Counter Narrative Society (CNS)
The Counter Narrative Society (CNS) gives the following descriptive information:
We initiate and research counter narratives about bio-power, urbanism, culture and technology; and we explore these areas of interest through parody, live-art, civic engagement, pedagogy, multimedia, design, extra-disciplinary art practice or ART + RESEARCH + PEDAGOGY + ACTIVISM + hi/lo-Tech-fiction.
WHEN THE INVISIBLE PUNISHING MACHINE IS EVERYWHERE ...
The Weight I Carry with Me / 2010 – Present
With the Counter Narrative Society I am developing a multifaceted long-term dialogical fieldwork called …when the invisible punishing machine is everywhere…The Weight I Carry with Me. It consists of organizing nomadic encounters and creating para-fictional actions as paradoxical remedies to interrogate intimately how invisible punishment, alienation and social-urban control in the terrain of the USA has affected my family, my friends, me and the community at large who have suffered the invisible effects of state control, incarceration and inequality. In other words, it is a kind of counter narrative that seeks to transform the weight I carry from studying and witnessing the invisible punishing machine that resides deep inside my body and in the habitus of control.
Journey to Refuge at CP-LAB (Claiming Places Laboratory) / March 30th – July 19th, 2013
Organizing small scale social events to reach to an understanding about the ways neighborhoods have been affected by the invisible punishing machine, (CNS’ “science-fictional” way of defining the society of control, the prison industrial complex and the insidious effect of mass incarceration on society) and documenting their anti-prison activism in analytical performative writing, photographs and other media; CNS is developing a two-part research project (Journey to Refuge) that explores “claiming one’s state of being and becoming.” Within the project they expect to touch on topics such as mechanisms of communications, patterns of societal organization, ideas of identities, trust and psychological architecture and environments.
- For more: thecounternarrativesociety.org/home/journeytorefuge
- The Journey to Refuge project report is here: claimingplaceslab.org/journeytorefuge/is/report-1