Hétéronomonde, the first edition of the Tout-Monde Festival, traces the contour of contemporary Antillean and Caribbean artistic production at the junction of autonomy, heteronomy and Tout-Monde.
The theory of globalization introduced by Édouard Glissant through the concepts of “Creolization” and “Poetics of Relation,” which culminated in the notion of “Tout-Monde, ” led to multiple currents of thoughts ranging from political philosophy to art criticism—with such notions as relational aesthetic for instance.
What new ways of being in the world can emerge from the confluence of the great Martinican poet’s theories and the practice of everyday contemporary life in and from the Caribbean, in a world in search for political self-determination amidst social atomization and cultural fragmentation?
How have these new ways of being in the world at large been anticipated, translated, and experimented through the artistic processes emerging from these ‘in-between’ (is-)lands of the Antilles—caught between their status as both French regions and Caribbean territories as well as both of Europe and of the Americas?
From artistic creation to political discourse, Hétéronomonde, the first edition of the Tout-Monde Festival sets forth to confront such ideas specific to Antillean identity formation within the wider Caribbean region and in the world and, as such, pursues a double action of belonging and relating through an ongoing process of cultural construction.
Claire Tancons and Johanna Auguiac