One of the great pleasures of being an academic is that reading is a part of my job. But at times this can become a great frustration too. Not only is it impossible to read all that one might want to (or feel the pressure to), but reading can become tinged by a compulsion to productivity. Time spent with a novel may be enjoyable, but can be more difficult to justify when one’s physical or virtual desktop is strewn with articles to be read or reviewed. Yet at the same time, reading widely and outside of one’s immediate area of work can be rejuvenating, and can even prompt stimulating adventures or even improvisations.
This weekend was therefore one filled with some much needed reading diversions and distractions.
Thinking about new media and curation:
The striving toward autonomy is, some argue, ever more prevalent, perhaps even a prerequisite, for works of new media, which exist in a technological context shared by other media and entertainment that have educational and other commercial objectives. In this, it would seem that no matter the form of the artwork, the medium never matters as much as the context. However, the more interconnected the work to its context, the greater the change in the way the work of art might be curated or approached by a curator.
– Graham and Cook (2010) Rethinking curation: art after new media. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pg. 83.
Thinking about the possibilities of short plays that take place inside cars:
There is great pleasure to be had in a world of limits.
– Neil LaBute (2005) Autobahn: a short-play cycle. NY: Faber and Faber, p.xv.
Thinking about a colleague hosting an event next week to bring together community around the challenge of food justice:
Food Justice, for me is not just access to healthy and affordable food, but also to food that is culturally appropriate and which is produced in a manner that does not transfer the burden of injustice onto someone else.
– Megan Blake, posting on her Geofoodie blog
Thinking about a colleague posting about her new Leverhulme-funded project:
Focusing on policy design and implementation, ‘The Stigma Doctrine’ aims to develop a new theoretical account of the ways in which neoliberal modes of government operate not only by capitalizing upon ‘shocks’ but through the production and mediation of stigma.
– Imogen Tyler, posting on her Social Abjection blog