Hashim Sarkis, the curator of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition organized by La Biennale di Venezia, launched a striking visionary theme at the beginning of this year: “How will we live together?”. This fundamental question finally transcends all disciplines and opens an existential portal for humanity. It does not refer only to humans but all species, the nonhuman organisms as well. We live an unsustainable model of existence for the human species on this planet. The Anthropocentric perception of the world, which operates on the basis of monetizing anything alive, brought us to this very critical point. We came from a narrative of inter-subjective reality, a determinism aestheticized by romantic existentialism of a binary “human” (us) and “nature” (them) dialectic. After living through a period within the new reality that COVID-19 imposed, the humans' point of view seems to understand the fundamental and existential need of solidarity and eventually perceiving “solidarity with nonhuman people” (Timothy Morton). From this crack of the global financial system chimera, we can finally envision a new world. As Charles Eisenstein pointed out: ”COVID-19 is like a rehab intervention that breaks the addictive hold of normality”. Normality of norms and productive behaviors in service of non-regenerative systems.
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