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Contribution by André e. Teodósio

19/09/2013

Summary

Since we know now that the idea of ‘storytelling’ or narrative (an appeal that every politician finds nowadays imperative for the development of political activity!) is in fact, as it has been denounced by many thinkers, truly defined as being ‘a marketing strategy in publicity’ that since the 90’s has been transversely guiding every cultural endeavour due to its apparent benefits in reasoning processes, we can only foresee at large that an idea of Europe should aim at another direction.

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Since we know now that the idea of ‘storytelling’ or narrative (an appeal that every politician finds nowadays imperative for the development of political activity!) is in fact, as it has been denounced by many thinkers, truly defined as being ‘a marketing strategy in publicity’ that since the 90’s has been transversely guiding every cultural endeavour due to its apparent benefits in reasoning processes, we can only foresee at large that an idea of Europe should aim at another direction.

For as storytelling or narratives seem to be a good placebo for disguising consumption by the act of role-playing in a sequence of events which are presented as being fundamental for the definition of our subjectivity, we also know that narratives seem to have a sort of an allergy towards ‘difference’, towards something which does not emerge as a necessity in the sequence of events that are a contingent to our cultural logic of thinking.

Of course Europe is able to overcome all kinds of homogeneous strategies (like in a country, homogeny in language does not necessarily mean homogeny in thinking), but I would find it more interesting if Europe could, against the backlash of many other narratives which are emanated, find itself in a position very well related to its own history of origin: the sum of all other narratives.

Europe is that place where not only every citizen of Europe has access to a kind of ‘BEST OF’ of what is produced (physical and ideally) outside Europe but also that place where every foreigner seems to find a space (political, educational, artistic, religious, sexual, etc.) for himself due to the fact that their birth nations did not make one available. As such,

Europe acts as the place of many narratives and stories. As a consequence of this fact I can only assert that the diversity present in the contrast of the countries is not for me as important and relevant as the diversity that can be found in Europe as a place. In order for that to happen, the idea of a Europe as being the sum of some narratives (a Union) has to be abolished and transformed into the place of the polishing of all narratives (a Federation). Within it Europe will have the ability to affirm itself as the plot-yet-to-be, the desired place for all kinds of freedoms and also the developer of them. Through the restitution of its etymological definitions such as ‘wide-gazing’ and ‘broad aspect’ Europe will avoid being, through a paradoxical disavowal, caught up (as if suffering from Stockholm syndrome) in the monothematic logics which has surpassed.

Europe is and should be the survival of all abductions.

André e. Teodósio

Lisboa, 19 August, 2013

André e. Teodósio was born and lives in Lisbon since 1977 although he lived some time in the United States of America (Clinton era). He’s a member of Teatro Praga (the most megalopsychic  theatre company of all time). He studied at Conservatório Nacional de Música, Escola Superior de Música and Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. He was a singer at Coro Gulbenkian, used to collaborate with theatre company Casa Conveniente and works regularly with the theatre company Cão Solteiro. Besides theatre, he has directed operas at Culturgest, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and S. Carlos National Theater. He is the author of the texts Shoot the Freak, Cenofobia, Susana Pomba and Paula Sá Nogueira and author of the ballet Perda Preciosa. He is a published author and was considered by the major newspaper Expresso one of the most influent people in 2012. 

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