Quotes of note

Design should not be conceived as a symbolic representation but as a performative articulation. It should not “represent” the survivor or the vanquished, nor should it “stand in” or “speak for” them. It should be developed with them and it should be based on a critical inquiry into the conditions that produced the crisis. – Krzysztof Wodiczko

Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place. – Susan Sontag

It is our job to ask people with psychiatric disabilities what it is they want and need in order to grow and then to provide them with good soil in which a new life can secure its roots. And then, it is our job to wait patiently, to sit with, to watch with wonder, and to witness with reverence the unfolding of another person’s life. –  Pat Deegan

The very process of construction is therefore understood to be a negentropic, iterative, and continual refashioning. Xenofeminism seeks to be a mutable architecture that, like open source software, remains available for perpetual modification and enhancement following the navigational impulse of militant ethical reasoning. Open, however, does not mean undirected. The most durable systems in the world owe their stability to the way they train order to emerge as an ‘invisible hand’ from apparent spontaneity; or exploit the inertia of investment and sedimentation. We should not hesitate to learn from our adversaries or the successes and failures of history. With this in mind, we seek ways to seed an order that is equitable and just, injecting it into the geometry of freedoms these platforms afford – Laboria Cuboniks

This bodily experience of the random goodwill of the majority, unmediated by hardware, is as fundamental to the experience of humanity as the loving touch of the parent. That loving touch exists a world beyond language – it is not to be rationalized. Without it we lose our potential to empathize, to respond without defensiveness, we become overly preoccupied with our own edges and borders and we cannot recognize those of other people. The bodily experience of democracy is the social equivalent of this touch: it is the feeling of well-being through which we recognize some of the most important moments of our lifetimes – winning the World Cup, VE Day. These moments give us a temporary sense of membership of a much greater whole: a demos, where status and all other forms of categorization such as nationality, age and race are irrelevant – Katherine Shonfield[i]

If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together – Lilla Watson