14:30 - 16:00 presentation at nona arts centre | old hall

Toxic Atmospheres

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The editor-in-chief of The Funambulist, Léopold Lambert, will give a presentation on the editorial project behind the magazine’s 14th issue, “Toxic Atmospheres” (November-December 2017). He will attempt to clarify the violent and political dimension of the colonial atmosphere or “racist weather” described by the Martiniquais psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary and writer Frantz Fanon and professor Christina Sharpe within the ontological conditions described by the German philosopher and cultural theorist Peter Sloterdijk, and the political processes that constitute the breathing combat and microclimates they call for. The audience is invited to participate in this conversation.

In A Dying Colonialism (1959), Frantz Fanon describes the atmospheric dimension of colonialism which can only be opposed by a “breathing combat.” Years later, Peter Sloterdijk would speak of a new human condition that he argued had begun in the trenches in WWI, with chemical warfare: a human existence as “being in the breathable.” The work of a third thinker joins these two concepts of atmosphere: the “weather” described by Christina Sharpe in In the Wake. This is a climate that conditions power relations against Black bodies and against which one has to imagine the microclimates of the resistance.

The Funambulist is a printed and online magazine dedicated the politics of space and bodies. It offers its readers spatial perspectives on political, anti-colonialist, antiracist, queer, feminist and/or anti-ableist struggles on various scales and in various geographies of the world.

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Léopold Lambert
nona arts centre | old hall
Begijnenstraat 19
2800 Mechelen (B)