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Morten,
I am writing to acknowledge how relevant I find your work. I come to your
work as an elementary school counselor working in schools and your approach
to ethical dilemmas and standards and power [as force] is close to how I
experience school standards.

You ended your paper referring to "Derrida" [the could be ...] and "blues
hope".
In this post you say:

The concept of hope is at a different level, to do with why we would want
to engage in an activity with certain (or not so certain) goals. Andy's use
of "project" is also useful, if we do not think of it in too rationalistic
terms. I used "hope" also to recommend taking up Ernst Bloch's work.

The metaphor of "layers" and Helena's cloze technique of substituting
"hope" for "plans"

The question of the "relation" between "the layers" is an open question.
Rather than "substitution" if the relation is one of "oscillation"
[hope-plans-hope] in a non-linear Mobius strip would this clarify both
"hope" and "plans"?

The relation of movement [approaches] as both hope and plans but reflecting
deeply on the level of hope. Maybe Ernst Bloch will offer guidance.

The question of "why" IS AN ETHICAL QUESTION which I read as a question at
the center of your work. This "level" seems to be a "founding" moment in
the movements and approaches we decide to embark on

On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 10:00 PM, Morten Nissen <mn@edu.au.dk> wrote:

> Dear xmca
> Wow! So much to engage with here!
> I'm in the middle of a conference in Barcelona, so for now ust briefly a
> few comments.
> First, for me it is an important point that I did not present the
> "aesthetic documentation" (the video etc.) as a method for treating drug
> addiction. On the contrary, the point is to go beyond that whole
> problematic, that set of standards. We can see in this discussion that when
> Berrin is framed as an addict, even the whole concept of art is stigmatized.
> Second, I am certain that the professionals and their young clients did
> not intentionally copy or mimic an already existing video - but it is
> interesting that the style and form of the genre seems to be inadvertedly
> reproduced - to some extent.
> Finally, there is a set of points about sense and meaning. I recount them
> briefly in my chapter, but it is long story which I unfold in my 2012 book.
> Basically, common sense is the immediate sense common to a collective, its
> ideological form; meaning is the objectification which transforms and
> overcomes that common sense. These are dialectical moments. (There is no
> such thing as a simple reproduction; even when a Madonna video seems to be
> copied, something else is produced).
> Finally, I wouldn't want to substitute hope for plans and goals. The
> concept of hope is at a different level, to do with why we would want to
> engage in an activity with certain (or not so certain) goals. Andy's use of
> "project" is also useful, if we do not think of it in too rationalistic
> terms. I used "hope" also to recommend taking up Ernst Bloch's work.
> I look forward to returning more deeply. Now back to "affectivity,
> embodiment and politics" in Barcelona...
> Best,
> Morten
>
> Morten Nissen
> PhD, Dr. Psych.
> Professor
> Department of Education
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