Transmarcations: X is not for destination


The worksession Transmarcations experiments with ways to chart heres, wheres and others. This worksession situates itself at the crossing of technologies with geographies, life trajectories, bodies, terrains and deplacements.

Transmarcations invites participants from various disciplines to create prototypes, visualisations and models of speculative body-terrain combinations. Bio-mappers, artists, gender- and migration-activisten, science-hackers, cartographers, data-miners, self-quantifiers ... are welcome to experiment together with softwares, languages, bodies, navigation and other technologies. Transmarcations develops methods and practices around cartography, diagramming, mapping and technological graphical representations that create place for the extra-categorical, the complexities of contact zones in which people, terrains and other agents are related.

The actual social political context in which the worksession takes place is dystopic, and mappings and data-visualisations play their role in the continuous monitoring of people and motions. Data analyses mark exceptions as suspect. People seeking assylum need to comply with hyper-stereotypical profiles in order to be considered as refugees. Also the complete surveillance of data traffic by (inter)national security services, coupled to the extreme extend to which internet giants profile their customers, leaves little space for diagonal affinities that can widen identification beyond demarcated camps of ’us’ and ’them’ .

Experimentations that put speculation, insecurity and border crossing in the centre are urgent to generate situated, non-normative imaginations of possible alliances between bodies, trajectories and contexts. Beyond statistics and analyses, diagrams, models, charts are also means to set out new orientations, to project hybrid, fantastic, utopian desires unto a physical reality.

Inspired by situated feminist geographies we question who is looking ? who maps, and from which perspective ? Inspired by xeno-feminism, we mark an X on a map that is in continuous change. That X does not represent a destination, it stands for a logic that addresses unequal power relations between people, that propagates spaces for freedom with a richer geometry than that of the axis, the production line, the uni directional feed. We stimulate new opportunities for perceptions and actions that are not hindered by quasi-natural identities. Inspired by a queer phenomenology, we situate bodies in space and time, disturb and re-arrange, stroll off the beaten paths and develop a relational practice of disorientations, looking besides the point, out of focus, for unexpected connections between species, surroundings, objects.

Work takes place from 4 to 9 December in de Beursschouwburg in the centre of Brussels. During the week, there are public moments in the Big Hall and in the Beurscafé.

(More information about the programme and participation follows soon)

image : Attack of the panoramic jellyfish, Tom Lechner, cc-sa



La session de travail Transmarcations explore des méthodes de dessiner des cartes d’ici, d’ailleurs, autrement. Elle se situe à l’intersection des technologies avec des géographies, des trajectoires de vie, des corps, des terrains et des déplacements. Transmarcations invite des participants provenant (...)