Working with resistance towards a non-dual “poetry” - and politics – “of truth"

Andrews, Jorella G.. 2023. 'Working with resistance towards a non-dual “poetry” - and politics – “of truth"'. In: CVC 'Labor and Resistance' Series. University of Wisconsin, Madison, United States 8 February 2024. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The words “work”, “resistance”, and indeed “truth”, tend to connote difficult terrain. As such, they evoke associated practices which, at best, are taken to require a fighting spirit, closed fists, and gestures of opposition. Or, at worst, responses characterised by fright, flight or frozenness. But to what degree is this due to the dualistic conceptual frameworks in which these terms are constantly positioned, particularly at the levels of everyday speech and experience (work versus leisure or laziness; resistance versus compromise; truth versus lies), frameworks that so often immerse us in polarising double binds?

What happens to “work”, “resistance”, and “truth” when non-dual, transcontextual models are foregrounded, with their attendant ambiguities, their detours/detournements, and their hospitality to what the French realist author Stendahl called “true little incidents”? Particularly within contexts of public space and public discourse? This lecture will consider these questions by foregrounding on early example of what has come to be known as paraconsistent logics and perceptual rationalities discoverable in the work of phenomenological, (new) materialist, and indigenous thinkers. Specifically, I will foreground insights from the French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty's short essay "On New Items" from 1954, in which [competing] aesthetic/anaesthetic approaches to the stewardship of public space are identified and untangled. I will also reflect on a personal, informal example of object-making involving the delicate intra-actions of clay, a support, air, and sandpaper - my Holdings (2020-23) offered a material meditation of the politics of open-handedness. They were exhibited in a group show about touch, Behold (Hypha Studios, London, 2023).

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Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures


8 February 2024Completed
14 September 2023Accepted

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University of Wisconsin, Madison, United States

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8 February 2024

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04 Jan 2024 16:34

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10 May 2024 12:06


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