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Encounterism: The Neglected Joys of Being In Person

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Why auditoriums, theatres, cinemas (and the act of being-in-person) goes beyond the spatial and visual; and can even be chemical – ‘literally breathing each other in’. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Into this precarious state of affairs steps “Encounterism: The Neglected Joys of Being in Person,” an argument by the British artist Andy Field for venturing out among the populace.In this deeply rewarding book, Andy Field brings together history, science, psychology, queer theory, and pop culture with his love of urban life and his own experiences--both as a city-dweller and as a performance artist--to forge creative connections: walking hand-in-hand with strangers, knocking on doors, staging encounters in parked cars. Each essay is carefully crafted, and full of questions that lead the reader onto further contemplation.

I am particularly fond of the postscript which highlights ways to share this book with others; bringing them into the conversation.It is therefore no surprise that the author, Andy Field, is performance artist that specialises in human interaction. These days we may be more accurately described digital flaneurs, disconnected from our bodies without conscious thought.

We learned how to build trust, and that invited us to be daring in what we said and what we revealed about ourselves. In a post-covid world where articles on loneliness and social media's distorted mirror proliferate, we still encounter difficulties or problems that are interruptions to our own desires (p. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.This may sound very dramatic, but the reason it is worth mentioning is the project we worked on and the questions he asked me turned into my own personal rabbit-hole of life. Because of years of experience in those groups and sometimes leading them, I was very disappointed in the overall content and depth of the essays. All it took was one world-stopping pandemic that demanded we keep our distance from one another, and taught us to use technology to maintain that separation for months on end. A friend once said she didn't think there's been a time when we were, but I don't believe that and hope that I can remember that my encounters with others is my opportunity to spread kindness so it can grow.

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