Essentialism, a philosophical principle that X is X because X is X, is a cornerstone of pseudo intellectual philosophy. What this notion always fails to take into account, is material conditions as well as the context in which the object or concept in question exists.
In the case of material conditions, an essentialist analysis of a bed simply says “it is a bed, because a bed is defined as this object in question is presented.” However, this analysis is entirely dependent on language, as should be obvious. The bed is a bed, because it was built out of a formula of materials, given the arbitrary title of “bed”, and assigned the purpose of supporting and comforting someone while they rest.
An example of this analysis is typically used by Essentialists when discussing gender. “Gender is determined by Sex”, as the saying goes. However, again the essentialist miserably fails to formulate anything resembling intellect. While many cultures have formed gender roles based on Sex, within each of these cultures exists a vastly different perception of how gender roles work. Many cultures made use of more than two genders, and many cultures have made use of transgender gender identity. Even so, Gender is the means by which society assigns roles to its members, and not an inherent, undeniable truth. -
THE STATE OF A SCULPTURAL MEMORY- The Liberal Arts Department and Institute for Gender and Development Studies, The University of West Indies, UWI, St. Augustine Campus.
New Geographies - Studies in Postcoloniality and Globalization, International Conference....
March 24-26, 2011.
I presented.. THE REHUMAN SEAT -
Repositioning the Body, the Sculpture's essence attempted to place the body in a position of close proximity, challenging and deconstructing physical and sociological norms contained within gender.
Construction, was done by welder Edward Obrien, it was a blast going to the work shop and seeing The REHUMAN Seat emerge, at a relevantly average budget. We scaled back on the design concept... was glad with what we accomplished, still keeping to the intention of the conceptual statement, presented to the conference planners...making 10 cents into 25cents.
Somewhere on campus, is the seat...
Очень символично прямо перед поездом побывать в фантастическом памятнике Мендельсона, а очутившись через несколько часов на фестивале авангарда в Иванове, первым делом познакомиться с опытом осмысления конструктивизма на Урале.
Moving around paper adapts to my need of fast decision making. When I choose one technique I realise that I like the process. The process itself has magic. These are two possible solutions. But none of them convinced me.