Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Very Deep and Philosophical Question

Dear Reader, A Very Deep and Philosophical Question For You:

Is it wrong for me to wish that Star Trek: The Exhibition was opening at the AGO this fall instead of King Tut? Even though I know little about Star Trek, aka am not a Star Trek obsessed person? Even though Egypt is one of the cradles of human civilization? Even though such a show would pretty much have zero art value? Even though my developing preference for pop culture over the classical canon might be worrying?

Feel free to weigh in on that one as you please.

Still, if I could figure out how to clone myself Star-Trek style (and I'm *sure* Star Trek: The Exhibition would explain same), I also must say I would wish to visit Vancouver and take in Speaking Truth to Reconciliation (a project in two parts), an event and exhibition that promises to boldly riff on the following questions: "What are the possibilities of talking about race today? It is critical that we continue to challenge the conditions of racism, marginality, exclusion, and xenophobia. But how does one approach talking about a subject whose archaeologies of knowledge have been laden with histories of conflict and contestation? And how does one do this with a commitment to generosity, truthfulness, and reconciliation?"

You can also feel free to weigh in on those questions as you please.

So far conceptually, "Speaking Truth..." looks great. Would love to see the results in person while my clone fulfills everyday duties here in Toronto. Until then, it's back to parsing the exhibition announcements in my inbox. Happy September!

Image from Star Trek: The Exhibition (!)


Anonymous said...

I see no one has taken the bait.

Leah Sandals said...

Yes, well Anonymous, I guess some questions are so deep that they frighten folks off sometimes.

That's my rationalization, and I'm sticking to it.