Notes from the ICAN conference, Letterkenny (paraphrasing) –


Barbara Love:

Our mission is not merely to represent, but to change… We seek to end oppression, and then do the further work of healing wounds (there is no social change without this remediation of wounds).


Information is not enough. We need comprehension, and then transformation. [An address to memory, understanding and will.] An “ism” converts a movement to information, and makes it historical, in a dead sense, the way the body caries keloid.


John Johnston:

Learning, at heart, is cooperative. Cooperation itself is a threat, say – economically.


Learning institutions, as institutions, can actively discourage learning.


Working with a group of Northern Irish children on a mural; they put up words, ideas or structures that contribute to division. The biggest word, and right at the center: SCHOOL. [B. Love: Schools are often designed to generate citizens compliant to the demands of dysfunctional power.]


Pedagogy is at the core of Art. [Teaching and learning as the great dramatic actions.]


Learning needs unknowing in order to move forward. Do not fear “being seen to be undone.” Or being beheld in order to be undone…”


Lunchtime conversation:

Force fears recovery. Not only for its consequence – the enfranchisement of a previously resigned agent or population – but for the nature of the process itself – it is a state of change/pure potential (when classical Force prizes the inviolable and achieved).


David Grant:

Advertises Image Theater for its exploration of the Kinesthetic Imagination. “Doesn’t matter what it means, as long as it leads to the making of more meaning.”


Judith Marcuse:

Some of the chief ethical risks in art-for-social-change –

Hit and run; ownership of testimony; assessment; legitimacy (Liz Lerman – the work is strong when artists know “why they’re there/here, what they’re doing, and something changes”; isolation from other fields.


Eugene van Erven:

A Philippine term for actor: ATOR (Artist, teacher, organizer, researcher).


All genocides are auto-genocides; genocide is psychically similar to suicide – which is sold to the mind as self-improvement.


I’m stopping short of Don Mullan’s remarks on Frederick Douglas’ Irish connection… “Close of a long day” to quote another Irishman, so – more later.

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