by Édouard Glissant
A beautiful dialogue between Glissand and the curator Hans Ulrish Obrist.
I still believe that the future lies not with the great powers, but with the little islands, lands, and cities.
Globality versus Globalization
- Globality does not homogenize culture. It produces a difference from which new things can emerge. (22)
- Globalization standardizes and dilutes. It reduces communities to a single model, attacking them from the top down, diminishing them.
- “a world of many worlds” as quoted by the Chiapas
- they desire a creole — a mixed Mexico
- Creolization is the means by which several distinct cultures or their elements, come into contact in a particular place in the world (contact languages enable this)
- Distinction between multiethnic (where many cultures exist but are distinct) and creole (where many cultures mix and form new ones)
Utopia is what is missing to us in the world — and thus it is never complete
- If we imagine utopia as a finished work, then we’re continuing the old debates, we’re continuing the old science, and we’re continuing the old demands.
- Why we need to continue to write new shared fiction
- Utopias cannot have norms. When we have norms, we banish to hell anything that does not fall within the rule of that utopia.
- To reach utopia, we must accept that our world changes radically and perpetually, and that it changes with us and in us. We should reject stasis and and immutable.
Utopia is a feeling: an ability to sense that all is entangled