Tamas, Sophie. “My Imaginary Friend: Writing, Community, and Responsibility.”

Tamas, Sophie. "My Imaginary Friend: Writing, Community, and Responsibility." Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, vol. 14, no. 4, 2014, pp. 369-73. Abstract: I have a problem with collaborative writing; the words themselves put me on edge. This piece follows the line of that affect down and through identity, agency, power, intimacy, responsibility, representation, and the … Continue reading Tamas, Sophie. “My Imaginary Friend: Writing, Community, and Responsibility.”

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Back, Les, and Nirmal Puwar. “A manifesto for live methods: provocations and capacities.”

Back, Les, and Nirmal Puwar. "A manifesto for live methods: provocations and capacities." Live Methods, edited by Les Black and Nirmal Puwar, Malden, Blackwell Publishing, 2012, pp. 6-17. Abstract: In this manifesto for live methods the key arrangements of the volume are summarized in eleven propositions. We offer eleven provocations to highlight potential new capacities for … Continue reading Back, Les, and Nirmal Puwar. “A manifesto for live methods: provocations and capacities.”

Barry, Lynda. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor. (2)

Barry, Lynda. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor. Montreal, Drawn & Quarterly, 2015. Keywords: creativity, teaching, drawing, writing, image, attention, brain, state of mind Quotations: [Ivan Brunetti] there are things all of us can draw in a way that is recognizable ... All of these things show up without effort--they are already in us (104). … Continue reading Barry, Lynda. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor. (2)

Barry, Lynda. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor. (1)

Barry, Lynda. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor. Montreal, Drawn & Quarterly, 2015. Summary: In this collage/course reflection/thought collection, Barry shares her experience as artist-in-residence at UW-Madison. To summarize is difficult. Barry captures force and essence in her compilation of syllabi, student work, and personal musings. The artwork is as compelling as the text as she draws … Continue reading Barry, Lynda. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor. (1)

constructive ambiguity

i am interested in taking kissinger's more sinister power play into a positive, generative direction in composition. rather than sapping optimism, i wonder how constructive ambiguity might push students to "write offshore" (cynthia haynes) and contemplate hopeful futures. how do we construct a future that allows for impredictability, cultivates that even? is there a way to … Continue reading constructive ambiguity

Composing ‘Histories of the Present’

a quick pin, excerpted from Lauren Berlant's Cruel Optimism (p. 63-69): Here, figures move transversally across spaces, quickly and lingeringly, reflectively and in the flesh, projecting and sensing atmospheres and impacts to which they have to catch up and respond. Sometimes they unlearn, sometimes they repeat, sometimes they surprise themselves, often they just lean numbly or … Continue reading Composing ‘Histories of the Present’