I’ve made some small discoveries this week, worth sharing I think: Robert Montgomery’s compelling ‘Hammersmith Poem’, a new public art work inspired by the Hammersmith Town Hall’s brutalist extension and the failures of modernity to fulfil its promises of “universal civilisation”, that eventually have led to our age of anger, unfreedom, instability and scarcity. The poem is beautiful, but being a resident of Hammersmith I can’t help but notice that the art project is, nevertheless, just another step in the gentrification of the area that will, at some point, displace longtime residents unable to pay increasing rents.

Another discovery, full of hope this time, is a new term: neurodiversity. Wikipedia defines it as an approach to learning and disability that argues diverse neurological conditions are result of normal variations in the human genome. It originated in the late 1990s as a challenge to prevailing views of neurological diversity as inherently pathological, asserting instead that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on a par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status. These neurological differences can include those labeled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autism, Tourette Syndrome, and others. Let’s spread the word and the knowledge!

Last but not least, I’ve discovered that I love creating poems using books on my shelves. The first Spine Poem was followed shortly by a Romanian octave and now by the one in the picture above, which reads: “adventures in immediate irreality / everybody is concerned / one day / we will not recognise each other”. Anyone interested in inviting me to take up residency in a well furnished library? I like a challenge.

26 March 2017

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