Dec. 20, 2022
The first call for entries for the end of the world has been announced, in which 13 videos have been selected and will form part of HAMACA's catalog to be archived, documented and distributed at the national and international level. The selection criteria were based on the relevance and interest of the pieces as individual and autonomous audiovisual artifacts, and their relevance to be incorporated into the archive both as significant elements of experimental audiovisual and in relation to the theme of the call. But attention has also been paid to the tensions, resonances and transversal questions among the set of selected pieces.
The end of the world has already been, many worlds have already ended, and the worldly as we want to understand it is something as radically material and operative as it is fictional and therefore generative. And thanks to the multitude of perspectives and sensibilities brought to the shores of HAMACA by the participating filmmakers, we have managed to broaden the prevailing univocal, singular, presentist and terminating notion of the end of the world. The call stated that "(t)he disappointment and anguish towards the future has spread tremendously; the search for a framework of security, stability or simplicity repeatedly leads to conflicting binarisms; post-truth and information manipulation strategies are giving more and more room for conspiratorial thinking; distrust in the institution of science is spreading - the institution of science itself has not kept up with the socio-political thinking of the times. The climate crisis is an urgency to be addressed and circumstances allow it to become another field of speculation for neoliberalism or what is known as "green capitalism". Likewise, the intensity and speed to which geophysical and social changes are subject, as well as the process of degradation of planetary resources, promotes a sense of loss of meaning". The selection gathers backward and sideways extensions of that statement, in a not necessarily linear time, understanding that with the developmentalism of the 80's and 90's worlds have already ended, that colonial violence has undoubtedly managed to end many worlds and yet at the same time new ones, that the normative capacitative and expertocentric worlds end with the ontoepistemic crises in series and from there emerge subjectivations, techniques and other communities such as the diskas, the legas, the enebé. That, perhaps also from the audiovisual archives and as Paz Peña says, "we can embrace a sustainable present and an affirmative future and think of a technology intimately entangled with the social fabric and with ourselves: a technology for our adaptation to multiple ends" (Paz Peña O., 2022).
From the jury, composed by Toni Navarro, Jara Rocha and the HAMACA team, we consider that the representation of the ends of worlds -desired or undesirable- continues to be key in the contemporary analysis of reality, especially in the current semiopolitical cycle where from ultraconservative positions a series of ecocidal, fascist and technosolutionist discourses continue to monopolize the areas of greatest visibility. We are glad to have received so many materials and productions that, with different politics, scales and aesthetics, offer new reflections around the socio-political crisis of the patriarchal-colonial petro-capitalist regime.
The selected works are:
See the full catalogue at https://hamacaonline.net/titles/