Mujercitos y ellos. por Gerardo Muñoz

Ellos son los cazadores de la “comunidad”, del “movimiento”, de la “figuración”, y del “activismo”. Ellos persiguen los discursos ensimismados en la moral porque desconocen otro mundo. Eternizados en el encandilamiento del espectáculo, para ellos la vida se reduce a la mediatización (están dispuestos a suprimir todos los medios que le facilitarían el acceso al mundo). Ellos viven en la lucha del valor político para el cual laburan infinitamente y sin tregua. Ellos: una vida sin textura que desconoce lo que puede acontecer en la tarde de un domingo.

En nombre de las alianzas y la comunidad terminan encarnando la logística policial que ordena la época: corregir todas aquellas desviaciones que atenten contra la rectitud de lo adulto, proteger todos los valores del principio de representación, esquivar la intensificación del disenso. Ellos representan la eficacia del poder para una época sin hegemonía. En su excentricidad, Mujercitos emerge como una nueva pasión por la autonomía de la parte y rompe contra el monopolio de la ficción de ellos. Esta parte maldita y salvaje evita el reconocimiento, rechaza la transferencia de las demandas, y destituye la vida impostada. Mujercitos es el gesto de una simbolización que no tiene programa ni objetivos.

Desde ya, el gesto es índice del éxodo de la pulsión mimética por la repetición. Un gesto se arma de la potencia que le proveen sus medios: una imagen o un fragmento parcelado del mundo contra la administración del dispositivo “periodístico”. Y contra la mala fe de las opiniones, Mujercitos afirma una verdad: nuestro mundo no es el suyo. Esta diferencia es el abismo limítrofe entre el mundo de los dormidos y el de los despiertos. Para los dormidos, todo concluye en una política del orden, de la coordinación, de la vanguardia, y de un movimiento voluntarista que busca esconder a toda costa su sonambulismo activista. Para los despiertos, poner un gesto es comenzar un viaje sin destino, porque solo desde ahí es que podemos interrumpir todo lo predecible que se nos ha ofrecido como migajas para el animal de cautiverio.

Los despiertos saben que toda comunidad presupuestada en la política no es otra cosa que compensación para permanecer en la celda del sujeto. El gesto de Mujercitos – su vitalismo juvenil, su potencia cinética, su capacidad de mezclar y barajear gestos contra la retórica de lo asignado – le devuelve al presente las certezas afirmativas contra una reacción generalizada y rampante de todo movimiento político. Y esta es la irreductibilidad de las partes: mientras que el movimiento en política no puede existir sin los adhesivos que lo sostienen como una momia; poner en movimiento una vida es la postura singular que abre a la experiencia. Dicho de otra manera, Mujercitos encarna el infra-común que rechaza la dimensión litúrgica de lo interpersonal y de lo universal (el Humanismo que regresa para los soñolientos del Futuro) que se decantan por la matriz de la identificación. 

Por último, el estilo Mujercitos reside en la manera en que le devuelve a la “disidencia” su sentido original en el plano de la vida sin facturar por la fantasía fundamental de lo político. El problema con una “disidencia política” ha sido siempre el mismo: su enchufe anal a la máquina gubernamental. Entiéndase: el “disidente político” nunca es tan disidente como para disentir de la miseria de su vida reactiva; pero tampoco nunca es tan político como para atreverse a poner en “uso” otra cosa por fuera de la metafísica sacrificial del militante. La disidencia de Mujercitos ahora supone la afirmación del deseo: disentir contra todo aquel que se pronuncie como cerrajero de la Historia y sus inversiones culturalistas. Pues eso, una nueva cultura de la violencia: abandonar las competencias de aquellos qué buscan desencadenar los guiones de destinos ajenos. Desaprenderlo todo para dar paso a la comedia de los pueblos frente a la tragedia de la política.

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*Este apunte se escribió para la discusión con el colectivo Mujercitos en el marco de la exhibición Echándola! 3-12 de Julio, en Chinatown Soup Gallery, NYC, 2011.

Imagen: Claudia Patricia Pérez del colectivo Mujercitos. Junio de 2021.

Four Theses on the Mujercitos Collective. Notes for a brief gallery talk, March 2021. by Gerardo Muñoz

1. Youth and persuasion. The originality and force of the Mujercitos Collective emerging from Cuba (2019 –) I think it feeds from a specific vortex: the youth. I will say this as an anecdote: at the beginning of the pandemic, I had the opportunity to exchange with the great Jacques Camatte (former founder of the PCI and early critic of the exhaustion of the revolutionary horizon and the Marxist praxis), and at the time he suggested something quite beautiful: mainly, that if the youth is continuously assaulted today it is because its texture lodges a vital process of inversion that puts pressure to the world of domestication (the absolutization of commodity form as an ongoing anthropological process). In this sense, the energy of the youth is always a counter-adult making of the world. When I found and I began exchanging with the Mujercitos Collective, I think that they had the same intuition: a desire to provide the youth with a “space in order to foment our discontent, because only the youth want liberation”, as Claudia Patricia, the designer of the collective told me. In a country (but it is also our epoch) of revolutionary stagnation, this is a tremendous insight, since liberation is no longer posited as a craft of History, but rather as a form of life. While the youth have world, the adult is the general process of socialization and political order. So, if the world of the youth is that of persuasion, that of the adult is guided by rhetoric. This means that if the youth can persuade with its body and movement; the rhetorical logos is a mere moral application of “duty” (this is how you should behave, act, accomplish this or that, become a self-commanded influencer, etc.). As Carlo Michelstaeader understood it a century ago, it is only in persuasion where one can relax the world of rhetorical closure (intention and signification and predication) in order to find a way out into the world. This is the gesture that traverses the Mujercitos visual and artistic constellation. 

2. Iconicity. Secondly, one of the ways in which I have tried to think what takes place in Mujercitos is by reflecting on what gets transmitted. Obviously, there is here something that I would like to call a “negative pedagogy”, in which experience thematizes a process of unlearning (this is a feature of the ongoing process against domestication of the Subject) of the elements that frame reality in a specific way while incarcerating other possibilities. In this sense, unlearning is the way in which one takes a step back from any attempt at “normalization of relations” within the Social. Now this disavowal of normalization necessarily multiplies conflictivity; mainly, conflict between images and modes of being. In Mujercitos Collective there is one specific tool to mobilize this momentum: the power of iconicity against the grammar and rhetoric of the Social. This is why the facture of design becomes important for the project; since iconicity becomes the suspension of the rhetorical construction of the adult world without recurring either morality, politics, or even “social imaginaries” (which is artistic extraction from the wells of History). Although Mujercitos has been labeled “virulent” or “sardonic”, there is no such a thing if analyzed at the level of the iconic practice, given that the icon is a way to explore the affective and medial dimension of the “thing”. This, in turn, radically suspends the fiction (and the –res, the original juridical form of “thing” in law). In this apparent simple iconicity, the preparation of a transfiguration and a new violence takes over reality. This profane iconicity is the poetic vanishing point of Mujercitos’ designs.

3. Countercommunity. Thirdly, Mujercitos offers a third way out a debate that we have inherited from the forms of political modernity: individualism and community. One does not need to remind anyone that the notion of “community” today enjoys a very good reputation; at times it seems that anyone who says “community” is already participating in a public liturgy that can pass uncontested. But what is community? Or, to put it in another way: can community as a form of socialization truly exhaust life and its encounters? For instance, does not every community produce exclusion as necessarily and permanent for its own thetic separation? In any case, as a friend would say, there are no communities but processes of communization. And where there is a community of wills and aggregated subjects, then there is a primacy of a substance that hinges upon obedience, normative legislation, and ultimately obligatory communion. Mujercitos Collective does not speak in the name of a community nor of unity, but rather it stands a counter-community without future (this is the Punk dimension to the project), that knows how to dwell in the desert of the present, because it knows that it is here where the true kingdom of friendship can happen and repeat itself in a double-time. If the community offers salvation in history; the counter-community offers no false promises, since it is only interested in modes of experimentation with the fragments of the world.

4. Totality is a ruse. I think I will end these brief notes quoting something Claudia Patricia told that, to my knowledge, best encompasses this visual-collective project: “The only thing we know is that today to play with totality is a ruse” (“El juego a la totalidad es la trampa de este mileneo”). There is a lot to unpack here, but I would just say without reading too much into it that the problem is how the sense of play becomes exhausted every time that there is a fiction of totalization. This is obviously a reference to the world of order and morality of adult symbolization. Now, a false exit is to cancel “play” in order to take a distance away from total morality. But, a more beautiful strategy is to liberate play at the level of our experiences and the materials and tonalities affecting life. To put play at the center of what takes place in life is, in turn, the most serious task of a a new ethics at the threshold of our epoch. 

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*Image: ArtCover by Claudia Patricia, February 19, 2021, Mujercitos Magazine.