DE TING WEH E DO CACAO NA E GO DO CAFÉ.
On Sowing and Reaping, of Holistic Overstandings of Cultures
At Bandjoun Station in Cameroon
WITH Roland Fomundam, Dorothée Tong Grâce, Comfort Musa, Anrette Ngafor, Hervé Yamguen, Doueng dance group, Dandji dance group, Enama Leon, Jeannot Domchie, Tito Valéry, Asafor Emmanuel, Henry Kah, Tally Mbok, Gohla Loveline, Zack Ndam, Père Theodore, Louise Abomba Houngue, Linus Kwokom, Bobo Leennox Art
With these INVOCATIONS in collaboration with Bandjoun Station, we open our project UNRAVELING THE (UNDER-)DEVELOPMENT COMPLEX OR TOWARDS A POST- (UNDER-)DEVELOPMENT INTERDEPENDENCE – AN ODE TO WALTER RODNEY’S “HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA” 50 YEARS ON (1972–2022) which celebrates Walter Rodney’s How Europe Underdeveloped Africa fifty years after its publication, while asking the question: How can we imagine a Post-(under)development World?
By relating Rodney’s seminal work to the dependency theorists, as much as to the post-development advocates like Ivan Illich, Gustavo Esteva, Wolfgang Sachs, Arturo Escobar or Majid Rahnema, to the struggles of ecofeminists of degrowth like Maria Mies, Amaia Pérez Orozco, Chandra Talpade Mohanty – among many others, this project is a daring effort to analyze the status quo and imagine a world that doesn’t exist in the binary of “development” and “underdevelopment”. The project will be choreographed to manifest itself as a two-fold series of research, exhibitions, performances, lectures, workshops around the myths of “development” and “underdevelopment” as well as imagining and crafting a Post-(under)development world.
With this project we aim at shaping a network of activists, sonic agitators, scholars, artists and designers, political economists and practitioners, to share knowledge across languages as well as sonority to imagine and shape together a post developmental age. A pluriverse of interdependent imaginations, visions and strategies, away from capitalist and industrial productivity and toward transformative conviviality.
Collaboration This chapter is a collaboration with Bandjoun Station. Warm thanks to Barthélemy Toguo and his team.
Funding Funded by the TURN2 Fund of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). Funded by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media).