Counterspace is the first decolonial thinktank mapping cultural activism worldwide. Connecting the dots it creates the first global directory, network and social movement linking the countercultural experiences and radical culture shakers (artists, curators or both) who are creatively decolonising culture, inspiring others to join the collective machinery towards change. Apart from the countercultural directory browsable by continent, praxis and social construct, it also offers other online and offline tools and resources such as a podcast, panels, experimental labs, online and printed publications.
Oppression works alike everywhere, is intersectional, overlapping and inflicted by a hierarchical power very much interested in keeping and promoting divides to sustain the privilege structure. As Guy Debord did with his ‘Critique of Separation’ based on his book ‘Society of Spectacle’, disrupting and deconstructing the binaries and bias of the status quo, paving the so far non-mainstream understanding of what we have in common and unity, is the true revolutionary key of global freedom. That is why Counterspace (stemming from Rudolf Steiner definition of such) brings the conversation further beyond the -still dividing- identity politics activism scene. Believing that art/creativity is our human expressive language by excellence and the only existing counterspace to question, imagine, create and inhabit meaning and other realities. In words of James Baldwin, the only one which -unlike government and religion- has ever been able to revolution culture.
We are then deliberated to do so, but unprecedentedly, together. Taking the form of what Joseph Beuys called ‘Social Organism/Sculpture’. Where every human being is an artist who shapes his/her state of freedom. Where the position of freedom he/she experiences at first-hand learns to determine the other positions of the total art work of the future social order.
Counterspace is curated by Cristina Morales.
An Alternative Map of the Universe image is a design by Marcelo Vendramel for a public programme bringing together artists using different forms of mapping to imagine new futures curated by Niccolo Moronato, Jessica Taylor and Abbas Zahedi for Guest Projects in London, 2019. Courtesy of the curators and the International Curators Forum.