Topic on which the proposal should be focused: THE POWER.
The idea of “power”, immanent in our society, has always been linked to the capacity for dominance, to control, to conflict and, frequently, to violence.
To direct and influence others. The superiority of class or culture, which oppresses, discriminates or excludes. The instrumentalisation of discourses, rhetoric and language as a tool of social control. States, laws, discipline and punishment. The homogenizing culture against small, defiant subcultures. Knowledge, lore. War, domination, destruction. History, a narrative used to intensify power. The subtle forms of sexism’s symbolic violence. The sacrosanct red lines of morality and education, through which we internalize our habits. The political power of the dominant class. Technology, the Internet and Big Data becoming spaces of control. The tools mass media uses to manipulate and reproduce culture. Or transnational corporations (TNC), which, in collusion with international organisations, are the empires of the 21st century.
The elements cited above are some examples of how power is exercised.
Based, therefore, on these premises, the Embarrat Festival of Contemporary Creation, with the spirit of procuring spaces of reflection on social behaviours and habits, calls on artists to explore the polysemic forms which “power” takes and to investigate how they influence, affect and modify our individual or collective behaviour, our habits or our thought.