My words are evasive
They fall from my lips like gravel
Talking to you
Feels like I’m scrambling up an expanse,
A cliff face
I can’t gain any purchase
As the words fall
They carry no weight
No sense of the gravity behind them
We both edge towards this chasm
faith In a shared symbolic order Is wavering
I keep focusing on the absence of sound,
The deferral of meaning
You are my sublime
Your silence all-encompassing
In this room we
Share everything and nothing
-extract from spoken word performance
The Body is a site of conflict, the distinction between the self and Other in constant flux. The terms with which I establish my identity are under contention: Gender, Race, Sexuality, Class, are revealed as ‘floating signifiers’, social constructs which hold immeasurable power.
Ernesto Laclau describes that the acquisition of new human rights is dependant on the recognition of coherent social groups, which enable subordinate relations to be recognised as oppressive through ‘chains of equivalence’. How might art facilitate this process?
Language can be seen as the core site of power exchange, as Ranciere (quoting Plato), asserts ‘a speaking being is a political being’. The Demos of ancient Greece (the birthplace of western democracy) were littered with violent exclusions.
In my final year, I reflect upon my own struggle towards political autonomy. As public and private spheres collapse in the digital age, I ask what platforms might artists utilise to create the sites of dissensus so critical to social praxis?
Link to – Opensourcemuseum.com