- Some have said that we have come to inhabit the post-industrial condition. But what could that mean?
- After the disappearance of factory work from the lives of most people in the Western world, we have entered into a culture where we do no longer just work, we perform.
- We are the creative types who have created jobs for ourselves by exploring and exploiting our talents to perform small artistic and intellectual miracles. When we perform we create concepts and ideas as well as social bonds and forms of communication and communality.
- We are the avant-garde but we are also the job slaves.
- When we choose to make our living on the basis of doing what we want to do, we need to get our act together; we need to get things down, in any place at any time. Are you ready?
- What would it mean to put up resistance against a social order in which performativity has become a growing demand, if not a norm? What would it mean to resist the need to perform?
- When and how do you give up on the demand and need to perform?
- What could make you utter the magic words ‘I can’t’?
- Does it take a breakdown to stop you?
- Do the words I can’t already imply the acknowledgment of a breakdown, a failure to perform, a failure that would not be justifiable if your body would not authenticate your inability by physically stopping you?
- How could we restore dignity to the ‘I Can’t’?
- Can we make I Can’t (part of a) work?
Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation # 58
- We have to learn to embrace latency.
- To embrace latency goes against the grain of the logic of compulsive performativity because it all about leaving things unsaid, unshown, unrevealed, it is about refraining from actualizing and thereby exhausting all your potentials in the moment of your performance. We have to rethink and learn to re-experience the beauty of latency.
- Career opportunities, we are told, are all about being in the right place at the right time. Finding a lover to love maybe also is.
- Is there a right time for love?
- What happens when time is out of joint?
Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation # 47
- Why would you ever want to say I can’t when you can?
- After all the joy of art, writing and performing freely lies in the realization that you can, a sense of empowerment through creativity that in ecstatic moments of creative performance can flood your body with the force of an adrenaline rush.
- To face up to your own potentials might be one of the most challenging tasks of your life if not even your responsibility.
- You perform because you care, to care enables you to act.
- When your child is in need there is no no; you have to act even if you thought you couldn’t. I care generate I can.
- But I care also delimit I can.
Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation # 491
- Sometimes the right thing to say is no. I care, so I can’t.
- When you need to take care of your friends and family, to profess the I can’t may be the only justifiable way to show that you care.
- I can and I can’t – may both originate in I care. To recognize the indebtedness to the other as that which empowers performance also means to acknowledge the importance of care.
- I care is a question of welfare.
- To live a life caring is to negotiating the freedom and demands of the I Can and I Can’t
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