I was supposed to go to two parties tonight.
This is quite self-indulgent.
Walter Scott, “A Somatic Conversion”, 2013 – photo by Barb Choit
I try to be really opaque about my use of camouflage now; I don’t really like to talk about it. It can mean a lot of things. People have approached me about the camo with different readings, about class, allocation of resources, complex narratives, institutional critique, all of that. And I guess my not talking about it is a part of it existing now. I’ve given people a hard read of why I used it in the first place, and it mostly alienates people. I feel like I’m just gonna sit back and let the camouflage do the work it wants to do, rather than me force a reading onto it. I think that’s what it wanted to do the whole time.
This will be the first of three discussions following readings that deal with issues of racial and social identities and how they are navigated within a contemporary world. The jumping point for this topic was last meeting’s focus on the limiting purview of archives and recorded histories and how they can be reconsidered to include alternate (typically marginalized) stories and histories. This mini-series also takes the current important group exhibition “Fiction/Non-Fiction” at Esker Foundation as a third point of reference for our look into identity in a [post]colonial country.
Our first foray into the discussion will take Homi K. Bhabha’s chapter 11 “How newness enters the world: Postmodern space, postcolonial times and the trials of cultural translation” from his book The Location of Culture, as a starting point.
I went to this last week it was pretty fun even though maybe we didn’t talk about those specific things that much. I don’t know if it means I should go to grad school or something but I felt really energized and excited to go out and party after talking about meaning construction and rhetorical structure and ways that poetic language functions for two hours.
Inspired by Masterchef Junior.
I am making a contribution to the Schmoozy silent auction this year. It’s a little bit special maybe.
November is the month when I try to improve my shaving technique. Pretty smooth today, a little bit of rough under my right jaw. That corner is the hardest part of my face.