I was selected to participate in the Videobrasil programme, 'Observatório do Sul', which contributed to the 19th Festival, which took place from October to December, 2015.

'The Southern Observatory' is a research and debate platform that accompanies the 19th Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil | Southern Panoramas - and the Southern Episodes project, conducted by the Goethe-Institut. It is a study group dedicated to investigate the contexts and uses of the term the 'Global South' in the fields of the arts and humanities. In addressing this concept from a critical and historical perspective, Observatório do Sul seeks to explore practices, policies and actions established by various initiatives and agents (networks, research laboratories, cultural institutions) that operate within the geopolitical and symbolic field that the term 'global south' connotes.

The Observatório do Sul program comprises four one-day workshops, each focusing on one of the four themes that will comprise the anthology of texts to be launched in October 2015 as part of the publications of the 19th Festival. These are: "Geopolitical Knowledge", "Documents and Manifestos", "Regionalisms and decenterings" and "Counter-narratives". The discussions brought about by the workshops will feed directly into the study group seminars that make up the program of the 19th Festival, taking place from October to December 2015.

The four workshops took place between May and August 2015 at the Goethe-Institut in São Paulo and SESC Pompeia. Each of the four meetings was attended by 12 participants, eight guests, and four researchers, Nathalia Lavigne, Cristina Bonfiglioli, and Marina Guzzo, who attended each workshop.

Realização: Sesc São Paulo, Goethe Institut e Associação Cultural Videobrasil

auflynn [at] arts.ucla.edu

Alex Ungprateeb Flynn is an Assistant Professor at the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California, Los Angeles. Working as an anthropologist and curator, Alex’s practice explores the intersection of ethnographic and curatorial modes of enquiry. Researching collaboratively with activists, curators and artists in Brazil since 2007, Alex explores the prefigurative potential of art in community contexts, prompting the theorisation of fields such as the production of knowledge, the pluriversal, and the social and aesthetic dimensions of form.