5/29/18

I was interested in Erin Elder's talk about using art to imagine a present that's already passed. I can see in Erin's work the productiveness in imagining capitalism in a the museum where culture becomes history, and ideas, artifacts. Such hindsights allows us to recognize features such as institutions and place as having relationship to the present. It makes me think of what Erin said, "social practice is simply using relationships as medium." Perhaps social practice can also mean identifying critical relationships- personal and metaphorical- in addition to forming them. Social Practice is therefore a reading as well as sensitivity towards landscape. As Pierce K Lewis writes in Axioms for Reading the Landscape, "human landscape is our unwitting autobiography, reflecting our tastes, our values, our aspirations, and even our fears in tangible, visible form."