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12 - hanged one (3/22)

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12 – hanged one

perspective shift, reimagination, subversion, release

invocation of adrienne maree brown and Emergent Strategy

iterative: involving repetition, as

a: expressing repetition of a verbal action

b: relating to or being iteration of an operation or procedure

adaptation: a change in a plant or animal that makes it better able to live in a particular place or situation; the process of changing to fit some purpose or situation: the process of adapting

adaptive conversation

a slow-going spell in the style of emergent strategy

ingredients: a piece of text written by an author with whom you want to deeply converse (it should be brief enough to read aloud and write down many times over; a sentence is probably plenty); paper and something with which to write.

1. read the text aloud. go slowly and meaningfully.

2. go even slower. read the text word for word. ponder the intentionality behind every single choice. why this word and not another? why in this configuration? what is the sonic experience of this word?

3. read aloud once more in full, with meaning behind each and every sound.

4. copy the text onto your sheet of paper. again, go slowly. what does each word feel like in your hand? how do the letters flow from one to the next? what is the rhythm of this text?

5. change something in the text. it may be a punctuation mark, a letter, a word; it may be a replacement, deletion, or insertion. you shouldn't have a goal in mind when it comes to why you are amending the text. just follow your intuition. what do you feel like transforming? start with something small. re-read the text, noticing how the change impacts the text as a whole.

6. repeat step 5 again. and again. and again. edit the text directly, crossing out and adding words as you go. this should be a very slow process: with each change, pause and reflect on how meaning has shifted. every three changes, rewrite and read aloud the sentence with your changes incorporated. as you grow comfortable with this process, the changes may grow in scope; you may rearrange words and replace multiple words at once. bigger transformations should only come when you have hit a rhythmic stride.

7. stop when you know it is time to stop.

8. read your text aloud in the same deliberate manner as the first three steps.

9. read the original text alongside yours. let it be a conversation between two meaning-makers.

example: a conversation between Donna J. Haraway and myself

(my words in italics)

donna: perhaps our hopes for accountability, for politics, for ecofeminism, turn on revisioning the world as coding trickster with whom we must learn to converse.

me: i rotate with the world on a shapeshifting axis.

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