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Who bears witness for the witness?

Research project
Active research
Project owner
HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design

Short description

How can one understand a language that not only recounts a factual or potential event, but does so in a context that both lacks the relevant information, and is at epistmological and ethical odds with what is represented? The dissertation uses tools and practices of poetry and fiction in order to move beyond what is merely information, thereby altering the context so that testimony can be borne. In other words, the research project aims to understand the act of witnessing from within an artistic-literary practice. It emerges from a particular scene, where bodies and language collide with earch other, and intimacy is seemingly impossible to express with what is available for communication. The context of the project is in its broadest sense the colonial institution, where poetry and fiction prose as decolonial practices are at center stage