recently i gave 2 guest lectures at dartington college of arts; in order to be paid, i had to fill out numerous forms (including one to opt out of a pension scheme) and there were many emails back & forth about my alien status & how my payment could be authorised. when i expressed surprise at this - surely visiting international guest lecturers are not such a rarity?
"For hours after the attack on Taksim the whole neighborhood looked like a warzone. Police charging everywhere. Teargas everywhere. The black block anarchists were fighting back. Citizens who didn’t even know what the IMF was got trapped in between. In clouds of teargas. Horrible sightings. Horrible." - Battal: Resistanbul 06 10 09
after a hectic few weeks in denmark with the installation let ME go, i'm now resting in exeter (after giving a couple of lectures at the wonderful dartington college which is sadly to close at the end of this academic year). when i say resting ...
A presumption I have come across every now and then is that, because I am known for making art with technology, on the Internet, defining and redefining alternative territories (collaboratively) via digital networks with on-line communities; that I do not 'actually' create works in other mediums or experience other/different art forms in other environments. Although it is understandable of where such attitudes may come from, such presumptions may say more about or at least highlight, a misunderstanding or non-appreciation of the wider picture.
Given the opportunity I would certainly make this choice every-time.
Things I would do differently
1. Learn at least a few words in the language of every country I was passing through: hello, please, thank you, excuse me, help.
2. Learn a bit about the contemporary and historical relationship between bordering countries and my own where I'm making border crossings.
3. Take a knife a spoon and napkins
4. Take antiseptic cream and sticking plasters (would have been put to good use at least twice on my trip)
Being in possession of an EU passport and a credit card means being a privileged traveler.
Following our alarming encounter with passport control crossing from Hungary into Serbia, I had the impression that our kindly little conductor felt responsible for ensuring that of couple of clueless western tourists caused no more trouble – as though we were children not entirely capable of rational action. I am ashamed to say that I seriously doubt that a traveler with a similar language handicap, but no EU passport and credit card would be met with the same care and consideration in the countries that Ruth and I set out from.
I have been back nearly a week now from my overland journey to Linz and Istanbul. So before my recollections are wiped from my mind by the familiar choppy rhythm of activities, concerns and associated short journeys...
Recently I have been re-earthing myself. I have had a few personal revelations which have given me much to think about. It has a lot to do with a recent death in the family, which I will not share in great detail on here if that's ok with you. These revelations are not religious at all, I have never been one for such things, but I do know that one is able to possess as much and perhaps more, spiritual wealth, connecting to one's and other people's inner depths without the aid of 'organised' mono-cultural cults or religion; for me this feels like a more authentic form of human expansion.
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