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a hopeful art practice : useful art

In 2013, Tanya Bruguera initiated and curated a project called the “Museum of Arte Útil“, in which examples and templates of “useful art” were made freely available, and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven was opened up for use by community organisations. In her opening speech, Tanya Bruguera said: “art as ‘as-ethics’, this is a term […]

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a hopeful art practice: the commons

In my last blog post on a hopeful art practice, we looked at a work by the sculptor Joseph Beuys called “7000 Eichen”. Joseph Beuys was invited to make his work as a contribution to the 1982 contemporary art exhibition in Kassel, “Documenta 7”. From the beginning of the project, he made it very clear […]

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hope and darkness

You, darkness, of whom I am born – I love you more than the flamethat limits the worldto the circle it illumines …. Rainer Maria Rilke, Book of Hours I.11, Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy In her powerful book about activism for social change, “Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities”, Rebecca […]

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a hopeful art practice

Rebecca Solnit, in her book “Hope in the Dark”, quotes Václav Havel, writing from his experience as a political prisoner: “The kind of hope I often think about (especially in situations that are particularly hopeless, such as prison) I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we […]

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on hope

Hope is also a verb, an action, (not a thing that you feel)and this means that it is on a different axis to optimism and pessimism (and also anxiety) –to my mind, this distinction is important to notice and pay attention to, here in the dark months.

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on hope

Exploring hope again. So I am continuing work on my essay, writing about hope in the work of visual artists, but I’m also thinking about hope in my own work. How that might be. I have started a short writing workshop , and have been introduced to a powerful poem by Denise Levertov, ‘For the […]

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hope and art, 3

A thread of thought today, about an artist who connects imagination with hope: The photographer Janelle Lynch has recently made a series of photographs called Another way of Looking at Love, photographs that I saw at the Prix Pictet ‘hope’ exhibition. The photographs are displayed as large format colour prints portraying plant communities. The pictures […]

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hope and art 2

Today, I’m thinking and writing again about hope and contemporary art. The thought which I want to follow up just a little today is that an art which is hopeful must address trauma also. It must look at the past and it must look at violence, and it must seek to be with the pain […]

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hopeful art

In my post today I just want to share with you a little bit about my research into an artwork in Liverpool called the Granby Winter Garden. This is part of my writing work about hope in art. The writer Rebecca Solnit, talking about hope, and its relationship with the past and with grief and […]

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hope, some more notes

Rebecca Solnit, concludes her book “Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities.” with this sentence: “Today is also the day of creation.”