Reconstituting Geographies – a research into primitive accumulation

(rē-kŏn′stĭ-toot′, -tyoot′)
tr.v. re·con·sti·tut·ed, re·con·sti·tut·ing, re·con·sti·tutes
• to change an organization so that it has a different form.

n. pl. ge·og·ra·phies
• The study of the earth and its features and of the distribution of life on the earth, including human life and the effects of human activity.
• The physical characteristics, especially the surface features, of an area.
• An ordered arrangement of constituent elements.

Reconstituting Geographies is about the questions of the coming decade. How can we shape our lives and the relationship with our environment differently? In what way can we rebuild spaces for the imagination of alternatives? Can we formulate an artistic repertoire that can contribute to this? With Reconstituting Geographies That Might Be Right wants to work on building a foundation for a practice and discourse that can develop over the longterm.

Reconstituting Geographies will address four major themes: gender, colonialism, ecology, technology. These themes are the TMBR PILLARS, the content on which we shape our artistic interventions. Withing these themes a guiding threath is the notion of primitive accumulation which we propose as a frame of analyses that can bring forward common denominators between these different themes and thus enable insight in possible alliances in the struggles taking place within these fields.

Reconstituting Geographies is an initiative to read, study, talk, research, make, and engage together. You can participate in the TMBR Reading Group. You can contribute in the TMBR assemblies. Or if you want you want to collaborate please let us know and we can work together on developing the research and organising moments on theme’s we study.


Reconstituting Geographies in 2020 will develop in two semesters

Semester I (April – June)
TMBR Pillar – Colonialism

TMBR Reads – 19/4 | 3/5 | 17/5 | 31/5 | 14/6 | 21/6| 12/7
(TBC according to Covid-19 measurements)

Brenna Bhandar (2018) Colonial Lives of Property: Law, Land, and Racial Regimes of Ownership

TMBR Assembles –  2/6 | 27/6 – 28/6

Voice session – 2/6
Lecture by Brenna Bhandar
(TBC according to Covid-19 measurements)

Object session – 27/6 – 28/6
Exhibition on property relations and colonialism
(TBC according to Covid-19 measurements)


Semester II (September – November)
TMBR Pillar – Eco-nomy-logy

TMBR Reads –  20/9 | 4/10 | 18/10 | 1/11 | 15/11 | 29/11

John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark (2020) The Robbery of Nature: Capitalism and the Ecological Rift

TMBR Assembles – 7/11
to be annouced


(continuing the cycle of TMBR Pillars in 2021 – Technology, Gender)




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