How do you create a new genre of art or new methods of art exploration? Not new technique but new frameworks, new spaces for fresh explorations, new questions that construct new realities or present new understandings? Is it possible to evolve the coming together of the artist beyond looking at things/objects/decorations /canvas/ walls?
For example why and where has digital art and internet art emerged? What possibilities does this trajectory create?
My focus here is on Kingston and Jamaica as well as islands, countries and communities similar to Jamaica. Why art? and how does art connect as society emerges into more complexity? I present two examples of a deliberate divergent trajectory in art practice as i see it.
Motza Ramon and I are similar in the issues we explore also in the ways we explore them. For me “art” is not only in objects or making things but really in finding ways to look at real life, to share observations and to challenge reality. When i bring people together to look i am making art. because the objective is to create something that will affect perception of reality. I want enter and exit imagination and reality.
In the examples below we have chosen the idea of a workshop or a lecture as the art space as well as the method. The ideas here are developing and I will continue to explore some of the ideas and responses to this in other posts.
Obama is coming! – Planning for State visits Forrest fires and the Riverton Dump.
A two day certificate course for anyone wanting to live on a post-colonial, post socialist, post black, post African, capitalist island.
On April 9, 2015 the President of the United States of America Barak Obama visited Jamaica. Several preparations were made. When asked about the extent of the preparations that were being made the Prime Minister said in a Jamaica Observer interview “My response would be, when we have our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles coming we always clean up our house,” Simpson Miller said, adding that this was no different.
One month before Mr. Obama arrived in March, there was the largest fire ever at the Riverton Dump. In a Jamaica Gleaner Article Deika Morrison explained why the Riverton Dump fire is a “disaster of historic proportions”.
How does that make this a disaster of historic proportions? It is not just because it is the largest fire in the history of Riverton. It is not just because more than 800 people have gone to hospitals. It is not just because schools have closed and GSAT was rescheduled for the first time. It is not because businesses closed, food couldn’t be produced at some point in the polluted areas, or that ports closed, preventing import and export. It is because of what we have been, are and will continue to inhale and ingest from the smoke. In my research, I am yet to find a previous disaster that has posed a potential health risk like this to such a large percentage of the population.
The Jamaica Observer reported that “Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed empathy to everyone who was affected by the recent fire at the Riverton landfill in Kingston.”
“I sincerely empathise with all the persons, who were impacted in one way or another – whether through health challenges or the disruption of their daily activities,” she said.
“The last two weeks have been a difficult period for thousands of Jamaicans in Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine, who were affected by the fire at the Riverton City disposal site,” she noted.
Since May there have been major forest fires in Blue Mountains. According to Gleaner reports;
“…Resources employed to combat the Mavis Bank inferno are running at an all-time low, as the raging flames show no sign of retreating.
Not only are the areas that are under coffee and other production being burnt into oblivion, but the fires have succeeded in consuming available resources including foiling the efforts of the firefighters.
Facilitator: Afifa Badiliko Nzinga Aza Phd
Presented by the Di Institute for Social Leadership
A WAH DAT OVA DEH SO? Ovastanding the politics of design
This course explores the politics of design in Kingston. It takes the form of a city walk or tour of two sites; the ATL showroom on Oxford Road and as the JMMB ATM on Hope Road. Each site demonstrates sharply the politics of design and social and cultural issues reinforced through design.
The course invites participants to observe their immediate response to the sites and examine those responses by identifying design features which may embody their responses. Participants share these ideas with each other in a conversation and propose an alternative that could be located at the specific site. Participants are asked to document these ideas by uploading images of the sites and captioning the images with their suggestion of an alternative that could be located at the site. This will mark the beginning of an ongoing conversation on the Politics of design in Jamaica.
Details: This course is organized by Di Institute for Social Leadership (a part of the SO((U))L group). Di Institute is located at Marescaux Plaza on Marescaux Road, Kingston.
Time: 2:00-4:00pm (or early afternoon)
Meeting spot: Participants will park at Emancipation park and walk up Oxford Road towards ATL Automotive Showroom.(there is a possibility that a group van be accomodated inside the showroom. we will need to confirm numbers before hand)
JMMB- Participants will park in Sovereign Centre and walk over to the JMMB ATM.