By S. Luckman
Drawing upon box paintings and interviews with cultural employees within the united kingdom and Australia, this publication examines the cultural paintings stories of rural, neighborhood and remotely positioned artistic practitioners, and the way this sits inside neighborhood economies and groups.
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Cyborgs, in Haraway’s manifesto, are products of an environment in which not only is the hallowed boundary between the organic and the inorganic – human/animal and machine – ‘thoroughly breached’, but other ‘crucial boundary breakdowns’ in the Christian epistemological framework of Western knowledge have occurred (Haraway, 1991, p. 151). As the disloyal, belligerent teenager to advanced capitalism’s Affective Cultural Work 43 patriarchal father, the cyborg rejects the ideological cornerstones of scientific rationality and the theological crutch of original unity, including rejecting ‘organic wholeness’ and other fundamental tropes of much environmentalist politics.
I love the isolation, I love the remoteness and the fact that, you know, every 26 Locating Cultural Work evening when I’m finished with my work I take my boy, I take him for a bike ride to the foreshore, I love that. (30–40-year-old male leather worker) Further: Darwin produces the most amazing artists, you know, like it’s such a wonderful place where you can feel inspired all the time. It’s got that lovely country town feeling, while still being big enough to be a city, which makes it really unique.
Interestingly too, Lily Kong has identified this kind of mental space as a much valued quality for Singaporean cultural workers. Writing about why European ‘cluster’ ideas do not necessarily work in Singapore, she emphasises that the people she spoke to did not want to mingle; rather, they sought ‘space’: a setting of ‘repose, quiet, relative isolation and solitude’ (Kong, 2009, p. 70). In a geographically small city state of over 5 million people where networks are tight and the city hums around the clock to a vibrant street life, café culture and diasporic mingling, quietude, which places like the Lake District and Barossa Valley have in abundance, emerges like clustering and dense networks as a desirable enabler of creativity and innovation.
Locating Cultural Work: The Politics and Poetics of Rural, Regional and Remote Creativity by S. Luckman