Director, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, at the Schindler House
A relentless torrent of discourse, high and low, has come to dominate contemporary life. Yet we willingly add more. Why does our chatter matter? Are we invested in the exchange of ideas, do we feel pressured to participate to keep from getting lost in the crowd, or is there something else going on? Where does substance and self-promotion stop and start?
Why are we having this conversation?
Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History, Museum and Curatorial Studies
Nizan gave the final word
Our chatter matters because, first of all, we need to keep processing and reexamine all those things that have been said in the past in our eve changing contexts (political, social, economical, environmental, etc.). In chattering we also act as filters, keeping alive those chatters of the past that still matter for our present, while burring under the rubble of words those past discourses that have become irrelevant to us. Second, we keep talking because it is in our human nature. Of course we self promote, that too is in our nature, but hopefully we have also learned enough from the discourses on ethics and talk about what we believe really matter, not, for example, what is fashionable for the moment or what may bring us more personal opportunities and such.
Sunday, April 15 at 8:48pm