(by Anooj)

I recently received an article from sex worker and activist, Laura LeMoon, saying, "An ally should be personally gaining NOTHING through their activism. In fact, if you are an ally, you should be losing things through your activism; space, voice, recognition, validation, identity and ego.”  I think this is the exact move to insignificance that I think of as essential; what are we willing to sacrifice for the sake of building communities around us?  

I was especially fascinated by the use of the kiosk as a container of memory in juxtaposition with memory as something imagined and as a non-linear reflection of the past rather than the past itself.  If memory itself is serving as a form of creating, how do we use that as an access point for communities to think about how to create in other capacities?  In the curiosity and wonder that seemed to be expressed by passers-by I thought back to an article from "Artists During Times of War," a collection by Howard Zinn.  There was an article that spoke about the origins of pamphlets and the wonder they used to elicit through their function of disseminating material that the public couldn't receive in other spaces.  I began to see the kiosks as a kind of pamphlet and then was reminded of the temporality of the pamphlet in its initial purpose... when pamphleteers are seen now, most people turn to walk the other way.  What used to represent agency of people to learn the truth now represents a lack of agency as many people feel pigeon holed into interaction with pamphlets.  How can our containers of memory harness agency and choice within its viewers? 

How can we be reminded that our memory is as time bending as the memories around us and that It is within the power of our the people to decide if the differences in how we remember are reason for conflict or reason for coming together? 

With the origins of Documenta14 being steeped in the master's relationship to art, hearing about Anton's art was extremely encouraging.  He seems very separate from his ego yet able to still watch himself from outside his work to be able to establish a need for sustainability.  I always wonder in these conversations and especially after our activity last week, about what people's bodies feel when they are talking about their projects with us.  We are only introduced to their faces for the most part, as social construct calls for, but that's what I have learned as the commodifying part of the body.  I would love to hear how people's entirety sits in position to the investments that they talk to us about.
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