Hybrid: of mixed origins
TEMPLATES for Activism proposes a new Community Arts model that carries the voice and language of art to a plurality of concerns expressed by the feminist law community.
This process-oriented venture aims to build new alliances and modes of production. It also aims to marry the skills, tools and activisms of two visionary
sets of workers: one based in text, one based in visuals and symbolism - yet both informed by women's real, lived experience.
"Increasingly as the law
has been interpreted by feminist [particularly post modern] scholars the differences between the two disciplines begin to collapse. Law emerges as deeply
subjective, permeated with mysticism, exclusionary, having many layers of meaning and located in the field of possibility - in the sense that we wonder what it
would look like if it incorporated a multiplicity of voices." ...
"Are there overlaps? Yes there are.... in terms of the subjects which fall
under the spot light of the two disciplines - even if the treatment looks very different." Julia Tolmie, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Auckland, N.Z. [see also ‘Art and Law’]
Yes, the appearances of ideas found on the tables of law will assuredly be quite different when
expressed through creative means. These symbolic, material expressions offer new angles to view what law is and does, to view how it touches our lives, and, in
particular, the many ways that it relates to the production and reproduction of gendered power relations and how law affects other subordinated groups. Throughout
history we have seen how art may speak where words fall silent. Did the "Wake up" call referred to by artist, Kathy Gillis sound for those who visited this show?
"Transformation implies connecting".
, Independent Scholar
The ideas put forth by Ellen Dissanayake speak to many contemporary creators at this time.
Synthesizing knowledge from anthropology, ethology, developmental and cognitive psychology and philosophy, she views the production of art as a "biologically
endowed" survival tool. This act of "making special" is humanity's strategy for drawing attention to matters of vital import.