To construct the world in which we live is a fundamental human need. Processes of subjectivation always require complex structures in which to take place. Rituals, myths, epistemological paradigms and behavioural norms define ways in which natural phenomena and social relations are consistently organised. Therefore what we call the “world” is the result of a process of construction that can develop according to different logics and lead to various configurations.
In the past few centuries one of these many possible configurations has become increasingly hegemonic on a global scale. With capitalism as its core engine, the West has globally imposed its model through wars, genocide, colonialism, as well as pervasive systems of control and exploitation. However, today precisely when the Thatcherian commandment that “there is no alternative” seems to be fulfilled, the possible collapse of this all-encompassing paradigm appears more and more imminent. Ecological catastrophes, constant states of warfare, endemic economic crises, and new technological developments are heavily challenging the stability of the systems.
In order to avoid the declining order of global capitalism dragging the whole planet down with it, the need to develop new conceptual and aesthetic paradigms has become increasingly urgent. Although all other options appear to have been preemptively annihilated. No alternatives seem to have enough strength to openly contest the ruling order. However by glimpsing through the fractures of a failing system one can glance new modes of being and find as yet unfolded potentialities interwoven in the intricate texture of the real. This is perhaps the only strategy for constructing new worlds in the face of imminent collapse.