STRAND C: Future Traditions

Conveners:

  • Taina Erävaara, Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland
  • Basia Sliwinska, University of the Arts London, UK
  • Kirsten Stromberg, Syracuse University in Florence, Italy

‘The exercise of the imagination is dangerous to those who profit from the ways things are because it has the power to show that the way things are is not permanent, not universal, not necessary.’

Ursula Le Guin (2000) The Wave in the Mind: Talks & Essays on the Writer, the Reader & the Imagination.

Etymological roots of the word ‘tradition’ point to a transitory quality. ‘Trans’ meaning ‘across’ and ‘dare’ meaning ‘to give’ suggest growing. ‘Future’ on the other hand derives from the stem ‘fu’, which signifies becoming, the ‘yet to be’. Both indicate things in-formation, in-complete and within an entangled living process. In the current times of crisis- marked by a growing dissatisfaction with individualistic and materialistic discourses- this strand is interested in creative practices and cultural activities that question and challenge patriarchal, colonial and anthropocentric paradigms. Its aim is to contextualise art practice in thelongarcof human and geological processes,exploring aesthetic engagement and ethical social transformation as possibilities and concrete practices for future generations.  

How do we grow from what was, towards what we are yet to be in terms of multiplicity, communality and shared belongings? What artistic ‘traditions’ throughout time- the past, the present and the imagined- have the potential to form ethical practices for a viable and just future?

In particular, this strand seeks to explore radical approaches that re-visit and re-vision cultural practices through diverse histories, feminist and LGBTQ2+ discourses, and ecologies of becoming in a broad sense. Mindful of the word ‘eco’ deriving from the Greek ‘oikos’, meaning an extended family unit, we are interested in creative approaches towards communal engagement, aesthetics and social justice, alternative and gift economies, art and ecology, caregiving, contemporary philosophies of living and ‘liveness’, and questions of displacement and belonging.

We invite performative and dialogical approaches including, but not limited to: curated discussions, multisensorial interactions, educational workshops, performative actions, scholarly researchart projects and ephemeral interventions.

Keywords: aesthetics and social justice, ecologies of becoming, intra-actions, growing across, radical practice,dialogicalapproaches, ephemeral intervention.