index: ellen lima wassu

the forest as ancestral technology: an encounter with indigenous literature

18 May



free admission

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The term technology is often associated with electronic devices and machines. These associations are linked to the modern notion of development, which does not regard traditional practices as manifestations of technology. Observing the circularity of time in indigenous thought, this talk examines the unique relationship of coexistence between technology, art and life, a web of accumulated knowledge disseminating a worldview that combines crafts and technologies developed by and in the forest, based on the readings of indigenous literature and dialogues with it.

ellen lima wassu
Ellen Lima Wassu is a writer and a PhD candidate in Comparative Modernities at the Centre for Humanistic Studies of the University of Minho. Her practice encompasses art, poetry, performance, activism, criticism, counter-colonial studies and essays. She has published ixé ygara voltando pra ‘y’kûá (Urutau, 2021) and yby kûatiara um livro de terra (Urutau, 2023). A contributor to literary magazines and collections and a part of Volta pra tua terra, an anthology of anti-fascist and anti-racist poets in Portugal.

note conversation in portuguese

talk included in the index 2024 – art and technology biennial programme

the index art and technology biennial is part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the april revolution


The Conferences Programme of Biennial INDEX is supported by the European Digital Deal project.

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