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As a reaction to the Paris terrorist attacks of November 13, a little more than one week before the Blackmarket at Musée de l'Homme took place, Ashkan Sepahvand wrote a long poem, a kind of invocation, inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead, to read out out loud with his dialogue partners. In traditional Tibetan Buddhism, he tells us, when someone passes away, it is a cause for celebration as the soul of the deceased now has the opportunity to pass through the intermediate stages and if it passes all the challenges, it may be reborn in a better life, or even ideally, transcend reality altogether and reach enlightenment. Ashkan Sepahvands’ interest especially lies in the concrete dimensions of this spiritual practice. Can we free ourselves through intention? Is the world simply what we make it in our imagination? To become human, it may be necessary to guide the dead towards a better living – not a Paradise elsewhere, but a world here and now. Not a dialogue but a shared reading, this intense session explores how our thoughts may be sensitized to accomplish the common task of world-making by seeing, listening, and speaking.

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  • Ashkan Sepahvand

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21/11/2015

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Musée de l’Homme, Paris

Ashkan Sepahvand is a writer, translator, and researcher. His interests trace associations from within the histories of somatics, the sensory, transformation, pedagogy, utopia, queerness, collectivity, ritual, performance, and the self. From 2012-2014, he was a research fellow for "The Anthropocene Project" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His work and writings have been presented at dOCUMENTA (13), Former West, Tanz im August, Sharjah Biennial X, Home Works 5, Jerusalem Show V, Qalandiya International, and Kunsthaus Bregenz. He lives and works in Berlin, where he co-organizes the technosexual reading circle.

— ARTICLE : Resonances et affects
— ARTICLE : Case #11: The Intermorphs
— ENQUÊTE : Devenir terriens
— PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain — ÉVÉNEMENT : The Manufacturing of Rights
Plus d'informations : …ment journal and Manifesta journal.

Ashkan Sepahvand is a writer, translator, and researcher. His interests trace associations from within the histories of somatics, the sensory, transformation, pedagogy, utopia, queerness, collectivity, ritual, performance, and the self. From 2012-2014, he was a research fellow for "The Anthropocene Project" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His work and writings have been presented at dOCUMENTA (13), Former West, Tanz im August, Sharjah Biennial X, Home Works 5, Jerusalem Show V, Qalandiya International, and Kunsthaus Bregenz. He lives and works in Berlin, where he co-organizes the technosexual reading circle.

— ARTICLE : Resonances et affects
— ARTICLE : Case #11: The Intermorphs
— ENQUÊTE : Devenir terriens
— PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain — ÉVÉNEMENT : The Manufacturing of Rights
Plus d'informations : …ment journal and Manifesta journal.

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