Spill Writing

Coffee Morning: On Labour (Impressions)


 

A vocabulary of mass/e:

 

Assembly

Collective

Gathering

Ceremony

Committee

Community

Kinship

Clan

 

A series of questions:

 

How to work together, or, the politics of work, or work-place, or, between structures of work and labour, or, processes of being.

 

A series of answers, between heritage and place, identity and displacement:

 

Unlearning dance, re-visiting ceremony, working from the rituals of one’s heritage not just as an activist stance, but as a mode of being and learning.

 

Being identified versus self-identification: this seems particularly pertinent at a time when ‘citizen’, ‘foreigner’, ‘stranger’, are all gaining currency in right-wing political rhetoric – a kind of displacement of sorts.

 

(I am thinking about Ocean Island Mine, and how it speaks of displacement in a Pacific context, how it unfolds discourses around climate change to a human level, unpacking how communities are affected, and the skewed power structures that sustain necessity and reinforce power)

 

Labour performed, labour assimilated, labour imprinted- labour showing onto the body, the body showing labour, the economics of labour, the necessity and (in)visibility of labour.

 

A series of nomadic thoughts, lingering in between

 

Duration as a mode of unfolding different conceptions of (non-linear) time

 

Being identified, rather than identifying

 

Displacement not only as the process of being moved, or moving by necessity, but also being re-contextualised, re-positioned, re-read

 

Processes of cultural valuation in relation to identity politics, in relation to labour

 

The displacement, the refugee as a political and social moment, the interweaving of lineage and conflict, the labour of moving ahead, or being moved.

 

The body as a place of history

 

– Diana