11 October 2017
From Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache by Keith H. Basso
“Knowledge of places is closely linked to knowledge of the self, to grasping one’s position in the larger scheme of things, including one’s own community, and to securing a confident sense of who one is a person.”
“One must acknowledge that local understandings of external realities are fashioned from local cultural materials, and that, knowing little or nothing of the latter, one’s ability to make appropriate sense of “what is” and “what occurs” in another’s environment is bound to be deficient.”
Make art about the knowing or unknowing linked with place, about the wisdom ‘in places.’
23 July 2017
Make art using one of these titles:
From the Stone Came
Listening to Fire
Salty and Wind and
In Memory of Water
24 July 2017
Make art about boundaries, making them, breaking them, protecting them.
19 July 2017
Make art about self-deception, about deluding the self.
20 July 2017
Make art about pardons, the act of pardoning, about choosing to punish or forgive.
21 July 2017
Experts have often drawn a correlation between heat and crime.
Make art about the emotional effects of extreme heat.
18 July 2017
Make art about humidity, about what those grand old Southern women used to call the closeness of the heat, the sweat, the cling, the sultry.
20 June 2017
Make art about getting caught in a storm, literal or metaphorical.
30 April 2017
I asked for a dream before going to sleep last night, a dream that would help me to solve a problem, answer a question I had. In the ways in which I was raised, dreams were just one of multiple ways of learning, ways of knowing.
Unlike mainstream Western culture, which tends to limit ‘knowing’ to what is categorized as ‘rational,’ indigenous cultures across the globe recognize multiple sources of knowledge an individual or community possess and can access, including traditional wisdom, dreaming, land knowing, symbols and images, shared knowledge through connectivity, and story, among others.
Make art about ways of knowing.