I am a music producer and an independent sociologist based in Malmö, Sweden. I make beats and appropriate space and concepts. And I find this extremley funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ-Rdaay3bI
I understand diversity as an abundant quality of life. Therefore, I am concerned with the representation of diversity - how we expect diversity to look or sounds like, or how it is best achieved. I question the constructs that we use to perceive and appreciate diversity and I investigate opportunities of, and limitations to, diversity through appropriation of space and concepts. What I find constructive with this way of working is that it centers agency and aspiration, rather than inclusion. Inclusion is always going to be conditional. Through appropriation, then, one learns about these conditions, some of which might be unintentional or simply taken for granted. My concern with the lack of diversity is about access to resources (broadly conceived). Resources that help shape aspirations and inspire new ways of thinking and doing things. Artistic and cultural practices in turn shape the questions and the intentions of knowledge production that in turn validate our understanding of life in society.
I propose a series of collaborative appropriations. These are activities and events that takes place at the Flanders Arts Institute, with groups and creatives that constitutes the local Hip-Hop community. The title - Trylatteral Agreements - is meant to evoke diplomatic connotations, where I - as an outsider - spend time in Brussels and mediate between granted resources and local aspirations. The idea is not about creating art works, it is about creating new memories, relationships and rituals. Artifacts will be consequences of shared experiences rather than the purpose. This approach will demonstrate an epistemological orientation that can be applied in other contexts as well. Ultimately, the process is relational and context dependent. Confidence in this kind of improvisation is deposited in my background in, and experiences from, Hip-Hop, as a producer and in my meditations on appropriation. This approach will demonstrate and hopefully articulate an epistemological orientation that can be applied in other contexts as well.
The digital work in the arts interests me as a possibility to form new collaborative alliances with ancestral communities today isolated or difficult to access, whose knowledge and practices with nature can inspire us in the imagination of new necessary life forms, possible to be disseminated on a global scale.
Jordi Ferreiro (Barcelona 1982) is an artist and educator. His work explores the concept of institutional mediation and how art can be a tool for intervening in – and changing – the bureaucratic spaces responsible for administering knowledge, constructing what we understand by culture and regulating our way of comprehending the world. www.jordiferreiro.info