und Vermittlung Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK
Institution of higher education Zurich University of the Arts - ZHdK
Main discipline Arts
Start/End 01.12.2014 - 30.09.2016
Approved amount 179'402.00
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Keywords (5)

Radical Aesthetics; Post-Colonialism; Decolonization; Art and Politics; Transculturality

Lay Summary (German)

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Ästhetik der Dekolonisierung. Das Magazin Souffles (1966-1972)Das Projekt untersucht die Rolle von Künsterldiskursen und transationalen Solidaritätsbewegungen für die, in Marokko von 1966-72 viertelhärlich veröffentlichte Zeitschrift "souffles" als Zeugnis post-kolonialer Ästhetik.
Lay summary
„Ästhetik der Dekolonisierung. Das Magazin Souffles (1966-1972)

Das Forschungsprojekt untersucht die in Marokko von 1966-72 veröffentlichte viertel Jahres Zeitschrift „Souffles“ als Zeugnis einer post-kolonialen Ästhetik.  „Souffles“ wie seine arabische Ausgabe „Anfas“ wurde in der Forschung bislang als ein herausragendes Literaturmagazin der marokkanischen Hochmoderne hervorgehoben. Das vorliegende Projekt erweitert diese Perspektive indem es die zentrale Rolle von bildenden KünstlerInnen für die Konstituierung der Zeitschrift sowie den Einfluss länderübergreifende Solidaritätsbewegungen in den Fokus nimmt. Die Zeitschrift „Souffles“ wird so als  Knotenpunkt, Medium und Schnittstelle der intellektuellen, politischen und künstlerischen Produktion einer postkolonialen Subjektivität verstanden. Im Projekt werden konkrete Beziehungen und Transfers zwischen radikalen Kunstpraktiken und transnationalen Diskursen und Unabhängigkeitsbewegungen wie der ‚Trikontinentale’ kartiert, durch die der Entwurf für eine postkoloniale Ästhetik ermöglicht wurde. Das Forschungsprojekt  wird mit einer Reihe von öffentlichen Veranstaltungen, Ausstellungen und einer Publikation ein Netzwerk zwischen ExpertInnen und Institutionen aus Europa und Nord-Afrika aufbauen.
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Publications

Publication
“Souffles”, from Internationalism to Cosmopolitanism“
Karakayali Serhat, “Souffles”, from Internationalism to Cosmopolitanism“, in Laabi Jocelyne Laabi Abdellatif (ed.), edition du Sirocco, Casablanca.
Aesthetics of Decolonization – The Magazine “Souffles” (1966–1972)
von Osten Marion, Aesthetics of Decolonization – The Magazine “Souffles” (1966–1972), in Études Asiatiques, Zeitschrift der Schweizerischen Asiengesellschaft - Revue de la Société Suisse-As.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Center for Post-Colonial Knowledge and Culture Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Tricontinentale.net Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Hebbelsches Theater am Ufer (HAU) Individual talk Souffles as a radical aesthetical praxis 04.10.2016 Berlin, Germany Karakayali Serhat;
Conference „Retours a "Souffles" Talk given at a conference Souffles et les mouvements anticoloniale lusophone 08.04.2016 Rabat, Morocco Karakayali Serhat;
Symposium „The Eros Effect: Art, Solidarity Movements and the Struggle for Social Justice“ Talk given at a conference Marion von Osten, Mathieu Abonnenc: „Tricontinentale Net – Prospects and Projects“ 17.10.2015 Stockholm, Sweden Schmidt von Osten Marion;
ERG Brussels Talk given at a conference L’esthétique radicale dans le magazine marocain d’avant-garde Souffles“, ERG Brussels, 6.2.2015 06.02.2015 Brüssel, Belgium Schmidt von Osten Marion;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Internal Workshop „Aesthetics of Decolonization” at Ith Zürich 27.03.2015 Zürich, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Video/Film Video Interview with Abdellatif and Jocelyn Laabi, published on www.tricontinentale .net International 2016

Abstract

The proposed research project aims to study the magazine Souffles, published in Rabat, Morocco from 1966-1972 as a node, medium and interface in the intellectual, political and artistic production of a postcolonial subjectivity. The magazine Souffles was one of the major building grounds to define new concepts of radical aesthetics in the era of decolonization, constantly negotiating the limits between imposed and reinvented traditions. The research will be based on the assumption that aesthetical concepts are deeply intertwined with modes of politics and subjectivation. In this sense, we understand following the work of Jacques Rancière and others, that aesthetics in a broader sense deal with the relationship between bodies and spaces in time and are thus concerned with the question of how to assemble a social body. (Rancière 2004a, 2004b) Starting point of the research project is the magazine’s unique composition. Launched a decade after the independence and the retreat of French troops from Morocco, it was both a magazine for literature, visual arts and politics and at the same time a national, a francophone and a “tri-continental” periodical. Its hybrid and transnational character is related with one of the main subjects of debate in the magazine: Artists and intellectuals were deeply concerned with the awkward position for aesthetic production brought about by both the colonial past and the conservative cultural politics of the succeeding postcolonial regimes. For this reason the research divides in two interrelated projects: One will be concerned with textual and visual expressions that search for a radical renewal of contemporary aesthetics. This study will focuses especially on so far under researched contributions by visual artists in Souffles. This search for aesthetics as a building ground for a new society can also be described as the problem of the creation of a post-subaltern subjectivity. The other subproject studies the emerging transnational space of this new “becoming” (Deleuze, Guattari,1986) in the context of the “Tricontinentale” movement of which Souffles was a professed part, with a focus on the concept and practice of “solidarity” in the invention of postcolonial subjectivity both in the former colonies as in the societies of the West. Going beyond existing studies of Souffles that mainly looked on its relevance on literature production in Morocco, the planned research project will broaden the perspective on the participations of visual arts and transnational solidarity movements. Before this background a series of interviews with central protagonists from the Souffles Action Committee will be conducted. Moreover, the project will study concretely encounters, relations and transfers between radical art practice and anti-colonial politics and the transnational context in which new aesthetic proposals emerged. Finally, the project will ask how and what ways the transnational production of the magazine and its contribution had an effect in the extra-semiotic reality. As an effect of the research project a network of partners in Switzerland, Morocco and France will be built followed by a series of public events, a small-scale exhibition and a publication.
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