I feel a bit vulnerable about this post, because it is a true unedited reflection of my morning thoughts.
I would like to, in the course of my group residency, find a moment of dissent I can call my own.
Is it possible to find a deeper truth?
I always thought truth would be firm enough to stand on, at least for a moment, like a stepping stone in the river. Until then, my intentions are to show up for a dialogue. To show up without an agenda that would contextualise my actions… so it will be uncomfortable.
It will be uncertain.
But I will be open to possibilities,
I will be open to influence
And in the flux I will find my
Balancing the inside with the outside
I wanted to talk about non-linear movements in which there is no clear path from A to B and no singular ‘body’ that can be controlled.
In my 2018 paper ‘Individual Dissent for Collective Change in Art and Society‘ I was objecting to the notion that a movement is coherent when you’re in it.
As I prepare for the Laboratory of Dissent 2019 I am holding the intention to show up for a dialogue. A conversation between different perspectives. Whether that perspective is personal or political, experiential or theoretical spatial or otherwise the intention remains the same.
I can predict with a degree of certainty that our collective artist residency will pull focus on the social and practical dynamics of what it takes to find solutions to day-to-day challenges.
Every answer is but a hypothesis yet to be realised.
Every action has a consequence yet to be understood.
Further ideas are spinning off onto scribbled scraps of paper for further multi-medium exploration. I will come back to this.
You’re invited to start a conversation, to let me know what you hear in my words; be my mirror in an inside/outside dance.