INSITE Journal

VIEWPOINTS is a forum featuring contributions by a diverse group of practitioners that share perspectives on the INSITE Journals’ main themes.

Kerry Doyle
Director of the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas, El Paso
June, 2020

“One of the ideas that keep coming back to me when I think about resilience and social beings is the experience of trauma…And there is a theory of trauma called ‘betrayal trauma theory’ that talks about the fact that trauma is not only terror and fear, but also a social betrayal…The other aspect of trauma that I’ve been thinking a lot about is the concept of trauma as a disruption of meaning, or loss of meaning, and a disruption of the narrative in someone’s life…I think it is about questioning that functionality in our organization and creating new narratives as we move forward, so the thing I see as being resilient is our ability to create these new narratives”

Carles Guerra
Artist, Critic, and Curator
May, 2020

"Resilience, even though it’s an ugly word, it is the word that points to an urgency, an urgency as I said to come up with a collective pedagogy implying a massive cognitive effort, but an effort that we need to guarantee that will be made possible by connecting each other, by keeping up with these strange new forms of collaboration we must all invent."

Itala Schmelz
Cultural Manager and Curator
April, 2020

"Artists will be the first ones to think that we have to hack the networks that we are now artificially communicating with, because these are precisely the networks of control. And the ones who will have the best ideas to hack them will be precisely the artists who have always been the greatest rebels and revolutionaries."

Denise Markonish
Senior Curator, MASS MoCA
April, 2020

"For me, resilience doesn’t feel so different from belief, magic, or wonder – all systems that allow the ineffable to exist in the world, while allowing us to have private and collective experiences simultaneously. I think the poetics of resilience is more important now than ever, not just because we are in the wake of a worldwide pandemic; but because even before this unfathomable moment, the world was in trouble in deeply systematic ways spanning human and planetary rights."

Sara Solaimani
PhD Candidate in Art History Theory and Criticism
May, 2020

"Collective resilience takes precedence in this context over individual resilience, resilience that’s not defined by the individual. I think that resilience of the mind, heart and the spirit are that internal resilience also as opposed to physical or bodily resilience will take precedence in those peoples life’s who are afforded the privilege to quarantine or isolated at home who have access to technology where as physical or bodily resilience there’s going to be more present and urgent in the life’s of people who are for example essential workers."