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2005年11月6日
California State University - University of Wisconsin
Jeanne Curran
Ph.D., Esq., Professor Emeritus of Sociology, CSUDH
Naked Space and the Art of Engagement
Look at Helnwein's painting under Visual Sociology
Help us find visual, aural, metaphors that will let others understand the importance of engagement in this process. Look at Helnwein's painting under Visual Sociology. I left it up. What was Helnwein saying? Why was he willing to offend. Why do Beau and Michael want to shake us up? How are those things related? Why did one of my students make a giant box that when opened had a lovely smiling face inside that said "F^&* the Patriot Act"?? Isn't that a lot like what Helnwein and Kiefer and Beuys were doing? Maybe saying "wake up and look at what you're doing?"
California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Current Issue: Volume 25, No.14 , Week of November 6, 2005
Dear Habermas
A Justice Site
Topic of the Week: NAKED SPACE AND THE ART OF ENGAGEMENT
Betty Melton, Secretary in Sociology, took this photo of naked space for us Thursday afternoon. And I posted the call for papers on Teaching in Higher Education this afternoon on transform_dom. Something about what Betty captured in the photo seemed to communicate naked space to me. I can't explain it, not yet. It's like my attempt to explain "will i still be me" last week.
Naked space is about our social learning, our creation of a learning community, and about our intense engagement with the substantive issues that are currently part of our lifeworld. We symbolize the concept by the empty space, but that's just a visual metaphor. Naked space is more than an empty space. Naked space is about creating space for answerability and for the Other, about respecting each other and humans well enough to restore the earth to her powers and ourselves to loving life and the living and those who came before us and will come after us in this endeavor.
Think about it. Help us find visual, aural, metaphors that will let others understand the importance of engagement in this process. Look at Helnwein's painting under Visual Sociology. I left it up. What was Helnwein saying? Why was he willing to offend. Why do Beau and Michael want to shake us up? How are those things related? Why did one of my students make a giant box that when opened had a lovely smiling face inside that said "F^&* the Patriot Act"?? Isn't that a lot like what Helnwein and Kiefer and Beuys were doing? Maybe saying "wake up and look at what you're doing?"
The French sometimes portray the poet as the real leader of humans. Why do you suppose? Can we understand and become more aware when we "get it" all at once without beating it to death with words? I once had a teacher who could take a really exciting idea and beat it absolutely to death by the end of an hour lecture. We need the words. We need the books. But might we need the visual and aural to hit us up the side of the head and wake us up??? When we insist on politeness and gentleness and kindness and not correcting each other are we destroying our own creativity and lining it up like desks all in a row? What about our poets and musicians and artists?
What was I really seeing of all this in Betty's photograph above?
love and peace, jeanne
References:

* Voter Turnout as an Act of Engagement: the Propositions.
* Art of Engagement, exhibit and lecture, on Peter Selz' new book Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond
* Artists Represented in Art of Engagement Exhibition

Jeanne Curran, Ph.D., Esq., Professor Emeritus of Sociology, CSUDH
Patricia A. Acone, B.A., A.B.T., Community Adjunct, Emeritus, CSUDH
Susan R. Takata, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice, UWP
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