questions and notes from “reading things”

How do I “tell” a material/object something?

How can I relinquish my own agency to allow the material theirs? To behave how it will?

Can I remove my own interference? No, but perhaps I can move any and all significance away from my initial interaction.

Make the object ask a question rather than the artist asking a question.

Nature of the material is revealed through behavior and interaction. Revealing ones nature as a form of “telling.” One way interaction does not exist. There is a continuous push and pull

How do I remove authorship without physically giving away a thing?

“In it, I proposed a way of reading sculpture as a form of embodied pedagogy—sculptures as objects from which we learn.” relationship to specific objects by Donald Judd

How does one construct an object with autonomy?

“First, an intersectional analysis of gender policing acknowledges that fear is not doled out equally, and that a person of color is already more likely to produce anxiety for a nervous white person in a bathroom.10″ 

Yes. Not equally no fairly. Subjectivity of fear in fear culture delegitimizes its authority in decision making.

When I analyze this dynamic in this way, I am actually able to feel compassion for those who oppose the presence of transgender people in bathrooms that “match” their self-professed gender identities, because the idea that a person’s gender could be self-determined and believed by others as a matter of faith is a legitimate shift into another perceptual system literally incompatible with one rooted in biological essentialism

Naturalism is a prevalent mindset in non-progressive ideologies. I would offer, however, that instead of refuting naturalism (and even behavioralism) as law, one should perhaps assert that even IF these presumptions are true, we are advanced enough as social beings to legislate differently than biology’s narrative. This might address a wider variety of perspectives.

“In thinking about Mark and her succulents, I am wrapping myself around the sustaining potential of relations of care with non-human things.”


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