I’m working on an installation at Pillsbury House and Theatre in response to their production of Johnna Adams’ play Gidion’s Knot. The installation includes collaboration with two Pillsbury House youth groups. I love that my experience with Pillsbury House exemplifies the above values. I do wonder about ‘we believe in meeting people where they are, without judgement’. My experience has been that when all involved parties are expected to ‘move’ (as is suggested by ‘meeting people where they are’), any interaction is more fruitful. To me, ‘we’ll meet you where you are’ implies that ‘you’ don’t have to do anything, and that might create an odd if well-meaning power dynamic.
Also on my mind are questions of accessibility in the virtual world and in the art world… I have no answers, though, only questions: Why don’t we configure things for who’s actually here? Why don’t we have protocols for adjusting when new people are added to ‘the mix’? And while in nature it makes sense to adjust ourselves to new landscapes, that doesn’t seem the ‘right’ expectation to hold of newcomers in human communities where a plurality of experiences/perspectives seems useful.