On General Antagonism
Praising Informal Interstices

Curatorial Residency at The Lab PANDEO Mexico City

A public conversation on infiltration and hostile intelligence as critical implement, taking the cue from the ultimate debate on blackness and fugitive logics, as theorized by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten. Their notion of Undercommons as social refusal to stagnant politics is rooted in daily actions like talking, walking, working, dancing, and suffering, which establish forms of knowledge in themselves. In this regard, Mexico City embodies ‘self-organised ensembles of social life’, which produce their own unregulated dis-order. Its blackness resides in the informal interstices where neither colonialism nor white market can seep into. Do these sites just epitomize chaos and disobedience or do they disclose counter narratives, questioning state-approved and/or market-oriented actions? Considerations and observations originating from this study session with artist Eduardo Abaroa, Carlos Amorales, and participants eventuate in a ‘carta abierta’. 

As part of the event, a screening of The Heavy of Your Body Parts and The Cool Air of the Air Condition by Scottish artist Ross Little (Glasgow, 1989) will be presented. Filmed over a cruise ship voyage, this documentary incorporates cinematic shots and rough moving images to investigate on globalized labour force and the condition of economic migrants. While the first section conflates the polarized experience of digital nomads and cruise ship subordinates, the latter presents a ship breaking in India, where scraps are re-sold in the local swap meet. The self-representation of ‘autonomous worktrotters’ collides with corporative obligation of ship breakers into a linguistic and environmental antagonism. On this occasion, Ross Little agreed to sell bootlegs of the movie The Heavy of Your Body Parts and The Cool Air of the Air Condition in Tepito street market, as time-based intervention on informal film distribution.

Photo Credits Abraham Cr
This event is part of the Lab Program in  partnership with Pandeo, Aeromoto, and Frontera 115 (Mexico City). Aeromoto also invited Giulia Colletti to take part in Las Mesas Curadas. Special Thanks to: Carlos Amorales; Miguel Cinta Robles; Valeria Montoya