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In the light of the current pandemic and resulting travel restrictions, Wong and Krier start their quest for the pluriverse from home with Arturo Escobar’s book, Designs for the Pluriverse in hand. Through short, animated talks with thinkers and makers from different domains, they dive into four urgent themes taken from the book: autonomy, world-making, the vernacular, and (de)futuring. In this way, each talk will be connected to a specific passage of the book. Tempted to pick up this great read in preparation of future, physical travels?

You can find all Warming Up Talks here and you can access them via our instagram account that functions as a radio guide. You can also look for the talks on the podcast platform of your choice.

 “Come in, the door is open.” “ (…) We invite you to turn off the television and look at one another face-to-face: our history, our struggle, our words, which are clumsy but sincere… Turn on your flashlight and illuminate well. (…) Every freed farm, here or in any corner of the world, is a territory that adds up to reestablish the equilibrium of Uma Kiwe. It is our common house, our only one. There it is, yes: come in, the door is open.” p. 199, fragment from “Libertad para la Madre Tierra,” May 28, 2010, from the Asociación de Cabildos Indígenas del Norte del Cauca website.

In Search of the Pluriverse is more than a podcast. See the background research in the Glossary and About the Pluriverse for a taste of what is to come. Or follow the “mental weather” reflections of graphic designer Miquel Hervás Gómez in the footnotes of this web magazineNote on the webcover: Five-to-one (or one-in-five) atmospheric identity generated by real time / live sync weather reports from the different localities: a constant geo(typo)graphic system reflecting on the commonalty (or not) between the geographical coordinates. Typeface affected by the (un)likeness/(un)likely weather conditions. Listening to different (ambient) inputs such as wind intensity, temperature, humidity and daylight., and on our Instagram channel @insearchofthepluriverse. If you would like to share your thoughts about this podcast series, feel free to contact us: pluriverse@hetnieuweinstituut.nl

Acknowledgements

Arturo Escobar, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, USA, wishes to acknowledge the Zapatista cosmovision Queremos un mundo donde quepan muchos mundos (trans. we want a world in which many worlds fit), Marisol de la Cadena and Mario Blaser for co-enunciating the notion of the pluriverse.

Escobar Arturo, Designs for the PluriverseRadical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds, Durham: Duke University Press, 2018 

Biographies

Sophie Krier is a relational artist, researcher, educator and editor. Through her work she interweaves biographies of beings and places, and conceives tools and situations for collective narration and reflection. Since 2008, Krier leads Field Essays, a series of hybrid publications, which enables listening pauses between practitioners and thinkers across disciplines. In 2018, Krier initiated School of Verticality, a series of acupuncture-like activities around embodied, situated forms of knowing, in the context of a residency at Lungomare Bozen-Bolzano.

Erik Wong has a background in graphic design, teaches at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, in the TXT department and founded Wongema: a place for work, contemplation and surprising encounters in the far north of the Netherlands. Wong and Krier met at the Rietveld Academy in 2007, where they both gave shape to different departments. They joined forces in and outside the academy. Ever since, they work together whenever the universe allows it, since 2018 under the name Making Radio. They describe Making Radio as, “A (live) radio programme about what we make, why we make it, who ‘we’ are, and in the end or in the beginning, what gives and deprives us, and others, of humanity.”