JUNE 29TH — JULY 17TH                   

Inertia(noun),
1— a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged.

2— (physics) property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.


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We are supposed to be stuck in an endless feeling of waiting, waiting for a horrible(s) process(ese) to end. Life has been put on hold due to a peculiar agent, the virus, an entity, not quite alive, not quite death. The narrative(s) of fear spreads everywhere, the others are the threat, they are potential agents of contagion. We are facing hyperstimulation of the social imaginary of the virus as a pathogen, as an infectious agent. This narrative leaves aside the power of the viral agent as a condition of possibility of horizontal transfer of the genetic material and, therefore, of microbial evolution. The virus itself has the agency to spread and re-produce, and in this particular limbo between life and death, it can be understood as a dark force of evolution.
        In a context of exceptionality where a large part of the political decisions are taken in relation to the potency of the virus, what do we know about its agential condition? How can we understand the narratives and technologies of (bio)control and (bio)protection have been displayed in order to stop the spread of the virus?

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This proposal seeks to address (bio)practices as triggers that challenge responsibilities as collective agents capable of making transitions between multiple levels of political, material and conceptual organisation. We will speculate on (bio)practices as a form(s) of “continuous weaving”, as worlding laboratories, exploring the emancipatory powers of biotechnologies and generate different scenarios as a strategy to provide critical tools through which to refer to human-non-human entanglement(s) and different possibilities of response_ability.



Biofriction is a research project with the goal of generating and facilitating spaces for exchange where artists, curators, theoreticians and different social collectives, such as activists and educational projects, can collaborate in transdisciplinary experimental proposals that offer practical alternatives to existing problems in contemporary Europe, such as the rise of essentialist discourses that launch not only a worrying discourse but also policies of marginalisation and exclusion.
This Working Group will be taken care of by Laura Benítez, researcher and coordinator of Biofriction.










Mark