Errant Podcast #5, recorded 19 August 2021
Cosmopolitical experiments in/out of the museum of natural history – with Ayesha Keshani
In presenting the world as a closed totality, museums of natural history have held a powerful position in telling us what nature is, and by doing so have been a tool for the erasure of worlds. However, even the most classical museum has ‘leaky boundaries’ that point to the impossibility of delineating or excluding different worlds. In this podcast we talk with Ayesha Keshani about her project Muzium Alam; a website that presents a constellation of stories about human and other-than-human practices and politics in a coastal region in Sarawak, Borneo. The museum does not hold any objects but consists of fragments of film, audio narratives, image and text, and is made in close collaboration with friends and collaborators in Sarawak. This project is an ongoing experiment into what a pluriversal museum of natural history could be. One that does not diminish or destroy worlds, but allows for a space for many worlds and natures to exist.
Muzium Alam – https://muziumalam.org/
The sound excerpt features the voices of artists Foo May Lyn and Neyna Radzuan, text fragments drawn from the work of Tom Harrisson and Mayumi Ishikawa, and conversations with project contributors Pak Uning Laut and Alvin Danker.
Muzium Alam was made possible with the support of British Council Malaysia, and the Connections Through Culture program.
Errant Podcast #4, recorded 2 July 2021
Sahifa Journal, independent publishing in Kenya and beyond – with Ngala Chome
With historian of African history and Sahifa Journal’s managing editor Ngala Chome we talk about the importance of creative writing to capture the epistemic complexity and diversity of Africa’s lived experiences. Based in Nairobi, Sahifa is created by and for an (east) African public. Their mission is Afro-centric and eclectic. The European canon is not rejected, but decommissioned as the dominant model for knowledge production and storytelling about Africa. With historical examples such as Sahifa pamphlet in the 1930s and Kwani? Journal more recently, but also contemporary journals like Chimurenga and down river road as inspiration, Sahifa Journal aims to be a new node in the rich web of African publishing practices.
Sahifa Journal – https://www.sahifajournal.com/ |
Kwani? Journal – https://www.kwani.org/publications/kwani-journal.html
Chimurenga – https://chimurengachronic.co.za/
down river road – https://downriverroad.org/
Creator of Sahifa pamphlet (1930-1932) Sheikh Al-Amin bin Ali Mazrui
Errant Podcast #3, recorded 4 June 2021
Mídia NINJA – with Felipe Altenfelder
With Felipe Altenfelder of Mídia NINJA (an acronym for Independent Narratives, Journalism and Action), a free communication network in Brazil, we talk about how they started, as well as their structures and strategies. As a community of like-minded individuals spread throughout Brazil, they are an inspiring example of a decentralized organisation that is able to resist and subvert hegemonic narratives. Because of this, they have acquired real political power that is able to influence topics such as environmental destruction, indigenous empowerment, as well as the main political arena of Brazil.
Errant Podcast #2, recorded 10 February 2021
The pluriversity and knowledge as a weaving – with Aldo E. Ramos
In this conversation we talk with artist, traveller poet, and decolonial storyteller Aldo Ramos about his work on the pluriversity he is co-creating in Colombia. He tells about how he came to do this work, and why it is so important for the pluriversity to exist. Not in resistance to Western forms of knowledge, but as a form of re-existence. This knowledge is profoundly communal, relational and created by a weaving based on the South American concepts of sentipensar and buen vivir.
The pluriversity Aldo talks about is built and shared with many people, among others: Patricia Botero-Gomez and Natalia Giraldo Jaramillo.
Errant Podcast #1, recorded 1 November 2020
Building the Baileo – with Romy Rondeltap
In this talk with Romy Rondeltap we discuss the colonization of the Moluccas by the Dutch, and ways of healing the colonial wounds. Romy talks about her own family history, as well as her journey of rediscovering and restoring her Moluccan identity. Several years ago, she founded Building the Baileo; a non-profit organization for preserving and sharing Moluccan culture. On the Moluccas, a baileo is a shared space that is the physical and spiritual heart of the community and the location for all important events. Because it has no walls, ancestral spirits can come and go as they please. Romy’s organization functions as both a metaphor of a baileo, as well as a concrete way to educate, celebrate and share the culture.