We are pleased to publish the editorial charter of our 19th issue, which will be in circulation from November 2, 2020 to March 8, 2021. This edition, entitled Planetary Solidarity, seeks to interrogate the multiples times that we have to live through the experience of a South/South dialogue following the flows that involve the Ring of Fire.
November 2, 2020 – March 8, 2021
We inhabit geographies that are the result of the incessant flows and rhythms of those dialogues that the oceans, storms, volcanoes and earthquakes have sustained for millions of years. Our existence is immersed in cycles of endless symbiotic exchanges; geopoetics: vital languages that contain a palimpsest that records the traces of multiple inhabitants in reciprocity and correspondence. In spite of this—and following artist and philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva—we are conditioned to a decadent world that makes its way through compulsive separation: space/time, body/mind/soul, past/present/future, human/nature, civilization/barbarism, North/South, I/others: modern-colonial logic that has hijacked and conditioned the possibility of other to maintain a system of division, extraction, and exploitation. What sensible paths will allow an ethic to achieve a world where many worlds fit?
In this issue of Terremoto, we want to spark deep conversations about being together and being different in the context of South-South exchanges between previously colonized countries. Evoking the Ring of Fire that relates Southeast Asia and South America, let’s place ourselves in a particular geopoetic connection through that ocean that, contrary to the colonial view that named it as a peaceful body of water, its in constant movement. Among the waves of the Pacific Ocean, wisdom and knowledge reverberate; premonitions of the possible: a world where the Earth heals because our communities are healed as a result of planetary solidarity. What are the possible paths of resistance and places of refuge in the face of the destruction of the planet? What role do artistic thinking and practices play in this?
The idea of planetary solidarity seeks to combine critical-reflective approaches on friendship, the common, the community and the collective—alliances and complicities—to recognize ourselves through actions against the systems of oppression in their specific forms according to our particular contexts. How to heal the wounds of the modern/colonial system in our communities regarding our sensitive relationships with the planet? How to rethink what is understood as difference? In what ways do we recognize ourselves as Others? How do artistic practices can cooperate in restoring a sensibility beyond-the-human?