Global Relatedness

The first chapter dedicated to global relatedness takes as a starting point the idea of the “Tout-Monde” conceived by the poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant: the world as a mosaic of individual positions combined with an accelerated interaction between languages, peoples and societies. This space of mutual influence and exchange celebrates the encounter between a plurality of perspectives and subjective forms of knowledge, questioning universal, absolute and normative concepts. Glissant’s philosophy allows for exploring diversity and plurality as essential elements of our global realities. Therefore his position forms the basis of the dialogues for this chapter about the world being in relation. Through the Public Programme, the Reseach Room with Contemporary And’s Center of Unfinished Business and this “Digital Platform”, the first chapter will investigate if and how this idea could be translated into cultural practices and the everyday life.