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Techno coolies and the Trini imaginary
My pal, professional artist and amateur spelunker, Steve Ouditt, participated in the Ministry of Sustainable Development’s latest installment of panels on The Human Imagination at the Central Bank a few weeks ago. I missed the panel, but saw a video of the preceding one on Channel 4.
The first included Mungal Patasar and Earl Lovelace, and the second featured Leroy Clarke (repeating the story of his own greatness) and animator Camille Selvon-Abrahams, repeating an oft-heard plea for local content. Ouditt delivered a presentation on design featuring his dog, Sir Richard Doggkins, which, apparently, no one “got”—starting with the play on words “Doggkins” and “Dawkins.” (I discussed this with Ouditt, who had this impression.)
Kind of ironic that no one seemed to “get” the most imaginative presentation of the evening. It might have something to do with yoking the antinomies of the leaden instrumentalism (government) with mercurial irrationality (imagination). Authority, especially orthodoxy, is generally uncomfortable around active imaginations, since those are usually responsible for proposing changing authorities and governments.
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