Thursday, 7 August 2008

Exploring the Shared Terrain

I've been reading The Sociological Imagination by C.Wright Mills on Caroline's recommendation. Since we've been looking at a lot of art together I thought it was about time I got a bit of the history and context of her field of practice and of CRFR in general. On Art Mills says that although Art can express feelings about 'private troubles and public issues' it cannot formulate them 'with the intellectual clarity required for their understanding or relief''. I have been struck by the intellectual clarity of staff and students I meet. It's invigorating. There is the strong sense of of a craft being refined over time.

When I was at Art School as a mature student studying sculpture, I found myself looking for common characteristics of people in my class. I came to the conclusion that they were a group of young people fascinated by the material world in all it's manifestations (from wood to bronze, to people, to film, to food). Art School was about developing craft in manipulating materials to create meaning.

Can the two practices resource one another? Any other suggestions for reading material?

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