Bluecoat: The Liquid Club #1: Exchanging Perspectives by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro
Times: 18:30 - 19:45
The Liquid Club #1: Exchanging Perspectives by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro
The Liquid Club is a new reading group which invites collective thinking and will drive the development of Liverpool Biennial 2020. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, this mobile platform will be activated at different venues across Liverpool. On each occasion, reading material including texts, films and music will be distributed in advance online.
Departing from the Brazilian anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and his Amazonian epistemologies, our first discussion will focus on rethinking the body beyond its concrete physical boundaries.
Take the molecule as an instance. It enters our body as we eat or breathe, or it is absorbed by our skin. It is transgressed. Can we tell at what exact moment that molecule becomes part of our bodies? Can we tell when it will cease to exist? It is hard to say. Exactitude becomes a challenge and the boundary between inside and outside becomes unclear.
In Western thought, we tend to think of the skin as the ultimate frontier of our bodies. It functions as a shell that separates our inner life – the self and the mind – from the outside world – society and nature. But, the skin is flexible and porous… and so are we. Like the molecule, let us recall that bodies are part of nature – like a river, an animal or a cloud – inasmuch as they are cultural formations. Our bodies are not autonomous, rational and universal, but rather multidimensional in constant interaction with people, animals, plants, artefacts, images and technologies that fabricate our contemporary world. And let us remind ourselves how often fixations function as impositions and how setting boundaries were a colonial tool.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro (b. 1951) is a Brazilian anthropologist and professor at Brazil’s National Museum under the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He has previously taught at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, University of Chicago and University of Cambridge. He is the author of many publications on anthropology and ethnology, includingHumanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society (1992), The Amazon: Ethnology and Indigenous History (1993) and The Inconstancy of the Wild Soul and other essays on Anthropology (2002).
The Liquid Club is free and open at all. Please note spaces are limited and advance booking is essential.