Fri, 3 October - Sat, 29 November 2014


Several locations in Cologne, Germany


The Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne cordially invites you to the first edition of PLURIVERSALE, its new biannual constellation of intercultural and interdisciplinary events.


The Academy is a loose virtual collective of art practitioners from different continents and disciplines, as well as a cultural institution and a production platform in the city of Cologne. With a focus on activating an intercultural and decolonial politics of art in this city of migrants, it seeks to operate beyond the romance of multiculturalism, fostering alternative ways of thinking and acting under increasingly troubled global conditions.


Held twice a year over two months in autumn and spring, PLURIVERSALE, consisting of site-specific projects, exhibitions, concerts, discussions, film screenings, and performative symposia, proposes an alternative to the usual rhythms of biennials and their narration of unquiet times, too often universalist and relativist at once. The format’s name refers to the concept of pluriversality as used by Enrique Dussel, Walter D. Mignolo, and other thinkers from the context of postcolonial studies—the idea that one needs not a universalist but a “pluriversal” hermeneutic to deal with a world of many entangled cosmologies, the interrelation of which are regulated by a colonial power differential. In this spirit, PLURIVERSALE can be imagined as a platform that rejects a unifying narrative in favor of a critical clustering of different “worlds,” nevertheless entangled through their critical, negative, and resistant attitudes to the power differentials of a singular modernity and its universal claim.





Sound of the Imaginary Homeland
3–5 October
Curated by Mark Terkessidis, organised by Run United Music


URXX – Ultra-red 1994–2014: Second encounter
10–14 October


The Mount of Hercules
16–20 October
An installation by Yochai Avrahami


Reports to an Academy
A non-academic symposium, performative or otherwise

17–19 October
Curated by Ekaterina Degot and David Riff 
With Haig Aivazian, Christian von Borries, Keti Chukhrov, Gabriel Dharmoo, Fadlabi and Lars Cuzner, Hu Fang, Felix Klopotek, Renzo Martens, Uriel Orlow, Our Literal Speed, Manuel Pelmus and Alexandra Pirici, Jalal Toufic, Stefan Weidner, and others


Ocotepec Odyssey
25–28 October
Sci-fi folk tales by Naomi Rincón Gallardo*
Installation, performance, and retrospective of Mexican sci-fi films of the ’60s


From Concubine to Migrant Worker? - Women in China
Colloquium curated by Tienchi Martin-Liao
7-8 November 2014


Solidarité! Solidarität! Solidarity!
Dance performance by tanz Lange
27-29 November 2014 in Cologne


The Forest and The School: Where to sit at the dinner table? 
The concept of antropofagia in Brazilian thought and its philosophical, ecological, and cosmopolitical influence

27–29 November
A project by Pedro Neves Marques
Panel discussion, launch of an anthology (Archive Books and the Academy of Arts of the World), and film program 


The Incidental Insurgents Pt.2: Unforgiving Years 
A project by Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Basel Abbas 


*Program Beneficiary of Jóvenes Creadores 2012-2013 del Fondo Nacional Para la Cultura y las Artes, México


The full program of PLURIVERSALE I will soon be published.

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