In 2011 I wrote this - 'I have come to recognise that when I wonder where and what my practice is, I am usually moving on to something new and interesting. I have learned that an important characteristic of a process of becoming is unpredictability.'
It's easier to see these things in retrospect than during the process. I am again finding myself wondering where and what my practice is to some extent as some of the things I have been doing are coming to an end. My Research role with Loughborough University and the DISC project were both temporary, fixed term positions. Andrew Howard and I are at a point of transition and thinking about what to do next, Andrew has suggested we create 'Andrew and Laura's map of the world' together and I have suggested we return to drypoint and possibly engraving. Roaming Penzance has no funds and I had a meeting this week with Debbie, one of our advisory group, to discuss this. The issue that crops up repeatedly is how to include one another's differences without objectifying ourselves in the process. I have been trying to find ways to approach funders without using labels in describing people. However, Debbie suggested that to be in denial about difference, such as disability or homelessness, can itself lead to hardship and deprivation.
I am presenting a paper next week at the Loughborough University, School of the Arts 'Research Round-Up' conference and my literary research has included some of the writing of Theatre Director Augusto Boal. The following quote comes from Legislative Theatre, pp 250-1
‘Culture is at the whim of the market and transforms the artist (the person who creates the new) into the artisan (the person who reproduces a model). The individual disappears, lost in the class or group to which he or she belongs.
The paradox of globalisation: to globalise, it is necessary to isolate the individual, not in order to strengthen his individuality, but to make his differences disappear, the things which render him unique. We cannot forget that our identity is created by what we are, but also by what others are, which allows us to be what we are, in our relationship with them. I am a father because I have children, a man because there are women. In the current globalism the individual is isolated so that he loses that essential part of his identity: difference. The individual is isolated so that he will lose his individuality. Individual without identity, nameless; a number! The individual is isolated so that he may become a recipient, a container into which the media and the technocratic discourse may pour contents. The individuality of the individual is kidnapped, the individual transformed into a thing. The individual, unique in himself, becomes the mass; the concretion becomes abstraction. The discontinuity between one individual and another is eliminated: the exemplar becomes the species.’
Augusto Boal, 1998
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