Reviewing notes from my first Cultural Identity class in January 2015 with professor Deirdre Visser, here were some key points that stood out to me this week:
Part of respect is having difficult conversations (respectfully)
"Power is an elimination of all other options." Anne Bogart
If you have power/privilege, then if you experience equality, it appears as a loss
Power/privilege are not fixed, but context dependent
Lab rats and mice treated with intelligence with act with more intelligence
Easier to be aware of stereotypes that are associated with ourselves than others
Collectively, understandably support, advance and challenge each other to grow
Generative discomfort is positive
Always grateful for the radical education I got at my MFA program at California Institute of Integral Studies that challenged and opened my perspectives on power and privilege as an artist. Right now in my work I'm looking toward how I can further push out of my comfort zone, and reminders like these are touchstones to collect as I'm forming my next project. Thank you, Deirdre!
How are you challenging yourself right now?
How are you breaking out of your comfort zone?
What are your collecting as you cultivate your next project?
Happy listening, collecting and generating,
Happy finding comfort in discomfort,
And happy spring,
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Process notes on a work in progress (me). This mostly contains raw rough content pulled out of practice notebooks. Occasional posts also invite you into the way I work, with intermittent notes on the hows and whys on the whats I make. Less often you may also find prompts and processes I've brought to workshops, as well as surveys that help me gather material for projects. Similar earlier posts from years ago can be found on: