On Acausal Connecting Principles
Heterotropics is an Amsterdam-based research and curatorial platform initiated and run by independent curator Sara Giannini. Arising from the intimacy between the linguistic “trope” and the geographical “tropic,” Heterotropics is a fictitious concept relating language, space and collective imagery. Unfolding through different chapters and collaborations, the project looks at the remnants of colonial fantasy and exotic projection in different urban and cultural landscapes, exploring and performing imagined geographies. Launched in 2016 with a roaming performance and exhibition programme in the “Indies Neighboorhood” of Amsterdam with artists Alex 2000, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Jacopo Miliani, David Bernstein & Jokūbas Čižikas, Heterotropics has so far commissioned and facilitated a 6-week programme by KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre (Yogyakarta) at the Tropenmuseum and the site-specific performance Pavilion by Milena Bonilla and Luisa Ungar at the Rijksmuseum. Following the joint invitation of M HKA and AIR Antwerpen, Heterotropics will operate outside of its Amsterdam base for the first time with a durational exhibition and performance programme unfolding on the 6th floor of the museum.