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[Xmca-l] Re: Playing with/at TED
I wanted to underline two comments you highlighted in your reply to
[first] "highlight for me an aspect of perhaps different ways of
approaching what it means to engage in the activity of understanding. As I
read you, you need me to say what play is not and you also need me to
pinpoint the beginnings and endings of something identified as play. It's
that "is" that for me is the problematic term—it reads to me as pictorial
and essentializing in reference to meaning."
I appreciated this summation inviting us to to be *careful* HOW we
reference *meaning*. Meaning as *forming* [not formed] in our playful
[second] What I think revolutionary play is (in my talk I repeated what I
mean by that several times—taking what there is and making something new,
doing what we do not know how to do, relating as who we are/other than who
we are at the same time) is a cultural-historical activity that creates
In this fragment I appreciated:
relating *what there IS* AND *making something new* as emerging *at the
relating *who we ARE* AND *other than we are* at the SAME time*
this simultaneous *play* AS *revolutionary* Not first *this* AND THEN
*that* as *inter* as if between two unique essences but rather *this*
THROUGH *that* EMERGING SIMULTANEOUSLY within playful activity.
The notion of *residing* WITHIN HORIZONS where *subject* AND *object*
emerge together each THROUGH the other simultaneously
In other words a *horizonal view*. Merleau Ponty suggests the metaphor of
*light* as a horizonal metaphor Subjects and objects emerging
simultaneously within *light* which is everywhere and nowhere. Meaning
emerging within playful activity, forming AND formed [each in the other] .
Lois, as I *read* your comments *playing* with these notions I *found
myself* stimulated by your commentary and decided to reflect out loud [not
Thanks for a fascinating revolutionary playful formation.
On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM, Lois Holzman <
> Hi All,
> Peter kindly posted a link to a talk I gave last month at a TEDx
> event—TEDxNavesink Play.
> Aside from the prep being among the hardest things I've ever done (staying
> within their rules and structure, not being academic but saying something
> new for people to think about, and more), it was a delight to be with folks
> who appreciate and value play—many of whom are affording people in their
> communities with the opportunity to play in all kinds of ways. It was
> really growthful for me and my team. I was really pleased to reconnect with
> Peter Gray after many years and to meet other good people. The one-day
> event was organized are 4 P's—possibility, pleasure, progress and paradox.
> I invite you all to include these talks within your conversation here—even
> though they're not theoretical. Maybe it's a new kind of play for many.
> Lois Holzman
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