cura: 1. spiritual charge: care. 2. to restore to health and soundness, to bring about recovery: cure. 3. Root of the word “curator” in Latin; one who is responsible for the care of souls, later, one in charge of a museum, zoo, or other place of exhibit. 4. instrument with two or three strings that is used in folk music. 5. small sparrow. 6. the name of a short story written by Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, also known as the Fisherman of Halicarnassus (A Flower Thrown to the Sea from the Aegean, 1972). 7. “The double sense of cura refers to care for something as concern, absorption in the world, but also care in the sense of devotion” Martin Heidegger

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Day 2

CuraBodrum Residency
Day II
For day I of the residency, we started by showing Agnes Varda's “The Gleaners and I “ which introduced valuable issues of ownership, the right to essential resources like food and water, especially when gleaning, even modern practices like dumpster diving, shows how much waste actually occurs, and how this excess has in the past, and can benefit so many.
For the second day of the Curabodrum workshop, we began with a brief introduction to readings on tactical media, including those by Rita Raley. Being that we are in one of the most beautiful places in the world, sometimes I wonder how much of the 2-3 readings per day we'll do. (smiles).
We'll get through it.

We have an amazing number of people (15+) from incredibly diverse backgrounds, and during the first day, we all shared our work, which is about 5-6 hours worth. Absolutely mind-bending, from archive visualization, to cultural interventionism, to institutional satire, social interventionism, and mass media satire. Arzu, Burak, and I are truly lucky to have thrown a party where: 1- people wanted to come, and 2 – such amazing people decided to come.
In addition, today is Global Protest BP day, and we're considering if and what sort of intervention we might like to do as a group to join in. Yesterday, Arzu and I were musing that in such an idyllic place, who could be angry? But this is not the only place on earth. Let's see what we come up with.
Tomorrow, we employ Debord's tools of psychogeography, mainly the derive, to explore the landscape of Bodrum in order to determine the social issues we might like to address. Stay tuned.

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