… and yes, as you say, Nancy,
"roaming goes back to the state of mind before anyone sets out on the dérive, before anyone decides to let themselves be affected by immediate events, or to try to manipulate them to one's own purpose, before anyone decides to oppose capitalism or revolutionise art. "
Our Roaming 'intention' is in fact almost a contradiction of the word. This isn't to say that we have no focus or strong feelings, we most certainly do, but we are attempting to meet in as open a way as possible in order to understand difference differently. Tensions can arise when some individuals see the lack of definition as an opportunity to forward their own particular agenda. When this has occasionally happened we have had some extraordinary moments of the group as a whole handing the situation in reasserting our values and ethos.
I remembered Rosi Braidotti writing about 'radical immanence' when I was out walking with Olive today. She says that the spirit of any transgressive movement is typified by 'a lightness of touch, a sense of opening up of possibilities, a profound empowerment of the potentials of life'. She expresses how it is crucial not to become overly absorbed in the seriousness of political issues and to give credence to what she describes as, 'the merry-making aspect of social change'. (Rosi Braidotti, Metamorphoses: towards a materialist theory of becoming, Polity, 2002)
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