‘Dissent’ means to think or act in ways that are at variance with what is considered the popular or accepted norm. But for many people it also brings to mind moments of conflict, or the isolation and loneliness of moving away from the crowd. When CAS lead artist David Dixon announced the new CAS Dissent program some artists were wary of the word. Others felt inspired by the call to use their creativity to question systems, structures and models of thought.
My fellow artists began to question how they fit in, and how their art practice related to dissent. For some, like Lydia Heath (above) it felt like their existing practice finally had a home, a wider context in which to ground itself. For others their connection to dissent was less obvious.
In the fragile early days of the CAS artists network the last thing we wanted was for anyone to feel disconnected from the group. To encourage engagement and a sense of shared discussion and involvement from all artists I created a project in which I interviewed all CAS artists and filmed the conversations that ensued. Interviews began in December 2014 and ended in Feb 2015.
Moments of Impact
CAS Artists were invited to share what acts of deviation or dissent have had an impact on them. From Ghandi’s salt march, to being referred to as a Dissenter in court, the stories are as diverse as they are revealing. Watch and discover all the different ways that examples of ‘Dissent’ can show up in one’s life.
An Invitation To Dissent
After the CAS artists had shared their stories they were asked “What myth doesn’t hold true for you?” and “What do you want to see done differently?” to encourage them to find their personal connection to dissentful thoughts and ideas.