Week 4: Resist

Amber Huff

In Week 4 we talked about resistance.

“To even make something tiny that will contribute to the new world requires that we involve ourselves profoundly in the science and art of imagination, in the gaze, in listening and creativity, patience, and attention….

Because what we want, or what we think about, is a new world, a new system.” (The Art That Is Neither Seen Nor Heard)

Amber Huff (STEPS Centre/IDS) shared some ideas about resistance and art. Movements of resistance have been important throughout history for provoking change, for example in civil rights and working conditions.

Where people get together to resist injustice, this can create a space to imagine how the world could be different. To create hope and provoke action, resistance movements often use visual arts, songs and dance. In different settings and different ways, from the International Workers of the World to the Zapatistas and Kurdish fighters in Syria, and in many other groups and places: images, movement and music are an important way to tell stories and communicate radical visions.

The great challenges that face society may lead some of us to panic or despair. But another way is possible. Inspiration and solidarity can grow from the knowledge that there are many, many people working together for change.

The art of rebellion (Part 1)

The art of rebellion (Part 2)

Zapatista Embroidery as Speech Act in Zapantera Negra

The Art That Is Neither Seen Nor Heard

The Story of Don Durito and Neoliberalism

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