un/define-d: de/construction 1 by Raju Rage
Details: Sun 18th may 5-7pm Tate Modern Blue Room
Exploring secularism, atheism, individualised spirituality in activist/queer/art spaces as a result of historical state/cultural/religious institutional violence.
'When people assume that “religion” and “culture” exist as two separate categories, culture is then seen as an obstacle to knowing religion. In this view, what born-and-raised members of a religious tradition possess cannot be the religion in its pure, text-based essence, but only a mixture of that essence with local customs and innovated traditions. The convert (especially the white convert, who claims universality, supreme objectivity, and isolation from history, unlike the black convert, whose conversion is read as a response to history), imagined as coming from a place outside culture, becomes privileged as the owner of truth and authenticity.' by Michael Muhammad Knight
[content: a reference to the N word in 4th paragraph)http://m.vice.com/read/the-problem-with-white-converts-to-islam
‘If the invention of Christianity is also the invention of religion, then there is a co-implication between the identifcation of Christianity and the identification of religious truth. Christianity is, of course, marked as the truth of religion, but Christianity can identify itself in terms of true belief only if there is at the same time a category of religion whose goal is true belief. this is to say, then, that Christianity needs not only heresies, but also other religions. After all, if the Christian religion is true, there must be other religions that are false—otherwise Christian truth has no meaning except as a singularity among singularities.’ Daniel Colucciello Barber.
Homeless Jesus Sculpture: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/17/homeless-jesus-sculpture-davidson_n_5167418.html
We will reflect on the role of religion to discuss/answer:
How do we navigate and negotiate our own relationships to religion and culture?
What are the intersections of culture, tradition and religion? How do we negotiate and/or struggle with them?
What does creative/political resistance look like in response to religion?
Raju Rage will be sharing their current creative practice which focuses on ‘de/construction of identity exploring the conflicts and tensions inherent in navigating culture and ethnicity with gender and queerness using narratives, visual poetry, sculpture and performance’.
We welcome you to bring any work you have regarding this theme to share.
Refreshments are always welcome.
[Please note that this session is an open discussion about a large and often difficult subject. We aim to explore the subject in a respectful meaningful way. We do not intend to place judgement or dismiss any personal beliefs that individuals have regarding any of the above subjects or their own chosen practices and aim to provide a space to collectively discuss the issues above. we acknowledge that there are many individual and collective responses to organised religion and its reverberations and resonances, of which some are resistances, some are transformations, some are dismissals, some and co-options, some survivals, some responses and so on.]