Over baguettes, dips, fruit, and beers, Star and I chatted with two performers -- Shirley Acuna and Michael Carpentino -- about the themes of change and how to create a more refine narrative through-line. Ideas of acceptance, perseverance, hope, pushing through all emerged as we noshed and contemplated. We pondered on how while change is a constant it is experienced singularly, and how it connects us despite and/or because of this paradox. In the calm of a Friday evening, we discovered a collective experience.
It seems the theme, In Flux, hits a nerve; it succinctly names our collective experience. It doesn't judge; it doesn't condemn; it doesn't exalt. Rather, it simply puts into words what is occurring.
Our exploration, though, left a word unnamed, one I hadn't even pondered until the fog rolled in.
As I now sit on a mossy stump at Land's End, the Monday morning fog clears my head. It's exactly the kind of Monday I love. I am furiously scribbling in a notebook, which wasn't originally purchased for me. The words race across the page and my mind starts to empty. I am reflecting on on Friday's contemplation over baguettes, dips, fruit, and beer, and I am also holding in my heart the morning news from friends' feeds
-- Caribbean nations suing for reparations, Republicans trying to shut down government, youth movements creating peace in Pakistan, personal reflections on anger and compassion. All this clatter turns to silence, and then there is the word: RESISTANCE.
And it dawns on me: Yes, we are having a collective experience of change; we are also experiencing a moment of polarizing resistance.
I have no real answers to any of this pondering. I only know that In Flux is some sort of manifestation, response, documentation, exploration of both change and its counter-point, resistance.
So...PLEASE join us -- Star, Shirley, Michael, Open Show, Livable Environments, and 14 Black Poppies -- in this contemplation, exploration, and documentation! Please join us for IN FLUX on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 from 6PM to 10PM. We can always use more voices, hands, and words.
And...for extra viewing pleasure, here are some snapshots from my stump: