search for ways to face it3. b) Vilem Flusser’s idea of “creative exile” and c) Martinican poet Edouard Glissant’s idea according to which the art of the future is translation.
From potential displacement to displacement’s potential
Since memory can tell, there has been a desperate urge to explore, outline, sketch, dispute, colonize and decolonize space, a desperate urge to make it steady, characterize it definitely and build an identity according to it. It is rather surprising the fact that there have not been any attempts to free it from its limitations and to consider it just as a temporary arrangement. There have been few efforts to think about the importance of “not belonging”, of being in need of a place of your own, of creating from the border. Regarding this, it is worth mentioning the philosophic works of Vilem Flusser, who lived in exile in Brazil during World War II. There, curiously, he worked at an import-export company and latter in a radio and transistor factory (curiously because his latter philosophy was based in the mobility between countries and communicability). In his essay Exile and Creativity, Flusser maintains that “The expelled has been torn out of his costumary surroundings (or else he has done it himself). Habit is a blanket that covers up the facts of the case. In familiar surroundings, change is recognized but not permanence. Whoever lives in a home, he finds change informative but considers permanence redundant. In exile, everything is unusual. Exile is an ocean of chaotic information. In it, the lack of redundacy does not allow the flood of information to be received as meaninful messages. Since it is unusual, exile is unlivable. One must transform the information whizzing around into meaninful messages, to make it livable. One must “process” the data. It’s a question of survival: if one fails to transform the data, then one is engulfed by the waves of exile. Data transformation is a synonym for creation. The expelled must be creative if he does not want to go to the dogs.”4
3 Montevideo (Uruguay) was home in 2006 to the XVI Iberoamerican Summit of Heads of State and
Government. It brought together leaders from 22 member countries to analize the current migration processes from one country to another country, region or even continent, the problems this migration poses and the possible solutions. This meeting compiled a series of previous meetings and conferences searching for more inclusive measures to face this problem that can’t be solved by constructing walls or ditches.
4 Vilém Flusser, “Exile and Creativity” in The freedom of the migrant: objections to nationalism, University of Illinois Press, 2003., p.81