Desexistir

Des: a latin prefix that indicates separation, negation or a contrary action. The verb “desexistir” (to ‘unexist’) does not appear in the Portuguese, English or French lexicon; it is an invented word whose incorrectness suggests a multi-faceted concept. A faulty prefix – a simple lexical mistake – is the trigger to general questions that point to our common existence. 

How to include a poetical dimension to existence, if today’s omnipresence of technology and its binary logic shapes an unitarian, homogeneous reality? What will be the immaterial knowledge in a future where everything seems controlled and parametrized, lacking spaces for shadows or the unspoken? And finally, what could be to ‘unexist’ (‘gegenexistieren’), if not to be involved in a reverse movement of living, ‘in rewind’, towards an essential and hypothetical unity of being?

The word on wax slowly melts inside the metal box, that contains its negative shape. After all is melt down, it is recomposed and brought back to the top, in an endless cycle.

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