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per·fect storm, n.

  • a particularly violent storm arising from a rare combination of adverse meteorological factors.
  • a particularly bad or critical state of affairs, arising from a number of negative and unpredictable factors.
  • an online publication about the current combination of crises in the so-called Land of the Future.

a perfect storm is a compilation of ideas, combined in a partial and provisional way, emulating the political-atmospheric phenomena it engages. It starts from a seemingly unanswerable question: “What can storms in Brazil tell us about climate changes elsewhere?”

In a country once defined as the “Land of the Future” – a land where the future is a promise always about to arrive –, a unique constellation of political and ecological factors, some of which have in the meantime become crises, have fed on each other, converging in a particularly violent storm.

With contributions from thinkers and artists from a variety of different backgrounds, a perfect storm is, for the time being, assembled in three phases – reflections on the ecological crises and the plurality of worlds they bring forward, on extractivism as an interweaving of local and global phenomena, and on the material-semiotic effects of the nation-state as a powerful fiction.


a project by
diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery


Camila de Caux
Moritz Gansen
Eric Macedo


Gabriel Carvalho
Camila de Caux
Eric Macedo


Fatin Abbas


Caroline Adler
Hannah Wallenfels

visual design

Estúdio Guayabo
(Valquíria Rabelo + Daniel Bilac)

web development

Mr. Wolf

with the support of

Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin