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CCCB Interviews

We speak with some of the most important names on the international cultural scene to get their ideas and thoughts out to you in an enjoyable and informative way. Each month, we publish a round of “CCCB Interviews” about the internet and digital culture, feminisms, climate change, science and the humanities, cities and public space, philosophy, language and literature, populisms and post-capitalism, as well as many other topics.

 

Rimini Protokoll: “There’s not such a big difference between us and the audience”

They are stage directors and they are also anthropologists, documentarians, social researchers, communicators, political scientists, robotics engineers, etc. It has been 20 years since Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel founded Rimini Protokoll in Berlin, and they have created around a hundred shows that have led theatre to break the barriers of conventional venues.

Jason Y. Ng: “Violence will only lead to more escalated violence”

Hong Kong has become the canary in the coalmine in a world marked by the tensions between the demands of complex societies and the power structures incapable of fitting in with them. We talk with Jason Y. Ng about what makes Hong Kong a case to be followed with attention. Read the full article

Valeria Luiselli: “What right do we have to talk about issues that are not our own?”

Denouncing the things that we witness is a task that requires constant self-awareness, knowing where we are writing from, recognising the limitations of the position that we occupy in society and common sense, intelligence and sensitivity. We take advantage of the visit by Valeria Luiselli to the CCCB, to talk with her about the writing process, the right to talk about issues that are close to us but not our own, and feminism, among other subjects.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: “Europe and the West must also be decolonised”

Writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has always questioned the literary tradition written in colonial languages, analysing the dynamics and the functioning off colonised societies and their relationship with the colonisers. Thiong’o defends the mother tongue as a weapon against linguistic imperialism, and recommends decolonising minds and the imagination, in Africa and Europe alike.

Paul Mason: “Information technology is going to erode the need for work”

Successive economic crises have led us to visualise the structural contradictions of the capitalist system. For the first time in many years, scenarios are re-emerging that until recently seemed utopian: the transition towards a society beyond capitalism, a post-work society based on automation and technological advances.

Rosi Braidotti: “What is necessary is a radical transformation, following the bases of feminism, anti-racism and anti-fascism”

Philosopher Rosi Braidotti talks about the post-human ethic, the devastating effects of neoliberal capitalism, and her proposal for affirmative resistance. Braidotti visited the Thinking Biennale Open City to explain her new post-anthropocentric perspective, but she was unable to avoid discussing her unease regarding the rise of the extreme right and nationalism in Europe.

Marcus du Sautoy: “Humans will never know if the universe is infinite”

Mathematics are a key language to understand the complex (and opaque) systems that make the world go round, be it economics, algorithms or AI. Marcus du Sautoy is a Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and an impassioned science advocate of which he left evidence when attending the Biennal de Pensament Ciutat Oberta.