The pandemic as a portal, things will never be the same again. Pay close attention. Be honest. Put your ear to the ground. We need our stories, we need our complexities, we need to make space for each other. Make art that is needed. Imagine a different kind of world (notes from Arundhati Roy talk).
What do we have in common? Symbols, narratives, processes? Geological processes / time. Evolving.
Create a structure that is organised and organic, that is interested in the exploratory nature of process. Feel the freedom to move/edit/adapt each-others work.
How do I get to the Lochmaben Stone? Drive 70 miles south on the motorway, then down a small road that comes to a dead end. Walk along the edge of the water, climb over the barbwire fence, then across two fields, over a stile, around the cows and through the wheat.
The shock of the moment, thinking on my feet, dealing with being unprepared. The urgency of the moment. The emergency of the moment. What do we learn from the moment of emergency? What ‘emerges’? Think about the moments, not the long history. The mosaic of the moment. The montage. Not the continuities (notes from Homi K. Bhabha talk).
Value the process and make it visible.
Bring it into focus – move away from it so it goes out of focus – move back towards it and refocus.
Create and occupy spaces that are productively uncomfortable.
Visiting the stone has become a kind of pilgrimage. Visiting the Research Catalogue has become a kind of pilgrimage.
The lateral gaze, the adjacent move, the side by side proximity can’t be replicated on Zoom. The circularity of the gaze – I miss this! (notes from Homi K. Bhabha talk).
Art can disorganise the flow of meaning, history, narrative. Disrupted heritages. Who authenticates heritage and who says what is of value anyway? (notes from Alex Hale talk).
The near past.
Multiple histories – elongating and contracting.
Occupying different spaces at the same time.
Where is the edge?
The frozen city, dark tourists, the zip shop, shoe shop, tractor shop and the biggest cinema in Famagusta. Now the homes, apartments, shops, libraries and cinemas are occupied by nature.
I understand and forgive the past. I love and generate the future (notes from Yiannis Toumazis talk).
Let me start with Jam! Civil wars start from within and the making of jam was disrupted in Abkhazia in 1992. (notes from Anastasia Shesterinina talk).
Do we keep it? Cover it up? Close it? Stop it? What do we remember? What remains is the story, the oral footprint, the partial knowledge.