Dissent and the Ecology of Ideas: Neil Chapman (Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Falmouth University) Thurs Feb 5th 7.30pm at St Gluvias Hall, Penryn

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Please join us for our first session of 2015 with artist / writer Neil Chapman
(Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Falmouth University)

Thurs Feb 5th 7.30pm at St Gluvias Hall, Penryn (map here) 

Poster attached (pdf) please spread the word, thanks

Dissent and the Ecology of Ideas

In her essay The Articulation of Protest Hito Steyerl points to a problem evident in certain cultures of political film-making. In the urgency to communicate a message, the forms of power being criticised are themselves implemented inadvertently, the film-makers’ cause undermined as a result. Steyerl’s ideas extend to shed light on practices of speaking and writing more generally. We articulate our dissent. From a certain perspective the efficacy of such words depends on ideas being presented well. But the task of more effective communication is never finished. Words always say too much or too little, always miss their proper time. In our efforts to speak and write well we forget that the politics from which a message emerges is an ecology affected in turn by all that’s said. How can we ensure that our practices of speaking and writing are sensitive both to questions of effective articulation and to the climates of thought from which speaking and writing emerge?

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