Bases of the call Scroll. En Negre. Centro Cultural Las Cigarreras
The digital refers us to disembodied images, capable of being distributed in an infinite scroll, where photos, events, comments, news, and ads are presented to us in a personalized algorithmic way, with a download that anticipates our desire and stops as a result of our own abandonment, probably due to boredom. The glossy screens, reflective and without folds, appear as aesthetic metaphors of this disembodiment, of the inner emptiness and the fomo generated by the logic of endless consumption of the continuous updating of the feed and the likes.
Scroll is presented on this occasion as an invitation to explore the space between the apparently innocent technophilia and the dark dystopias of technophobia. A break with binary thinking, which categorizes reality in a dual, opposite, and hierarchical way. A vindication of artistic practices as a place of radical experimentation to reimagine the infinite verticality of the scroll and explore structures that relate in a rhizomatic way through bodies that require other bodies connected by networks of mutual care.
We remember the technoutopists of the seventies, who, drenched in LSD and smoked in THC, dreamed of and created autonomous and horizontal networks conceiving technology as an ally of the commons and counterculture. An idea that xenofeminisms have picked up and connected with the transgender movement, both being able to use technological tools to their advantage from the perspective of self-management.
We learn from feminist science fiction and Afrofuturisms and their ability to raise hypotheses from the perspective of gender, class and race; to project spaces of metamorphosis and transmutation; to propose stories capable of changing history; to place ourselves in a propositional place of revolt, insurrection and threat to the persistence of the system. We connect with Donna Haraway and her proposal of using fabulations as tools to think in a situated way about rationality, progress and the universal; to reimagine a present in the face of the threats of climate change, the annihilation of species, and new forms of feudalism.
We also turn to posthumanist feminism, cyberfeminism and anti-capitalist and anti-racist ecofeminism, to rethinking human, non-human and more-than-human bodies, recognizing the legacy of indigenous thought and the decolonial struggle from a practice that affirms itself inseparable from the attention to eco-social issues.
We believe in the capacity of art to find the cracks in the system, to enter into them and occupy them, to take advantage of the errors of the apparatus to generate new rules of the game, to retake the digital space through glitches, to vindicate the use of technology as emancipatory.