Errant Journal is a cultural/political publication loosely inspired by Édouard Glissant´s notion of the Poetics of Relation in which he opposes ideas of centers, linearity, roots and dichotomy. Errant, meaning both ‘deviating from an accepted norm’ and ‘wandering’, represents a way of breaking free from the idea of identity based on origin and the possibility to possess a totality of knowledge. It is never the goal to know everything, to see and understand something in its entirety. Instead, a person who is ‘errant’ rejects the universal and challenges the idea that the world is transparent and explainable.
By being a ´journal´ we mimic the academic standard, while our content aims to stretch the limits of how knowledge is ‘officially’ and ‘correctly’ produced. Different Englishes, academic and embodied knowledge, intuition and the poetic all find their place on our pages. Although our background is in art, we do not see art as a special or separate category of human knowledge and production but rather as one of many options to consider our worlds. Our journal therefore plays on the phonetic of an errant journey: a kind of wandering that is neither aimless nor directed at a clear goal or on a well defined path.
Errant Journal is a concept by Irene de Craen, realised in collaboration with Framer Framed, an Amsterdam-based platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Errant is published twice a year, and is supported by a programme of public events and podcasts.