The Center as the Border. Zones of Being and not Being.

March 6, 2016

  • 11:00
    Meeting with Houria Bouteldja [indigènes de la république].

    Aula 1 CCCB.

    An informal, small-scale gathering to pick up the previous day's
    discussion, continue to explore some aspects and introduce new ones.
    [limited capacity]


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  • 17:00
    La France est notre patrie

    Screening. Hall and auditori CCCB.

    The story of a failed encounter between two cultures with different sensitivities and fantasies. This led to colonisation - one marked by brutality - despite the fact that wars, chaos and destruction could have been avoided. Based on archive footage, the film sends a chant echoing infinitely through time and space: "France is our homeland".


  • 18:15
    The Perfumed Colonization. The Loving Experience of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba (1853-1927)

    Intervention. Hall CCCB.

    At the height of French colonial expansion in West Africa, Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba (re)created a theoretical and practical model of submission to the Real that provided an effective alternative to the power structure, which limited and was limited by the colonial invader. The model or path founded by the Sheikh (the Muridiyya) is based on an Islamic premise according to which knowing is an act of love for each and every thing in creation and for the relationships between them: this is why not the heart, not the brain, is the organ of knowledge.
    Now, the echoes of Bamba’s loving experience migrate through his followers, the Mourides, who came from African lands and now live among us, perfuming the space, opening us up, and activating memory within us, inviting us to travel along the path of presences towards the One and Only.

    To migrate is thus to return to oneself.

    Dhikr ceremony [Remembrance]

    To conclude, the Baye Fall community invites us to attend and participate in a Dhikr ceremony. The remembrance of Allah (Dhikr or Zikr) is the main task of Sufi schools. “Recordar”, the Spanish word for remembering, comes from the Latin recordari and in some places it means to awaken, to stop sleeping and journey back through the heart (cor), to summon something to mind and invoke somebody's presence.