The silly chilli

Imagine that, when you are born, someone comes and tells you: “You are a peach”. And a peach is normally sweet, juicy, soft and pink.

Imagine that, when you are born, someone comes and tells you: “You are a chilli”. And a chilli is normally strong, spicy, hot and red.

This makes it quite clear in your mind how a peach and a chilli are supposed to taste and look like.

Now imagine a peach that is strong, spicy, hot and red. Imagine that someone comes and tells you: “That is a silly chilli”. Meaning that a peach that is strong, spicy, hot and red is actually erroneous, different, wrong and loud.

What kind of effect would emerge after years and years of this association? Would you ever be able to accept the silly chilli as a good thing?

Now imagine that you are a peach that is strong, spicy, hot and red. Imagine you are a silly chilli.

What kind of effect would emerge after years and years of this empathy? Would you perhaps rethink how a peach is supposed to taste and look like?

Now imagine that this is not imagination, but reality.
Welcome to the age of the silly chilli.


The text was written for and read during of the opening of Shaking the Habitual: what is your Utopia? at | meter | in Copenhagen as part of part of a collective reading of utopian manifestos by the participants in the program.
Shaking the Habitual: what is your Utopia? is a 4-month season rich of guests, workshops, performances and events that will explore what a future without patriarchy might be. Spanish artist Yolanda Dominguez and I will contribute with The Gym Win Session: a workshop and lecture on female empowerment through body (re)presentation that will take place on June 2nd, 2018*.

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*Note on May 31st, 2018: “The Gym Win Session” has been cancelled due to incompatibility with the artist’s schedule.