[-empyre-] Thank you!

Patrick Keilty p.keilty at utoronto.ca
Mon Dec 2 06:09:14 EST 2013

Thank you to everyone who participated in empyre's November discussion.
Selmin, Camilla, and I would especially like to thank our guest
discussants: Zach Blas, Matthew Brower, micha cárdenas, Sandra Danilovic,
Scott Hocking, Andrew Lau, Chaya Litvack, David McIntosh, Owen Mundy,
Samara Smith, and Ebru Yetiskin.

Because of everyone's participation, we have a much better handle on the
the value of artifice in our understanding of activism. Artifice allows us
to perform the task of insight, and then of memory, into our social,
political and cultural existence. It allows us to call these conditions to
attention. See this? Look at that! Take note and rethink what you think you
know. These insights allow us the capacity to think critically (that is,
imaginatively) about our particular social and political circumstances.
Fine art achieves its effect through an aesthetic appeal to the senses.
Though artifice, it shows the constructedn-ness of its condition -- and our

Many thanks again for the thought provoking conversation. Tim and Renate
will introduce December's discussion soon.

All warm wishes,

Patrick Keilty
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
@patrickkeilty <https://twitter.com/PatrickKeilty>
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