-Meeting 4 Kathy Bergquist

CCCC 4 January 17- 2018

Kathy Bergquist led this meeting, and had assigned a book  by Srdja Popovic, Matthew Miller: Blueprint for Revolution – How to use rice pudding, Lego men, and other nonviolent techniques to galvanize communities, overthrow dictators or simply change the world. (New York: Spiegel and Grau 2015)Blueprint for a Revolution ,

which is available at the Ottawa Public Library:

Book Shelf 2017 Research in Art - Google Chrome 12272017 123918 PM.bmp


At the January CCCC meeting, it was clear that people were inspired by the book, and were coming up with ideas.

Kathy writes:

I have attached an image of the list of actions that we, as artists, might want to take to address specific, current concerns related to the ideas we are discussing.

It is easy enough to look around and see serious problems, and to sense that in some way they are connected to each other; it is much harder to think of how to address them through art in ways that expose the problem(s) and hopefully, promote movement toward meaningful change. It feels essential to apply our creativity and to try; if we don’t, then what do we have to say that is relevant?

Anyway, I look forward to more discussion, and to consideration that leads to action.

Kathy Bergquist

,  “Staying with the trouble” is the hard, and essential, part of making change!

Kathy also provided a list of reading resources:

A novel detailing how a dictator rises to power and dismantles democracy, It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis, first published in 1935, and published as a Penguin Classic in 2017. Interestingly, Popovic’s first chapter is titled, It Can Never Happen Here, which is frequently the reaction of most would-be revolutionaries to the potential for success of non-violent revolution. What is critical for everyone to understand is that anything can happen anywhere, if the conditions are right:dictators and despots rise to power, people re-claim a place, a political system, a world for themselves.

Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics, by Emily Eliza Scott and Kirsten Svenson, University of California Press, 2015. Several great essays on a range of topics, and helpful notes and resources at the end of each essay.

Clear, concise definition of colonialism with a good bibliography, https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/colonialism/

People might want to check out the web site, http://canvasopedia.org/ which is full of interesting resources, and see how some of the strategies might be applied by artists.
Also, if people visit this page https://www.researchgate.net/search and enter the terms “art and activism” many interesting things come up.
Both web sites are intended as starting points for the imagination.