fergusonKristiania is a loose collective of writers who have come together to encourage each other’s work and put the means of production back in the hands of the people who write the books. The group will publish and support the creation of writing that does not conform to the commercial expectations of the contemporary publishing industry.  Though our personal aesthetic visions may differ, we are united in our belief that art plays an urgent and central role in challenging cultural and political assumptions and molding that which makes us human.  Once a month, we hold a salon at which members read their work and we discuss pressing issues of aesthetics and culture.  The location of our salon changes month to month and this month, it will be taking place at Flux Factory/Utopia School.

MONTHLY QUESTION:

I could say that on the occasion of two collectives – Flux Factory and Kristiania – meeting, I propose a discussion on race.  Or, I could say because of two collectives meeting, I propose a discussion on race.

I could say that despite the prevalence of writing as a medium, I invite a photographer to help me with this month’s question.  Or, I could say it is because of the prevalence of writing that I invite a photographer to help frame the discussion.

I could ask if we are talking about race (profoundly) when we talk about race.  I could ask if we’ve talked about Ferguson enough?

Photographer, visual artist and friend, Divine Williams decided to go to Ferguson – twice, at her own expense – to see for herself and make photographs of the events still unfolding in that Missouri town.  The October 30th salon will be a space for her to show those photographs – interspersed with readings – to both spark and join a discussion.  Considering both the form of ‘collective’ and the topic of ‘race’, let’s ask ourselves these questions:

–          Who do we live with?

–          Who do we cooperate with?

–          Who are we collective with?

–          Who do we watch out for?

–          Who do we take up for?

–          What is our citizenship of (which society)?

–          How do the ways we evoke – bring up or leave absent – race in our art (writing or visual) affect the discourse on race in society?

ADDITIONAL REFERENCES:

PS.  This discussion should not be limited to the US or to race relations therein, nor are the above links meant to limit the discussion to their subject matter.  Ferguson is a starting point … bring your own contexts.

PSS. Here is the Facebook event and the Utopia School listing.

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