Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Don Santo is using Orwell’s famous quote to set the parameters of the Colonial Photoshop software. The present does not miss the future because its happiness is in the past.[1] And whoever controls the past, controls what is built after. That is why the C.P.Software and Don Santo leaned towards the exploration of the files in the Archive.

[1] Benjamin, Walter, Hannah Arendt, and Harry Zohn. 1968. Illuminations. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 254.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

In Foucauldian terms the history of the world is the history of the struggle of forces. Within this struggle there is the hidden history of the oppressed. The unfortunates who had a voice now can only exist as old artifacts. In one of his lectures, Michel Foucault states that one of the characteristics of the last 15 years (50’s or 60’s) is the rebellion of the subjugated knowledges against the global theories. He attributes this uprising to the inability of the global theories to solve the problems at the local level.[1] Therefore, this new proposal should not be dismissed rapidly. There are many more proposals similar to this one, and they will continue appearing. It can not be the last attempt, many more have to come.

[1] Foucault, Michel, Mauro Bertani, Alessandro Fontana, François Ewald, and David Macey. Society Must Be Defended: Lectures at the Collège De France, 1975-76. New York: Picador, 2003, 6.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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I agree with Don Santo when he says that this new proposal must challenge the legacy of colonization from within. He recognizes that it is really hard to escape from this legacy “because…[to] try to compete at the same level with the bigger software is almost impossible because it basically controls the market.”[1](C.P. Software) Therefore, this new proposal advocates for a project of self-colonization using the same methods practiced by the colonizers.
      It has become very complicated to propose something without affecting others. Or as Foucault would argue, every time we try to bring a subjugated knowledge back to the surface, we need to ask ourselves what are we replacing? What are we removing? Are we bringing a new knowledge back to the surface based on the global terms?[2] Therefore, Don Santo and I believe that instead of looking for the most suitable answer we should construct a response that is obviously meant to fail. We need to find some kind of form that functions as a camouflage to help us navigate in the field of the colonizer. We believe that this camouflage can be found within the process of copying the copies left by the colonizers. This process of copying will eventually create a new option based on a ‘real-fake’ answer. This seems to be the most suitable way to respond, since Latin America was invented using real-fake facts.

[1] Don Santo, Colonial Photoshop Software Manual. 8.
[2] Ibid., 10.

Friday, February 10, 2017

When Don Santo asks you to download the information from the web, he is asking you to unpack the world of colonization. He knows that in order to deceive the users he needs to copy the aesthetics and the style of major institutions and of colonization.[1] Because the answer to decolonization must come from the parafiction world “…like a paramedic as opposed to a medical doctor, a parafiction is related to but not quite a member of the category of fiction…it remains a bit outside…but has one foot in the field of the real.”[2] It is in the parafiction world where Don Santo can find the camouflage that he needs in order to avoid the referees and the colonizers' surveillance.

[1] Lambert-Beatty, Carrie. "Make-Believe : Parafiction and Plausibility." October 129 (2009): 51-84.
  , 60.
[2] Ibid., 54.