At face value, the term “survivance” invokes, but suggests something more than mere survival or subsistence. Deconstructed, sur-vivance divulges a bursting forth of life. Sur: above and beyond, rhyming in intent with hyper, meta, super. Vivance: the French take on the Latin root for vitality, vigor, and vivaciousness. Thus, survivance: hyper vitality, super vigor. Surviving as thriving. Thriving as surviving.

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Applications Invited: Transdisciplinary Scholar to Assist in Re-Designing Higher Education. Project Tasks: Whose knowledge? What is...
Sarover Zaidi
The movement that began from our fields Has travelled well beyond our fields, Your nefarious game stands exposed, This people's movement...
Alice McSherry, Paul Moss, and Amba J. Sepie
And the dandelion does not stop growing, because it is told it is a weed. The dandelion does not care what others see. It says, “One day,...
My little Tasmanian farm sits at 43° south. At this latitude, we are closer to Antarctica than we are to the top of Australia. The southerlies...
Nityanand Jayaraman
As I began writing this essay, an opinion piece titled “A Giant Poor Sighted Bird Stands in the Way of India’s Green Goals” from Bloomberg Green...
Illuminating the overlooked history of so-called twentieth-century architecture in Hawai‘i, this special preview of A Justice-Advancing...
Gloria Pavita
Lubumbashi, a market Seforah is sent by her mother to Marche Kenya 1 to purchase sombe 2 and ngai ngai 3 seeds along with bitoyo 4...
The word nostalgia derives from a sickness of home, from the trauma and longing one feels after being artificially and involuntarily ripped from...
Those of us subject to and subjected to the most brutal of human degradations have had to cultivate modes of being, other kinds of living, so...
Carl Austin Hyatt
In the mid-1980s, I was looking for a place to live and photograph. 1 A place to lean into, to know in an intimate way. For years, I had been...
Vishwas Satgar
Unleashing Ecocide The paradox of Western supremacy is that it begins with its own. Its practices of dispossession, barbarism, violence, and...
I’ve been still too long and my memory of home sustains me. But my memory of home is fuzzy and I need you to remember with me. I’ve been...
Joar Nango and Axel Wieder
Axel Wieder You have recently participated in a series of online discussions on indigenous or more specifically Sámi art and architectural...
This feels like an in-between moment—something tricky to be present to, as if we are caught between a contested and violent past and a not-yet...
Maria Chávez
The artist Julia Norton recently described a unique form of epilepsy that she has been managing, one that took her years to get diagnosed due to...
Bailey Peryman and Kelly Dombroski
Cultivate Christchurch, the Aotearoa New Zealand based urban farm and youth wellbeing project, has inspired people all over the world with its...
Mae-ling Lokko
Within the last decade, fueled by global marketing campaigns and health trends, the coconut and its primary derivatives—oil, butter, milk, sugar,...
Caroline A. Jones
Hearing the buzz We humans evolved to survive in a world with specific types of matter and energy; our particular hominid ancestors thrived...
Jenna Sutela and Markus J. Buehler
The video Wet-on-Wet (2021) by Jenna Sutela and Markus J. Buehler will be available to watch here on e-flux Architecture for the duration of...
They said with wonder and admiration, you are still alive, like hydrogen, like oxygen. —Dionne Brand 1 In Christina Sharpe’s book...
1. Pinch Points I write from the watery, mountainous Pacific Northwest of North America. This is the bioregion that pulses between the tar...
Black Quantum Futurism
The Macon Housing Authority says they may have found a time capsule buried in the ground. The CEO of the authority, June Parker, says they...
Willem Larsen
Dominions of Mythologies All of us caught in the hurricane of the modern world are refugees from our bodies and our senses. It’s the natural...
Gender-based violence in South Africa is often referred to as a silent pandemic, yet one that is widely known. In the first five days of the...
Kathryn Yusoff
Dig. Geology and its kin network of extraction, natural resources, architectures of geomorphic transformation (dams, river straightening,...
Survive. Exist. Strategize. Close. Endure. Hide. Reveal. Persist. Hope. Thrive. Plan. Create. Mobilize. Open. Propel. Writing and speaking about...
Tyson Yunkaporta
Midway through my life, I wake to find myself in a techno-dystopia, with no sense of where my proper pathway has gone. I have a muse, but no...
Blackgirls young and old are memory keepers, cultural workers, love pillars, freedom mappers, and actors. 1 Radical love is a regular praxis...
Sigidm hanaa’na̱x, Smgyigyit, Łagyigyet, ada txa’nii gyeda galts’ap. Sm Łoodm ‘Nüüsm di waayu. Mootgm Goot di nooyu. La̱xsgyiik di...
Michelle Westerlaken
As mostly solitary animals, octopuses tend to avoid humans. They spend their time in the depths of the sea in places we cannot easily visit. They...
Ainslee Alem Robson
Having spent most of my life between cultural dissonance and cultural isolation, double consciousness has always been a part of my daily reality....
The South African Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer once wrote that “[to write a short story] is to express from a situation in the exterior or...
Kaya Barry and Samid Suliman
Welcome to the shores of Moreton Bay, just to the east of the sunny, sub-tropical city of Brisbane (or Meanjin , in the language of the Turrbal...
In the small north island township of Tāneatua stands Aotearoa New Zealand’s first living building. This building, known as Te Kura Whare , is...
Hock e Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds
My 7’ x 30’ forty-eight-piece mono print installations exist in two combined forms: a set of twenty-four primary prints accompanied by a set of...
While generational resilience and resistance in the United States has been in my blood for four generations, like most immigrant families, my...
There is flame, there is light. The flame scorches my pages, light illuminates and brightens them. When I write with the flame, it is because...
Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, and Troy Conrad Therrien
Survivance is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, with guest editors Natchee Blu Barnd, Black...
Category
Indigenous Issues & Indigeneity, Language & Linguistics
Subject
Decolonization, Blackness, Human - Nonhuman Relations

Survivance is a collaboration between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and e-flux Architecture.

Contributors
  • Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, and Troy Conrad Therrien Editorial—“Survivance”
  • Thandi Loewenson To get lost in mysterious mist
  • Betty Yu Acts of Remembering
  • Hock e Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds Our Red Nations Were Always Green
  • Cushla Dares The house that Tūhoe built
  • Kaya Barry and Samid Suliman A tour around the mudflats
  • Lesley Lokko Editorial—“The Long Short”
  • Ainslee Alem Robson Imaginary Nostalgias
  • Michelle Westerlaken The Telltale Worlds of the Octopus
  • Mique’l Dangeli Pandemic Potlatching on the Highway of Tears
  • Loren S. Cahill Love Space, or, How to Recognize Blackgirl Spatialities
  • Tyson Yunkaporta Building the Ark
  • Natchee Blu Barnd Editorial—“Permissions are Not Forthcoming”
  • Kathryn Yusoff Mine as Paradigm
  • Huda Tayob Unconfessed Architectures
  • Willem Larsen Taxonomies of Belonging
  • Black Quantum Futurism Project: Time Capsule
  • Erin Moore Four Lessons on Land, Space, and Resistance
  • Lindsay Bremner Editorial—“Weathering, Weathermaking”
  • Jenna Sutela and Markus J. Buehler Wet-on-Wet
  • Caroline A. Jones Siren Songs
  • Mae-ling Lokko Coconut Diaries
  • Bailey Peryman and Kelly Dombroski Cultivating, Havening
  • Maria Chávez Too Much Reality
  • Amba J. Sepie Editorial—The Wildness in our Bones
  • Joar Nango and Axel Wieder A Pact with One’s Own
  • Adjoa Armah Transformative Study: A Syllabus
  • Vishwas Satgar The Other Side of Ecocide
  • Carl Austin Hyatt Listening to Stone Beings
  • Emanuel Admassu and Jen Wood Architecture Without Measure: Notes on Legibility
  • Rasheedah Phillips Editorial—“Resisting Nostalgia”
  • Gloria Pavita Acts of Keeping
  • Hawai‘i Non-Linear A Justice-Advancing Architecture Tour
  • Nityanand Jayaraman The Perils of Climate Activism
  • Gordon White Everyone Experiments in (The Invisible) College
  • Alice McSherry, Paul Moss, and Amba J. Sepie Eating the Sun
  • Sarover Zaidi The Gift of Food
  • Lesley Green Applications Invited: Transdisciplinary Scholars to Re-Design Higher Education
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