experimentality - social movements http://www.lancs.ac.uk/experimentality/category/tags/social-movements/0 en Workshop 2: Charlie Gere, Ruskinian experimentalism, or the historical roots of experimental art http://www.lancs.ac.uk/experimentality/blog/workshop-2-charlie-gere-ruskinian-experimentalism-or-historical-roots-experimental-art <P>Charlie Gere (Department of Media, Film &amp; Cultural Studies, Lancaster University) opened his presentation by describing how the window next to where he writes faces directly towards Ingleborough, one of the famous ‘three peaks’ of the Yorkshire Dales, along with Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside. Concomitantly, he explained how, John Ruskin gave the name ‘Looking Down from Ingleborough’ to the first issue of Fors Clavigera, the series of letters addressed to ‘the workmen and labourers of Great Britain’, which also was intended to support the work of the Guild of St. George, the utopian society Ruskin, then 50 years old, founded at the same time. &nbsp;</p> <P></p><p><a href="http://www.lancs.ac.uk/experimentality/blog/workshop-2-charlie-gere-ruskinian-experimentalism-or-historical-roots-experimental-art" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lancs.ac.uk/experimentality/blog/workshop-2-charlie-gere-ruskinian-experimentalism-or-historical-roots-experimental-art#comments art change collective experimentation politcs social movements workshop 2 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 20:58:30 +0000 Diana 169 at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/experimentality Experimentality - life and magic! http://www.lancs.ac.uk/experimentality/blog/experimentality-life-and-magic <p><em><strong>The Annual Research Programme</strong></em> defines the main topics of debate that unfold in the Lancaster University hub of inter- and post-disciplinary, intra- and inter-institutional encounters, the Institute for Advanced Studies. This year's programme, 2009-2010, is called Experimentality and is <a href="../">billed in this way as "a unique, open-ended conversation about the power of experimentality</a>", beginning with a <a href="../event/workshop-1-experimental-condition-programme-launch">launch on October 14-15</a>:</p><p><em>"Experimentality is a year-long collaborative exploration of ideas and practices of experimentation in science and technology, the arts, commerce, politics, popular culture, everyday life, and the natural world.<br /><br />Over the course of the academic year, the programme will run a range of workshops and arts events, culminating in an international conference, The Experimental Society, on 7-9 July 2010."</em></p><p>In this blog I will collect some anecdotes and ideas, stories and viewpoints, perhaps even some analysis and maybe a rant or two, hopefully food for thought, about the kind of experimentality that surrounds the practices of magic healing in the Amazon with the use of what the shamans call teacher or power plants. These are special, sacred plants that facilitate the access to intuitive knowledge about the world, particularly in the context of patients with problems - or for prophylactic purposes or to "simply" develop spiritually. It will mainly focus on the use of ayahuasca, which will be grounded in a politics of social movements and presented from the perspective of autonomous development, as opposed to the predominant Euro-American developmentalism perspective, which is centred upon ideas and politics of private property, industrialisation, teleological investments in high technology, as fixes.</p><p>Coming to terms with shamanic experimentality is a deeply political matter. The destruction of the forest in which the healer learns her skills from the wild of the plants threatens the sustainability of the healers' practices: their schools are burning and being demolished.</p><p>I will take some material from the <a href="http://colonos.wordpress.com/">Colonos - Amazonia por la Vida blog, which has a diverse collection of "stories (and rants), reflections, photos, analysis and maybe even some good ideas - often relevant for the Amazon or for life in general</a>".</p><p>Looking forward to a year of experimentality and hopefully some magic! :)</p> <p><a href="http://colonos.wordpress.com/"><img class="mceItem" src="http://colonos.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/logo_3.jpg" alt="" align="bottom" /></a></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.lancs.ac.uk/experimentality/blog/experimentality-life-and-magic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.lancs.ac.uk/experimentality/blog/experimentality-life-and-magic#comments amazon autonomous development ayahuasca body climate change healing health logging magic mind politics rain forest reflections shamanism shamans social movements Thu, 01 Oct 2009 12:25:43 +0000 mp 45 at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/experimentality