A pandemic has turned the wheels of perception. Priorities and primacies are blurred, upended, dizzy. Hierarchies of experience, zones of separation, are confronted with interlacing, scrambled realities. Events and occurrences dissipate, spiral. The conditions of proximity and distance are reversed. It is like being thrown into a ‘cold opening’ — a device in TV drama that plunges the viewer into the middle of the ‘action’ even before the title sequence and opening credits.
Episōdo X is a digital ignition, to help land feet first into this ‘cold opening’, to co-produce an accretive temporal experience that acts as an additional tributary of acts, of views, of assemblies, of hangouts, notes of/from other spaces, of roaming, of contaminatory intents, of soliloquies, of conversations, of responses and of gatherings with a blue carpet. As artist Lantian Xie dreams, ‘…to inaugurate kilometers and kilometers of walks of combinatory plays, more kilometers than the building can hold so that it overflows with the vitality of our assemblies.’
The Episōdo X timeline will start from July 3rd. It will keep accreting impulses until we are all exhausted and exhilarated at the same time. That time may never come, and Episōdo X may just become a way of living.
Raqs Media Collective