The first Visual Assembly should have been so different.
We should have been gathering in person, sharing ideas and physical space. Breathing each other’s air as we made our marks on the ground in West London.
An exercise in radical participatory planning
At what point does health care become violence? Why do health care facilities turn into prisons, and what can be done to prevent this? Where are decisions made as to how health care is structured? What tools could be useful in challenging and rethinking the relations between patients, care providers, and society in a time of crisis? Such are the questions addressed by the Care Units Visual Assembly, initiated by artist Nika Dubrovsky and writer David Graeber. Participants from London, New York, Rojava, and Graz join to collectively decide on the nature of a hypothetical “care unit” in an approximately two-hour Zoom webinar. This care unit’s interpersonal relationships and behavioral protocols will be visualized in a live chalk drawing using stencil patterns on the campus of the Medical University of Graz. Register to participate in the Zoom conference, watch the chalk drawing on-site in Graz, or follow the webinar here on Paranoia TV. A more detailed plan for the assembly can be found here and further updates to be published soon.
Visual Assembly is an experiment in which the artist’s role changes from a skilful professional, craftsman or romantic author to a facilitator.
Does she lose his author’s autonomy?
What if the Assembly makes terrible (or stupid) decisions?
We are happy, that Visual Assembly as a part of the steirischer herbst was invited to be a part of the conference hosted by Graz’s legendary activist institution Forum Stadtpark. Titled Es könnte anders sein – Konferenz für Praktische Kritik – Utopie (It could be different – Conference for Practical Criticism – Utopia), the conference will feature participants such as Silvia Federici and Alexander Neupert-Doppler, among others, who will investigate the perspective for concrete and radical change today, examining the notion of “utopia” itself. They ask whether the emergence of new commons, radical redefinition of animal-human relations, or a world without racism are really that hard to imagine.
I spend my morning reading about Cassie Thornton – an artists, with whom we share a common interest: care, health and how our society works. Just wanted to share a couple of links.
Feminist, Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future
Care and especially health care, particularly during the pandemic, has become a crucial issue for just about everyone. But even before pandemic, these were the main topics of family life. Most families are organized around the care for newborn babies, children and elderly relatives.
Tayssir John Gabbour: Ok now I have time alone to think. Embarassingly, I feel confused. And maybe should admit my confusion, in case there’s another clueless schmoe like me. 🙂