Walter Mignolo

Thoughts on modernity/coloniality, geopolitics of knowledge, border thinking, pluriversality, and the decolonial option.

OCCIDENTE: SURVEYING THE PRESENT, RE-READING THE PAST, BUILDING PLURIVERSAL FUTURES

The written text can be translated into about 72 languages

The following interviews were conducted by Cecilia Hecht in Buenos Aires, in December of 2011, for the web channel, Occidente: Portraits, Visions, Utopias. The interviews currently in Spanish will eventually be subtitled in English.

The web channel (under construction but to be launched soon) is part of the collective project Bioecon TV (short hand for bio-economy). Occidente surveys a series of perspectives on existing and potential social constructs. Each interview is a mini-documentary exploring diverse aspects of the radical change of epoch we are experiencing and living through, moving toward still unthinkable ways of social organization and a polycentric world order.  Occidente focuses on general aspects of Western cosmology, perhaps the only cosmology where money acquired a sacred dimension.

Cecilia Hecht was the former director of Buenos Aires TV Station, Ciudad Abierta (2006-2007) where one of the most celebrated programs was Dinero: Creencias, Vicios y Simulaciones/ Money: Beliefs, Vices and Pretenses. The program consisted of a series of interviews to intellectuals, politicians, celebrities, professionals of communication and advertising, psychologists, lawyers, etc. who were invited to reflect on the splendors and miseries of money. The program aimed at deconstructing money as a representational form.

Hecht studied sociology and literature at the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, before completing her training in film and audio-visual arts at the Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica – (ENERCof the Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA), in Buenos Aires. Hecht was the Excecutive Producer of Felicidades. The film was the official Argentina’s submission for the 73rd Academy Award. As TV  director, Hecht realized Nocturno, a folk–tale narrative series for children and Pequeño Bosque Iustrado that was awarded the Prix Jeneusse. She also directed short films that were screened at SXSW, Palm Springs and Pesaro Film Festivals.

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