The Poetry Project


Dis/Course #2: Consider the Omnivore: Consumption, Anxiety, Mess as Imagination with Jayson P. Smith

“My practice is liminal and boundless in that I’d prefer not to be categorised with ease because when my curiosity carries me elsewhere, I am not interested in explaining the logic behind what seems like a ‘transition’. I am not transitioning – I was never stationary. My artistic practice is nomadic insofar as I am wedded to certain rituals and time investments, but when and where I perform them is not dependent on a medium. I don’t want what I do to be exhaustible.” -Kameelah Janan Rasheed

“I’m in the world
I’m in the world
I’m in the world
I’m in the world

I must be part of it” -Diana Ross

Let’s take a second to be real. Being in the world is hard. The idea of maintaining a “practice” while navigating our daily informational/sensory/late-capitalism overload is hard. We are fed everything at once and then told to make sense of it: our wants, our bodies, the environment, debt, you name it. To be an artist in this moment (in some ways) is to battle your own attention span in a world designed to overstimulate us: quite simply, a _____ mess. So, that’s what we’re going to make, too. In this space, we will attempt to fully (re)consider process: from the gestures we lean on in our making, to our usual stimuli / points of departure, to our chosen containers—through the exploration of somatic techniques, writing prompts, & more. We will engage with artists / makers such as Doug Kearney, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Tierra Whack, Marjani Forte, and Lorna Simpson as we attempt to render utopia as an ontology, instead of an arrival.

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