Drawing inspiration from and propelled by studies into the entanglements between new scientific research that challenges the concept of the bounded “individual”, the collapse of dominant orders and categorisations, and the hospicing of modernity/coloniality, this research project explores (visual / textual / polyvocal) expressions of the dissolution and abolition of the concept of the “individual”.
Lynn Margulis once said: in the arithmetic of life, one is always many. Marisol de la Cadena uses the phrasing: human… but not only. That we are multispecies symbiotic assemblages requires an unlearning of habitual grammars of thinking. Replete with excesses, extending beyond skin, fur, bark: binaries like “inside” / “outside” are troubled. Selves are plural, uncontained, decentered, and polyvocal. On the other hand, Trinh T. Minh-ha’s concept of “plural I” highlights the political aspect of the individual as standing out, taking position and responsibility: an “I” that can potentially stand for many without reducing it to the crowd.
Rooting into the foundations of modernity’s grammars that shape ways of relating, and pressing into language’s inherent evolution, this research project aims to advance a necessary unlearning in ways of relating to the world, ourselves as human-bodyings, and language itself. It attempts to do this through expanded reading/writing/listening/making practices (eg. developing notational scores; claying with words and voices): interrupting, disorienting and seeking openings that gesture towards other ways of relating and worlding.
Conversation-led, collaborative, decentralised, plurally shaped: the practice reflects the research, engaging fully with the phenomenon of being more-than one. With initial conversations among Daisy Hildyard, Katrin Hahner, Rosie Heinrich and Sepideh Karami, as this collective emerges it hopes to connect with potential (un)known voices through conversations, searching into what is not included in the singular narrative of colonial modernity.