A compiled collective glossary of terms, methods, and ways of working that together embody the individual, collective, and crossover forms of research and practice that lay the foundations for SoC 2021.
atender a los llamados - respond to the callings
The act of getting yourself lost in possible relations, spectrums, and calls. The possibility to take a stroll in yourself to listen to what inner cravings, unanswered questions, and interests drive your curiosity. Listen, map, and respond to these calls.
Impasse refers to the feeling of being stuck in a dead end street. A feeling of not moving forward or backward, emotional situations that often originate in social inequality, marginalization. This assumed starting point give emergence to questions in queer theory and politics and the various practices in which these questions are addressed.
 Halberstam, Jack, and Et al. I is for Impasse. Berlin: B_Books, 2015.
‘A document that has been written on and erased over and over again; and it is the business of the field archaeologist to decipher it. The features concerned are of course the roads and field boundaries, the woods, the farms and other habitations, and all the other products of human labour; these are the letters and words inscribed on the land. But it is not easy to read them because, whereas the vellum document was seldom wiped clean more than once or twice, the land has been subjected to continual change throughout the ages.’
 G. S. Crawford, Archaeology in the Field, (London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1970) 51.
One cannot define what it is, but can experience it in many ways - and that's what's so special about it
The word protocol originates from the ancient Greek prōtokollon, from prōtos "first" and kolla "glue". It was originally the first sheet of a papyrus roll displaying its date of manufacture. The word ended up being used to hint at the whole document. In the 19th century it was used to refer to the etiquette observed by the Head of State in France. Thus it became a word that indicates an abstract code of conduct, a set of rules.
A protocol can be a pre-existing agreement that guides the way people behave and relate to each other. It can be explicit and flexible. In computer science, for example, it is a set of rules and a language that defines the way information is exchanged between devices. A protocol can exist in the material form of a document, such as a script to be performed, or a document describing rules of engagement.
In architectural theory, Keller Easterling describes a protocol as “any means of formatting and instructing an environment with an organisational procedure that can imply a set of constraints governing timing, organisation, interactivity.” Departing from this frame, Aristide Antonas and Thanos Zartaloudis argue that even if a protocol consists of a closed set of replicable rules, it is admittedly understood as fabricated and therefore ductile: it can be challenged and modified. They continue by stating that “a protocol’s frame is then characterised by an unconditional acceptance of performing in common without, however, requiring essential belonging.” Their following point is that as every action in life is scripted in a protocol, being aware of the protocol makes it possible to perceive the script as an empty recipient of new and different performances.
As such, one could argue that the specific protocols of silence and speech that belong to different social contexts, fall within the category of “hegemonic practices.” In the words of Chantal Mouffe, these are “the practices of articulation through which a given order is created and the meaning of social institutions is fixed. According to this approach, every order is the temporary and precarious articulation of contingent practices. Things could always be otherwise.”
Keller Easterling, “Behind the Screen: Partial Glossary”, in Suspension, Documenta X, eds. Jordan Crandall and Keller Easterling (Berlin: Edition Schellmann, 1997).
Aristide Antonas and Thanos Zartaloudis, “Protocols,” in AA files 7 (2019)
Aristide Antonas and Thanos Zartaloudis, “Protocols for a Life of the Ordinary,” e-flux. https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/positions/204038/protocols-for-a-life-of-the-ordinary/ (Accessed: 3 November 2020).
Chantal Mouffe is a Belgian political theorist, formerly teaching at University of Westminster. She is known for her post-Marxist political inquiries drawing on Gramsci, post-structuralism and theories of identity.
Chanta Mouffe, Agonistics: Thinking the World Politically, (London and New York: Verso, 2013), E-Pub.
This is a refusal. A Refusal to theorize, to put into academic words, to reference human scholars.
Care practice, free exchange and collective sharing. The ability to create alliances between worlds, learning from the vegetal realm, laying on the ground denying the private property.
Pedagogical practices aimed at enabling fluid and interconnected education informed by the structure of the rhizome, proposed by Deleuze and Guattari (1998). Opposite of goal-directed, hierarchical forms of learning.
Synchronicities are constellations of events that share a resonance of meaning, and yet are not connected by conventionally observable causation. They defy logic and yet are experienced as meaningful coincidences - events on the outside that speak to something on the inside.
Translation is the effort of finding an equivalent meaning of a text, idea, or object existing in one form with the purpose of converting it into another form of existence.
WALKING: A decolonial practice in building the pluriverse, a world in which many worlds fit. In our movement, we don’t only move and work, but we play and narrate with a multiplicity of beings in place. Walking as a sensitive practice to change our understanding of our environment is at the same an effective practice of caring towards the nonhuman. It creates an affective involvement.