Sarah Boulton, Stanley Brouwn, Jesse Darling, Gordon Hall, Evan Ifekoya, Sulaïman Majali, Imran Perretta, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Özgür Kar, Claire Potter, Rosa Johan Uddoh, Hannah Weiner and Constantina Zavitsanos
Words are powerful: symbols, incantations. The Word is itself a stand-in for divinity; the unsayable equates to the sublime. To give a name to something is to claim it, and the legacies of modern imperial scientific fundamentalism have shown the violence of naming and categorising bodies.
Legibility – hailed by internet utopians, mass-marketeers and contemporary designers as a democratising prerogative – has come to function as a form of surveillance both at border controls and in digital capitalism. In discourses of gender and disability, legibility is the first condition [of state and systemic apparatus] for access and care, as well as forming the optics of a neoliberal visibility politics that cleaves to familiar societal categories and definitions around race, class and identity.
Voracious bots plow through your testimony for windows through which to sell you a soul, compiling subjectivities into demographics like the old colonial anthropologists.