Desexistir

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 shared existence.


How to include a poetic dimension to existence if today’s omnipresence of technology and its binary logic shapes a unitarian, homogeneous reality? What will immaterial knowledge be 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 slowly liquefies inside the metal box that contains its negative shape. After melting, it is recomposed and brought back to the top in an endless cycle.

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