Somethings Take Time To See

It was around the end of 2011 when my super good friend, and great artist & writer, Paul Harrison and I got together in a Cafe Nero in Doncaster (The only place to get a decent chai-tea latte in the area at the time… maybe it still is) and we talked about how we thought new media art and ‘socially engaged’ art were crucial tools to help enable critical thinking— and therefore —- more openness.  Perhaps it could help enhance a more epistemic justice. Because gosh knows there needed to be. It was a crucial time. The Tories had just gotten into power the year before and their cutting of projects, programs, funding, closing libraries and youth centres and the trippling of universities fees was happening right in front of our eyes. Lots of protests, lots of petitions to sign in the beginning. It felt important to try and provide a place where people could connect – learn – listen – without needing much more than 10 mins. But give it light, give it time, give people a space, and elevate it.

We were sick of the insular systems surrounding the artworld (& outside in a lot of institutions) – who gets to speak and from where? Who always gets a big chunk of the opportunities and the dialogue? What kinds of voices are not as-well-acknowledged and represented as they should be? We also wanted to share people’s passions- unedited. it didn’t need to be a flow funny or deep narrative that’s curated like TED talks are (which they are). it can – and should – just be words that needed to be said. No scripts. Not really a time limit (tho for our art making needed to be around 10 mins & also increase the likilhood someone would have time to listen)

We talked at ends and decided that our individual practices might not be the vehicle for it. So that’s where we decided to create F/o/r/c/e– which stands for Free. Online. Radically. Collected. Education.

The mission: A force for good! In Italian forza means strength. To give voice across to anyone, to give strength – especially to those who don’t usually get to. And we’d create art/videos that would go with these stories/ideas/thoughts/journeys/whatever the person wanted to talk about.

We created it, together. Website, got people to provide us with their loves. wrote a manifesto. found things we thought was F/O/R/C/E-y – and then after our first video I got super sick where fatigue & pain over took my life & it lasted fucking ages, so Paul did a lot of the brunt of the work.

Time went by and then I decided that this experience and the experiences I had gained – was to be in healthcare to deal with the episetmic injustices there but also be one of the people who provide deep listening and empathy with compassion of a persons experience with illness and this treatment pathway.  I went to study radiotherapy & Paul went to Tokyo to work. We had a conversation maybe 2 years ago? Maybe it was a year ago. We weren’t sure whether we should close this project that had only just felt like it had begun, and be able to maybe do something else. I wasn’t too sure myself. Part guilt, probably from not pulling my weight as much as I would have liked back in 2012 and in 2014/5. I said, let’s leave it open. Not sure the action of closing is the right way. We did default on our website domain website payments tho. So now we lost an archive of material somewhere in the web.

And F/O/R/C/E has sat here. With cool videos on our vimeo page https://vimeo.com/user15467645 – a twitter page full of incredible links – archived stuck in a set of time https://twitter.com/FORCElectures (not sure i’ll be able to re-open this account as our email is long dead).

But I realize under this year’s events – in particular (though we did start it in the upheaval of austerity Britain) – we need something like F/O/R/C/E more than ever. We need spaces away from the oppressive & recessive histories and structures that crush voices, that tell people that their thing or stories are that that ones no one wants to hear about.

We need Spaces to document these turbulent times – whether its a pandemic or a call for equity and epistemic justice.  We want to make art with a persons talk – to show that it deserves attention.

The core of most of our problems in society today, whether its care experiences in healthcare, or Brexit, or racism, or kids not paying attention in school, etc – is that people want to feel like they’re being lustened to – and feel valued. that they have your attention. So many of us feel unheard and it’s a harm. These harms come in many forms – either hermunatically or testimonially  (predominately) – and if we keep on ignoring the and changing the structures that keep alowing such harms than i feel like it will continue to get worse.

and I think F/O/R/C/E is one of those many spaces here, and to come, to help house and store and share and platform this stuff / these experiences. It reminds me a lot of how we’re taught these days, and how systems and money is used, that everything needs to be spent by the next finacial year – that courses need to be complete in x amount of months. We give up when we don’t see results after so long. We might be forgetting the joy and the revelations in the long game – and this reminds me that we can not rush things – especially when they involve listening. For listening and really hearing are timeless.

So it’s now my turn to carry most of our next engagements/work forward. I’m going to recollect all our bits together – and the content will likely be slow and steady – but that’s because deep listening takes time. I hope you’ll follow along.

I’ll leave you with Paul Harrison excellent essay post about it from 2014 on the excellent Aesthetics of Protest site:  http://aestheticsofprotest.org/force-lectures/

And I hope you’ll give our Facebook page a like if you haven’t already F/o/r/c/e

Here’s some videos we made for peoples stories/ideas/journey/thoughts/experiences

Ashley Holmes, ‘Nothing To Lose’ F/O/R/C/E from F/O/R/C/E Lectures on Vimeo.

Yvonne Yang Guang – ‘The Stingy Artist’ -F/O/R/C/E from F/O/R/C/E Lectures on Vimeo.

 

More videos here: https://vimeo.com/user15467645

(photos from my wordpress archive in  2011, ha!)

Best of the Week

 

I’m still feeling ‘under the weather’. (A saying that I sort of don’t get – think about it). Had my first ever ct scan on Friday. It was kind of cool, in a technological & expensive but this is still free on the NHS wonderfulness kinda thing! Mane, I love the NHS!

It’s been 2 months and a half since I started having bone ache, feeling really tired, night-sweats & since we found out 3/4 weeks ago – an enlarged spleen. And i still have all of this! Not going to lie, I’m so pissed off with my body that whatever it is, isn’t shifting or revealing itself in an obvious way so we can treat it. It’s really affecting my quality of life (tiny violin, please).

Regardless, I’m really busy at the moment (exactly why the fatigue is annoying me & my productivity). I’ve under taken a new project. More details soon. Gravity is becoming a big thing. I might even be promoted next academic year to researcher as apposed to research assistant. Yeah! Not going to jinx this though. I’m doing this video thing in 2 weeks for SOAR. I need to put the finishing bits on to some of the drawings for them before that. I have my ongoing collaboration with PhD awesome Harriet Davis, and my other collaboration with Abi Goodman from the Site Gallery Residency is starting to come together – we just got invited to present our practice at this conference thing. (Details in previous post). In addition to this, I have just got my new contract for sheff doc/fest – AMAZING. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity again. So I’m working on the drawings for the awards – and the Live illustrative mapping is gonna be DOPE this year at the festival. watch this space. I’m gonna work so hard for them, like even harder, because I’m so thankful for this experience again

Also, I send off for my USA work visa this week so I’m ready for when my Temporary contract is up! Boom. Who said i wasn’t organized?

Speaking of being organized. I’ve given myself a strict work schedule so I can get all my freelance work done & to a high standard whilst working my day job  under my mystery illness. If this goes like I hope it will, dude, my art-practice is gonna be like worrrrdddd! WORK!

Best of smizz:

CURRENTLY:

Listening:

The Very Best of Dina Carrol

Hoodie Allen

Reading: 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce

How To Be A Woman (still) – Catlin Moran

Politics of Art: Contemporary Art and the Transition to Postdemocracy – Hito Steyerl

Blogs:

http://thiscitycalledearth.tumblr.com/

http://bromo-aj.tumblr.com/

http://tinywrld.com/

http://threeguysheadingwest.tumblr.com/

http://nationalgeographicmagazine.tumblr.com/

http://readvertise.wordpress.com/

http://roadtripsmizz.tumblr.com/

Watching: 

Existential cat is existential

Modern Family

Have I Got News For You? New Series

Movies:

Like Crazy

Motherhood

Be Kind Rewind

Tell your friends to tell THEIR friends! SLAM

 

 

 

 

 

Ain’t nothing but a gangster party! –

SLAM. PART 6. 1st February!

7:30PM bloc projects, Sheffield.

FREE. – OPEN MIC Night of poetry, (ANY TYPE but we LOVE slam poetry n spoken word) And Performance!
MUSIC, DRINKS, POETRY AND GOOOOOOOOOOOOD TIMES AHEAD!

Invite your friends and invite their friends!

REMEMBER: NOW IS NOW!!

 

(Images designed by @jamscotton http://www.somethingandsomethingelse.com )

Things to worry about & not to worry about:

In 1933, renowned author F. Scott Fitzgerald ended a letter to his 11-year-old daughter, Scottie, with a list of things to worry about, not worry about, and simply think about. It read as follows.

 

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?

 

 

i don’t usually digg sculpture:

Artist Maurizio Cattelan’s latest piece of work (which is currently on display at the Guggenheim, New York) has to be the craziest/coolest installation I’ve ever seen! More pictures here: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/10/view/17498/maurizio-cattelan-all-retrospective-at-guggenheim-new-york.html

Artist Maurizio Cattelan’s latest piece of work (which is currently on display at the Guggenheim, New York) has to be the craziest/coolest installation I’ve ever seen! More pictures here: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/10/view/17498/maurizio-cattelan-all-retrospective-at-guggenheim-new-york.html

I don’t usually digg sculture unless it has a poignant or poetic quality to it. However Cattelan’s latest installation/sculpture piece reminds me of the recent book 100 Objects of the World. It’s fantastic. Here in this exhibition we have this tension between history, design, and the importance of archive.

SLAM JAM PART 5 (CAKE) AT BANK STREET ARTS, 16TH MARCH 2011

SLAM JAM PT. 5! Sheffield, slam poetry night at BANK STREET ARTS


It’s been a while since our last SLAMJAM. This time we are teaming up Bank Street Arts (directions on the website www.bankstreetarts.com )in Sheffield.

This is YOUR moment to SHINE.

For those who aren’t familiar with the SLAMJAM format.

EMAIL us (cake.artgallery@gmail.com) or message on facebook/twitter! for a place to do your

SLAM/
POETRY (any type)/
PERFORMANCE/
PRESENTATION/
YOUR-THING
or just turn up on the night, and be inspired by the AWESOMENESS of the nights performers & audience, as it is an OPEN-MIC format.

Some selected highlights thus far:
Spencer Hale (NYC);
James Prescott (SHF);
Matt McAteer (CHST);
Along side many other funky people. Be sure to book your space!

And of course, like all good things, there will be
MUSIC, FUN-TIMES, CHEAP-BOOZE
and lots of networking and catch-ups!

NOT TO BE MISSED. And like all great things in life, IT’S A FREE!

Thanks to BANK STREET ARTS for this opportunity.

 

CAKEEVERYONE.COM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quote of the new year

At the gate he topped me and asked, “Where is the master going?’

“I don’t know ,” i SAID, “Just out of here, just out of here. Out of here, nothing else, it’s the only way I can reach my goal”

“So you know your goal?” he asked.

“Yes,” I replied, ” I’ve just told you – Out of here – that’s my goal!”