Reflections on The Art of Change Making
By Luisa Spina
During ‘The Art of Change Making’ laboratory in April, I experienced entering
a Mosque café’, a private space designated to the prayers community.
Together with Wolfgang, Gavin and Hilly decided to form a group called
Walking Organism, which would explore spaces through observations, without
destination in mind and putting aside any expectations. During the walk, we
exchange our ways of experiencing a space following different impulses. Our
openness allowed us to explore situations and places that we would never
have explored. We were able to create interrelations between the group
(Walking Organism) and some people in the street. We were allowed in
private spaces. We started to see things we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
There was a feeling that the door was open and that we could be there.
My question was and still is:
How do we make everybody else in contact with their inner selves and the
rest of the world if the system that doesn’t allow them to do so? We, as
‘change makers’, were part of a privileged space but the rest of the world runs
differently. The world has lost its unity and man recognises his own needs in
the images of needs suggested by the system. Consequently the less he
understands his own existence and his own desires, the more he is separated
from himself, the world and the other human beings.
Wolfgang Zumdick, during the laboratory, spoke about inner and outer realms
and explained how In order to feel connected you need first to be able to see
yourself. People can easily create inwardly an experience that is not related to
real world (fantasy) but how do we reconnect to the experiences we actually
have in the outer world? The more we interact with things we are confronted
with on a deeper level, the more we can take them in our inner, imaginative
world and stay connected. Our inner world though is also one of vulnerability,
and it is difficult to come in contact with our own fragilities.
During a group discussion, we were posed the following question:
‘Do we dare to share our vulnerability in a group of people we don’t know?’
Is vulnerability seen has a negative quality? In our society we are not allowed
to think that mistakes are positive. We escape from our darker emotions,
defending ourselves from exposure. In this way, vulnerability is seen as
something negative. By accepting your own condition and fragilities, we stop
fighting with our emotions and become more open and empathic. If we fight
our emotions, we deny them to ourselves and can’t understand where they
come from or recognise them in other human beings. We need to accept
ourselves and embrace what we don’t know to make change.