The Liquid Gates of Time

EXTRACT is an online section where we share some of the texts published by Temblores Publicaciones, Terremoto’s publishing house. We present the sixth extract of this section, LIFEFORCE: Now I Am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds by The Immovable Tâm Liêu Âm, published on the occasion of the exhibition The Liquid Gates of Time, presented at the Rubin Center at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2021. This catalog seeks to account for the works produced by “-O-“. Through their practice, the collective exposes the extractive and violent nature of border institutions, as well as the nation-states themselves when it comes to naming otherness and their stories.

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  1. The subject, pierced by multiple sides, is forced to recompose through a concoction of porno-misery, criminalization and pity. Equitable conditions to name the subject-object are rendered by its incapacity to unveil itself from the screen it is framed within. Subjugation to the automatic cancellation of its ontic capacities becomes the norm, the relational stance to the world, abandoning to succumb to the desperation, against imposed categorization.

  2. Editors’ note: Originally written in Sanskrit, this is one of the most popular verses in the Hindu writing Bhagavad-gītā. Enigmatic in its meaning, this verse has also been brought to popular culture after being quoted by one of those considered creators of the atomic bomb, in 1945. In these lines, interpretations vary; in this case, the authors could be pointing to the possibilities of non-linear time as a determinant and source of power of life, as well as the starting point for radical imagination.


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