Thaddé Comar - How Was Your Dream?
How Was Your Dream? Deals with new forms of demonstration and insurrection in our post-contemporary era dominated by seamless control societies.
In 2014 the "umbrella movement” in Hong Kong was quickly repressed by state and police violence. In 2019 the democratic uprising that began in May gave itself the means to continue. Faced with a sophisticated arsenal of control (facial recognition, geolocation, carding, eavesdropping, infiltration, water cannons, tear gas, helicopter, sonic weapons, non-lethal rifles), the Hong Kong demonstrators have developed a repertoire of techniques based on principles of invisibility and in-traceability (anonymity, lasers of blindness, pocket of faraday, vision by drones, masks of all kinds, encrypted communication etc…), allowing them to mitigate the effects of the repression.
These new devices, which contribute to the transformation of the forms of struggle and resistance, however, push for the gradual erasure of individual singularities. In the future, will societies and sophisticated systems of control, force us to make our human singularities disappear? Will this be done in favour of a new common identity?
As evokes the novelist and philosopher Alain Damasio in La zone du dehors "The end justifies the means… But who will justify the end?"