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PARTICIPATORY ARTS LAB: ONE

The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom with all its limitations remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labour for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom. (hooks 1994: 207)​

Today we looked at:

Creating Community

‘the process of communication is in fact the process of community: the sharing of common meanings, and thence common activities and purposes; the offering, reception and comparison of new meanings, leading to the tensions and achievements of growth and change’                                                                                                                                                                                                          Raymond Williams 1958[1]

We identified some of the communities we belong to: looked at these in terms of latter part of 20th century identity issues:

  • Class
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Ethnicity
  • Disability

Then examined which communities we felt we belonged to.  Spoke about notions of imagined communities – like nations – where we have no day-to-day contact with members of the community but share things that make us feel we are a community.  Referenced Benedict Anderson. Considered the notion of Imagined Communities, (Verso 1983)

Looked at narratives of belonging and narratives of difference. Ideas of participation and non-participation.  And how these affect our own cultural identity.

 

Cultural identity.

We thought about the notion of culture and how in the past (and even still) it often referred to Western Civilisation.   Made installations (from the content of our bags) that made some suggestions about our own concerns about cultural identity.  Spoke to them.  Shared them.  Questioned them.

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