Mar 19th ~ 23rd
Just one day in Cork this week after the Paddy’s Day bank holiday. Our Situations discussion was about the two French feminists texts; Luce Irigaray, When Our Lips Speak Together & Helene Cixous, The Laugh of the Medusa. We could choose one to concentrate on so the people that read each text would lead each conversation. I chose The Laugh of the Medusa and found that the text reads like an intimate letter, with an almost poetic style. One core idea in the essay is that women must take control of their own speech, symbolism and develop their own style of writing or écriture feminine. Women should write in a poetic way, open to interpretation and reject masculine writing forms like the novel, she should write “in white ink”. They should reclaim their bodies and write through them. After we discussed the texts the conversation switched to the state that modern feminism finds itself in, and the many subsets therein. I’d never come across the term Womanism and the work of Alice Walker as a way to wrest the feminism project from its association with white western women. It asserts that a woman’s culture and femininity are inextricably linked not unlike the ideas of third wave feminism. For Alice Walker her Blackness is not a component of her feminism; instead, her Blackness is the lens through which she understands her femininity. Lucy also introduced us to Snail Sense feminism which, along with Womanism, is seen as a subset of African feminism. This applies to women living in strongly patriarchal societies and donates how slow and carefully women must strategize.
Tuesday was our first Placing Practice class with Jesse, I was curious about meeting her going from Francesca’s obvious respect and anticipation of the class. Well I wasn’t disappointed; we dived straight in the conceptual deep end. Jesse has an uncanny mastery of artistic language that I found hard to keep up with sometimes. Well this is Masters Level so I’ll need to up my game. I’ve always worked hard to simplify the descriptions of my artworks but when working within art institutions I will need to expand my art lexicon. Regardless, just from our first meeting I’d imagine Jesse would be a great source for analytical tools and artistic methodologies.
I’ll miss the rescheduled trip to Sirius Centre this Wednesday but at least we’re nearly there with Metropropolis, three very busy days ahead fitting in Sandyford, then we’re free!