Selection of candidates was made on the basis of a creative presentation that was submitted to the Art on our Mind selection committee. The three texts below form the basis of the Decolonial AestheSis Creative Lab. The emphasis in this Creative Lab is on the relationship between theory and praxis. Applicants were therefore asked to create a presentation in any form (literary, visual, musical, performative) that demonstrates how their praxis is/might be influenced by decolonial aestheSis theories, and how they think it will affect their trajectory/thinking about creativities.
Written submissions were expected to be not more than 5 pages, and any audio-visual presentations not more than 5 mins. Selection of the final participants was based on the innovation and creativity of the submissions (and understanding of the importance of decolonialising aestheTics).

Gaztambide-Fernández, Rubén (2014). Decolonial options and artistic/aestheSic entanglements: An interview with Walter Mignolo. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 3:1, 196-212 (download here).

Mignolo, Walter and Rolando Vázquez (2013). Decolonial AestheSis: Colonial Wounds/Decolonial Healings, Periscope July (download here). Available online at:

Peterson, Bhekizizwe (2007). Self-referential filmmaking. Keynote address at the People to People International Documentary Conference 13 September 2007 (download here). Available online at:

Further readings and to-do list:

Bhekizizwe Peterson – reading list

Laura Andel:  I think it may be good to ask participants in advance to bring a sound making object. It can be a musical instrument (local, regional encouraged). Note that there is no need to “know” how to play the instrument. It can also be some object that makes a sound or series of sounds they like. It can be something found in nature (wood, stones, plant) to kitchen utensils, or anything else. It’s really open to their imagination.

Vibha Galotra: Bring  a story from your culture that deals with any human-animal interaction/characters.

Sharlene Khanreading list

Fouad Asfour: Bring your childhood memories (places, smells, sounds, stories, counting-out-rhymes, songs, poems, photographs – material and non-material), games, books, music, films, TV series and more.  – reading list