Connected Conversations: Thinkers Roundtable 3 February 2014, Elizabeth Lynch
Posted by Elizabeth A Lynch on 04 February 2014
Recent reading that I've found useful and interesting includes:
All In This Together, The de-politicisation of community art in Britain, 1970-2011
by Francois Matarasso
Together - the ritual, pleasures and politics of cooperation by Richard Sennett.
I've been working with Rajni Shah over the past couple of years and learnt much through our conversations and reflections on socially engaged practice. People might be interested in the publication
Dear Stranger I Love You the ethics of community in Rajni Shah Projects' Glorious
to which I contributed 'Where will the message go?'
Whilst having working mainly with young people in the past, more recently my work with Rajni, Bush Theatre and now with Alinah Azadeh is with adults. Alinah's project Burning the Books offers a moment to reflect on and engage in a dialogue about debt other than the one you may think is on offer. It questions the relationship between measurable, financial debt and other forms such as emotional, psychic, ecological and social debt.
I'm interested in understanding the traces we leave through participatory arts practice, which in most cases are of course unknowable as the 'evidence' is hard to capture and track over time. However now we have social media and a body of work which can help us to at least speak to participants 20,30,40 years on and explore these traces, shifts and change as a result of creative experiences that bear meaning.