Movement and De/Colonial Vibrations
Whenever movement is perceived, we are presented with a “double existence”: an objective registering of sensory input and a perceptual feeling of continuing movement. - Brian Massumi, ‘The Archive of Experience’
About the Project:
According to Albert Michotte, movement has the uncanny ability ‘to survive the removal of its object’. We experience movement as a momentum, to which nothing visible can coincide. In other words, what we 'see', perceptually, does not necessarily match the feeling of what we see. Put another way, what we see as the end of a linear history of colonial expansion is disrupted by sentiments of reflection, resistance, freedom, and spirituality which reveal the consistency of empire at present sites of labour, infrastructure, and engineering. Movement and De/colonial Vibrations — an upcoming downloadable audio project and self-guided walking tour compiled by Ramon Amaro (of Samba Rhino) and Conrad Moriarty-Cole (of London-based audio collective, S.L.A.C.) — questions the ‘double existence’ of object locations, as Brian Massumi describes them, by re-articulating the objective registering of sensory input and the contradictions of perceptual feelings. In doing so, the project invites an aural and visual exploration of de/colonial Den Haag using Diasporaic Afro-beats, soundscapes and spirituals that puncture the presence of momentum, and disrupt notions of frictionless colonial reconciliation.
This exploration of post-colonial den Haag in Movement and De/colonial Vibrations frames the city in terms that allow the experience of multiple phases of imagination to overlap and thus ignite the uncertain and fragile foundations upon which the colonial imaginary is built.
The above sample of Movement and De/colonial Vibrations is a redacted version of the longer piece which will be triggered at different geo-location across den Haag. Although the project is not a video essay, we’ve accompanied the soundtrack with a few visual descriptions of the impasse between the shipping legacy of de-colonail den Haag, and the generation of life through black performance.
Ramon Amaro + Conrad Moriarty-Cole