is it possible for online research, collaboration, and connection to be informed by attention to our bodies, the collective body, the land and what nourishes us in real-time?
Are there other ways we can be generative and productive without taking on the singular definitions of a Capitalist, neoliberal structure? Are there other ways that we can define the stentorian voice of progress? If we’re not progressing, if we’re not producing, then there’s something wrong with us as a community, as individuals. What if rest is, as I’ve said before, listening to one’s Elders? What if rest is dreaming? What if working is playing? The university structure is one example of a colonial imposition that sees study and learning as only one thing; university tells you that if you’re not studying in some disciplinary manner, then you’re not studying. But what if having a conversation with a friend is a form of study?
Pause: Take a moment to appreciate the migrant ‘world’ around you. Take up an artefact, a small stone, a cup, a piece of paper, anything you can handle. Ask it a question. Allow yourself to come into conversation with the object. Consider the ways you are actually producing the object with your sensorial extensions, with sight, with touch, with voice, with concepts. Not that the object doesn’t exist, or is not real, but that its realness emerges within relationship. To turn that analysis on itself, consider how you are actively produced by the object: that in handling it, it is also ‘handling’ you. Consider the ways you exceed this encounter, how the image of the object is just a snapshot of what is becoming in the breathless ongoingness of emergence.
“How does a gathering become a ‘happening’, that is greater than a sum of its parts? One answer is contamination, make way for others. As contamination changes world-making projects, mutual worlds—and new directions—may emerge.”
"Radical softness is the idea that unapologetically sharing your emotions is a political move and a way to combat the societal idea that feelings are a sign of weakness."