#16 QofR: Continuing to Think in Metaphors!

‘Editorial: Subversive and interstitial food spaces: transforming selves, societies and society – environment relations through urban agriculture and foraging’ (Galt, Gray, & Hurley, 2014)



sifsContinuing to Think in Metaphors:

I carried out a search for articals, books and journals about urban farming and subversion on the University Library website and came across the above editorial about SIFS (Subversive and interstitial food spaces). I found Elaine Igoe’s idea about thinking in metaphors very interesting and so tried to apply this to the text. I asked In What ways are SIFS similar to creative practice? Below are my notes and stand out quotes from the editorial:

Carving out a new area for creativity – by doing a creative block challenge everyday and subverting the way I usually make artwork I am carving out a new way of thinking and being creative. Repetition, walking the same route everyday will eventually mark out a new pathway.

Subverting the norm until it becomes the norm – Hypernormalisation

Reminds me of a recent Adam Curtis film!

‘Rethinking and changing how we use…’ our time, materials, skills etc.

‘Process of (re)making…’ changing the way we create, using new materials and methods or reusing/recycling.

‘These spaces are transforming selves’…Conventional/Unconventional, spaces between, intentional/unintentional: build a better working environment conducive to creativity, give yourself the time, materials and opportunity to be creative everyday in between the other jobs you have to do, no excuses.

Difficult to get the balance right between wanting our art to be unseen and uncontested and creating something from which others can learn from and be inspired. Georgia O’Keefe said that our creative practice is a way of ‘making our unknown, known.’

‘Reconnect people to a tangible and more accessible…’ way of creating – running workshops and encouraging participants to let go of their fears and insecurities when it comes to making artwork in order to reconnect them with a tangible example of their creativity. Workshops which focus on unblocking peoples creativity are far more accessible than those that focus on technical abilities and perfectionism.

Reconnect with your own creative practice – gives ‘hope…particularly when the transformations, both material and ideological are visible and meaningful.’

‘Solving every problem at once is usually not possible through everyday practice.’

Dismissal of these alternatives can be debilitating – always requiring perfection – will not create wide spread change.

‘Undermines important parts of our’…creativity, including the self provisioning and pleasure – how can you expect to be proficient in something if you don’t equip yourself with the tools, skills, knowledge, understanding…

TRANSFORMATION: Who are you creating it for? No one is governing this…


Galt, R. E., Gray, L. C., & Hurley, P. (2014). Subversive and interstitial food spaces: Transforming selves, societies, and society–environment relations through urban agriculture and foraging. Local Environment, 19(2), 133–146. doi:10.1080/13549839.2013.832554

crisalist (2016, November 2). HyperNormalisation 2016 Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fny99f8amM

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