A Farewell to Progress
Because this, you see, is a farewell, to ‘progress’, this is a farewell to ‘then’, to ‘there’. To ‘one day’, to ‘some day’… This is a farewell to ‘but’, to ‘maybe not’, to ‘unfeasible’, ‘impractical’, ‘non-viable’ and ‘unworkable’. A farewell to ‘logical’, to ‘rational’, to ‘well meaning’ and ‘well meant’. For our dreams will be wild, will go beyond your confident smiles, your civilising lines.
For the final Lichtspiele of 2017, artists and writers Jessica Aimufua, Caspar Jade Heinemann, Dorine van Meel, Hannah Proctor, and Wanda Vrasti come together for an evening of readings that look at the western capitalist and colonial narrative of “progress.” Pointing to the harmful underlying ideologies of progress, the contributors demand its dismantling. They ask how one can relate to a “future” if the narrative of progress is abandoned. These readings re-think not only one’s possible relations to a future, but also how one might relate to the present.
A Farewell to Progress is a project initiated by Heinemann and van Meel, with a new video installation by van Meel.