In the last seminar we were given this amazing little booklet. Now I’ve mentioned this in a previous post so if you’ve already read it please skip to my response but for those who haven’t, I’ll give you the intro given to me when I was handed it by my tutor:
‘Re-imagining Citizenship is a collaborative project initiated by the Politicized Practice/Anarchism/Theatre Activism Research Groups based at Loughborough University.
The Re-imagining Citizenship Activity Book/Re-imagining Citizenship Living Archive forms part of an ongoing dialogue around themes related to art and political activisms. Since 2014, artists, researchers and associates of the three Research Groups have organised exhibitions, installations, performances and participatory events to explore the potential for art practices to re-imagine citizenship. These culminated in a series of activities during in March 2019, including the production of the Re-imagining Citizenship Activity Book which has thirty different contributions, inviting readers to respond creatively to sets of instructions (using text, images, video or audio) and to upload them to the Living Archiveon the Home Page of this website.
From 11 May to 24 November 2019, the Re-imagining Citizenship project will be exhibited at Palazzo Mora at the European Cultural Centre as part of the Venice Biennale. Contributors to the Re-imagining Citizenship Activity Book will run a series of related workshops throughout the exhibition period. Come and join us there!
Re-imagine, participate, respond! Help us develop and share new, creative approaches to citizenship! ‘
This extract was taken from http://re-imagining.org/about/ where you can find even more information about the piece.
Having already completed the ‘Be a citizen dancer’ and found it a really interesting way of engaging with art and even the concept of citizenship itself I wanted to do more. When my tutor turned to us all and said the next task was to complete ‘Be a citizen pamphleteer!’ I was thrilled.
These were the instructions:
I decided to do mine on meat and dairy consumption reduction. I chose this topic simply because it’s something I really do care about. It’s an extremely clichéd topic, hence I wanted to distance myself from the self-righteous and (in my opinion) far too serious narrative which already existed in vegan/vegetarian propaganda. Instead, I wanted to add humour to soften the blow of the truth. Comedy is an extremely powerful mechanism of change.
I hope you enjoyed engaging with my creative shenanigans of dissent! If you so happened to find this topic interesting or have any questions/suggestions, I love a good chin-wag so please do get in touch. Thank you for reading!