Thanks Steven and Anita, for initiating
I, like many people I have spoken to over the last week (including
our many European friends and colleagues in the UK and on the
continent) have found this last week very distressing.
The referendum promoted a narrative, supported in ALL mainstream
media, (not just in the UK it seems, but across Europe)... that
characterizes the British people, and especially the English, as
wannabe-again-Imperialists, and (depending on their class) either
dumb, uneducated and racist; or hubristic Neoliberal muppets.
This narrative is now amplified (and seemingly proved) by an
upsurge of street-level racism and hostility towards our
neighbours from Germany, Poland, Greece, Romania etc who have
enriched our lives by making theirs in the UK.
Before the referendum, I found myself uneasy about actually
campaigning for Remain in spite of my desire for pan-European
peoples' alliance- because I couldn't ally myself with the
dominating political arguments proposed by the Tories (and backed
up by big-business and the establishment), and didn't want to
participate in a process that further stamped on the dignity of
people in the UK who are already so disenfranchised by the effects
of austerity cuts (and many years of other systemic injustices).
layer in the UK is now finding its voice, but the reporting of the
protests reinforces the Leave-voter caricatures.
So I am looking for better information. Here's
UCL study has shown that the poorest 20% of British workers have
indeed been affected adversely by immigration...
of the following they considered to be forces for good, a
considerable proportion of leave voters expressed support for
multi-culturalism (29%), social liberalism (32%), globalisation
(49%), the green movement (38%), feminism (40%) and even
About half of the voters, whether leave or
remain, felt capitalism was a force for ill rather than a force
for good (51%:49%).
Whatever we do, I think we need to build solidarity with other
people who are suffering the effects (and they are many) of the
bank crisis and resulting austerity politics.
On 02/07/16 19:19, Steven Ball wrote:
I’m posting this to following a brief conversation with Anita McKeown, Ruth, and Marc.
The ramifications for life in the UK after the EU referendum are still very unclear. Parliamentary politics is in meltdown and the direction of travel for future government seems to be further right, the economy is looking precarious, meanwhile a toxic wave of overt public racist violence is spreading across the country. It is tempting to think that we are entering a disturbingly illiberal dystopia. Artists cannot sit by or remain in a bubble while this happens, the necessity of responding to this situation is urgent, but what can we do, what are we doing?
The purpose of this discussion is twofold:
- Firstly and most simply to make connections, to share information about what we are doing in response as part of our practice, to share news and information of any exhibitions or opportunities to produce public responses to the current situation.
- Secondly to speculate how we might produce and present work that responds to the current situation, what is the nature of that work, who does it address, and where will it be exhibited.
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